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Worried about COVID vaccine adverse effects? Here’s what’s happening each week

A breakdown of the weekly vaccine-side effects report from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

How reliable are PCR tests?

A reader asks: 'PCR tests are claimed to be manipulated to inflate numbers. How reliable is PCR testing?'

How will El Niño and La Niña events change with the climate?

High-resolution simulations suggest rising temperatures may end the El Niño and La Niña cycle.

Unicorns did exist – but they were probably rhinos, not horses

What’s four metres long, 2.5 metres high, weighs 3.5 tonnes and has a preposterously large horn in the middle of its face? A really massive unicorn, that’s what.

The worst variant yet? Everything you need to know about Delta

Brought to you by The Echo and Cosmos Magazine Lost to learn about the dominant variant The Delta variant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain of the disease...

Could black holes power alien civilisations?

Building energy-harvesting structures around black holes could be effective, scientists say.

Sixth time’s the charm: new IPCC report shows climate is still changing

IPCC releases sixth major assessment report, and it’s clear that the biggest threat now is delay.

What’s it like to have severe COVID-19?

Lung damage, brain and heart conditions, blood clots: the horrible truths of severe COVID.

The psychology of COVID compliance

Researchers untangle the complexities of breaking and following the rules.

What are the supplements you take really doing to your health?

Sales of complementary medicines have been driven up by COVID fears, but Immune-boosting claims for them are doing more harm than good.

Can you help save 74 million lives?

Killer carbon – a new study has coined another metric for estimating the damage inflicted by climate change – this time, looking at the ‘mortality cost of carbon’.

Cherry-picked COVID-19 statistics: Were the weekend’s ‘Freedom Rallies’ based on science?

A flyer recently dropped into the letterboxes of some New South Wales residents urged people to attend the controversial ‘Freedom Rallies’ – Let’s break it down and present some context.

Spyware unplugged – New software attacks cast a light on cybersecurity

A major investigation conducted by news organisations has found that governments around the world may have been spied on by a malicious software called Pegasus.

Snakes monitor radioactive contamination

Ten years on from the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan – the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl – researchers are using Japanese rat snakes to measure radioactivity in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone.

What’s in a COVID vaccine? We examine every single ingredient

Here is an explanation of the ingredients for the three vaccines currently in play in the Australian rollout: the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines.

COVID-19, Wuhan lab and the rumour that won’t go away

It’s the rumour that won’t go away – that SARS-CoV-2 was leaked from a high biosecurity lab in Wuhan, China.

What can we learn from North America’s increasing fires and heatwaves?

As the northern hemisphere swelters through summer, the Canadian province of British Columbia is fighting nearly 200 wildfires.

Stomach that: Liquid from cow stomachs digests plastic

Bacteria from the stomach of a cow can digest some plastic, removing it from the environment, according to a team of Austrian researchers.

Can I shed a virus after I get a vaccine?

Brought to you by The Echo and Cosmos Magazine The trouble with misinformation is that it includes elements of misconstrued truth. We have gone into a series of lockdowns...

‘The Norway of Australia’: what does good electric vehicle policy look like?

What does good electric vehicle policy look like? NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean has announced an EV car package that he says will bring NSW on par with the world’s best. Is he right?

September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.