George Carruthers, Whose Telescopes Explored Space, Dies at 81
by Richard Sandomir on 2021-01-23 in Carruthers, George (1939-2020), Deaths (Obituaries), Space and Astronomy, Apollo Project, Telescopes and Observatories, Engineering and Engineers, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Black People, Race and Ethnicity
At a time when there were few other Black astrophysicists, he developed a telescopic device that went to the moon on Apollo 16.
In Crises, Vaccines Can Be Stretched, but Not Easily
by Donald G. McNeil Jr. on 2021-01-23 in Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Epidemics, Immune System, Shortages, Third World and Developing Countries, World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, Rotary Clubs International, Slaoui, Moncef M, Offit, Paul A, Brazil, Africa, India, Israel, Great Britain, your-feed-science, your-feed-healthcare, Poliomyelitis, Ebola Virus
Shortages of shots for yellow fever, polio and other diseases have led to innovative solutions even in very poor countries.
Do Curfews Slow the Coronavirus?
by Gina Kolata on 2021-01-23 in Curfews, Disease Rates, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Shutdowns (Institutional), United States Economy, Europe, United States
A restriction more often used in natural disasters, or to quell unrest, has never been tested against a pathogen like the virus.
Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Covid-19 Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses
by Noah Weiland, Katie Thomas and Sharon LaFraniere on 2021-01-23 in Pfizer Inc, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Hypodermic Needles and Syringes, Government Contracts and Procurement, BioNTech SE, Food and Drug Administration, United States, United States Politics and Government, your-feed-healthcare
After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.
Six Stars, Six Eclipses: ‘The Fact That It Exists Blows My Mind’
by Robin George Andrews on 2021-01-23 in Stars and Galaxies, Eclipses, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Spacecraft), Space and Astronomy, Research, Astronomical Journal
A handful of other six-star systems have been discovered, but this one is unique.
Filing Suit for ‘Wrongful Life’
by Paula Span on 2021-01-23 in your-feed-science, your-feed-healthcare, Malpractice, Living Wills and Health Care Proxies, Life-Sustaining Support Systems, Withdrawal Of, Death and Dying, Compensation for Damages (Law), Hospitals, Suits and Litigation (Civil), Elderly, Augusta (Ga), Helena (Mont), New Rochelle (NY)
More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders such decisions less abstract. But are medical providers listening?
Emerging Coronavirus Variants May Pose Challenges to Vaccines
by Apoorva Mandavilli on 2021-01-23 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Immune System, Antibodies, South Africa, Great Britain, United States, Brazil, Disease Rates, Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc, your-feed-science
Laboratory studies of mutations circulating in South Africa suggest they may dodge some of the body’s immune responses.
Why Biden Inherited a Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April
by Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland on 2021-01-23 in Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, Biden, Joseph R Jr, United States Politics and Government, your-feed-healthcare
But with 200 million doses pledged for the first quarter of the year, some experts say President Biden’s plan for 100 million shots in 100 days is far too modest.
Sharon Begley, a Top Science Journalist, Is Dead at 64
by Katharine Q. Seelye on 2021-01-22 in Begley, Sharon, News and News Media, Writing and Writers, Science and Technology, Magazines, Deaths (Obituaries), Newsweek, STATNews.com
Long at Newsweek, she was regarded as one of her generation’s pre-eminent science writers. An “Enlightenment-era figure,” Jon Meacham said.
UK Warns New Coronavirus Variant May Be Deadlier
by Mark Landler and Benjamin Mueller on 2021-01-22 in Great Britain, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Disease Rates, Deaths (Fatalities), Johnson, Boris, Politics and Government
The evidence on the fatality rate is worrisome but not yet solid, scientists said. It contrasts with news that Britain is vaccinating its people at a promising pace.
Restoring Environmental Rules Rolled Back by Trump Could Take Years
by Coral Davenport on 2021-01-22 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United States Politics and Government, Executive Orders and Memorandums, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Fuel Emissions (Transportation), Environmental Protection Agency, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Trump, Donald J
President Biden has promised to reinstate more than 100 rules and regulations aimed at environmental protection that his predecessor rolled back. It won’t happen overnight.
The Coronavirus Kills Mink. They May Get a Vaccine.
by James Gorman on 2021-01-22 in Minks (Animals), Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Livestock Diseases, Agriculture Department, Zoetis Inc, Denmark, South Dakota, your-feed-healthcare, Medgene Labs (VST LLC)
The pandemic has been a powerful reminder that there is no clear barrier between viruses affecting animals and people.
