Nocturnal curfews will be applied if the incidence of coronavirus cases of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is crossed. This is what the draft of Germany's new Infection Protection Act says. So far, curfews in Germany have only been used selectively. Other countries are using them more extensively: France and the Netherlands, for example, but also Turkey, Morocco, and Tunisia. In Argentina, nighttime restrictions have been in effect again since Friday for more than half of the citizens. The argument in favor of nighttime curfews is: Infections often happen in private. According to the theory, such contacts and thus the spread of the virus can be reduced by curfews . A majority of Germans would support them if they were only allowed to temporarily leave their homes at night in exceptional cases to combat the pandemic. At the beginning of April, 56% were in favor of the measure in a survey by the polling institute YouGov, 37% were against it. The results are reported … [Read more...] about Fact check: How effective are nighttime curfews?
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ELON Musk's brain chip start-up could begin inserting technology into people's minds later this year. The implants built by California-based Neuralink will one day allow those with physical disabilities to control a computer with their thoughts. The company released a video last week of a brain-chipped monkey apparently playing video games with its mind. Similar technology could make its way to human test subjects by the end of the year if the start-up meets a previous prediction from Musk. The billionaire Tesla boss tweeted in February: "Neuralink is working super hard to ensure implant safety & is in close communication with the FDA. "If things go well, we might be able to do initial human trials later this year." Founded in 2016, Neuralink is developing implantable brain chips that are inserted into regions of the mind that control movement. The company says the technology will one day help people with paralysis to control smartphones and computers with … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s controversial Neuralink brain chips could be implanted in humans THIS year
Moderna Inc says its vaccine is more than 90 percent effective at protecting against COVID-19 six months after the second dose. In updated data from its phase III clinical trial published on Tuesday, the company also said its jab is more than 95 percent effective against severe disease 24 weeks after receiving the final dose. The new data brings Moderna closer to filing for full approval with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The vaccine was approved for emergency use in those aged 18 and older in December 2020 but with just two months of safety data. Although the level of efficacy is slightly lower than the 94.5 percent reported last year, the data show the vaccine provides long-term protection. New data from Moderna's phase III clinical trial showed its vaccine is 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection six months after the second dose. Pictured: A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in New York City, January 2021 … [Read more...] about Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective at protecting against infection six months after the final dose
HEAVY market trading has jolted cryptocurrency Ethereum to record price gains of nearly 190 per cent, as of Easter 2021. Digital currency Ethereum - the second largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin - was co-founded by 'celebrity' crypto guru Vitalik Buterin. Who is Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin? Vitalik Buterin, 27, is one of Ethereum’s eight founders. In a report, CNBC said in 2017: "Buterin has become a celebrity in the cryptocurrency space and is credited with co-founding Bitcoin Magazine in 2011. "He was a 2014 recipient of billionaire Peter Thiel’s prestigious fellowship and [in 2016], he was included on Fortune’s 40 under 40 list." Born in Moscow, Buterin's childhood was spent in Canada, after his family moved there when he was six years old. Wired's Backchannel says that later, he "invented the world’s hottest new cryptocurrency and inspired a movement — before he’d turned 20". The website explains that his huge mathematical talent was fostered at … [Read more...] about Who is Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin?