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Oct 27 13:13

WHAT’S NEXT? RE-EDUCATION CAMPS FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS? Like In Communist China, U.S. Health Officials Now ‘Interpreting Bible’ For Mandatory Vaccine-Objectors, Threaten ‘Discipline’ For Refusing State-Sanctioned ‘Theology’ Guidelines

A dispute has erupted over a (precedent setting) mandatory vaccine program for employees of the University of Virginia Health System because officials are requiring a worker to follow their interpretation of the Bible’s requirements. The worker would rather follow his own beliefs, not theirs. The employee, whose name was not released, has submitted four requests for a religious accommodation to his bosses’ order to be vaccinated for the flu. He says his Christian beliefs don’t allow it, citing biblical instructions not to be defiled with “harmful” substances. He “cannot accept any vaccination that is derived from aborted fetal tissue, nor contribute to the bottom line of a manufacturer who sells vaccines that are derived from aborted fetal cells.” UVA Health said, however, it’s own interpretation of the Bible must prevail.

Oct 27 12:03

Are Face Masks Effective? The Evidence

So far, most studies found little to no evidence for the effectiveness of cloth face masks in the general population, neither as personal protective equipment nor as a source control.

A May 2020 meta-study on pandemic influenza published by the US CDC found that face masks had no effect, neither as personal protective equipment nor as a source control.

A July 2020 review by the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medince found that there is no evidence for the effectiveness of cloth masks against virus infection or transmission.

A Covid-19 cross-country study by the University of East Anglia came to the conclusion that a mask requirement was of no benefit and could even increase the risk of infection.

An April 2020 review by two US professors in respiratory and infectious disease from the University of Illinois concluded that face masks have no effect in everyday life, neither as self-protection nor to protect third parties (so-called source control).

Oct 27 11:38

Trump Administration Tries Bringing Santa Back During Covid, Courts Shut Them Down

A federal health agency rejected a plan by a Trump administration official to provide Santa Claus performers early COVID-19 vaccine access in exchange for their participation in a controversial federal public service campaign, a new report said.

Under the "Santa plan", drawn up by Michael Caputo, an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, the St. Nick lookalikes would have promoted the benefits of a coronavirus vaccine at rollout events in dozens of cities, according to phone recordings obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

Oct 27 09:27

Flu away: Scientists baffled at disappearance of influenza... but is it really gone, or just masked by Covid-19?

Much more likely in my opinion is that the flu has been confused for Covid in the vast majority of cases. Is it really so hard to believe that flu sufferers could have been confused for Covid cases? After all, we know that lung cancer patients were. In any case, and irrespective of the explanation, one wonders if the flu’s disappearing act means that the largest-ever flu vaccine rollout slated for this winter will be cancelled. Somehow, I think not.

Oct 27 09:08

Has Covid killed off the flu? Experts pose the intriguing question as influenza cases nosedive by 98% across the globe

In Australia, just 14 positive flu cases were recorded in April, compared with 367 during the same month in 2019 – a 96 per cent drop.

By June, usually the peak of its flu season, there were none. In fact, Australia has not reported a positive case to the WHO since July.

In Chile, just 12 cases of flu were detected between April and October. There were nearly 7,000 during the same period in 2019.

And in South Africa, surveillance tests picked up just two cases at the beginning of the season, which quickly dropped to zero over the following month – overall, a 99 per cent drop compared with the previous year.

In the UK, our flu season is only just beginning. But since Covid-19 began spreading in March, just 767 cases have been reported to the WHO compared with nearly 7,000 from March to October last year.

Oct 27 08:08

UK study finds evidence of waning antibody immunity to COVID-19 over time

Antibodies against the novel coronavirus declined rapidly in the British population during the summer, a study found on Tuesday, suggesting protection after infection may not be long lasting and raising the prospect of waning immunity in the community.

Oct 27 08:06

Hubble Examines Massive Metal Asteroid Called ‘Psyche’ That’s Worth Way More Than Our Global Economy

A new study by the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed a clearer picture than ever before of one of the most intriguing and most valuable asteroids we know of.

It’s also one that NASA is planning to visit in 2026.

Here’s everything you need to know about “16 Psyche.”

Oct 27 08:00

NASA spacecraft will stow asteroid sample to stop it from leaking into space

A week after collecting a sample from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will stow the sample to protect it from leaking into space on Tuesday.

The mission team received images sent by the spacecraft last Thursday that revealed the sample collection head was full of surface material -- so much so that a flap was wedged open by rocks, allowing particles to escape into space.

Oct 27 07:01

‘Pseudo-expert’: College dropout billionaire Bill Gates attacks Trump adviser Dr. Scott Atlas over Covid-19 stance

Self-styled Covid-19 authority and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has weaponized media demands to “trust the science” to tear into Trump adviser (and actual medical doctor) Scott Atlas for not backing stricter Covid policies.

“We now have a pseudo-expert advising the president,” Gates snarled during an interview at Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit on Monday, denouncing Atlas – who, unlike the billionaire software tycoon, completed both college and medical school – as an “off the rails” bad influence on the Trump administration.

Oct 27 06:52

Health Expert: Mask Wearing Will Remain Mandatory Even After A COVID Vaccine

A top doctor who served as an expert witness for the U.S. Congress says that even after a COVID-19 vaccine is available, mask wearing and other social distancing measures will remain mandatory.

“I feel like there is this perception that once we have a #CoronavirusVaccine life will go back to normal,” tweeted Dr.Krutika Kuppalli.

“Life will not be like it was pre-COVID. Even after we have a #vaccine you will still need to use good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance, avoid crowds and wear masks,” she added.

Oct 27 06:50

Coronavirus: Polish police use tear gas as thousands protest against COVID-19 restrictions

Oct 27 06:33

You're Not Welcome Here: How Social Distancing Can Destroy The Global Economy

Stay out.

It's what people are being asked to tell each other. Less than 10 days ago, London banned people who live in different households from meeting each other indoors, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

"Nobody wants to see more restrictions, but this is deemed to be necessary in order to protect Londoners' lives," London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the London Assembly.

Taking away the welcome mat is key to cutting off the path of the coronavirus. From the beginning of the pandemic, cities, states and countries have banned each other. And now, eight months into lockdowns that have led to immense stress and fatigue among people, some places around the world are introducing even more draconian measures.

Oct 27 06:04

Sesame Street Offers “New Normal” Brainwashing for the Very Young and Vulnerable

“Hello everybody! It’s your old pal Grover with some health tips…” begins the spindly blue monster in a Sesame Street PSA.

