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Jun 26, 2022

Poliovirus detected in London sewage, UK officials warn, Jun 26, 2022

illustration of poliovirus particles(Image credit: KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY via Getty Images)

A strain of poliovirus that can sometimes cause paralysis has cropped up in the sewers of London and may be spreading among closely-linked individuals in the north and east regions of the city, the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned (opens in new tab) Wednesday (June 22).

Wild solar weather is causing satellites to plummet from orbit, Jun 26, 2022

European Space Agency's Swarm satellites have been monitoring the magnetic field around Earth since 2013.
The European Space Agency had to raise the orbit of the Swarm satellites as they were sinking too fast because of space weather. (Image credit: ESA)

In late 2021, operators of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm constellation noticed something worrying: The satellites, which measure the magnetic field around Earth, started sinking toward the atmosphere at an unusually fast rate — up to 10 times faster than before. The change coincided with the onset of the new solar cycle, and experts think it might be the beginning of some difficult years for spacecraft orbiting our planet.