Science News Roundup: Study casts doubt on reliability of rapid antigen tests in kids; COVID transmission through breastmilk unlikely; American Airlines warns 5G may result in 'major operational disruptions' and more

Rapid antigen tests may be unreliable in children American Airlines warns 5G may result in 'major operational disruptions' American Airlines Chief Operating Officer David Seymour on Tuesday told employees the company expects the airline industry "will experience major operational disruptions" if new 5G wireless deploys on Wednesday.


Reuters | Updated: 20-01-2022 10:31 IST | Created: 20-01-2022 10:29 IST
Science News Roundup: Study casts doubt on reliability of rapid antigen tests in kids; COVID transmission through breastmilk unlikely; American Airlines warns 5G may result in 'major operational disruptions' and more
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Study casts doubt on reliability of rapid antigen tests in kids; COVID transmission through breastmilk unlikely

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Rapid antigen tests may be unreliable in children

American Airlines warns 5G may result in 'major operational disruptions'

American Airlines Chief Operating Officer David Seymour on Tuesday told employees the company expects the airline industry "will experience major operational disruptions" if new 5G wireless deploys on Wednesday. "Until a long-term technical solution is developed and implemented and as long as 5G is deployed, we anticipate we'll experience delays, diversions, and cancellations that are well beyond our control," Seymour said in a note to employees. "The entire U.S. airline industry is facing major disruption as new wireless technology is activated."

Explainer-Do 5G telecoms pose a threat to airline safety?

The chief executives of major U.S. passenger and cargo airlines have warned of a "catastrophic" aviation crisis this week as AT&T and Verizon deploy new 5G services. They said the new C band 5G service set to begin on Wednesday could render a significant number of aircraft unusable, causing chaos for U.S. flights and potentially stranding tens of thousands of Americans overseas.

Verizon will limit some 5G deployment near airports

Verizon Communications said Tuesday it would temporarily limit some 5G deployment around airports, in a move aimed at averting a major aviation safety crisis. Verizon said it "voluntarily decided to limit our 5G network around airports" but would still launch its 5G Ultra Wideband network Wednesday. The announcement follows AT&T's decision earlier Tuesday to halt some tower deployments near airports.

Pristine coral reef unblemished by warming oceans found off Tahiti

Scientists have discovered a pristine, 3-km (1.8-mile) long reef of giant rose-shaped corals off the coast of Tahiti, in waters thought to be deep enough to protect it from the bleaching effects of the warming ocean. The reef, which lies at depths of more than 30 meters (100 feet), probably took around 25 years to grow. Some of the rose-shaped corals measure more than 2 meters in diameter.

Europe's EV drive comes with environmental, social risks, Stellantis CEO says

The European Commission's strategy to phase out combustion engines in favor of electric vehicles is a political choice that carries environmental and social risks, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said in an interview with European newspapers. Since merging Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot to create the world's No. 4 carmaker by production, Tavares has mapped out a 30 billion euro ($34 billion) electrification plan that helped Stellantis shares surge more than 60% in their first year.

Poland raises cybersecurity terror threat after Ukraine cyber attack

Poland on Tuesday raised its nationwide cybersecurity terror threat in the wake of a cyberattack on Ukraine last week, adding that the new alert level was preventative. Last week, Ukraine was hit by a cyberattack that warned Ukrainians to "be afraid and expect the worst" as the country braces for a possible new military offensive from neighboring Russia.

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