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New modeling from researchers at Imperial College London has estimated COVID-19 vaccines prevented nearly 20 million deaths worldwide in 2021. The study also concluded millions more lives could have been saved last year if vaccine distribution was more equitably spread around the globe.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Virus, Vaccines, Deaths
Vienna’s Leitz Photographica Auctions celebrated its 20th year in business this week when it sold the camera of the man who invented 35-mm photography for €14,400,000 (US$15,147,360), smashing the previous world record of €2,400,000.Continue ReadingCategory: Photography, TechnologyTags: World Records, Auction, Man Ray, Leica, Leitz Photographica, Sotheby's

In an effort to create some buzz for the recent World Bee Day on May 20, Italian beekeeper Rocco Filomeno has built a wonderfully whimsical "Air bee and bee" tiny house-style dwelling. Installed in an olive garden in rural Italy, the basic-but-novel shelter lets visitors sleep among the bees, thanks to a beehive integrated into its ceiling.Continue ReadingCategory: Tiny Houses, LifestyleTags: Bui
American artist Man Ray's famous 1924 photograph, Le Violon d'Ingres just sold for $12.4M at a Christie's New York auction dedicated to surrealist art. The sale makes the photo the most expensive ever to be sold at auction.Per ART News, the final hammer price followed 10 minutes of intense outbidding. Before the auction, the photo was estimated to sell for between $5-7M. The photo is treasured be
Google is being sued over its use of confidential medical records belonging to 1.6 million individuals in the UK. The company’s artificial intelligence arm, DeepMind, received the data in 2015 […] The post ShinyShiny snippets Google sued for using NHS data of 1.6 million Brits ‘without consent’ appeared first on ShinyShiny.
Logic gates are the fundamental building blocks of computers, and researchers at the University of Rochester have now developed the fastest ones ever created. By zapping graphene and gold with laser pulses, the new logic gates are a million times faster than those in existing computers, demonstrating the viability of “lightwave electronics.”Continue ReadingCategory: Electronics, ScienceTags: Comp
The world’s most powerful X-ray laser is ready for operation after a massive overhaul. A powerful upgrade to Stanford’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), LCLS-II uses temperatures colder than deep space to accelerate electrons to near light-speed and fire off a million X-ray bursts per second.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Laser, X-ray, Stanford University, SLAC, Physics, Electrons, Ima
It's estimated that the Hubble Space Telescope has performed about 1.4 million observations since launching into space in 1990. Those are a lot of opportunities to look at different parts of the sky. As Dr. Casey Handmer points out, given Hubble's 202 arc-second field of view, about 3.5 million exposures would cover the entire sky. Dr. Handmer then wondered, how much of the sky has Hubble seen?In

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