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CDC: 11% of US adults seriously considered suicide in June - Business Insider Australia
Early in the coronavirus pandemic, mental health experts warned the stay-at-home orders, job losses, and otherwise life-upturning nature of the crisis could lead to a mental health crisis alongside the public health one.
- 11% of American adults reported seriously considering suicide in June, about double the percentage who did so last summer, a new CDC report finds.
- Rates of suicide ideation were highest among 18- to 24-year-olds (25%) and unpaid caregivers for adults (30%).
- The report also found that the prevalence of symptoms of depression and anxiety quadrupled and tripled, respectively, compared to last year.
- In total, 40% of Americans reported some mental health issue or substance abuse related to the pandemic.
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Women who used marijuana during pregnancy were 1.5 times as likely to have a child with autism, the largest study of its kind has found - Business Insider Australia
Marijuana use during pregnancy has been linked to a 50% greater chance of having a child with autism, according to the largest study of its kind.
- A large sample of women in Canada who used marijuana during pregnancy were 1 1/2 times as likely to have a child with autism as those who didn’t, a new study has found.
- The retrospective analysis, involving more than half a million women, follows past research suggesting pot use is linked to lower birth weight.
- While the study does not prove cause and effect, the authors say it suggests pot use should be recommended against during pregnancy in the way alcohol is.
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Alyssa Milano said she's still losing hair after having a coronavirus infection in April - Business Insider Australia
Actress Alyssa Milano says that she’s losing hair as the result of a coronavirus infection months ago.
- Actress Alyssa Milano posted on social media that she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies after being extremely sick for two weeks in April.
- Milano said she’s still losing hair as a result of the illness, shared a video of herself brushing her hair and losing clumps of it in the process, and urged followers to “take this seriously” and “wear a damn mask.”
- New evidence suggests a growing number of people experience hair loss months after a COVID-19 infection.
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A man in his 20s died of the plague in New Mexico's first reported death from the infection in years - Business Insider Australia
A New Mexico man in his 20s died of the septicemic plague in the state’s first death from the condition since 2015, the state’s Department of Health announced Friday.
- The New Mexico Department of Health said Friday that a man in his 20s died from the septicemic plague.
- The death marks the state’s first human death of the plague since 2015.
- The department said the plague originates with wildlife, namely rodents, and is often spread to humans by fleas.
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SpaceX just launched 57 new Starlink satellites with sun visors to make them less bright. A scientist says that won't stop them from interfering with astronomy. - Business Insider Australia
After a two-month gap, SpaceX has resumed launching batches of dozens of satellites in its gambit to blanket Earth with high-speed internet access.
After a two-month gap, SpaceX has resumed launching batches of dozens of satellites in its gambit to blanket Earth with high-speed internet access. The satellites are a new “VisorSat” variety to make them less shiny to the ground and especially to astronomers’ telescopes. But researchers say the spacecraft’s experimental new feature, while helpful, won’t fully solve problems posed by the existence of Starlink itself (or other planned thousands-strong satellite fleets, for that matter). SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, calls its internet project Starlink, and may deploy tens of thousands of the broadband internet-beaming satellites into low-Earth orbit. On Friday at 1:12 a.m ET, one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets launched a new batch of them, along with two Earth-imaging spacecraft built by BlackSky Global. SpaceX fitted all 57 of its desk-sized Starlink satellites with a new feature: sun visors or shades. The visors should deploy after launch and block sunlight from reflecting off the satellites’ surfaces – glare that makes Starlink spacecraft appear as bright, moving trails in the night sky that can photobomb telescope observations, blot out faint astronomical objects, and even hinder searches for killer asteroids. The visors will probably make the satellites less bright, but it won’t stop them from interfering with astronomy, says astronomer Jonathan McDowell. “If you figure out where to put the visors, you should be able to really cut down those reflections. And that will make the satellites no longer naked-eye objects, which is good,” he told Business Insider in June. “It won’t, probably, make them so faint that they won’t be a problem for professional astronomers.” SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Astronomers fear that SpaceX’s bright satellites could outshine the stars After SpaceX launched its first set of Starlink satellites in May 2019, many astronomers were alarmed by how bright the new objects were. In the days after the