Science minister: Gila Gamliel must quit

Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay became the first minister in the cabinet to call upon Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel to resign on Tuesday.Gamliel found herself in hot water after violating coronavirus lockdown restrictions by traveling some 150 kilometers from her Tel Aviv home to Tiberias for Yom Kippur, before testing positive for the virus. She prayed at a synagogue in the city run by her father-in-law, where some 20 people were diagnosed with the virus in recent days. The minister reportedly earlier attempted to hide the violation from the Health Ministry during her epidemiological investigation, avoiding the ministry for hours and then saying that she caught the virus from her driver. Gamliel has acknowledged wrongdoing and said she would pay an NIS 5000 fine, but she is not expected to resign or get fired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “If things are as they are, they are very
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Honda to quit F1 to focus on zero-emission technology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor will end its participation as an engine supplier in the FIA Formula One World Championship at the end of the 2021 season to focus on zero-emission technology, it said on Friday.

a close up of a toy car on a race track: FILE PHOTO: Formula One: United States Grand Prix

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FILE PHOTO: Formula One: United States Grand Prix

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The decision was made at the end of September and the company does not intend to return to F1, Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo said in an online news conference.

“This is not a result of the coronavirus pandemic but because of our longer-term carbon-free goal,” he said.

Like other automakers, Honda is rushing to build new-energy vehicles in an industry shift that Hachigo on Friday described as “once in a century”. That race is accelerating amid the coronavirus outbreak as carmakers review production plans to capture market share with new models including low or zero-emission

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This app can help cigarette smokers quit, study finds

There’s an app for everything.

Now there’s even a smartphone app that has proven to be effective in helping cigarette smokers kick the habit, a study by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found.

iCanQuit, an app that uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), proved to be nearly 1.5 times more effective than the National Cancer Institute’s app QuitGuide “in helping smokers quit after 12 months,” according to Fred Hutchinson.

“Our study offers a new approach to quitting smoking,” said Dr. Jonathan Bricker, the study’s lead researcher and professor at Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences Division. “By deploying ACT-based methods that focus on acceptance of smoking triggers instead of avoidance of smoking triggers, we believe iCanQuit can help more smokers kick the habit and thereby reduce premature deaths.”

Researchers conducted a large clinical trial with 2,400 adult smokers from across the country. They discovered “for every

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Fred Hutch-led clinical trial shows new smartphone app helps smokers quit


IMAGE: The home screen of the iCanQuit app is seen here. The app is available for Android and iOS smartphone users.
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SEATTLE — Sept. 21, 2020 — Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center believe they’ve found a better of use of mobile technology to help adult cigarette smokers quit.

In a large clinical trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a team led by Dr. Jonathan Bricker, a professor in Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences Division, tested the efficacy of the new smartphone app iCanQuit against the National Cancer Institute’s QuitGuide. iCanQuit is based on acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, and QuitGuide is based on U.S. clinical practice guidelines.

While apps to quit smoking have been downloaded over 33 million times, there has been little proof they actually work. Using a rigorous double-blind, randomized clinical trial involving over 2,400 adult smokers throughout the

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