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Covid jab probably does protect those around you

Covid jab probably does protect those around you

Health
Getty ImagesThe Covid-19 vaccine blocks pretty much all cases of serious illness - but the government has been much more cautious about saying whether it stops people carrying the virus and infecting others. Until evidence had built up from lots of people being vaccinated, scientists could not say for sure if the jab would stop transmission - and there was concern those vaccinated might stop taking precautions, potentially leading to a rise in infections. But with some now refusing the vaccine in the belief it will not stop them passing on the virus, is this caution becoming counterproductive?A number of people have contacted the BBC, saying they believe the jab could stop them becoming severely ill only. Yet the evidence is moving fast.Protection from the vaccine may not be perfect and pe...
Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

World
Efforts have resumed to free the container ship blocking the Suez Canal, as fears it could take "weeks" force trapped boats to consider turning around.Eight tug boats are currently working to drag the 400m (1,312ft) Ever Given to deeper water after it ran aground and blocked one of the world's busiest shipping lanes on Tuesday morning. Dredgers are also trying to clear mud and sand from underneath it in the hope it will eventually dislodge. Image: The Ever Given is stuck for a third day. Pic: STR/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock At least 150 vessels, including other container ships carrying oil, gas and grains, are backed up either side of the blockage in Egypt, resulting in one of the worst marine jams the world has seen in decades.The company ...

U of Louisiana-Lafayette mini-satellite zipping around Earth

Technology
A cubical satellite small enough to sit on the palm of your hand is zipping around the world and sending data about radiation to the Louisiana students who designed and built itByThe Associated PressJanuary 23, 2021, 5:30 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLAFAYETTE, La. -- A cubical satellite small enough to sit on the palm of your hand is zipping around the world and sending data about radiation to the Louisiana students who designed and built it.The satellite, called CAPE-3, carries a chip designed and built by students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to detect radiation, with an eye to keeping astronauts safe.“The detectors would provide liquid crystal display readings so astronauts could constantly monitor how much radiation they’re being expo...
Covid pandemic dampens New Year celebrations around the world

Covid pandemic dampens New Year celebrations around the world

World
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Around 57% of vehicles in India uninsured

Around 57% of vehicles in India uninsured

Finance
(This story originally appeared in on Dec 10, 2020)MUMBAI: Weak enforcement by traffic police in states, lack of follow-up by insurers and rising cost of third-party covers has resulted in a larger number of vehicle owners not renewing their motor insurance policy. According to a report by the Insurance Information Bureau, the ratio of uninsured vehicles on Indian roads has gone up by three percentage points from 54% in FY18 to 57% in FY19. Of the over 23 crore vehicles on road in India as on March 31, 2019, the percentage of uninsured vehicles was at nearly 57%. This means that about 13.2 crore vehicles on Indian roads are plying without the mandatory third-party insurance covers. Victims of accidents caused by these vehicles will not get adequate compensation as there would not be any o...