launch, people across the world spotted the train of satellites, like a line of twinkling stars. “I felt as if life as an astronomer and a lover of the night sky would never be the same,” astronomer James Lowenthal told The New York Times in November. “If there are lots and lots of bright moving objects in the sky, it tremendously complicates our job,” Lowenthal added. “It potentially threatens the science of astronomy itself.” Telescopes on Earth that look for distant, dim objects could pick up these false stars and ruin astronomers’ data. A single satellite can create a continuous streak of light across a telescope’s long-exposure images of the sky, blocking the objects astronomers want to study. “It takes just a couple seconds for the satellite to cross the telescope’s field of view, but we take really long exposures with our cameras. So in that couple of seconds, a whole 10- or 15-minute exposure is ruined,” McDowell said. The satellites can especially affect telescopes that observe close to the horizon near dawn – the kind of observations that help astronomers track asteroids flying close to Earth. SpaceX is sharing Starlink’s orbital-path data with astronomers so that they can plan their telescope observations around the satellites’ movements. Briefly shutting off the camera as the satellite passes overhead can save a long-exposure image. To date, SpaceX has flown nearly 600 Starlink spacecraft to orbit – the most of any satellite operator. But Musk’s grand ambitions could make it practically impossible for astronomers to avoid the fast-moving satellites. SpaceX already has permission to launch nearly 12,000 satellites, and last year sought additional clearance to put up to a total of 42,000 satellites into orbit. And that’s not counting other providers’ plans. “If they’re coming over all the time, then knowing when they’re coming over isn’t helpful,” McDowell said. Even now, he added, sometimes astronomers can’t avoid the photobombers. It’s not yet clear how well a VisorSat works It’s unclear how effective the SpaceX’s new visors will be, though the company launched an experimental “VisorSat” to test the concept on June 3. SpaceX has yet to report the results of that test. “We’re still waiting for the satellite to reach its operational orbit,” Youmei Zhou, an integration and test engineer for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship, said during a live broadcast of the launch early Friday morning. Launching a whole fleet of visor-equipped satellites without widely sharing, or possibly knowing, the results of the experimental spacecraft visor seems like “a gusty move” to McDowell. “I think what it reflects is that they have much more confidence now that they understand the sources of the problem,” he said. The company doesn’t expect earlier, visor-free Starlink satellites to complete their five-year life span, Patricia Cooper, SpaceX’s vice president of satellite government relations, told Spaceflight Now in May. That means that, in a few years, the brightest satellites may no longer appear in the sky. Satellite constellations pose larger problems that visors can’t fix The Starlink fleet caught astronomers’ attention for how bright it was, but it revealed a much larger problem: The skies could soon be swarming with false stars. SpaceX isn’t the only company building a massive fleet of satellites. Companies like Amazon and OneWeb have similar aspirations to establish their own fleets and rake in billions of dollars each year. “If OneWeb goes ahead and launches its proposed constellation without mitigation, that is going to have very severe impacts on ground-based astronomy to the point that, for at least four months out of the year, it’s going to be pretty impossible to do most observations,” McDowell said. “You might as well just shut the observatory down for the summer months, because there’s going to be so many satellites screwing up your data.” Mitigating solar reflections also goes only so far. Astronomers also worry about invisible wavelengths of light that stand to compromise other forms of astronomy. The Federal Communications Commission, which authorizes the flight and use of internet-beaming satellites in the US, says preventing disruption to astronomy is “not a condition” for licensing – so SpaceX is pursuing solutions on its own accord. Sources known to Business Insider also say Amazon’s Kuiper satellite-internet project is working with astronomers to reduce those satellites’ impact. But SpaceX and others have yet to announce potential harm-reduction measures for radiowaves the satellites will broadcast, or for the infrared light they emit by producing heat. Both can interfere with telescopes on Earth that observe the skies using radio or infrared. “We’re in a new phase of space utilization. It’s a new space industrial revolution, things are different, and astronomy’s going to be affected,” McDowell said. “We just have to make sure we’re part of the conversation so we can keep it down to the ‘pain in the neck’ level and not the ‘give up and go home’ level.” Dave Mosher contributed reporting. Business Insider Emails & Alerts Site highlights each day to your inbox. Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Belong is the first carbon neutral-certified telco under Australia’s Climate Active program – here’s how it achieved that - Business Insider Australia
From vegetarian diets to replacing shower heads, both individuals and major companies alike are conscious of ways they can lower their carbon footprint.