After teaching kids to wash their hands Grover transitions into some new normal brainwashing: “Another way for everyone to stay healthy is by practicing physical distance and staying six feet away from people in public. That is right, six cute little feet like this…”

Grover takes a step to his left, yells and slips on the soap he dropped during his hand washing class. When his furry blue head appears on camera again a pink mask is draped overtop.

“Here’s another tip to stay healthy,” he continues with dwindling scientific efficacy. “Wear a mask in public to protect yourself and others…. You should wear a mask securely on your face covering your mouth and nose. Everyone can do their part to stay healthy and…” He then slips again.

Oct 27 06:01

FDA Lets Pfizer Test Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine on U.S. Children

Americans have been following COVID-19 vaccine trial developments for weeks, watching companies jockey for frontrunner status like contestants in a reality TV show. And though participants in some of the studies (by Moderna, Oxford, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer) have surfaced with reactions serious enough to pause several of the trials, market analysts remain “bullish” about the near-term prospects for approval of these liability-free products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Oct 27 05:55

Facebook’s abandoned drilling equipment poses no environmental risk, company-commissioned report says; Oregon coast advocacy group plans to sue

An environmental assessment, commissioned by Facebook for the drilling equipment it abandoned under the Oregon coast, has found that the machinery and lubricating fluid pose no significant risk to the environment, according to a report released Tuesday.

The equipment — including more than 1,100 feet of steel drilling rods and 6,500 gallons of drilling fluid — was lost 50 to 70 feet under the seafloor after an accident in April as Facebook was drilling to connect an international undersea fiber optic cable between Asia and the tiny coastal community of Tierra Del Mar.

Oct 27 05:54

Why lockdown has now gone too far.

Oct 27 05:32

"Tremendous News!" - Maduro Touts Venezuelan Vaccine That Inhibits COVID

Multiple COVID-19 vaccine trials are in the final stages around the world. But in one unlikely place, that being the collapsed state of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro touted Sunday, in an appearance on state television, that his government scientists have developed a "highly effective antiviral" that kills the virus without any side effects.

Maduro tweeted: "Tremendous News! We certify the DR10 molecule as a highly effective antiviral in the fight against Covid-19."

He continued: "We have started the World Health Organization (WHO) certification process to offer this treatment to the world. I thank the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC) team for this great contribution to humanity."

Oct 27 05:29

US Elections: The Risk Of Copying Europe

The United States election campaign is focused primarily on how much will the next president spend and the measures to combat coronavirus. Both issues should point to one conclusion: Unlike what candidate Biden wants to do, the next United States president should not copy the European Union.

As we face a second wave of coronavirus outbreak in Europe, we know that the March measures and aggressive lockdowns were a grave mistake.

Oct 27 05:28

NASA Scientists "Detect Water On Sunlit Surface Of Moon" As Lunar Drilling Begins In 2022

NASA scientists used a robotic spacecraft and a Boeing 747SP plane modified with a special telescope to detect water on the Moon's sunlit surface for the first time. This discovery indicates water could be more widespread than previously thought, and it allows for NASA's return of humans to the lunar surface via the Artemis program by 2024.

Two studies were published in the journal Nature Astronomy Monday morning, describing how NASA detected "widespread hydration" on the lunar surface. The research is based on data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, as well as the agency's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy airborne telescope, also known as SOFIA, mounted within a heavily modified Boeing 747.

Oct 27 05:25

CDC Reaffirms Warning Against Nonessential Travel, Including Cruises

The CDC has updated a level 3 warning to avoid nonessential travel, citing cruises in particular as a known spreader of COVID-19.

Cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on several cruise ships.

Oct 26 21:45

The Smoking Gun: Where Is the Coronavirus? The CDC Says It Isn’t Available.

"Another way to put it: NO ONE HAS AN ISOLATED SPECIMEN OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS. NO ONE HAS ISOLATED THE COVID-19 VIRUS. THEREFORE, NO ONE HAS PROVED THAT IT EXISTS."

Oct 26 20:33

Positive Association Found Amongst COVID Deaths & Flu Shot Rates Worldwide In Elderly

A recently published study in PeerJ by Christian Wehenkel, a Professor at Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango in Mexico, has found a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and influenza vaccination rates in elderly people worldwide.

According to the study, “The results showed a positive association between COVID-19 deaths and IVR (influenza vaccination rate) of people ?65 years-old. There is a significant increase in COVID-19 deaths from eastern to western regions in the world. Further exploration is needed to explain these findings, and additional work on this line of research may lead to prevention of deaths associated with COVID-19.”

Oct 26 11:07

Moon has more water than previously thought, scientists say

"...NASA has discovered water on the sunlit surface of the moon.

Water ice has been found on the moon before, in the coldest, darkest regions at the moon’s north and south poles. But the new finding suggests that water may be present across more of the lunar surface, beyond just areas that are cold and in shadow..."

Oct 26 10:26

Polish Police Use Tear Gas Against Anti-lockdown Demonstration in Warsaw

By Julian Rose

Demonstrations against Covid-19 restrictions have been taking place every week in Poland during the month of October. However, on 24/10 Polish police violently intervened and used tear gas to break up participants who were marching towards the Prime Minister’s residence in Warsaw...

Oct 26 09:49

FDA Lets Pfizer Test Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine on U.S. Children

Americans have been following COVID-19 vaccine trial developments for weeks, watching companies jockey for frontrunner status like contestants in a reality TV show. And though participants in some of the studies (by Moderna, Oxford, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer) have surfaced with reactions serious enough to pause several of the trials, market analysts remain “bullish” about the near-term prospects for approval of these liability-free products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Oct 26 09:13

Sweden Refuses to Impose New Lockdown Measures, Saying People Have Suffered Enough

Health authorities in Sweden have refused to follow the rest of Europe by imposing new coronavirus lockdown measures on their population, arguing that those beset by loneliness and misery of being isolated have suffered enough.

Despite Sweden mirroring other countries on the continent with rising coronavirus infections, the government has held firm in refusing to lockdown its population, weighing the untold misery and health impacts of isolation against the threat of COVID-19.

Oct 26 08:32

Another 25 citizens pronounced DEAD from the flu shot in Korea

The South Korean government is currently offering free flu vaccines to 19 million people across the country. The Korean Medical Association has deduced that the flu vaccine could potentially offset complications from covid-19, promising to keep people healthy and out of the hospital. This same theory (that a flu shot would stop covid-19) was peddled by the New York Times in March 2020.

Now the head of the Korean Medical Association is trying to halt the flu shot drive because twenty-five citizens were pronounced DEAD after taking the vaccine. The victims came from all age groups and include a 17-year-old boy and a man in his 70s.

