Health: Why Are Flu, RSV And Strep Surging In 2022?

Daniela Hernandez | WSJ – Getting the flu can increase the risk of getting a second infection, including strep throat. WSJ’S Daniela Hernandez explains the science behind that, plus what it means for the rest of the winter and how we can protect ourselves so the tripledemic doesn’t get worse.

Video timeline: 0:24 – Flu Damage 1:25 – Lower population immunity 2:03 – Who’s most vulnerable? 3:05 – How can we protect ourselves?

Research Preview: Nature Magazine – Dec 22, 2022

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nature – December 22, 2022 issue:

One year. Ten stories.

As 2022 enters its final weeks, we look back on the past 12 months through the lens of Nature’s 10 — ten people who helped to shape science during the year. The cover takes its inspiration from the stunning images that have so far emerged from the James Webb Space Telescope. Launched on Christmas Day 2021, the telescope sent its first image back to Earth this summer and has since provided astronomers with views of the Universe in unprecedented detail.

Why does fat return after dieting? The microbiome might have a hand

Experiments on mice suggest that gut bacteria contribute to the post-diet rebound of fat tissue.

Blue diamonds from the deep Earth are all wet

Chemical analysis of rare gems suggests that seawater played a part in their creation.

Previews: The Guardian Weekly – December 23, 2022

The cover of the 23 December edition of the Guardian Weekly.

The Guardian Weekly (December 23, 2022) issue:

As we near the end of another tumultuous year, one story has dominated the news agenda on almost every level. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February had been signposted for months, but the shattering of Europe’s postwar order still came as a seismic shock.

The economic and human cost inflicted by Russia on Ukraine has been enormous, while the concurrent shock waves of energy, food and migration crises have reverberated around the world. In a special essay for the final Guardian Weekly magazine of 2022, diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour examines the competing grand narratives of the past that lie at the heart of the conflict – and which make it so difficult to resolve.

In other reflections on 2022, we look back at a year of scientific successes, from medicine to mathematics via the moon. From the Observer, we remember those we lost over the course of the year, by those who knew them best. There’s a stunning photo gallery featuring work from the agency photographers of the year, and a comprehensive look at the best film and music of 2022 – not forgetting the now traditional roundup of the Guardian Weekly team’s must-see TV.

From Montreal came some hopeful news to round off an otherwise alarming year for the environment. The Cop15 biodiversity summit reached international agreement to try to halt the destruction of Earth’s ecosystems, including targets to protect 30% of the planet for nature by the end of the decade and restore 30% of degraded water, coastal and marine ecosystems. Biodiversity reporters Patrick Greenfield and Phoebe Weston have the details.

Mexican Travel Tours: Mexico City To Sonora

DW Travel – Follow DW’s Lukas Stege as he travels through Mexico, the country he considers his second home. On his first big trip here many years ago, he learned Spanish, made many friends and found his calling as a journalist. Lukas visits the metropolis of Mexico City, millennia-old pyramids and beaches of Sonora.

Swiss Views: The Lucerne Christmas Market 2022

Located in the heart of Lucerne‘s Old Town, the Christmas Market creates a highly evocative seasonal atmosphere.

Lucerne, a compact city in Switzerland known for its preserved medieval architecture, sits amid snowcapped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Its colorful Altstadt (Old Town) is bordered on the north by 870m Museggmauer (Musegg Wall), a 14-century rampart. The covered Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), built in 1333, links the Aldstadt to the Reuss River’s right bank. 

Books: TLS/Times Literary Supplement – Dec 23, 2022


The Times Literary Supplement @TheTLS (December 23-30, 2022) features @pgodfreysmith on deer and birds; @LaurenElkin on Sophie Calle; @natsegnit on Craig Brown; a new poem by @glynofwelwyn ; reflections on the BBC at 100; @BorisDralyuk on A. E. Stallings; @irinibus on gifts – and more.

Previews: The Economist Magazine – Dec 23-30, 2022


The Economist Magazine (December 23 – 30, 2022) issue:

Our country of the year for 2022 can only be Ukraine

For the heroism of its people, and for standing up to a bully

What 2022 meant for the world

Some years bring disorder, others a resolution. This one asked questions

Elon Musk’s $44bn education on free speech

He has had a crash course in the trade-offs in protecting free expression

Front Page: The New York Times – December 21, 2022


Despite Mandate, I.R.S. Delayed Auditing Trump in Office, House Panel Finds

Mr. Trump refused to disclose his taxes. A committee’s vote to release them ended an oversight battle Democratic lawmakers waged since 2019.

Zelensky Will Meet With Biden in Washington and Address Congress, Officials Say

The visit will be the first time President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has left his country since Russia invaded in February.

As Covid Deaths Climb, Even Seniors Skip the Latest Booster

Nearly all Americans over 65 got their initial Covid vaccines. But that immunity is waning, and this time, the government is offering far less support for new shots.

Lawmakers Advance Sprawling Spending Bill in Race to Avoid Shutdown

The legislation, which would fund the government through September, would significantly increase federal spending and provide billions of dollars in emergency aid.