COVID-19 Has Claimed At Least 28 Million Years Of Life So Far
A survey examining data across 37 countries estimates we have lost at least 28 million years of life to COVID-19 in the form of premature deaths among people who might otherwise have gone on to live years or decades. The results showed that an excess of 28 million years of life were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The real number, however, is likely far, far higher.
Farthest Water In The Universe Has Been Detected
Astronomers have reported the farthest detection of H20 in a normal star-forming galaxy. Water – an element necessary for life as we know it – was detected in a galaxy 12.88 billion light-years from Earth. The light from this galaxy is coming from an epoch of the universe we still do not fully understand, and this discovery tells us that water was already a major player early on.
Cervical Cancer Cases Fall By Almost 90 Percent In HPV-Vaccinated Generation
Cervical cancers are 87 percent lower among women part of the first mass vaccination program in the UK against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The overwhelming majority of cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV infection. As a result, 448 cervical cancers were prevented in the UK through vaccination by June 30, 2019, and the numbers will grow rapidly as more women reach the ages where cervical cancer was previously most common.
COP26: Over 40 Countries Agree To Phase-Out Coal, But Not The US, Australia, Or China
The UK-led Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement will see a total of 190 countries and organizations agree to phase out and not build or invest in new coal power, the dirtiest fossil fuel of all. However, the bid to “consign coal to history” hit a rocky start. Some of the world's most coal-dependent countries, including Australia, India, China, and the US have not signed up to pledge.
Origin Of Mysterious Twisted Glass Shards In Atacama Desert Discovered
For years, scientists have wondered about the origins of a vast corridor in Chile’s Atacama Desert filled with shards of black and green glass. Now, researchers think they’ve found the explanation: an exploding cosmic fireball. Instead of being made up of one type of material, as would be expected if created by a grass fire, the glass matches the makeup of the soil around it – with a few extraterrestrial additions.
Fact Check: Are COVID-19 Antibodies "Waning"? And What Does That Mean For Vaccines?
There’s a new term entering the discourse: antibodies, you may have heard, are “waning”. So, is it true – do our antibodies from vaccinations really “wane,” and what does that mean?