Oct 26 08:10

Has Covid killed off the flu? Experts pose the intriguing question as influenza cases nosedive by 98% across the globe

It was feared by many to be the perfect winter storm, a nightmare situation that would push our health service over the edge: the 'twin-demic' of flu, which kills about 10,000 Britons every year, and a second deadly wave of Covid-19.

Such was the concern that the Government rolled out the biggest flu vaccination programme in British history.

Thirty million people – 20 per cent more than normal, and now including all over-50s – are eligible for this year's jab.

Oct 26 07:47

If Masks Don’t Work, Why Do We Keep Wearing Them?

According to a recent study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 wore masks regularly. By contrast, under 4 percent of those testing positive never wore masks.

Coupled with this was an extensive review of mask studies worldwide in which the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) determined that typical cloth masks did little to stop the transmission of COVID-19. Although experts like to claim that cloth masks will prevent droplets carrying the virus from reaching others when a person sneezes or coughs, the reality is that most people are probably better off using their elbow and turning away from others. Moreover, the virus can still pass through a cloth mask, and the eyes, which aren’t covered, can act as “a portal of entry.”

Oct 26 07:45

Megyn Kelly joins the backlash against California Gov. Newsom's Thanksgiving insanity that requires families to celebrate outside, wear masks when not eating and only spend two hours together

Megyn Kelly joined in on excoriating California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday for his extremely restrictive Thanksgiving guidelines, which includes 'strongly discouraging' singing at the festivities this year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a tweet posted Sunday morning, the former Fox News and NBC News host listed some of Newsom's 'Thanksgiving insanity.'

Oct 26 07:45

Mark Meadows says ‘we’re not going to control’ COVID-19 pandemic

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday that the country is “not going to control the pandemic” — noting it is contagious like the flu and must be managed with therapeutics and vaccines.

“We’re not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation efforts,” Meadows said during a contentious interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Why aren’t we going to get to control the pandemic?” Tapper asked.

“Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu,” Meadows responded, as the two went back and forth about President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence continuing to campaign after five members of Pence’s staff testing positive.

Oct 26 07:29

Welsh People Blocked From Buying "Non-Essential" Items Due To Lockdown

People living under new lockdown rules in Wales have been prevented from buying so-called “non-essential” items, which are being covered with plastic sheeting at supermarkets.

The image shows shop workers covering up what appear to be duvets and other bedding products.

Oct 26 07:14

'Corpses, corpses everywhere': Medical worker reveals bodies piled up in a Russian morgue as Covid cases rise by a record 17,000 in one day amid a second wave gripping the country

A Russian medical worker has revealed the grim toll that coronavirus is taking on the country as he filmed the bodies of dozens of victims packed into a morgue.

'Corpses everywhere, corpses, corpses,' the man can be heard saying as he gives viewers a tour of a corridor and dissection room that is typically used for post-mortem examinations, but is instead being used to store bodies.

The footage was captured in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk, 300 miles from the border with Kazakhstan, as Russia suffers through a second wave of the virus.

Oct 26 07:12

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

This is the short video we have been talking about all week.

Another breakthrough original Brasscheck film that explains – and demolishes – the Current Con.

Oct 26 07:03

SOUTH KOREA: 48 DEAD AFTER FLU VACCINATION

The number of South Koreans who have died after getting flu shots has risen to 48, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Saturday, adding that the vaccines would continue to reduce the chance of having simultaneous epidemics.

The health authorities said they found no direct link between the deaths and the shots. They plan to carry on with the state-run vaccination programme to try to avoid having to fight both the flu and the coronavirus over the coming winter.

“After reviewing death cases so far, it is not the time to suspend a flu vaccination programme since vaccination is very crucial this year, considering … the COVID-19 outbreaks,” KDCA Director Jeong Eun-kyung told a briefing.

Oct 26 07:00

COVID-19 as a Weapon. The Crushing of the Disposable Working Class – by Design

The arrogance and brutality of the ruling class – is nothing less than breathtaking.

Let’s begin.

April 9 2020, Business Insider: “Many Americans will not have jobs to return to after the coronavirus pandemic ends, according to former US presidential candidate Andrew Yang”:

“Many Americans will not have jobs to return to after the coronavirus pandemic ends…”

“We’re going to see something like 10 years of change in 10 weeks…”

“The fact is right now this virus is the perfect environment for companies to get rid of people, bring in robots and machines, and figure out how they can operate more efficiently.”

“Universal basic income is going to become the topic, not just here in the United States, but Spain’s adopting a version of a minimum income. Legislatures around Europe are all very, very much focused on this.”

Oct 26 06:47

Maduro says Venezuelan scientists developed medicine that ‘cancels 100% of Covid-19’ with no side-effects

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his country has designed “a highly effective antiviral” that decimates coronavirus without any side effects. The drug will be presented to the WHO for certification, he added.

"I want to say that Venezuela has developed a medicine that annihilates 100 percent of the coronavirus," Maduro said on Sunday, describing it as a “highly effective antiviral.”

It was designed by the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), which has been working on a cure for the virus for the past six months, he noted.

The medicine is based on a molecule called TR-10, which was isolated and, when pitted against the virus, proved its absolute effectiveness, he claimed.

Oct 26 06:44

Gulf Coast braces for ANOTHER hurricane: Tropical storm Zeta gathers strength as it heads to America - while central US faces a blast of snow and ice in the run-up to the election

A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and is set to smash into the Gulf Coast later this week.

It comes as a major storm traveling across the country will bring snow and ice across the central U.S..

In Colorado, it is hoped that snowfall will put a damper on raging wildfires, while high winds and dry conditions in parts of California have raised fire concerns.

Oct 26 06:39

Dr. Fauci and Biden advocate a federal mask mandate, as daily COVID-19 infections hit 83,000 for 2nd consecutive day

Dr. Anthony Fauci wants all Americans to wear a mask and — contrary to previous statements he’s made on the issue — he now favors a mask mandate in order to make that happen.

Fauci, a physician and immunologist, and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the last three decades, told Erin Burnett on CNN’s OutFront Friday evening: “If people are not wearing masks, then maybe we should be mandating."

“There’s going to be a difficulty enforcing it, but if everyone agrees that this is something that’s important, and they mandate it and everybody pulls together and says, you know, we’re going to mandate it but let’s just do it, I think that would be a great idea,” he said.

