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New Vaccine Could Protect Against Any Strain of a Virus With One Shot

New Vaccine Could Protect Against Any Strain of a Virus With One Shot

Image by Getty / Futurism Scientists seem to be close to creating a “one-and-done” vaccine that can protect against any strain of a virus with just one shot. In a press release from the University of California — Riverside, one of the researchers behind the new RNA vaccine, Rong Hai, explained why he and his colleagues are so excited about their experimental — and allegedly universal — shot. “What I want to emphasize about this vaccine strategy is that it is broad,” said Hai, a virologist and coauthor of a new paper on the vaccine candidate in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “It is broadly applicable to any number of viruses, broadly effective against any variant of a virus, and safe for a broad spectrum of people.” “This could,” he continued, “be the universal vaccine that we have been looking for.” In traditional inoculation-based vaccines, there’s either a “dead” version of the virus it protects against or a modified “live” version, which relies on the body’s past immune response to a known pathogen …

New Vaccine Could Protect Against Any Strain of a Virus With One Shot

New Vaccine Could Protect Against Any Strain of a Virus With One Shot

Image by Getty / Futurism Scientists seem to be close to creating a “one-and-done” vaccine that can protect against any strain of a virus with just one shot. In a press release from the University of California — Riverside, one of the researchers behind the new RNA vaccine, Rong Hai, explained why he and his colleagues are so excited about their experimental — and allegedly universal — shot. “What I want to emphasize about this vaccine strategy is that it is broad,” said Hai, a virologist and coauthor of a new paper on the vaccine candidate in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “It is broadly applicable to any number of viruses, broadly effective against any variant of a virus, and safe for a broad spectrum of people.” “This could,” he continued, “be the universal vaccine that we have been looking for.” In traditional inoculation-based vaccines, there’s either a “dead” version of the virus it protects against or a modified “live” version, which relies on the body’s past immune response to a known pathogen …

Colorado Bill Aims to Protect Consumer Brain Data

Colorado Bill Aims to Protect Consumer Brain Data

Consumers have grown accustomed to the prospect that their personal data, such as email addresses, social contacts, browsing history and genetic ancestry, are being collected and often resold by the apps and the digital services they use. With the advent of consumer neurotechnologies, the data being collected is becoming ever more intimate. One headband serves as a personal meditation coach by monitoring the user’s brain activity. Another purports to help treat anxiety and symptoms of depression. Another reads and interprets brain signals while the user scrolls through dating apps, presumably to provide better matches. (“‘Listen to your heart’ is not enough,” the manufacturer says on its website.) The companies behind such technologies have access to the records of the users’ brain activity — the electrical signals underlying our thoughts, feelings and intentions. On Wednesday, Governor Jared Polis of Colorado signed a bill that, for the first time in the United States, tries to ensure that such data remains truly private. The new law, which passed by a 61-to-1 vote in the Colorado House and a …

Expert: Judge may be “forced to take extreme measures” to protect jurors after Trump intimidation

Expert: Judge may be “forced to take extreme measures” to protect jurors after Trump intimidation

Seven jurors were sworn in on the second day of former President Donald Trump’s New York hush-money trial, slotting in more than a third of the number of jurors and alternates needed to hold a trial in the state. Their seating, which occurred faster than anticipated, also has some legal experts preemptively sounding the alarm about jurors’ safety.  The selected Manhattan residents were pulled from a group of 96 prospective jurors who began the process Monday afternoon. Four of the jurors chosen thus far are men and three are women. Among those seated are two lawyers, an Upper East Side oncology nurse, an IT consultant originally from Puerto Rico, a Chelsea-based software engineer, a Harlem woman who works in education and a man originally from Ireland who resides in West Harlem, Politico reports.  The jury will determine whether Trump is guilty of falsifying business records to conceal a hush money payment to an adult film actress who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with the former president in 2006. Prosecutors have accused Trump of …

Biden Administration Partners With States to Protect Airline Customers

Biden Administration Partners With States to Protect Airline Customers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday announced a partnership with state attorneys general to fast-track investigations into complaints against airlines and ticket agents as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to enhance consumer protections. Currently, the authority to enforce passenger protections lies solely with the federal government. And while state attorneys general receive consumer complaints, airlines are not legally required to respond to their inquiries. Under the partnership, Buttigieg said the states will investigate complaints against airlines and refer them to the U.S. Department of Transportation for priority review and enforcement action. They will also report carriers for failure to respond to requests for information. The DOT will give the states access to its consumer complaint database. “The truth is we need force multipliers to help meet the need given the record-breaking air travel that we have seen,” Buttigieg told reporters. Complaints about U.S. airlines climbed sharply last year even as flight cancellations dropped to a 10-year low, data from the Transportation Department shows. The Biden administration has been aggressively pushing …