From vegetarian diets to replacing shower heads, both individuals and major companies alike are conscious of ways they can lower their carbon footprint. This includes electricity consumption and we’re not just talking about switching the lights off when you leave the house or resisting going ham on the heater over winter. Internet and phone use are also contributors, and it goes without saying we’re all fiends for the stuff. For example, Australia’s mobile data networks are estimated to create the same amount of CO2 emissions as someone flying between Melbourne and Sydney, more than 3 million times in a year. Whether in isolation or not, we’re all perpetrators, but major change first starts with the big guys. Aussie telco Belong, owned by Telstra but operating as a separate business, is Australia’s first certified carbon neutral telco under the Climate Active program an ongoing partnership and initiative between the Australian Government and local businesses to collectively measure, reduce and offset carbon emissions. Telstra also announced it was certified carbon neutral in early July. Organisations achieve carbon neutral status by taking action to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they put into it. For example, the carbon emissions associated with operating Belong’s mobile and internet services are offset by projects the company is investing in. Belong invests in Australian renewable energy projects, like Telstra’s Murra Warra Wind Farm (Victoria) and Emerald Solar Park (Queensland), as well as certified UN carbon offset projects. Climate Active sets strict criteria which dictates the way Belong invests in projects and measures its carbon footprint. Belong also works to reduce emissions in its office. “We continually look to improve energy efficiency in our office footprint through optimising HVAC equipment, installation of fresh air cooling systems, high efficiency chillers, electronically commutated fans and lighting upgrades,” Belong told Climate Active. “In the office we have mobile handset recycle points where team members can dispose of old handsets knowing itll be recycled and not go to landfill. We also support and encourage team members who cycle, run or scoot to work by providing end-of-trip services such as showers and lockers.” Additionally, Belong launched an app, dubbed Carbon Thumbprint, in June. It calculates mobile data network use not wifi through a series of questions, including how much time you spend on everything from social media to streaming. From there it translates your usage from megabytes of mobile data use, into grams of carbon, to give you your output in kilograms. Carbon Thumbprint (rather than footprint) is described by Belong as “the C02 created by your mobile network data usage”. For context, mobile data networks in Australia are estimated to create more than half a million tonnes of C02 annually. Your usage and personal portion contributing to that is your Carbon Thumbprint. Telstra, Belong’s parent company, announced in March this year that they will be cutting their emissions by half by 2030 and in early July announced they were certified carbon neutral. Keeping Australians connected to Telstra services requires around 5.9 petajoules of energy per year. In 2019, that resulted in almost 1.3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. While telecommunications can help reduce the amount of carbon put into the atmosphere like reducing the need for physical travel to meetings and modernising agricultural practices theyre not without their own environmental impact. In short? It’s nothing to sneeze at and telco providers have a huge responsibility in fighting climate change. Business Insider Emails & Alerts Site highlights each day to your inbox. Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
6 months after declaring the coronavirus a global health emergency, WHO director says there may never be a 'silver bullet' for the novel coronavirus - Business Insider Australia
World Health Organisation’s director-general on Monday warned that there may never be a “silver bullet” for the coronavirus, six months after the agency declared the novel virus a global health emergency.
- World Health Organisation’s director-general on Monday warned that there may never be a “silver bullet” for the coronavirus.
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ statement comes six months after the world organisation declared the novel virus a global health emergency.
- Tedros warned that despite promising prospects of a vaccine, the world may still need to maintain practices it adapted during the pandemic.
- More than 18 million coronavirus cases have been recorded worldwide with over 692,000 deaths as of publishing time.