Oct 26 06:21

605 Years Ago: Medieval Inspiration to Fight The Corona World Order Today.

“The truth is, the technocrats have no intention of ever letting us go back to normal,” writes Dr. Joseph Mercola in Fear Secures Obedience in COVID-19 War. “The plan is to alter society permanently. Part of that alteration is the removal of civil liberties and human rights, and it is now happening at breakneck speed.”

It may seem like we are outnumbered in an impossible battle against the Corona World Order. The majority of the population have already succumbed to the mass brainwashing operation underway.

Yet, 605 years ago, King Henry V found his army outnumbered by six-to-one on the fields of Agincourt in Northern France.

Oct 26 06:14

WHO Crusader to Counter “Conspiracy Dissident Groups” and Sway Covid “Vaccine Acceptance”

An outspoken proponent of government-led tactics to influence public opinion on policy and to undermine the credibility of “conspiracy theorists” will lead the World Health Organization’s (WHO) efforts to encourage public acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine, Children’s Health Defense has learned.

Last week, WHO’s general director, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, tweeted that he was glad to speak with the organization’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health to “discuss vaccine acceptance and uptake in the context of COVID-19.”

In his next tweet Ghebreyesus announced that Cass Sunstein, founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, will chair the advisory group, which was created in July.

Oct 26 06:13

The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The “Second Wave” is Based on Fake Statistics

Red zones”, travel bans, quarantines, “red lists”. A “Second Wave” has been announced.

The fear campaign has gone into overdrive. Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing.

Drastic state measures are contemplated, including restrictions on social gatherings, marriages, funerals, the closing down of restaurants and bars, the outright paralysis of civil society.

Coming to the rescue of our citizens. What is the justification?

Oct 26 06:07

Tropical Storm Zeta To Intensify Into Hurricane Leading To More Gulf Coast Chaos

Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the Caribbean Sunday morning, with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasting the storm could strengthen into a hurricane Tuesday as a midweek landfall is expected on the US Gulf Coast. Zeta could strike the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday. More specifically, hurricane models, as of Sunday afternoon, predict storm surge, rainfall, and hurricane wind impacts could be seen from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

To remind readers, on June 1, day one of hurricane season, we said this season "could be above average, with 13 to 19 named storms." And to our surprise, Zeta is the 27th named storm, tying 2005 as the most active hurricane season on record.

In early August, one month before La Nina was declared, we said the hurricane season is about to go "from bad to worse with La Nina odds up." By Sept. 10, the Climate Prediction Center confirmed La Nina, a weather pattern in the Northern Hemisphere that fuels more tropical activity.

Oct 26 06:06

Chinese Authorities Scramble To Suppress Biggest COVID-19 Outbreak In Months

Chinese authorities are scrambling to suppress yet another outbreak in far-flung Xinjiang after a 17-year-old garment factory worker tested positive.

Health authorities reported 137 new cases on Sunday, all of which were confirmed in Xinjiang Province, making this by far the largest new outbreak since the Spring. In keeping with Beijing's prescribed "wartime posture" approach, authorities last night launched a mass-testing campaign to try and test all 4.75 million residents in and around the city of Kashgar. A couple of weeks ago, authorities pulled off a similarly massive testing drive in Qingdao, a city in the eastern Shangdong Province.

Oct 26 05:38

New England Journal Of Medicine Promotes Mandatory Vaccinations, Tells States How To Do It

As Covid-19 continues to exact a heavy toll, development of a vaccine appears the most promising means of restoring normalcy to civil life. Perhaps no scientific breakthrough is more eagerly anticipated. But bringing a vaccine to market is only half the challenge; also critical is ensuring a high enough vaccination rate to achieve herd immunity. Concerningly, a recent poll found that only 49% of Americans planned to get vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.1

One option for increasing vaccine uptake is to require it. Mandatory vaccination has proven effective in ensuring high childhood immunization rates in many high-income countries. However, except for influenza vaccination of health care workers, mandates have not been widely used for adults.

Oct 26 05:34

Oxford coronavirus vaccine is to get approval ahead of Christmas so it can be used for medics and the elderly BEFORE final trials are finished, says professor who is leading the project

Medics and high-risk patients are likely to receive Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine before the end of the year, the professor leading the project said.

Adrian Hill said emergency approval would allow those most in need to receive the jab while the final trials are still under way.

Full authorisation would then follow, meaning the rest of the population could receive the vaccine from early 2021.

Oct 26 05:34

Middle-class jobs bloodbath: Commuter towns and seaside resorts are bearing the brunt with a MILLION more people facing the dole before Christmas after furlough scheme ends this weekend, economic experts warn

The pandemic has created a middle-class unemployment crisis that will get 'much worse' as Christmas approaches, experts warn.

Analysis reveals the extent of the jobs bloodbath in commuter towns, resorts and manufacturing hubs.

The number on the dole has already tripled in the hardest-hit towns and cities.

Oct 26 05:33

Young family in Australia fined $10,000 for crossing border to buy supplies

A young family from Melbourne, Australia, was fined $10,000 for crossing city borders to buy food and vitamins amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In an interview with Rebel News, the family — identified as Joshua Deen, his wife Ailes and their four children — said they’re struggling to pay the fine, which is almost impossible to do because of the pandemic.

Oct 26 05:32

Germany's top Covid-19 research body firebombed overnight in possible politically motivated arson attack – police

Unidentified perpetrators have thrown bottles and "incendiary devices" at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. The incident was relatively minor, but the target is a top institution leading the national effort to combat Covid-19.

The attack happened at around 2:40am on Sunday morning, the German police said. The projectiles were thrown at the facade of the building, breaking a window pane and producing some flames. A security guard put out the fire, which caused no injuries.

Whoever was behind the attack escaped the scene. The police said they are treating the investigation very seriously because it may have been a "politically motivated attempted arson."

Oct 26 05:22

Watch: Furious Welshman Tears Down Sheeting Off "Non-Essential" Goods In COVID-Lockdown Protest

A video out of Wales shows a furious shopper in a branch of Tesco tearing away plastic sheeting used to cover “non-essential” goods while decrying a COVID lockdown that is robbing people of “basic human needs.”

As we highlighted yesterday, photos began emerging of bedding and other supermarket items deemed “non-essential” being covered with plastic sheeting to prevent people in Wales from buying them.

Now a new video has emerged of an irate Welshman tearing down similar sheeting in a branch of Tesco in Bangor last night.

Oct 25 18:36

Statistical analysis of 118 studies proves 'efficacy' of Hydroxychloroquine

Positive Hydroxychloroquine trials and studies continue to pour in from across the world supporting the efficacy of the drug in treating COVID-19 despite the “sneering luvvies,” according to Sky News host Rowan Dean.

