China is traveling with a digital vaccine passport

China on March 9 rolled out its own “vaccine passport” amid global controversy around potential equality and privacy issues of the health document. China’s vaccine passport, the International Travel Health Certificate (ITHC), serves as an international version of China’s year-old health code system that helped the country resume domestic travel after the initial outbreak early…Continue Reading

Zealandia switch: New theory of regulation of ice age climates

The origins of ice age climate changes may lie in the Southern Hemisphere, where interactions among the westerly wind system, the Southern Ocean and the tropical Pacific can trigger rapid, global changes in atmospheric temperature, according to an international research team led by the University of Maine. The mechanism, dubbed the Zealandia Switch, relates to…Continue Reading

New tool to dissect ‘undruggable’ proteins through the sugars they depend on

Researchers have developed a new tool to study ‘undruggable’ proteins through the sugars they depend on. Almost 85 percent of proteins, including those associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, inflammation, and certain cancers, are beyond the reach of current drugs. Now, with a new pencil/eraser tool, researchers can start to study how sugar molecules affect these proteins,…Continue Reading

Ravens’ Broderick Washington arrested for allegedly breaking into cars in Virginia, police say

Baltimore Ravens rookie Broderick Washington was arrested in Virginia over the weekend after police say he was spotted breaking into multiple cars at an apartment complex.Washington, 24, was charged with destruction of property, both as a felony and a misdemeanor, and tampering with a vehicle after Arlington County Police Department received several calls early Sunday…Continue Reading

Can’t predict baseball? Watch us. Here are our 2021 MLB takes and World Series picks

The 2021 MLB season is upon us. Coming off a coronavirus-shortened, all-around abnormal year, baseball will return to its usual 162-game schedule with just a few rule change holdovers from the 2020 weirdness, beginning with Thursday’s opening day.If you were tuned out or distracted grappling with the pandemic last season, we understand. Welcome back. The…Continue Reading

Music Industry Moves: S10 Names Josh Hallbauer Head of Publishing; ADA Partners With Billy Mann, Benton James; Alliance for Women Composers’ New President

Warner Chappell Music, the global publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has extended its worldwide publishing agreement with multi-platinum artist and songwriter Saweetie. The rapper – who is also signed to Warner Chappell’s sister label, Warner Records – has scored hits with songs like “Back to the Streets” ft. Jhené Aiko, “Tap In” and “Pretty Bitch Freestyle,” along…Continue Reading

US contacts Nigerian visa applicants affected by Trump’s travel restrictions

The United States mission has said that it was prioritising immigrant visa applicants in Nigeria affected by the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 signed by former President Donald Trump last year.This followed the Presidential Proclamation signed by President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, titled, ‘Ending discriminatory bans on entry to the…Continue Reading

Hotels see uptick in bookings

Hotel operators say there has been an increase in the number of advance bookings for stays after the government announced the reopening of the local tourism sector on Tuesday. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, March 17, 2021. HOTELIERS report an improvement in bookings since the government’s move to allow travel and tourism between and…Continue Reading

Vaccine-induced antibodies may be less effective against several new SARS-CoV-2 variants

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has mutated throughout the pandemic. New variants of the virus have arisen throughout the world, including variants that might possess increased ability to spread or evade the immune system. Such variants have been identified in California, Denmark, the U.K., South Africa and Brazil/Japan. Understanding how well the COVID-19 vaccines…Continue Reading