The Omicron BA.2 COVID variant is in Australia. This is what we know – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-28/what-we-know-about-ba2-covid-omicron-virus-variant/100789342

Why has BA.2 been called the ‘stealth’ variant?

BA.2 got the “stealthy” nickname because it lacks a signature deletion
mutation present in BA.1, which PCR tests could use to figure out if a sample was Omicron or not.

Astronomers in a spin over discovery of mysterious object in our galaxy – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-01-27/astronomers-discover-mysterious-object-in-the-milky-way-galaxy/100774556

… Highly magnetised neutron stars, known as magnetars, usually spray a beam of high energy from their poles that crosses our line of sight like a lighthouse every 10 to 20 seconds.

“Except for the fact that [this object takes] 18 minutes instead of a few seconds, it looks exactly like a magnetar,” she said.

Palestine/Israel: The Smearing of Emma Watson | HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

https://human-wrongs-watch.net/2022/01/27/palestine-israel-the-smearing-of-emma-watson/

… Anyone who has ever been critical of Israeli actions toward the Palestinian people knows what to expect next—an avalanche of pit-bull attacks and smears that their criticisms of Israel are motivated by racism and anti-Semitism.

The latest example is the response to actress Emma Watson’s pro-Palestinian Instagram post, which led (predictably) to Israeli officials and supporters accusing her of anti-Semitism…

For some doctors, COVID vaccinations are a money-maker

https://m.dw.com/en/opinion-for-germanys-private-practice-doctors-vaccinations-are-business-boosters/a-60549464

…While nursing staff on Germany’s COVID wards take home modest salaries
for the superhuman jobs they do, doctors in private practice are making a
tidy sum with vaccinations, says DW’s Marco Müller…

European country removes ‘last’ Covid-19 restrictions — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/547469-european-country-covid-restrictions/

… [Prime Minister] Frederiksen noted that while “it may seem strange and paradoxical” that the restrictions would be removed as Denmark experiences its highest infection rates to date, she pointed to the drop in the number of patients in intensive care, crediting widespread vaccination against Covid-19 for severing the link between the number of hospitalizations and that of infections…

China a bigger threat than Russia, US senator says in bid to arm Taiwan — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/547448-cotton-taiwan-weapons-china-ukraine/

… “China is a bigger threat than Russia to the United States. Taiwan is much more important to the United States than is Ukraine,” Cotton said, while admitting he believes “both Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin want to overturn the United States as the global superpower” even if neither leader feels compelled to “openly coordinate or talk about these actions.”…