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Most new COVID-19 patients in NY not working, older: survey

Most new COVID-19 patients in NY not working, older: survey

Health
NEW YORK -- The great majority of people newly hospitalized with the coronavirus in New York are either retired or unemployed and were avoiding public transit, according to a new state survey, the first such look at people still getting seriously ill despite six weeks of severe social distancing. The survey of 1,269 patients admitted to 113 hospitals over three recent days confounded expectations that new cases would be dominated by essential workers, especially those regularly traveling on subways and buses. Retirees accounted for 37% of the people hospitalized. Another 46% were unemployed. Almost three-quarters were 51 years or older. Only 17% were working. Only 4% were still using public transportation in their daily life, they survey found, though it also noted that information on tra...
Most elderly COVID-19 victims would not have died otherwise, major study claims

Most elderly COVID-19 victims would not have died otherwise, major study claims

Technology
A leading scientist has warned Britons to heed the lockdown because "COVID-19 is as dangerous as Ebola" - as a study found most elderly people killed by the disease would not have died otherwise.Professor Calum Semple, who is leading the largest study of coronavirus patients in the UK, said it showed more than a third of those who had been admitted to hospital had died. "That's the same for those admitted to hospital with Ebola," he told a virtual news conference. "People need to hear this and get it into their heads. The reason the government is keen for people to stay at home until the outbreak is quietening down is because this is an incredibly dangerous disease."We still see isolated egregious examples of selfishness where people think it is ok to meet up in the park and share a fo...
Predator-packed Sahara was most dangerous place on Earth 100M years ago

Predator-packed Sahara was most dangerous place on Earth 100M years ago

Science
April 24 (UPI) -- Today, the Sahara is one of the most unforgiving places on Earth. It is hot, barren and host to blinding dust storms. More than 100 million years ago, the Sahara was equally dangerous -- the most dangerous place on the planet, new research suggests -- but for much different reasons. Recent excavations of Cretaceous rock formations in southeastern Morocco have revealed the remains of dozens of ferocious predator species, including flying reptiles and crocodile-like carnivores. The remains belong to portion of the fossil record that paleontologist call the Kem Kem Group. At the beginning of the Late Cretaceous period, 100 million years ago, the Sahara was home to a vast river system, providing habitats for a diversity of terrestrial and aquatic species. As scientists det...
For most of the world, it’s impossible to ‘eat local’

For most of the world, it’s impossible to ‘eat local’

Science
April 17 (UPI) -- Less than a third of the world's population could subsist on locally grown food, according to a new study published Friday in the journal Nature Food. Over the last century, food production has become globalized and commercialized. The revolutionary changes have increased food availability around the world, but as the current COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, global supply chains are quite vulnerable. For the new study, scientists looked at how easily different populations can access important food staples. Researchers measured the average distance between production source and consumer for six key crop groups: temperate cereals (wheat, barley, rye), rice, corn, tropical grains (millet, sorghum), tropical roots (cassava) and pulses. The data showed just 27 percent of th...
Most powerful supernova in the universe discovered

Most powerful supernova in the universe discovered

Technology
An international team of astronomers has discovered a supernova which is at least twice as bright and energetic, and they believe much more massive, than any other ever spotted in the universe.Led by the University of Birmingham, the team believe the super-supernova, officially named SN2016aps, could be an example of something called a "pulsational pair-instability" supernova produced after two massive stars merged. This extremely rare event has previously been only theoretical, and no astronomical observations had been made which supported its existence until the researchers published their findings in the journal Nature Astronomy. ...