• Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. and Global News
    on 2020-07-07 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Disease Rates, Coronavirus Reopenings

    Brazil is second only to the United States in virus cases, and its leader had come under fire for his handling of the pandemic. The U.S. will pay a company $1.6 billion for vaccine development.

  • Intense Arctic Wildfires Set a Pollution Record
    by Somini Sengupta on 2020-07-07 in Siberia, Wildfires, Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Arctic Regions, European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts

    High temperatures and dry soil mean ideal conditions for fires. Blazes in June produced more carbon emissions than any other fires in almost two decades of monitoring.

  • Airborne Coronavirus: What You Should Do Now
    by Apoorva Mandavilli on 2020-07-07 in your-feed-science, Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Masks, Hygiene and Cleanliness, Education (K-12), Shutdowns (Institutional), Coughs, World Health Organization, Marr, Linsey, Disease Rates, Epidemics, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Content Type: Service

    How to protect yourself from a virus that may be floating indoors? Better ventilation, for starters. And keep wearing those masks.

  • ‘It Will Consume Your Life’: 4 Families Take On Rare Diseases
    by Gina Kolata on 2020-07-07 in Rare and Orphan Diseases, Genetics and Heredity, Research, Rett’s Syndrome, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome,, Jansen’s metaphyseal chondrodysplasia, NGLY1, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), Children and Childhood, Clinical Trials

    Confronted by illnesses that most scientists overlook, these families had to work out their own approaches to find treatments.

  • Patient Is Reported Free of H.I.V., but Scientists Urge Caution
    by Apoorva Mandavilli on 2020-07-07 in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Tests (Medical), Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), University of California, San Francisco, Brazil, your-feed-science

    Brazilian scientists say the man no longer shows signs of the infection after taking a powerful drug cocktail. But the preliminary results require confirmation.

  • Live Coronavirus Updates: Miami Reverses Course on Reopening
    on 2020-07-07 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Disease Rates, Coronavirus Reopenings

    Texas and Idaho set daily records for new cases. Two Texas sheriffs say they won’t enforce the governor’s order requiring residents to wear masks in public. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta said that she tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • Could You Make a Snowball of Neutrinos?
    by Randall Munroe on 2020-07-07 in Neutrinos, Space and Astronomy, Physics, your-feed-science

    You’ll need more than a few — say, 300 decillion. And good luck trying to throw it.

  • Bubonic Plague Found in a Herder in Inner Mongolia, China Says
    by Austin Ramzy on 2020-07-07 in Inner Mongolia, Bubonic Plague, Plague, China

    A city put control measures in place after one confirmed case of the disease, which caused the Black Death in the Middle Ages.

  • 239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne
    by Apoorva Mandavilli on 2020-07-06 in Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), World Health Organization, Masks, Protective Clothing and Gear, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Reopenings, Disease Rates, Workplace Hazards and Violations, your-feed-science

    The W.H.O. has resisted mounting evidence that viral particles floating indoors are infectious, some scientists say. The agency maintains the research is still inconclusive.

  • 365 Elephants Died in Botswana. The Cause Is a Mystery
    by Rachel Nuwer on 2020-07-06 in Elephants, Botswana, Conservation of Resources, Poisoning and Poisons, Research, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals

    Some conservationists say the recent die-off in Botswana could be natural, but others expressed more concern.

  • Researchers Debate Infecting People With Coronavirus to Test Vaccines
    by Denise Grady on 2020-07-06 in Clinical Trials, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Research, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vaccine (Journal), your-feed-healthcare

    The technique, called a human challenge trial, has been used to evaluate other vaccines.

  • Trump Falsely Claims ‘99 Percent’ of Virus Cases Are ‘Totally Harmless’
    by Roni Caryn Rabin and Chris Cameron on 2020-07-06 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Deaths (Fatalities), , Donald J, your-feed-healthcare, Tests (Medical), Disease Rates, Rumors and Misinformation, California, Southern States (US)

    The president dismissed the severity of the pandemic, downplaying the effect of the disease even as infections surge across the Sunbelt and rebound in California.