Mr Dean said a group of PhD researchers and scientists have done a statistical analysis of all 118 studies from around the globe and have reached some “crushing conclusions”.

Oct 25 10:40

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

A TEAM OF physicists in New York has discovered a material that conducts electricity with perfect efficiency at room temperature—a long-sought scientific milestone. The hydrogen, carbon, and sulfur compound operates as a superconductor at up to 59 degrees Fahrenheit, the team reported in Nature. That’s more than 50 degrees higher than the previous high-temperature superconductivity record, set last year.

“This is the first time we can really claim that room-temperature superconductivity has been found,” said Ion Errea, a condensed-matter theorist at the University of the Basque Country in Spain who was not involved in the work.

“It’s clearly a landmark,” said Chris Pickard, a materials scientist at the University of Cambridge. “That’s a chilly room, maybe a British Victorian cottage,” he said of the 59-degree temperature.

Oct 25 10:38

Twenty years of the International Space Station – but was it worth it?

Space scientists are preparing to celebrate a remarkable astronautical achievement. In a few days, they will mark the 20th anniversary of humanity’s continuous presence in outer space.

For two decades, teams of astronauts have made their homes 250 miles above our planet through their uninterrupted occupancy of the International Space Station (ISS). First inhabited by US astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko on 2 November 2000, the ISS has since provided shelter for a steady rotation of crews that has ensured the station has never been left unoccupied.

Oct 25 10:36

How to Spot A Glitzy Star That Flashes Red & Green (And Isn't a Plane)

If you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere where the stars are visible, those of us who live in cities hope that you’re taking advantage of it. Sure, we can see the moon when it’s out—maybe an occasion planet if it’s bright enough—but not much beyond that. Then there are the moments when it looks like we can see a star—realize that it’s moving, hoping it might even be a shooting star—only to realize it’s an airplane.

But not every blinking object in the sky is a plane. In fact, there’s one star in particular that flashes red and green this time of the year. Here’s how to spot it.

Oct 25 10:36

As astronomers search for exoplanets, those planets could have Earth in sight, study says

While the search for exoplanets has revealed more than 4,000 planets beyond our solar system over the last couple of decades, it begs the question of what may be looking back.

That's the question posed by two astronomers in a study published Wednesday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

"In our search for life in the universe, we ask a little bit of a different question in this research," said Lisa Kaltenegger, associate professor of astronomy in Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences and director of Cornell's Carl Sagan Institute, in a video shared by the institution.

"We ask, who could have actually spotted us? Who could have found out that Earth is teeming with life from their vantage point?"

Oct 25 10:34

New Receiver Will Boost Interplanetary Communication

When we return to the Moon and place our first footsteps on Mars, we will want not only scientific data but live video feeds, high-resolution images, and even tweets from the astronauts. Imagine trying to stream gigabytes of data between Earth and Mars. Even the most sophisticated radio network isn’t capable of that level of bandwidth. While NASA is working on modern radio designs, radio communication might not meet all our needs.

Oct 25 10:31

Ask Ethan: Could Measurement Inaccuracies Explain Our Cosmic Controversies?

When it comes to the Universe, there’s a whole lot that doesn’t add up. All the matter we observe and infer — from planets, stars, dust, gas, plasma, and exotic states and objects — can’t account for the gravitational effects we see. When we observe galaxies and measure both their distances and redshifts, it reveals the expanding Universe, and yet there are two recent surprises: observations that indicate the expansion is accelerating (attributed to dark energy), and the fact that different measurement methods lead to two different sets of expansion rates.

Are these problems actually real puzzles to be reckoned with, or could they be due to problems with the measurements themselves? That’s what Martin Step wants to know, as he writes in to ask:

Oct 25 10:31

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER “LOST” TECTONIC PLATE WITH OMINOUS NAME

A team of scientists discovered an ancient tectonic plate that used to be part of the crust beneath northern Canada.

The existence of the plate, which has the ominous name “Resurrection,” has been theorized previously. But it’s remained a touchy subject among geologists, Live Science reports, with many disputing its existence. Now, though, new research lends more evidence for the former plate, and attributes several volcanoes’ existence to turbulent activity along its borders.

Oct 25 10:20

NASA Making Major Announcement About The Moon

There is news coming from NASA on Monday in regards to science recently discovered about the moon. The news will be revealed Monday, October 26, at 12pm ET on a teleconference call with some of the highest ranking members of NASA. The discovery which will be revealed is said to contribute to NASA's effort to learn more about the Moon and deep space exploration. There is a clear goal from the group to not only be traveling back to the moon earlier than the next half-decade but also to get feet on Mars within a decade of the next Moon journey.

Oct 25 07:20

WHITE MOUNTAIN PEAKS ON PLUTO NOT CAUSED BY SNOW

Images captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its July 2015 Pluto flyby reveal the small planet to be the only place in the solar system other than Earth to have white-capped mountains. However, the processes by which the white peaks are created on the two worlds are very different.

Initially, scientists thought the white peaks on Pluto’s surface, located along its equator to the west of the iconic heart-shaped glacier known as Tombaugh Regio, in an area dubbed Cthulhu Regio, are whitened by methane snow.

While the peaks of the two-and-a-half-mile high mountaintops are composed of methane, the white methane frost is produced by condensation that takes place at higher, warmer altitudes in Pluto’s atmosphere.

The mountains are composed of water ice, which is rock hard on a world where surface temperatures can drop as low as minus 387 degrees Fahrenheit.

Oct 25 07:05

Orange County Launches Student Contest To "Normalize Mask Wearing"

To “help normalize mask wearing” in the community, the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) in California has launched a contest for students that will award the winners thousands of dollars in technology grants for their schools.

There are three categories in the contest: mask art, written essay, and social video. Entrants will be split into age groups including elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

“The three entries with the highest scores in each entry category for each school level will be named winners,” according to the agency’s website.

A total of 27 technology grants will be awarded: $7,000 for nine first-place winners, $6,000 for nine second-place winners, and $5,000 for nine third-place winners. The grants can be used to buy WiFi hotspots or other technology equipment for the winners’ schools.

Oct 25 07:03

Recent College Grads Face Worst Employment Prospects In Decades Thanks To COVID-19

Just like their forebears (the millennials who graduated from college between 2008 and 2012) it appears Gen Z is facing a labor-market shock of serious magnitude, spurred by the coronavirus pandemic and its attendant impact on the American economy, swelling the unemployment rolls while also disrupting the typical pipeline of internships and entry-level gigs that usually help students find permanent entry-level jobs.

