On This Day

On This Day [Aug. 26th]

AUGUST 26TH 1938: a tape recorder was used for the first time to send a radio broadcast 1743: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier was born. He is considered to be 'the father of modern chemistry' and is responsible for naming oxygen and determining what role it plays in combustion and respiration. 1874: Lee de Forest was born.… Continue reading On This Day [Aug. 26th]

coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccine protection is fading as the number of cases increase

Researchers in the UK have found that the protection offered by the Pfizer/Biotech and AstraZeneca vaccines begins to fall after six months. The researchers have linked this to the need for booster shots for those who already had two doses of the vaccine. While major countries like the US, UK and also the EU are… Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine protection is fading as the number of cases increase

science

You learn something new everyday!

I like to post quotes that resonate with me from time to time and this: ...and this: It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. ...caught my eye. It was attributed to Darwin, and I had no… Continue reading You learn something new everyday!

coronavirus

Do you need to wear a face mask outside?

Face masks have become part of our new normal over the past year both indoors and outdoors. While they're highly recommended inside heavily populated areas like supermarkets/grocery stores and public transport, there's not much guidance when it comes to outside. According to Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, the risk of catching COVID-19 outside is quite low.… Continue reading Do you need to wear a face mask outside?

science

torture the data and it will confess to anything

Torture the data and it will confess to anything, as they say at Guantanamo Bay. Bad Science, Ben Goldacre This quote is somewhat amusing but very much true of some research carried out. It's not just limited to science either. How many times do less than reputable sources cherry-pick data and use it to support… Continue reading torture the data and it will confess to anything

coronavirus, Public Health

Update: EMA concludes that benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks

EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concludes that the benefits of the #COVID19Vaccine AstraZeneca still outweigh its risks despite possible link to rare blood clots associated with low levels of blood platelets. 👉Read more: https://t.co/WCdaKqOPxB pic.twitter.com/0NO8kh5a48 — EU Medicines Agency (@EMA_News) March 18, 2021 The EMA safety committee held a meeting on 18th March and found that:… Continue reading Update: EMA concludes that benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the risks

coronavirus, Public Health

AstraZeneca vaccine suspended in Europe due to safety concerns

Several countries across Europe have suspended the AstraZeneca vaccine due to safety concerns. There have been reports of blood clotting and deaths in people who have been administered the vaccine. In comparison, there seems to be little trouble with the rollout of the vaccine in the UK with scientists there insisting that the jab is… Continue reading AstraZeneca vaccine suspended in Europe due to safety concerns

On This Day

On This Day – 14th March

On This Day, Albert Einstein was born. Born 14 March 1879 in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany, Einstein was a renowned physicist who developed the special and general theory of relativity. He is, perhaps, one of the most influential scientists of the 20th Century, with his work continuing to have an impact even today (without his breakthroughs,… Continue reading On This Day – 14th March