The Republican governor of Alabama has said it is “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for rising cases of Covid-19, amid concern that months of misinformation over the need and efficacy of vaccines is fueling a resurgence of coronavirus infections in several states.
Kay Ivey said that vaccines are “the greatest weapon we have to fight Covid” and added that a surge in new cases of the coronavirus in Alabama is due to a reluctance among many people in the state to get inoculated.
Germany’s public health institute has said it is putting Spain and the Netherlands on a list of high-incidence countries for coronavirus, meaning new restrictions for unvaccinated travellers.
The move by the Robert Koch Institute, effective from Tuesday, means anyone arriving from high-incidence countries with new infection rates of 200 or more per 100,000 people in the past seven days is required to go into a 10-day quarantine, which can be cut to five days upon a negative test.
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What Bezos' Big Day Means for Commercial Spaceflight Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000 This week, Steven Levy fills us in on the Blue Origin launch, its implications, and why so many billionaires are obsessed with space travel. Match ID: 4 Score: 35.00 source: www.wired.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 35.00 travel(|ing)
Often, the political week heading into the Commons summer recess can feel almost soporific, with the thoughts of ministers and MPs geared more towards holiday sunbeds than rows. But the last seven days has been different, and not only because of the ongoing political flux of coronavirus, with the government seeming to flail from one controversy, U-turn or misstep to the next, day after day.
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This week the city finally embraced its gothic past – in honour of one of its most famous residents. And with it, a host of dark secrets
“Yes there’s plenty of scope for bodies around here,” Stephen Clews, the Roman Baths & Pump Room manager chuckles. We’re surveying the Abbey Churchyard square that fronts Bath’s Pump Room and entranceway to the Roman Baths. Saxon burials were unearthed here during Pump Room excavations, and a medieval church and graveyard were flattened to make way for the square in the 18th century.
Bath’s Unesco limestone centre is a complex patchwork of historical intrigue, but what we’re actually here to look at is a plaque to the left of the Pump Room that marks where Mary Shelley lived in 1816 and 1817 and wrote most of her novel Frankenstein (first conceived by Lake Geneva). Unbeknown to Shelley, she was practically living on top of the Roman Baths, but they weren’t discovered until 60 years after she left. The living quarters she occupied were torn down in the 1890s to extend the Pump Room. Shelley’s ties to Bath were laid to rest for 200 years, but then this plaque was erected in 2018 on the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication after a campaign by cultural historian Christopher Frayling.
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Hotel food is always blah, isn’t it? Or so I thought, until now …
A fun game to play with the metropolitan elite, or indeed anyone south of Watford, is to ask them to locate Hexham on a map. Or Northumberland, for that matter. Many patches of the north, with the rural north-east being a particularly good example, feel like the Bermuda Triangle to southerners: mysterious, loosely defined and quite feasibly patrolled by monsters. To me, however, Hexham was subject of many a “nice drive out” from Carlisle in the 1980s, bumbling along B-roads towards this sedate market town with a grade I-listed abbey dating from AD674, several art galleries, plenty of places to eat stottie cake and a chance to learn about the Vindolanda fort on Hadrian’s Wall.
As a child, I did not appreciate Hexham’s beauty, and longed instead to be taken to the Gateshead MetroCentre to eat at Spud-U-Like and peruse Athena for sepia posters of hunks shifting tyres. But recently I returned and stayed at The Beaumont hotel and ate in its very fine restaurant. If I’m very honest, not a single local will thank me for alerting you to this chic, recently renovated, 33-room, townhouse-style hotel with a bar that will serve you a decent apricot bellini or a cold bottle of petit chablis to enjoy on tables close to the abbey’s grounds, because, until now, The Beaumont has been largely Hexham’s secret.
Perhaps I liked my Saturday night alone in Hexham so much because The Beaumont still retains an air of chipper, diligent, business-as-usual hospitality. It’s a mood that so many larger outfits have given up on right now, due to staff shortages, to can’t-be-arsedness and especially to irrational new post-Covid company policies that seem to be nothing more than budget-slashing masquerading as “keeping you safe”.
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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also said it had opened an investigation into the dominance of one provider, Electric Highway, in the fast-charging network at motorway service stations.
