Health

California official calls for pause on Moderna vaccine lot after possible allergic reaction

Dr. Erica S. Pan, the California epidemiologist, issued a statement Sunday recommending a pause in the distribution of a specific lot of Moderna vaccine after “fewer than 10 individuals required medical attention over the span of 24 hours.” She said the Moderna Lot 041L20A is in question, but she insisted that she called for the pause “out […]

Covid-19: Vaccination rollout begins for over-70s in England

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Politics

Live Updates: Defense officials worry about insider attack from service members deployed to Biden inauguration

Defense officials in Washington, D.C., are concerned about an insider attack from service members deployed to Washington, D.C., for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The concerns prompted the FBI to vet all 25,000 National Guard troops in the city, Fox News has learned. The U.S. Army issued a statement late Sunday obtained by Fox News that said it is […]

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Science/Nature

SLS: Nasa’s ‘megarocket’ engine test ends early

The as-yet unknown problem triggered what Nasa calls a failure identification (Fid), followed by a major component failure (MCF). As a result of the fault, an onboard computer known as the engine controller sent a message to another computer called the core stage controller, which took a decision to shut down the vehicle. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54583588

Science/Nature

Climate change: ‘Exceptionally hot’ 2020 concludes warmest decade

“Because we haven’t stopped doing that and, in fact, we continue to do that even with the pandemic, we’re still putting our foot on the accelerator of climate change,” Dr Gavin Schmidt, director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in New York, told BBC News. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55663544

Science/Nature

Indonesia: Archaeologists find world’s oldest animal cave painting

“The people who made it were fully modern, they were just like us, they had all of the capacity and the tools to do any painting that they liked,” said Maxime Aubert, the co-author of the report .css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link{color:#3F3F42;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited{font-weight:700;border-bottom:1px solid #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:focus{border-bottom-color:currentcolor;border-bottom-width:2px;color:#B80000;}@supports (text-underline-offset:0.25em){.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited{border-bottom:none;-webkit-text-decoration:underline #BABABA;text-decoration:underline #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:1px;text-decoration-thickness:1px;-webkit-text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-underline-offset:0.25em;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:focus{-webkit-text-decoration-color:currentcolor;text-decoration-color:currentcolor;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:2px;text-decoration-thickness:2px;color:#B80000;}}published in Science Advances journal. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-55657257