Tuesday, July 5, 2022

BIG Wrap

Israel heading to polls as coalition moves to dissolve parliament

Israel is set to hold a fifth general election in under four years, after its fractured coalition government concluded it could not survive. In a major political development, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will switch places with Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid under an existing deal, the BBC reports. An election could take place in late October, commentators say. Former prime minister and current opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to return to office. Monday's announcement comes after weeks...

Electrons take fast and slow lanes at same time, study concludes

(University of Cambridge) Imagine a road with two lanes in each direction. One lane is for slow cars, and the other is for fast ones. For electrons moving along a quantum wire, researchers in Cambridge and Frankfurt have discovered that there are also two "lanes," but electrons can take both at the same time. Current in a wire is carried by the flow of electrons. When the wire is very narrow (one-dimensional, 1D), electrons cannot...

Gas rationing could be on horizon for Europe

(Bloomberg) -- Throughout the entire Cold War and in the decades since, Russia was a stable supplier of gas to Europe. That changed this week. Russia slashed gas supplies in apparent retaliation over Europe’s support for Kyiv. After its biggest moves yet to use energy as a weapon, gas rationing in the region is a very real prospect. The squeeze caused prices to surge, added pressure to the region’s economy and could strain European solidarity — all victories for the Kremlin...

University of Chile serves up special 3D kids meal

Some dehydrated "cochayuyo" seaweed, some instant mashed potatoes, and hot water: these are the ingredients for a nutritious menu of 3D-printed food that nutritional experts in Chile hope will revolutionize the food market, particularly for children, Tech Xplore reports. With a 3D food printer and a modern twist on the traditional use of cochayuyo, an algae typically found in Chile, New Zealand, and the South Atlantic, University of Chile professor Roberto Lemus and several students have managed to...

Gun-reform policy focusing on mental health but some states are holding out on records

U.S. officials say the FBI's database of people prohibited from purchasing firearms only works if it has "complete, accurate and timely information." Mental health records are a key prong in the system. But three states – New Hampshire, Montana and Wyoming – refuse to submit them, Phys.org reports. As U.S. Senators iron out gun-reform initiatives, many Republicans including Sen. John Cornyn of Texas have repeatedly pointed to legislation that stops people with criminal records or mental health...

Musk hints at layoffs in first meeting with Twitter employees

Elon Musk has in a meeting with Twitter employees hinted at potential job cuts if his $44-billion takeover bid for the social media company is successful. He also addressed topics including remote working, freedom of speech, and potential extraterrestrial life. Musk was talking to staff for the first time since launching his bid for the firm in April. He has said he may quit the deal if he is not given data about fake accounts. On a wide-ranging...

Stock markets see big drops as economic fears grow

Stock markets have suffered another bruising day, tumbling as worries about the economy intensify following a series of interest rate hikes around the world. The U.K. and Switzerland raised interest rates on Thursday, a day after the United States' central bank announced its steepest interest rate rise since 1994, the BBC reports. Policymakers are raising rates to slow demand in hopes of easing some of the pressures pushing up consumer prices. Investors fear the moves will tip...

Legal claim seeks $800 million in damages for iPhone users

Millions of iPhone users could be eligible for payouts, following the launch of a legal claim accusing Apple of secretly slowing the performance of older phones. Justin Gutmann alleges the company misled users over an upgrade that it said would enhance performance but, in fact, slowed phones. He is seeking damages of around $800 million for up to 25 million U.K. iPhone users. Apple says it has "never" intentionally shortened the life of its products. The claim, which...

Key outcomes of long COVID identified in international study

An international group of researchers and experts by experience have identified 12 core symptoms of long COVID to be measured in research and clinical practice using a technique known as "Delphi consensus." The study, which was co-led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, Imperial College London, Sechenov University Moscow, and the University of Liverpool, has described a set of core outcomes for long COVID that are recommended for...

Team-building, coal-walking exercise sends 13 to hospital in Switzerland

Twenty-five people have been treated for burns in northern Switzerland after they walked across hot coals as part of a team-building exercise. Thirteen of them were taken to hospital and treated for more severe injuries after the incident on Tuesday evening, the BBC reports. A large emergency response, including 10 ambulances, arrived at the private event around 18:00 local time. The group walked over a bed of coals that was several metres long, police said. Officials have opened an...