Proper ventilation in winter – How to avoid mould

Shock ventilation is important, even if it is very cold outside – but it is enough to open the window briefly. In winter, we are always faced with a dilemma: the apartment should be nice and warm, but without ventilation, there is a risk of mould and bad air. To prevent this, there are a few things to keep in mind. Mould can form quickly in apartments in winter. The low temperatures cool down the outside walls, and the moisture in the warm room air condenses on the cold wall…

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Raising the retirement age for women: Deadlines now fixed

An amendment to the law specifies the implementation of the retirement age increase for women, which was constitutionally fixed in 1992. The cut-off dates decided on Wednesday in the Social Affairs Committee of the ÖVP, Greens and SPÖ mean that some women will be able to start their pensions a little earlier than planned. Given different possible interpretations, “clarifications in conformity with the constitution” were made, said Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens). From 2024, the standard retirement age for women will be gradually aligned with that of men, and by 2033…

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Is corona vaccination becoming an annual booster?

The Covid-19 vaccine was the best tool to prevent severe disease progression during the corona pandemic. But Sars-CoV-2 will remain with the world. How best to deal with it is what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is having a panel of experts discuss Thursday. On the table is a proposal for an annual two-dose vaccination for infants, the elderly and the immunocompromised. “Food and Drug Administration scientists are proposing to make Covid-19 immunization a regular, once-a-year vaccination with an adjustment for each current Sars-CoV-2 strain, say the documents,…

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Why does pepper make you sneeze?

We all know that unpleasant feeling that overcomes us when we get too close to pepper…. A little pepper in the nose and we are overcome by a sneezing crisis that is hard to suppress. But why does pepper have this effect on our noses? Chemical components in pepperContrary to what you might have guessed, the form of the pepper makes no difference to the sneezing sensation. So whether the pepper is ground or in whole grains, the effect is always the same. Pepper contains certain chemical ingredients. And they…

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“Doomsday Clock” now only 90 seconds to midnight

The Doomsday Clock shows how close the end of mankind is – but it should also give courage that the end can be averted. With blatant nuclear threats by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the hands of the so-called “Doomsday Clock” have been moved from 90 seconds to midnight. In doing so, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists researchers on Tuesday changed the extended time until Earth’s demise from the previous 100 seconds for the first time in three years.“Nuclear risks have increased significantly over the past year, largely because of…

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Suddenly the teeth fall out: What do such nightmares mean?

One moment everything is still fine; the other moment, you suddenly notice a violent pulling in your mouth. You quickly try to scan your teeth with your tongue – but they are suddenly suspiciously loose. Your pulse is suddenly at 180, and while you rush to the mirror in a panic, you can already feel that one tooth after the other has just gone… Why do we dream?“Phew, lucky you: it was all just a dream.” Many people suffer from recurring nightmares like the one about their teeth falling out.…

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A FACT CHECK : Popular misconceptions debunked – 5 energy-saving myths in a fact check

There is a lack of knowledge in many places when it comes to saving energy. We take a closer look at five popular energy-saving myths. Electricity prices are currently at record levels, and there is no end to the tricky market situation. Especially in times like these, consumers want to minimize their energy consumption to lighten the load on their wallets. But what is the best way to do this? The fact that one should not leave the lights on unnecessarily is obvious and known in every household. Apart from…

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The iPhone 15 should be a round thing again

The upcoming iPhones could resemble the 11 models with rounder sides. If a current rumour is true, all iPhones will receive a new design this year; among other things, there will be no more sharp edges. Even bigger changes will be reserved for the Pro models. It feels like Apple has just unveiled the iPhone 14 series, but the company will introduce the new models in about eight months. This means that the functions and design of the devices have already been determined, or possible options are now being weighed,…

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65 million people affected: Long Covid is likely to be a lifetime sickness

Corona infection now seems like no big deal to many. But covid-19 is followed by long covid in about ten percent of all cases. A new study summarizes the current research state and comes to worrying conclusions. Around 65 million people worldwide are thought to suffer from the late effects of corona disease. This is the conclusion of an overview study published a few days ago in Nature Reviews Microbiology journal. Scientists from the Patient-Led Research Collaborative and the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, in the U.S. state…

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