Category Archives: Around the World

Wie ein Delfin aus dem Wasser springen…

… könnten Menschen, die auf dem Mond schwimmen gehen:

100 Sekunden Physik: Wie ist es auf dem Mond zu schwimmen? (YouTube, 4:52min) “Fast 50 Jahre nach der letzten bemannten Mondmission, rückt der Mond gerade wieder ins Zentrum der Raumfahrt. Da könnte man sich die Frage stellen, wie es sich für einen Astronauten anfühlt in einem See auf dem Mond zu schwimmen?”

Germany has got a new Chancellor

Washington Post: Germany’s new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, takes over as Angela Merkel’s long goodbye has its last act.

“BERLIN — For the first time in nearly 16 years, Angela Merkel is not the chancellor of Germany. Her Social Democrat successor, Olaf Scholz, was sworn in around noon on Wednesday local time, after the Bundestag, the German parliament, voted him into office.
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It has been a long road getting here. Merkel, a conservative Christian Democrat, has been treated to send-offs, both formal and informal, at home and abroad. Despite four terms in office — a reign that predates the iPhone — Merkel is leaving less than two weeks shy of the record for longest chancellorship. That’s held by Helmut Kohl, Merkel’s party mentor who oversaw German reunification in 1990.

She is the first German chancellor to retire, rather than lose, and one of the few heads of government to plan her exit from political life. On Wednesday, from her seat in the parliament’s visitor gallery, Merkel received a lengthy standing ovation from lawmakers and other officials before voting began.”

New York Times: Germany Live Updates: Merkel Hands Over Chancellor’s Office to Scholz.

“A dominant era of German politics ended on Wednesday as Angela Merkel handed over the chancellery to her successor, opening a new chapter for Europe’s biggest democracy.

For the first time in 16 years, Germany will now have a center-left government led by a new chancellor. And that leader, Olaf Scholz, finds himself in the difficult spot of trying to live up to the high expectations set by Ms. Merkel, under whose stewardship Germany became Europe’s leading power for the first time in modern history.

For over a decade, Ms. Merkel steered her country and the continent through a series of crises. She leaves power after a drawn-out goodbye — she announced in 2018 that she would not seek re-election — and as the most popular politician in her nation.

On Wednesday, as lawmakers gathered in Parliament to confirm Mr. Scholz as chancellor, Ms. Merkel was greeted with a standing ovation that lasted almost a minute. She then took a seat in the visitors’ gallery.”

BBC: Germany’s Olaf Scholz takes over from Merkel as chancellor.

“Olaf Scholz has been been sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor, formally taking power after Angela Merkel’s historic 16 years as leader.
He promised he would do all he could to work towards a new start for Germany.
As she left the chancellery, ending a 31-year political career, Mrs Merkel told her former vice-chancellor to approach the task “with joy”.”

More at Deutsche Welle:

Olaf Scholz formally sworn in as German chancellor.

Olaf Scholz: Germany’s new chancellor is level-headed and pragmatic.

Opinion: Cool, calm and collected — Merkel leaves but her political style remains.

UK’s South West Coast by Tandem

Ed Pratt: I Took My Girlfriend On Her Longest Ride Ever! [Full Film] 1000km Cycling England’s Hilliest Coast. (YouTube, 2:11 hours)

“This film follows our self-supported attempt to cycle 1000km (600 miles) around England’s hilliest coastline – the South West Coast! Join us on our seaside cycle tour and see if we survive pedalling through Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset on our 65kg touring tandem!”

I posted about this series earlier when the first episode was released. This ist the whole series in one fell swoop.

The chances are about 1 in 100 billion per year

NPR: A meteorite crashes through a home in Canada, barely missing a woman’s head. “It turns out that the 2.8-pound space rock, about the size of a small cabbage, was part of a meteor shower identified by Alan Hildebrand, a planetary scientist in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary, and his colleagues. The group said the trajectory of the meteorite that hit Hamilton’s house would have made it visible throughout southeastern British Columbia and central and southern Alberta.”

Victoria News: B.C. woman awakes to a hole in her roof and a space rock on her pillow.

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Borreliella burgdorferi ausrotten

Deutsche Welle: Borreliose adé: Wie Forschende Zecken entschärfen wollen. “Die Therapiemöglichkeiten bei chronischer Borreliose sind noch immer begrenzt. Doch nun verfolgen Forschende einen neuen Ansatz: Warum den Erreger nicht direkt an der Quelle beseitigen?”

“Neuigkeiten – was einen Impfstoff gegen Borreliose für Menschen angeht – gab es just im September 2021. Die beiden Pharmaunternehmen Valnea und Pfizer veröffentlichten positive Phase-II-Ergebnisse, einschließlich einer Booster-Reaktion, für den Impfstoffkandidaten VLA15.

“Die Lyme-Borreliose stellt einen hohen ungedeckten medizinischen Bedarf dar, der das Leben von Millionen Menschen in der nördlichen Hemisphäre beeinträchtigt. Wir freuen uns über diese zusätzlichen Phase-II-Ergebnisse, die uns einen Schritt näherbringen, um einen wichtigen Beitrag gegen diese schwere Krankheit zu leisten, vorbehaltlich der behördlichen Genehmigung”, kommentierte das Juan Carlos Jaramillo M.D., Chief Medical Officer von Valneva.

[…] Das Team um Kim Lewis von der Northeastern University hat im Rahmen der neueste Studie herausgefunden, dass eine Verbindung namens Hygromycin A für Tiere völlig harmlos ist und sie auf die meisten Bakterien kaum Auswirkungen hat – ausgenommen auf die Spirochäten-Bakterien. Für diese ist es tödlich. Und genau dazu gehört Borrelia burgdorferii.
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Das Team von Lewis hat auch gezeigt, dass die Verfütterung von mit Hygromycin versetzten Ködern an Mäuse Borrelia burgdorferi-Infektionen beseitigen kann. Rein theoretisch könnte durch das Auslegen solcher Köder die Borreliose in ganzen Gebieten oder sogar in ganzen Ländern ausgerottet werden.”