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Some Australians who withdrew their super as an emergency measure could be booted off JobSeeker, according to the government - Business Insider Australia
Some Australians are in for a shock as the Morrison government begins stripping back its economic support measures.
- The Australian government will reintroduce the liquid asset test for JobSeeker applicants from 25 September.
- If a recipient has over $11,500 in liquid assets their payments can be temporarily paused.
- The Department of Social Services confirmed on Thursday that any early super withdrawals sitting in savings accounts will be included, potentially rendering some Australians ineligible for JobSeeker.
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NASA just picked astronaut Megan McArthur, whose husband launched aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon, to pilot the spaceship in spring - Business Insider Australia
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur recently watched her husband climb through the hatch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship, buckle into his seat, and rocket through Earth’s atmosphere. It was the spaceship’s first crewed flight – the first time humans had ever flow…
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur recently watched her husband climb through the hatch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship, buckle into his seat, and rocket through Earth’s atmosphere. It was the spaceship’s first crewed flight – the first time humans had ever flown in a commercial spacecraft. Now NASA has chosen McArthur to pilot the same spaceship in the spring. Her mission will be the Crew Dragon’s second in a series of at least six round-trips to and from the International Space Station (ISS). McArthur’s husband, Bob Behnken, is still on the ISS. He and his crewmate, Doug Hurley, have been living and working there, conducting science experiments and spacewalks, since the Crew Dragon docked to the station on May 31. Their mission, called Demo-2, is a demonstration that the Crew Dragon can safely carry humans to and from the ISS. In just a few days, Behnken and Hurley are set to make the return trip to Earth. If the weather holds, they will climb back into the Crew Dragon on Sunday, undock from the space station, and weather a fiery fall into the Atlantic Ocean. If that goes well, NASA will begin to routinely ferry astronauts to and from the ISS using the Crew Dragon. The next crew is expected to launch in late September, then McArthur will follow with three other astronauts next year. A successful end to the Demo-2 mission this weekend would restore the US’s human spaceflight capabilities for the first time since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011. Crucially, it would also free NASA from its increasingly expensive reliance on Russian Soyuz rockets. Assuming the mission ends smoothly, the first of the Crew Dragon ferry missions – Behnken and Hurley’s mission is considered a demo – will carry four astronauts to the ISS: Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Soichi Noguchi, and Shannon Walker. On Tuesday, NASA announced the crew for the mission after that, called Crew-2. McArthur will serve as the pilot on the flight – her first trip to the space station. She previously flew in the space shuttle Atlantis on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. McArthur holds degrees in aerospace engineering and oceanography. The other three crew members are also experienced astronauts. Shane Kimbrough has flown to the ISS twice – once aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and once aboard a Soyuz rocket. In total, the retired Army colonel has spent 189 days in space and conducted six spacewalks. Two of the Crew-2 astronauts – Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet – are from NASA’s international partners. A main goal of NASA’s partnership with SpaceX is to give other countries’ space agencies a viable alternative to Soyuz rockets as well. Hoshide, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has flown aboard a space shuttle and two Soyuz rockets. Pesquet, an astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA), spent 196 days in space following a Soyuz launch. “I am thrilled to be the first European to fly on the new generation of US crewed spacecraft,” Pesquet said in a press release. “It will be extra interesting for me to compare with my first flight as a Soyuz pilot, and to bring this experience to the team.” Business Insider Emails & Alerts Site highlights each day to your inbox. Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
A scientist's mesmerising animation shows how our entire solar system orbits an unseen centre — and it's not the sun - Business Insider Australia
It’s common knowledge that the sun is the centre of the solar system. Around it, the planets orbit – along with a thick belt of asteroids, some meteor fields, and a handful of far-travelling comets.
- Our solar system orbits an invisible point at its centre called the barycenter, from which its mass is evenly distributed.
- Even the sun orbits this point – so the centre of the solar system doesn’t always align with the centre of our star.
- Planetary scientist James O’Donoghue made an animation to show how the sun, Jupiter, and Saturn play tug of war around the solar system’s barycenter.
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