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CDC: Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine program lowers cases of severe disease among older adults

CDC: Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine program lowers cases of severe disease among older adults

Health
Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Widespread acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine among older adults in Israel has led to a decline in those requiring mechanical ventilation during treatment for the disease, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Israel launched a robust vaccination program in December and, by Feb. 9, 84% of those age 70 and older had received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, the agency said. Advertisement From October through December of last year, prior to the start of the vaccination campaign, adults age 70 and older were nearly six times as likely to require mechanical ventilation to treat COVID-19 compared to adults under age 50 years. By February, after widespread vaccination, older adults were just under twice as likely to req...
Survey finds ‘slutpage’ use may be common among U.S. college students

Survey finds ‘slutpage’ use may be common among U.S. college students

Science
Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Viewing and uploading to so-called slutpages -- mobile apps, websites and email lists that include non-consensual nude or semi-nude pictures of women -- is fairly common among college students in the United States, according to a new survey. Researchers at Michigan State University surveyed students at a large U.S. university, finding the problem of collecting, viewing and sharing pictures of women without their consent is a growing problem not only with teenagers, but also with college students. Advertisement Among participants in the survey, one in three admitted to viewing slutpages. Ten percent of respondents said they had used a secret photo storing app to collect or share nude images. And one in thirty admitted to posting nude images or videos online without the su...
Outsider threats inspire bonding, cooperation among chimpanzees

Outsider threats inspire bonding, cooperation among chimpanzees

Science
Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Humans are a social species -- the human success story is in many ways a story of cooperation and collaboration. But from the beginning, as evidenced by prehistoric skull fractures and ancient mass burials, the human story has also been marked -- and marred -- by violence. Advertisement Now, new research suggests the origins of this dichotomy between cooperation and conflict can be traced to our closest relatives, the great apes. In a first-of-its-kind study, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, scientists found chimpanzees are more likely to cooperate and form tight in-group bonds after exposure to outsider threats. "The association between in-group cohesion and out-group aggression has long been recognized in humans, but the evolutionary background remains unde...
Perseverance rover moments before touchdown among new images of Mars released by NASA

Perseverance rover moments before touchdown among new images of Mars released by NASA

Technology
NASA has released new images of the Perseverance rover two metres above the surface of Mars as it gave more details of the mission.The US space agency's robot successfully landed on the Red Planet just before 1pm local time on Thursday. Speaking at a news briefing in California on Friday, NASA officials revealed the rover landed 2km (1.24 miles) from the ancient river delta it was aiming for.The team also released the three first colour pictures of the landing, which they hope will go down in history with the likes of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon. Image: This is the first colour picture captured from the rover. Pic: NASA Image: Another new picture shows one of the wheels of ...
Goff, Henry among players with easiest fantasy football playoff schedules

Goff, Henry among players with easiest fantasy football playoff schedules

Sports
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- It's officially playoff time for most fantasy football leagues. Your roster should be complete for the most part, if you prepared for your postseason run in recent weeks, but sit-start decisions are more important now than ever. You must weigh your players' talents against the ease or difficulty of their schedule. You don't want to bench the players who helped you reach the playoffs, but you also shouldn't ignore difficult matchups if you have better options available. Advertisement Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant are among the players with the easiest fantasy football schedules from Weeks 14 through 16. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh A...