  • Trump Hosts July 4 Event at White House as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Soar
    on 2020-07-06 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    Hospitals in Houston near capacity. Iraq’s health care system is on the verge of breakdown. The Supreme Court rejected Illinois Republicans’ request to hold big political gatherings.

  • Spirit Bears’ Hair Helps Reveal New Genetic Secrets
    by Lesley Evans Ogden on 2020-07-06 in Bears, Fur, British Columbia (Canada), Genetics and Heredity, Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nation, Research, Indigenous People, Eco-Tourism, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals

    First Nations peoples along British Columbia’s Central Coast led research to help preserve the area’s white-furred Spirit bears.

  • DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds
    by Carl Zimmer on 2020-07-06 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Genetics and Heredity, Neanderthal Man, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid), Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Karolinska Institute, your-feed-science, Research, Bangladesh, Paabo, Svante, Zeberg, Hugo

    The stretch of six genes seems to increase the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.

  • Did a Mutation Help the Coronavirus Spread? More Evidence, but Lingering Questions
    by Benedict Carey on 2020-07-06 in your-feed-science, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Cell (Journal), Disease Rates

    Researchers claim that a predominating variant had a “fitness advantage.” But many experts are not persuaded.

  • Assessing the Real Coronavirus Death Rate: Live Updates
    on 2020-07-06 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    Assessing the virus’s real death rate could offer clues on what to expect next. Data shows how much harder the pandemic is hitting Black and Latino Americans.

  • Lester Grinspoon, Influential Marijuana Scholar, Dies at 92
    by Richard Sandomir on 2020-07-05 in Grinspoon, Lester, Deaths (Obituaries), Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Harvard Medical School, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Law and Legislation

    He believed pot was dangerous until his research convinced him otherwise. He then became a leading proponent of legalization.

  • The Pandemic’s Big Mystery: How Deadly Is the Coronavirus?
    by Donald G. McNeil Jr. on 2020-07-05 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Disease Rates, Deaths (Fatalities), Coronavirus Reopenings, Third World and Developing Countries, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization

    Even with more than 500,000 dead worldwide, scientists are struggling to learn how often the virus kills. Here’s why.

  • How Infrared Images Could Be Part of Your Daily Life
    by Jonah M. Kessel on 2020-07-04 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Infrared cameras, Coronavirus Reopenings, Workplace Environment, Workplace Hazards and Violations, Cameras, Privacy, United States

    In a post-quarantine world, heat sensors could help spot sick people with elevated temperatures as they enter public places. But it’s not that simple.

  • Anders Ericsson, Psychologist and ‘Expert on Experts,’ Dies at 72
    by Steven Kurutz on 2020-07-04 in Psychology and Psychologists, Deaths (Obituaries), Ericsson, Anders (1947-2020), Florida State University, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (Book)

    His research helped inspire “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book on the keys to excelling.

  • Coronavirus Cases in U.S. Are Rising, Even as Death Rates Trend Down
    on 2020-07-04 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    At least five U.S. states set single-day records on Friday as the country’s daily infection report passed 50,000 again. President Trump, in a speech at Mount Rushmore, barely mentioned the pandemic.

  • How to Make the Best Paper Planes
    by Ken Blackburn on 2020-07-04 in Content Type: Service, Quarantine (Life and Culture), paper plane, Newspapers, Origami

    Make this newspaper into a paper airplane. The sky’s the limit.

  • U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Sharply, but Deaths Are Still Down
    by Katherine J. Wu on 2020-07-03 in your-feed-science, Deaths (Fatalities), Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Coronavirus Reopenings, Hospitals, Disease Rates, Tests (Medical), Ventilators (Medical), Elderly, Arizona, Florida

    This seemingly counterintuitive trend might not last, experts said. But the nation can still learn from the decline.

  • Inquiry Prompted by Trump’s Hurricane Dorian Claim Is Being Blocked, Investigator Says
    by Christopher Flavelle on 2020-07-03 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hurricane Dorian (2019), United States Politics and Government, Inspectors General, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Commerce Department, National Weather Service, Jacobs, Neil, Ross, Wilbur L Jr, Alabama, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    The Commerce Department is impeding findings into whether it coerced the top NOAA official to support President Trump’s inaccurate claim that Dorian would hit Alabama, the department’s inspector general said.