UK told ‘spend £800m now’ building Iron Dome to protect UK | UK | News

UK told ‘spend £800m now’ building Iron Dome to protect UK | UK | News

Britain has been urged to invest in its own version of Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system to protect itself against major threats. The UK has been urged to “prepare for all scenarios” after Iran launched hundreds of drones and missiles against Israel in a coordinated attack which could have killed or injured thousands of Israeli civilians. However, almost all of the drones and missiles were stopped by Israel’s air defence systems with assistance from the RAF and US Air Force. The main totem of Israel’s air defence is its Iron Dome, a series of missile systems that intercept aerial threats. Following Israel’s victory over Iran’s barrage of drones and missiles, there are now growing calls for the UK to develop and install its own version of the Iron Dome, which carries a hefty price tag of £800million. Express.co.uk spoke to experts and politicians who discussed whether the UK should invest in the system and how the nation would currently defend itself in the event of an attack. Conservative MP and former chairman of the …

Faces of the killers of innocent much-loved rugby player who ‘tried to protect those around him’

Faces of the killers of innocent much-loved rugby player who ‘tried to protect those around him’

Tia Taylor, 22, and Jake Hill, 25 have been sentenced for their part in the killing of Michael Riddiough-Allen, 32 -Credit:Devon and Cornwall Police Here are the faces of killers Jake Hill and Tia Taylor after the pair were sentenced for their involvement in the death of a much-loved rugby player. Michael Riddiough-Allen, 32, suffered a fatal stab wound as he “tried to protect those around him” outside of a nightclub in Bodmin in April last year. Jake Hill, 25, Tia Taylor, 22, and Chelsea Powell, 22, all from the Bodmin area, faced charges over the incident. The trio were convicted on March 18 following a six-week trial held at Truro Crown Court – and have been sentenced today (Friday, April 12). Hill stabbed five people in a frenzy lasting between 20 and 30 seconds outside the nightclub with a sharp, serrated hunting knife that he had hidden in a nearby hedge before entering the club that night. Taylor repeatedly assaulted the deceased as he lay defenseless on the ground and later lied to police. …

how AI-powered bots work and how you can protect yourself from their influence

how AI-powered bots work and how you can protect yourself from their influence

Social media platforms have become more than mere tools for communication. They’ve evolved into bustling arenas where truth and falsehood collide. Among these platforms, X stands out as a prominent battleground. It’s a place where disinformation campaigns thrive, perpetuated by armies of AI-powered bots programmed to sway public opinion and manipulate narratives. AI-powered bots are automated accounts that are designed to mimic human behaviour. Bots on social media, chat platforms and conversational AI are integral to modern life. They are needed to make AI applications run effectively, for example. But some bots are crafted with malicious intent. Shockingly, bots constitute a significant portion of X’s user base. In 2017 it was estimated that there were approximately 23 million social bots accounting for 8.5% of total users. More than two-thirds of tweets originated from these automated accounts, amplifying the reach of disinformation and muddying the waters of public discourse. How bots work Social influence is now a commodity that can be acquired by purchasing bots. Companies sell fake followers to artificially boost the popularity of accounts. …

3 Ways to Protect Yourself From Relationship Limerence

3 Ways to Protect Yourself From Relationship Limerence

Justin Groep / Unsplash “Limerence” in a relationship refers to a situation where individuals become deeply infatuated with a new romantic partner, often leading to a temporary neglect of other relationships, such as friendships and family ties. While this phase is considered a normal and natural part of the early stages of a relationship, akin to the honeymoon phase, it’s crucial to distinguish it from limerence, which warrants careful attention due to its potential negative consequences. Limerence is characterized by intense infatuation and fixation on the new partner, referred to as the “limerent object.” It can disrupt daily life while hindering the development of positive relationships. This phase can be easily confused with the honeymoon phase of a relationship due to possible overlaps, but it’s important to differentiate between the two phenomena for better understanding and clarity. How Does The Honeymoon Phase Differ From Limerence? While both limerence and the honeymoon phase involve intense feelings of infatuation and excitement, there are some key differences between the two. Nature of the relationship. Limerence typically involves one-sided …

Data From 73 Million AT&T Accounts Stolen: How You Can Protect Yourself

Data From 73 Million AT&T Accounts Stolen: How You Can Protect Yourself

AT&T said hackers have stolen the personal information of 73 million current and former customers. The data, including Social Security numbers, appears to be from 2019 or earlier, AT&T said in a statement, and includes account information for approximately 7.6 million current account holders and 65.4 million former customers. The leak first came to light in 2021, when hackers claimed they’d stolen customer data from AT&T and would put the information up for sale. Fast-forward to March 2024, the stolen personal information was discovered on the dark web, according to Troy Hunt, creator of Have I Been Pwned.  In response, AT&T said it has contacted the 7.6 million current customers and has reset their passcodes. Whether you’re in the smaller set of current customers or the larger group of former account holders who think their data has been stolen in the breach, you can take steps to potentially lessen the damage of the breach. Read on for what you can do. AT&T didn’t immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.  For more, here’s our picks for the …