Science News Roundup: Vaccines appear weak at blocking Omicron infection; injections can reduce the burden of COVID in the long term; Israeli company uses air and water to store solar energy for the night and more


Here is a summary of scientific news briefs.

Israeli company uses air and water to store solar energy overnight

The southern tip of Israel is a rocky desert where solar panels are plentiful and the sun, when shining, is the source of almost all electricity. Once it’s tuned, however, the grid reverts to fossil fuels to generate electricity. Renewable energy from solar and wind systems cannot be stored without additional cost – a major obstacle in the world’s efforts to pull away from polluting fuels and avert climate catastrophe.

Vaccines appear weak at blocking Omicron infection; gunshots can reduce long COVID burden

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the results and that has not yet been peer-certified. Vaccines appear weak against Omicron infection, better against severe disease

Poor staff vaccination linked to COVID deaths in retirement homes; an experimental vaccine targets several coronaviruses

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the results and that has not yet been peer-certified. Staff vaccination rates linked to COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes

Pioneer astronaut Alan Shepard’s daughter soars into space aboard the Blue Origin rocket

The eldest daughter of pioneering American astronaut Alan Shepard took a trip to the edge of space aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket on Saturday, 60 years after her late father’s famous suborbital NASA flight at the dawn of the space age. Laura Shepard Churchley, 74, who was a schoolgirl when her father first entered space, was one of six passengers strapped into the cabin of Blue Origin’s fully autonomous New Shepard spacecraft as it took off from a launch site outside the town of Van, West Texas. Horn.

(With contributions from agencies.)

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