In a report published Friday morning, Bloomberg illustrated the difficulties faced by college graduates, and students in their early 2020s, who have just seen their job market plans go up in smoke. Data released yesterday showed the number of Americans filing for the first time for unemployment benefits fell to 787k (870k exp), the lowest point since lockdowns began.

Oct 25 07:01

But… books ARE essential! Wales govt unleashes tsunami of anger & ridicule with ban of ‘non-essential’ goods in supermarkets

The government of Wales has received more than they bargained for after ordering supermarkets not to sell ‘non-essential’ goods… like clothing, books, phones and lots of other things that many people just can’t live without.

Customers of large retailers in Wales were greeted on Saturday with rows upon rows of shelves covered with plastic sheets or crisscrossed with tape. The businesses didn’t have much choice in the matter – they had to comply with new government guidelines meant to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Oct 25 07:00

Anti-lockdown protesters smash police cars in Naples after new Covid-19 restrictions announced (VIDEOS)

Protesters defied curfew and attacked police vehicles in Italy’s third-largest city of Naples. The anger was sparked by the governor’s call for a new lockdown after the spread of Covid-19 hit a new daily record.

Chanting “Freedom!” the angry crowds marched through the city streets on Friday night, with some hurling bottles, smoke bombs and other projectiles at the officers. Others attempted to erect barricades using garbage containers and set some of them on fire. Police deployed tear gas as they tried to disperse the rioters.

Videos posted on social media show groups of people attacking police vehicles, forcing the officers to leave the scene.

Oct 25 06:53

'From the International Space Station: I voted today!' US astronaut casts her absentee ballot from 253miles above the Earth

At least she didn't have to wait in line.

A US astronaut cast her ballot from the International Space Station on Thursday, making her voice heard in the presidential election despite being 253 miles (408 kilometers) above the Earth.

'From the International Space Station: I voted today,' crew member Kate Rubins, who began a six-month stint aboard the orbiting station last week, said on US space agency NASA's Twitter account.

Oct 25 06:48

Researchers develop new way to detect strokes with iPhone

A group of researchers has created a new way to use Apple's iPhone, the latest iteration of which is now for sale, to diagnose strokes.

Scientists at Penn State University have teamed up with Houston Methodist Hospital to identify the debilitating medical episodes based on abnormalities in a person's speech and facial movements detectable with the iconic smartphone.

Oct 25 06:41

NASA Awards Houston Space Firm $47 Million Moon Drilling Contract

NASA selected Houston-based company Intuitive Machine to land an ice-mining drill on the moon's south pole by December 2022.

The space agency agreed to pay Intuitive Machines $47 million to land Polar Resources Ice Mining Experiment (PRIME-1) on the moon in the first-ever mining mission to drill below the lunar surface, in search of water ice. A mass spectrometer will be used to determine how much of the ice changes from solid to vapor on the lunar surface vacuum. The data will assist NASA's rover, the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER), searching for water ice at the moon's pole to determine an area that will support a human presence in 2024.

Oct 25 06:38

Southern Italy Declares Lockdown, Curfew. People Pour Out in Protest, Clash With Police, Instead

The Campania region, which includes Naples, announced it would go into lockdown on Friday as the number of COVID-19 cases [test positives] soared.

Demonstrators threw flares and other missiles at police who responded with tear gas.

There were unconfirmed reports protestors stormed local government offices.

Jakub Wondreys posted a video of the disorder on Twitter with the caption: “Big anti-regional government COVID-19 restrictions protests are happening right now in Naples, Italy.

Oct 25 06:27

Call me a Grinch, but with festive markets abandoned, the ski season gutted and zero excitement around, Christmas 2020 is off

Santa’s not coming to town & the Three Kings can keep wandering afar. Thanks to Covid-19 cracker-downs, we apparently need to prepare for a ‘digital Xmas’. ‘Tis the season to be miserable.

After the year we’ve had it really is the last thing that anyone wants to hear but the signs around the globe are irrefutable: thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Christmas 2020 is dead.

The bad news broke first in that most pragmatic of nations: Scotland. The Scots’ national clinical director, Jason Leitch, jumped the gun on the government’s messaging by warning everyone to prepare for the worst during a morning television interview this week.

Oct 25 06:13

Sam's Club To Deploy Robot Cleaners For All US Stores Amid Contactless Shift

Even before the virus pandemic, bulk retailer Sam's Club has been fairly aggressive in adopting robotics and automation at U.S. stores.

Sam's Club employed a fleet of robotic scrubbers from Tennant Company, a Brain Corp partner, at hundreds of U.S. stores but is now preparing to receive an additional 372 robots that will operate at the company's 599 US locations.

"The potential of robots, A.I., and data working in concert throughout an in-store environment can only be realized by proven, commercial technology," Dr. Eugene Izhikevich, CEO of Brain Corp., wrote in a press release.

"Sam's Club recognizes the scale of this opportunity, and we are proud to be selected as part of their connected club initiatives," Izhikevich wrote.

Oct 25 06:04

THE EXISTENTIAL CRISIS FOR COLLEGES: $1.64 TRILLION IN STUDENT DEBT AND A PANDEMIC.

The fall season for those with teenagers exploring college options can be one filled with anxiety and uncertainty in more stable times. This is anything but a stable time. We have college tuition spiraling out of control for well over two decades while a pandemic forced students to learn online away from carefully manicured campuses. How do you decide on which college to attend if you are unable to visit the campus, explore the classes, or experience what has been so painstakingly packaged to embody the college going years? That is the question millions of families are grappling with in the middle of all the other questions the novel coronavirus has tossed at us. Colleges are having to face an existential challenge in what they truly believe in – do they want to educate our future or serve only as a finishing school for the affluent in our society?

Oct 25 06:04

THE CULT OF THE BRAVE NEW NORMAL

In March, it was just a three-week lockdown, to flatten the curve so as not to overwhelm the NHS. The narrative has quickly evolved. It has progressed from what seemed a reasonable idea of keeping NHS bed space free based on the completely false Neil Fergusson prediction that hospitals would be overwhelmed by patients suffering from COVID19.

This never happened. Many weeks passed where face masks were not needed and then suddenly in July, long after the majority of supposed COVID19 deaths had occurred, face masks were made compulsory.

Indeed, the UK government advice from the likes of Chris Whitty and the World Health Organisation was that face masks were not effective in stopping the spread of COVID19 or in contracting it; science does not change that quick – anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar.

The result is that we have now fallen deep into a Covidian Cult, a totalitarian psychotic narrative that has little connection to reality or to the facts.

