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Omicron variant puts world in a ‘race against time’, says EU Commission President
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Omicron variant puts world in a ‘race against time’, says EU Commission President

The world is in a “race against time” with the Omicron coronavirus variant, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday, warning during a visit to Riga that scientists and manufacturers will need weeks to fully understand the new variant. As more cases are identified and governments around the world mobilize to respond…MORE

Vaccine inequity and hesitancy made the Omicron variant more likely, scientists say
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Vaccine inequity and hesitancy made the Omicron variant more likely, scientists say

Many of the world’s richest countries have spent the past year hoarding coronavirus vaccines, buying up enough doses to vaccinate their populations several times over and consistently failing to deliver on their promises to share doses with the developing world. The World Health Organization said the approach was “self-defeating” and “immoral.” It might be starting…MORE

These award-winning photos are guaranteed to make you laugh

These award-winning photos are guaranteed to make you laugh

Focusing on gratitude has helped me through this year. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to say that I’m so thankful for all of you in this feel-good edition of Wonder Theory. Thank you for joining us on our exploratory adventures through the wonders of space and science. Thank you for taking the…MORE

World is put on high alert over the Omicron coronavirus variant
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World is put on high alert over the Omicron coronavirus variant

Europe is frantically imposing travel bans, scrambling to ramp up its coronavirus sequencing abilities after several countries on the continent reported suspected cases of the newly identified Omicron variant. As of Friday, the variant was found in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Belgium, with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said Friday…MORE

A new Covid-19 variant with high number of mutations sparks travel bans and worries scientists
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A new Covid-19 variant with high number of mutations sparks travel bans and worries scientists

The discovery of a new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant by South African health authorities has sparked a forceful reaction across the world with a number of countries banning travelers from several southern African countries. The newly identified variant, currently known as B.1.1.529, appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of South Africa and…MORE

How US gun culture stacks up with the world
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How US gun culture stacks up with the world

Atlanta. Orlando. Las Vegas. Newtown. Parkland. San Bernardino. Ubiquitous gun violence in the United States has left few places unscathed over the decades. Still, many Americans hold their right to bear arms, enshrined in the US Constitution, as sacrosanct. But critics of the Second Amendment say that right threatens another: The right to life. America’s…MORE

Amber captures rare plant behavior in an ancient, extinct pine cone
George Poinar, Jr.

Amber captures rare plant behavior in an ancient, extinct pine cone

The first fossil evidence of a pine cone sprouting seeds has been preserved in 40 million-year-old amber. Seed germination typically occurs in the ground after a seed has fallen, but several embryonic stems were captured emerging from the ancient pine cone in a rare botanical feat known as precocious germination, or viviparity, in which seeds…MORE

A new Covid-19 variant could show immune evasion and enhanced transmissibility, South African scientists warn
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A new Covid-19 variant could show immune evasion and enhanced transmissibility, South African scientists warn

South Africa’s health minister announced Thursday the discovery of a new coronavirus variant that appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of the country. “Initially it looked like some cluster outbreaks, but from yesterday, the indication came from our scientists from the Network of Genomic Surveillance that they were observing a new variant,” Minister of…MORE

Politicians are failing to deliver climate justice. Lawyers and scientists could do it in court
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Politicians are failing to deliver climate justice. Lawyers and scientists could do it in court

There were few memorable moments at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow earlier this month, but a video address by the foreign minister of Tuvalu, speaking in a suit while knee-deep in tropical waters, is a hard one to forget. It was simple but strong message — while negotiators made agreements to delay action, island…MORE

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