Citizen Covid. From backyard astronomy to birding, amateurs have been busy collecting data — and making real

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From backyard astronomy to birding, amateurs have been busy collecting data ‘and making real discoveries.

On a cold night in November, I bundled up in my coat and hat and gloves, and lugged a telescope into the backyard. I’d been given a serious mission, but first I allowed myself a few minutes of fun. I used the telescope to observe the Cigar Galaxy, the Dumbbell Nebula, Orion’s Belt. There they were, gleaming brightly in gold and blue and pink, steady friends in a painfully unsteady winter.

I was using a new smart telescope called the Unistellar eVscope, which digitally strips out light pollution to produce stunning images and allows backyard astronomers to upload their data to scientists at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. It was SETI that had sent me an alert asking me to please go out and look at the asteroid.

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Publisher: Vox
Date: 2021-01-10T09:00:00-05:00
Author: Sigal Samuel
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Many things are taking place:

China denies entry to team of WHO experts due to investigate the origins of Covid-19 pandemic amid growing suspicions of a cover

China has denied entry to a team of World Health Organisation‘(WHO) experts who were due to arrive in the country to investigate the origins of the coronavirus.’

The news comes amid growing suspicions of a cover-up in the country where Covid-19 is believed to have originated at the end of 2019, although its origins remain bitterly contested as China remains determined to control the narrative.

Publisher: Mail Online
Date: 2021-01-06T01:26:51+0000
Author: Chris Jewers
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Auburn restaurant, taproom close temporarily out of COVID

Lewis’ Restaurant on the city’s west end and Thirsty Pug Craft Beer downtown both announced on Facebook that they are closing for the safety of their customers.

“Increasing (COVID-19) rates and growing risk of exposure are serious threats to the community,” Thirsty Pug owner Mike Sigona posted on his business’s page.

“We have decided a temporary closing is the most responsible move to keep our customers, staff, friends and family safe.”‘

The craft beer taproom and bottle shop will be closed for at least a couple weeks, Sigona told The Citizen.

Publisher: Auburn Citizen
Author: David Wilcox david wilcox lee net
Twitter: @the_citizen
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Pandemic strains health care system

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of local residents for most of 2020 and likely will affect their lives well into 2021.

‘The impact COVID-19 has had on the world and in our local community has been tremendous and something that we never expected at this time a year ago,’ Nash UNC Health Care President and CEO Lee Isley said in a recent interview. ‘At the start of 2020, we were faced with preparing for a pandemic with many unknowns.’

Local coverage of COVID-19 began as early as Feb. 19, 2020, when the Telegram reported growing concerns about the virus that was then primarily affecting mainland China. At that time, Gov. Roy Cooper set up a task force to keep tabs on the pandemic after President Donald Trump set up a similar task force at the end of January.

Publisher: RockyMount Telegram
Author: AMELIA HARPER Staff Writer
Twitter: @telegramreports
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Tired of COVID-19? Here’s how experts say to fight off pandemic fatigue and stay safe

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Chinese export of edible fungi greatly declined due to Covid

Most of the edible fungi-related expositions and activities were either canceled or delayed last year because of the outbreak of Covid-19. Now that the situation in China is improving, some of these activities have been put back on the agenda.

The China Edible Fungi Association will organize the “third ‘fungi world’ international mushroom summit” in Lianyungang City, Jiangsu, in September 2021. As the main organizing institution, the China Edible Fungi Association is already busily preparing for the summit. Mr. Zheng, a spokesperson for the association, recently talked about current conditions in the Chinese edible fungi industry.


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Our New Year’s Covid-19 Resolution Should Be: Separate Science And Politics

Science and medicine moved fast in 2020, ushering a new virus, a new disease, and a new vaccine in quick succession. Keeping up with these advancements was a challenge for physicians, scientists, public health experts, and the public.

While physicians mostly agreed on Covid-19 public health measures from a scientific perspective during the beginning of the pandemic, i.e. lockdown, distancing, and masking, a worrisome trend has emerged since that time- the growing intersection between science and politics.

‘It’s a nuanced issue: when you fight for the health and well being of people, it can be inherently political. Even asking that health insurance be provided to all is a political proclamation,’ shared Vinay Prasad MD MPH regarding medicine and politics intertwining. ‘At the same time, medicine should not become nakedly political- that ism putting the politics before the science and interpreting everything through the lens of politics, rather than science. I fear we are approaching that.’

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Publisher: Forbes
Date: 2021-01-04
Author: Dr Miriam A Knoll M D
Twitter: @forbes
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Greetings Earthlings: Cloaking was activated. The data presented above may one day be zapped to another dimension. Just thought you should be aware. Dude, there was a blue light over there just now.