Oct 25 06:03

UK GIVES POLICE ACCESS TO DEPT. OF HEALTH DATA TO ENFORCE SELF-ISOLATION ORDERS

“Your papers, please.” This is a chilling breakdown of personal data privacy, giving the police unprecedented and sweeping access to health data across the UK. This is also happening in the U.S. with Google and Oracle’s tracking vaccine recipients.

The total breakdown of personal data privacy is almost complete. Your most private and intimate details are shared among government entities, including police, as well as with Big Tech companies. This is how the scientific dictatorship of Technocracy will control every citizen, and mostly via AI algorithms. ? TN Editor

British police forces have been granted access to details of people who have been told to self-isolate under the government’s ‘test and trace’ system, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said late on Saturday.

Oct 25 05:53

The lockdown in Wales is ‘psychotic and absolutely deranged’

Oct 25 05:51

Trump critics lose it as ‘permanent manned presence on the Moon’ and trip to Mars listed as Republican priorities

Space exploration doesn’t seem to hold much interest for President Donald Trump’s critics, as they’ve blasted the Republican Party’s announcement of prioritizing manned missions to the Moon and Mars as “out of touch.”

According to a Friday tweet from the Republican Party’s Twitter account, some of President Trump’s priorities for a second term include a “permanent presence” on the Moon and the first manned mission to Mars.

Oct 24 12:49

Flu shots just killed nine people in South Korea – and the season is only getting started

The threat of seasonal influenza combined with fears about the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) is driving many to rush out to get vaccinated with flu shots, believing the jabs to provide foolproof protection. But people are already dying from the vaccines, including nine people in South Korea who died just in the past week.

According to reports, five people in South Korea died on Oct. 21 alone after getting jabbed, raising concerns about the safety of these shots that many health experts insist are crucial during this so-called “pandemic.”

Oct 24 09:42

THE CULT OF THE BRAVE NEW NORMAL

In March, it was just a three-week lockdown, to flatten the curve so as not to overwhelm the NHS. The narrative has quickly evolved. It has progressed from what seemed a reasonable idea of keeping NHS bed space free based on the completely false Neil Fergusson prediction that hospitals would be overwhelmed by patients suffering from COVID19

Oct 24 09:39

UK GIVES POLICE ACCESS TO DEPT. OF HEALTH DATA TO ENFORCE SELF-ISOLATION ORDERS

“Your papers, please.” This is a chilling breakdown of personal data privacy, giving the police unprecedented and sweeping access to health data across the UK. This is also happening in the U.S. with Google and Oracle’s tracking vaccine recipients.

Oct 24 09:26

MODERNA Chief Medical Officer and CEO Liquidate Their Shares

As Moderna begins a late-stage trial of its vaccine, chief medical officer Tal Zaks sold almost all his shares in the company, according to a report filed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, raising concerns about his trust in the vaccine.

Oct 24 08:23

Fears mount as South Korea probes cause behind 36 people's deaths after flu vaccination

Public concern over the safety of flu shots has grown in South Korea as the authorities reported 36 cases of deaths after vaccination as at 1pm on Friday (Oct 23), putting strain on their efforts to curb a potential "twindemic" of winter flu and the coronavirus.

The country is still grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, reporting 155 Covid-19 cases on Friday - the highest since Sept 11 and the second day in a row that the number hit triple figures. This brings the total to 25,698.

Health authorities now also have to tackle a deepening fear of the state-administered free flu vaccine programme after two batches of vaccine were found faulty since last month.

Oct 24 07:54

How 'Expert' Worship Is Ruining Science

What is science? Has it changed from past to present? Is it still working? The coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on the question of science as a whole and biology and drug research in particular.

Now, the popular narrative is that if only we listened to the scientists, we would have prevented this, presumably contrasting scientists against “politicians” and perhaps some un-specified “non-expert” others. The pandemic is happening against a completely unprecedented backdrop of censorship of what seems to me like normal-people discussion about the effects of different drugs and therapies.

The CEO of YouTube has specifically said that the platform would block people suggesting vitamin C has beneficial effects on helping one recover from coronavirus. This is, of course, done “in the name of” science, because everything ought to be done in the name of science in the West.

Oct 24 07:42

Greedy grabber: NASA scrambles to return jam-packed asteroid sampler to Earth as rock dust escapes from ship’s overstuffed ‘belly’

NASA is rushing to make a 200 million mile trek back to Earth after an asteroid-sampling spacecraft bit off more than it could chew, unable to contain an oversized haul of alien rubble as its priceless cargo escapes into space.

Three days after touching down on asteroid Bennu hundreds of millions of miles away from home, NASA said its Osiris-Rex spacecraft had become so engorged with asteroid fragments that debris is now leaking from its storage compartment.

Oct 24 07:37

FALSE ALARM

A mysterious ailment appears out of China, transmitted by a source unknown, but probably a weird animal.

The news media goes into full panic mode at the encouragement of the CDC, WHO and NIH.

Lock downs, travel restrictions and vast economic damage.

2020?

No. 2003.

We’ve been down every single step of this road before.

Oct 24 07:22

The Sackler family withdrew more than $10 billion from Purdue Pharma during the country's opioid crisis

Members of the Sackler family withdrew more than $10 billion from Purdue Pharma and put the money in family trusts and holding companies as pressure intensified over the nation's opioid epidemic, according to court documents.

The withdrawals came during a time when Purdue Pharma was accused of fueling the nation's opioid epidemic and amid growing concerns from many states that a significant amount of the family's wealth may be held overseas; therefore unavailable to plaintiffs seeking relief through the courts.

An audit shows that from 2008 through late 2018, the family withdrew more than eight times as much money from Purdue as the previous 13 years. Details of the withdrawals emerged during an audit of the company, which filed for bankruptcy in September. The audit, commissioned by Purdue, was filed in bankruptcy court Monday evening.

Oct 24 06:51

Scientists capture world's first 3,200-megapixel photos

Scientists at the Menlo Park, California-based SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have taken the world's first 3,200-megapixel digital photos, using an advanced imaging device that's built to explore the universe.

"We will measure and catalog something like 20 billion galaxies." said Steven Kahn, director of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile. That observatory is where the world's largest digital camera will become the centerpiece of a monumental effort to map the night sky. The camera will spend 10 years capturing the most detailed images of the universe ever taken.

Oct 24 06:31

Dr. Anthony Fauci Opposes Controlled Study On Effectiveness Of Masks

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday he opposes conducting a controlled study on the effectiveness of masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Fauci discussed the idea during a conversation with students of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.