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Delta variant outbreak pops travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand Fri, 23 Jul 2021 03:01:15 EDT New Zealand has suspended a travel corridor with Australia for eight weeks as a delta variant outbreak that began in Sydney imperils the nation's earlier success in containing the pandemic. Match ID: 10 Score: 35.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 35.00 travel(|ing)
New Zealand will suspend its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as the country grapples with a number of serious outbreaks of Covid-19. Travel with the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia had already been paused but will now expand to the entire country. At a press briefing on Friday, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said because of the Delta variant there was 'greater risk now … than when we opened the travel bubble'. While Ardern said she remained committed to the travel bubble, Ardern added 'Covid has changed and so must we'
A beachgoer’s guide to the southernmost South Jersey Shore Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:41:00 EDT Cape May, the Wildwoods, Avalon and Stone Harbor draw visitors to the southern end of the South Jersey shore. Match ID: 15 Score: 35.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days qualifiers: 35.00 travel(|ing)
Shares of Airbnb Inc. gained 0.6% in afternoon trading, putting them on track for a third-straight gain, after BTIG analyst Jake Fuller turned bullish on the home-rental company, saying the recent selloff has created an "appealing entry point" for a "best-in-breed" online travel agent (OTA). The stock has now bounced 6.2% since closing Monday at a seven-month low of $131.88, which was 39% below the Feb. 11 record close at $216.84. He raised his rating to buy, after being at neutral since Airbnb went public in December. "[Airbnb's stock] wasn't interesting to us >$200 in February, but at <$140 with revenue estimates up significantly...we see an opportunity to own a unique (few brands have become a verb/noun) and compelling (>90% of traffic direct) model," Fuller wrote in a note to clients. The FactSet consensus for 2021 revenue has increased to $5.29 billion from $4.69 billion at the end of February, and represents 57% growth from 2020. "We can't say how a COVID resurgence might impact travel, but can say that [Airbnb] is better situated than peers to deal with it," Fuller wrote. He noted that Airbnb's bookings fell less that its peers and have fully recovered to 2019 levels, which others are still below pre-pandemic levels. The stock has slipped 4.6% year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 16.3%.
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The Best Time Travel Movies of … All Time Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000 From Groundhog Day to Interstellar, filmmakers love messing with timelines. Thankfully, that makes for mind-bending entertainment. Match ID: 18 Score: 35.00 source: www.wired.com age: 1 day qualifiers: 35.00 travel(|ing)
Cuba Jamming Ham Radio? Listen For Yourself Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:18:00 GMT A public SDR network triangulates the island as the source of mystery signals Match ID: 22 Score: 35.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 1 day qualifiers: 35.00 travel(|ing)
The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is on its way to the International Space Station after being launched on a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, at 16:58 CEST on 21 July 2021.
The 11-m-long robot is travelling folded and attached to what will be its home base – the Multipurpose Laboratory Module, also called ‘Nauka’. The Proton-M booster placed Nauka and ERA into orbit around 10 minutes after liftoff, nearly 200 km above Earth.
The International Space Station already has two robotic arms; Canadian and Japanese robots play a crucial role in berthing spacecraft and transferring payloads and astronauts. However, neither arm can reach the Russian segment.
ERA is the first robot capable of ‘walking’ around the Russian parts of the orbital complex. It can handle components up to 8000 kg with 5 mm precision, and it will transport astronauts from one working site to another.
Electric Flying Cars May Be Possible With New Batteries Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:24:00 GMT Lithium-ion cells with nickel foil can handle fast charging and could sustain 80-kilometer flights Match ID: 30 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 38 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Mars-bound Astronauts Might Raid This Zero-G Fridge Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:33:00 GMT Engineers at Purdue University have built a prototype of a refrigerator that works in zero gravity Match ID: 31 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 42 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide. The Crew-2 spend around 24 hours travelling to the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off at 11:49 on 23 April 2021 from Launchpad 39A in Cape Canaveral at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
Thomas is the first ESA astronaut to fly in space in a vehicle other than the Russian Soyuz or the US Space Shuttle, and the first ESA astronaut to leave Earth from Florida, USA, in over a decade. This is his second flight, his first mission called Proxima saw Thomas fly to the Space Station on a Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and his Expedition broke records for amount of hours spent on research at the time.
Thomas’ second mission to the International Space Station is called Alpha. This is after Alpha Centauri, the closest stellar system to Earth, following the French tradition to name space missions after stars or constellations.
Over 200 experiments are planned during Thomas’s time in space, with 40 European ones and 12 new experiments led by France’s space agency CNES.
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Here's What You Need to Know About China's Mars Rover Mon, 29 Mar 2021 11:00:00 GMT Tianwen-1 is expected to attempt a difficult Martian landing in May; if it survives, expect to hear much more Match ID: 35 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 116 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Special Report: Top Tech 2021 Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:00:00 GMT After months of blood, toil, tears, and sweat, we can all expect a much better year Match ID: 38 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 195 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Japan Prepares to Welcome Home Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 Sun, 06 Dec 2020 21:02:00 GMT Return of the space probe launched six years ago could help answer the question of how life began on Earth Match ID: 41 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 228 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Spotting Mystery Methane Leaks From Space Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:00:00 GMT A fleet of microsatellites will identify emitters of the gas, which is responsible for a quarter of global warming Match ID: 45 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 269 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Here’s Where and How We Think China Will Land on Mars Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:13:00 GMT China’s 2020 HX-1 Mars mission will draw on previous lunar explorations and human spaceflights Match ID: 46 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 484 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)
Spacety Has Big Plans for Small Satellites Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:00:00 GMT Spacety was one of China’s first private space companies and has so far been involved in 10 space launches Match ID: 48 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 520 days qualifiers: 5.00 travel(|ing)