One student asked if it is possible to do a study in the midst of a pandemic about the effectiveness of wearing masks.

Oct 23 13:39

Huge Asteroid As Big As World's Tallest Building to Zoom Past Earth in November

An enormous asteroid as big as the word's largest building is set to zoom past the Earth in November, figures from NASA's Center for Near-Earth Studies (CNEOS) show.

The massive space rock, dubbed 2000 WO107, is estimated to measure up to around 2,960 feet in diameter.

This means it could be almost exactly the same height as the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai—the tallest structure on Earth.

The asteroid is set to make its close approach to Earth at 1:08 a.m. ET on November 29, acceding to the CNEOS.

Oct 23 13:38

Rocket Report: Bank doubles value of SpaceX, Russia won’t talk Amur anymore

Welcome to Edition 3.21 of the Rocket Report. As of Friday morning, there are just 70 days left until January 1. This means that if your rocket company is planning a launch in 2020, you have just 10 weeks left. No pressure!

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

Oct 23 13:36

LUNAR SPACEX STARSHIP: STUNNING PHOTO SHOWS NASA-BRANDED SHIP TAKING SHAPE

The image, shared by photographer Austin Barnard via his Twitter account Thursday, shows a white Starship nosecone emblazoned with the United States' flag and NASA's recently-revived "worm" logo. Barnard shared the image with the text "NASA Artemis Moon lander anyone?"

It's uncertain what SpaceX plans to do with the nosecone, but Artemis could offer hints. The project covers a wealth of lunar missions, including a crewed mission in 2024 that's expected to send the next man and first woman to the surface. NASA asked SpaceX, along with two other firms, to develop a lander for the mission. SpaceX's proposed plan makes heavy use of the Starship.

"My best guess is this will be a mock up lunar variant for the Starship presentation," Barnard wrote on Twitter, referencing the event expected to take place later this month. CEO Elon Musk has hinted that the event could show a more refined design for the Starship.

Oct 23 11:14

Santa Claus won't be coming to Macy's Herald Square this year

Macy's said Santa Claus won't be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this year due to the coronavirus, interrupting a holiday tradition started nearly 160 years ago.

More than a quarter of a million people come to see Santa at Macy's in Midtown Manhattan each year, the company said, making it hard to create a safe environment during a pandemic. Before taking a picture with the jolly old man, crowds walk in tight quarters through a maze-like Santaland that's filled with Christmas trees, running toy trains and elves in green costumes.

Santa also won't be showing up at its Chicago and San Francisco stores, which have similar Santalands. But he will still appear at the end of the televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, the company said.

Oct 23 09:21

THE NAZIFICATION OF MEDICINE

In this exclusive Brasscheck interview, Kevin Corbett goes into detail about an aspect of the CoVid Crisis Con that is being otherwise actively ignored: The use of the “threat” to justify the suspension – and perversion – of normal medical practice.

The focus is on the sinister distortions taking place in the UK, but they apply to other countries including the United States.

As a trained nurse who worked with the first generation of AIDS patients in the UK and became a PhD university lecturer educating nurses, Kevin Corbett is uniquely qualified to address this issue.

Oct 23 08:48

Vaccine Trials 'Can't Detect' Virus Risk Reduction: Expert

None of the trials of COVId-19 candidate vaccines can detect a reduction in serious outcomes such as hospitalization or death, a leading public health expert said Thursday.

Writing in the BMJ medical journal, associate editor Peter Doshi warned that not even phase 3 trials under way in the race for a vaccine can prove their product will prevent people contracting COVID-19.

In a sobering essay, Doshi said those hoping for a breakthrough to end the pandemic would be disappointed, with some vaccines likely to reduce the risk of infection by only 30 percent.

"None of the trials currently under way are designed to detect a reduction in any serious outcome such as hospital admissions, use of intensive care, or deaths," he wrote.

Oct 23 08:00

Researchers find elevated levels of radiation near US fracking sites

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is linked to many health and environmental concerns. But a recent study by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston found another troubling effect of fracking: radioactive air particles.

Their findings, published in Nature Communications, showed that airborne radiation levels downwind of US fracking sites are higher than background levels. That being said, the elevated levels were well below public health limits. However, the researchers warned that the particles can still pose significant health risks to people living close to fracking sites.

Oct 23 07:59

Nonprofit group cleaning up plastic waste from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The removal of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now well underway, thanks to the efforts of Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit geared towards cleaning the world’s oceans.

The cleanup, made possible by a large device designed by Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO Boyan Slat, successfully captured and held debris ranging from large cartons, crates and abandoned fishing gear to microplastics, according to a press release published by the nonprofit.

“Today, I am very proud to share with you that we are now catching plastics,” Slat said.

Slat described the Ocean Cleanup device as being a U-shaped barrier that drops a net below the surface. According to Slat, the net traps moving objects once it gets moved by ocean currents, while at the same time, allowing fish and marine life to swim safely beneath it.

Oct 23 07:55

Research reveals: Humans have a “salamander-like regenerative capacity” to regrow cartilage in joints

This “hidden” ability was discovered by Duke postdoctoral associate Ming-Feng Hsueh and his research team. They did so after using mass spectrometry on 18 joint tissue specimens from the hips, knees or ankles of patients who underwent surgery on these joints. What they found was that the proteins from the ankles were younger than those from the knees and hips, showing very few signs of the natural aging that occurs in the body.

The research team speculates that this might explain why the hips and knees are more susceptible to arthritis than the ankles, and why their injuries take longer to heal.

According to Hsueh, the mechanism by which humans repair tissue around the ankles, knees and hips bears some similarities to the mechanism that certain animals, such as salamanders, use to grow new legs in that the process happens more easily at the body’s extremities and not the core.

Oct 23 07:03

FDA Approves Gilead's Remdesivir To Treat COVID-19 Despite Data Showing Drug Doesn't Work

Despite reams of data from an international WHO study raising serious questions about its efficacy, the FDA has finally approved the use of Gilead Science's remdesivir - a powerful antiviral originally developed to treat ebola - for the treatment of COVID-19, making it the first such drug approved to treat the virus in the US.

The FDA first granted the drug emergency authorization in May, allowing hospitals and doctors to use the drug even though by all accounts it wasn't that widely used.

President Trump received one course of remdesivir along with several other COVID-19 therapies after contracting the virus. Doctors also gave the president dexamethasone, a steroid that has a much better track record for treating the virus, according to the available data. Trump also received an experimental drug from Regeneron, which, along with Eli Lilly, has filed for emergency use approval for its COVID-19 antibody treatment.

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