Covid-19 Kept Tourists Away. Why Did These Seabirds Miss Them?
by Cara Giaimo on 2021-01-22 in Birds, Animal Behavior, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Shutdowns (Institutional), Sweden, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Reserves, Conservation of Resources, Travel and Vacations, Research, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals
When travel restrictions stopped bird-watchers from visiting a Swedish island, hidden ecosystem dynamics were revealed.
Eli Lilly Claims Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes
by Gina Kolata on 2021-01-22 in Antibodies, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), Nursing Homes, Disease Rates, Elderly, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Elder Care, Deaths (Fatalities), Eli Lilly and Company, United States
A monoclonal antibody protected residents and staff members in facilities where the virus had appeared.
F.D.A. Approves Monthly Shots to Treat H.I.V.
by Apoorva Mandavilli on 2021-01-22 in your-feed-science, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), Food and Drug Administration, United States
A combination of two injectable drugs will provide an alternative to daily pills for people with H.I.V.
U.S. Vaccine Supply: What to Know
by Katie Thomas on 2021-01-22 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Content Type: Service, Shortages, Defense Production Act, Factories and Manufacturing, United States Politics and Government, Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc, Biden, Joseph R Jr, your-feed-healthcare, United States
Can President Biden really boost production? Why are governors trying to buy directly from Pfizer? And when will supply exceed demand?
Amid One Pandemic, Students Train for the Next
by Katherine J. Wu on 2021-01-22 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Education (K-12), Viruses, Microbiology, Science and Technology, Education (Secondary), your-feed-science, your-feed-health, Sarasota (Fla), Tucson (Ariz), Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, NY), Epidemics, BioBus Inc, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Wild Bird Fund, Krammer, Florian
Researchers have banded together to find safe, virtual ways to teach the principles of microbiology and epidemiology.
A ‘Nerve Center’ for Climate in the Biden White House
by Lisa Friedman on 2021-01-22 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United States Politics and Government, Appointments and Executive Changes, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Biden, Joseph R Jr
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. brings with him the largest team of climate change experts ever assembled in the White House, and action on global warming is expected quickly.
Biden Cancels Keystone XL Pipeline and Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement
by Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman on 2021-01-22 in Biden, Joseph R Jr, United States Politics and Government, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trump, Donald J, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, United States International Relations, Executive Orders and Memorandums, Keystone Pipeline System
In a burst of climate orders, the president also ordered federal agencies to begin the process of reinstating environmental regulations reversed under the Trump administration.
Buttigieg’s Climate Promises: What Could He Actually Do?
by Brad Plumer on 2021-01-21 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Transportation, Law and Legislation, Infrastructure (Public Works), United States Politics and Government, Automobiles, Fuel Efficiency, Transit Systems, Transportation Department (US), Buttigieg, Pete (1982- ), Fuel Emissions (Transportation), Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Appointments and Executive Changes, Roads and Traffic, Air Pollution, Federal Aid (US)
The Transportation Department, which holds sway over planes, trains and automobiles, faces limits on how it spends money. Still, here are five possible steps.
The Paris Climate Agreement: What You Need to Know
by Jonathan Ellis and Douglas Alteen on 2021-01-21 in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Biden, Joseph R Jr, United States Golf Assn, United States Politics and Government, Trump, Donald J
President Biden’s decision to return to the climate pact fulfills a campaign pledge, but the United States has some catching up to do.
Florida ‘Monkey Whisperer’ Is Charged With Illegal Animal Sales
by Azi Paybarah on 2021-01-21 in Wildlife Trade and Poaching, Monkeys and Apes, Animals, New York Times, Alabama, California, Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, United States
Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, who runs an exotic animal ranch, illegally sold rare monkeys, prosecutors said.
An Ancient Form of European Money: Bronze Rings, Ribs and Blades
by Becky Ferreira on 2021-01-20 in Bronze Age, Copper, Brass and Bronze, Currency, Archaeology and Anthropology, Commodities, Central Europe, Research, PLoS One (Journal), Economics (Theory and Philosophy), your-feed-science, Weights and Measures
Because the objects had a standardized weight, scientists suggest they were a form of currency used some 3,500 years ago.
Hahn Resigns as F.D.A. Commissioner; Woodcock Named Interim Chief
by Sheila Kaplan on 2021-01-20 in Appointments and Executive Changes, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), United States Politics and Government, Vaccination and Immunization, Food and Drug Administration, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Hahn, Stephen M (1960- ), Trump, Donald J, your-feed-healthcare
The Biden administration has yet to name a permanent chief of the Food and Drug Administration, amid a deep review of potential treatments and vaccines against the coronavirus.
Your Cat Isn’t Just Getting High Off Catnip
by Katherine J. Wu on 2021-01-20 in Cats, Mosquitoes, Flowers and Plants, Animal Behavior, Research, your-feed-science, Science Advances (Journal)
A new study hints that plants like catnip and silver vine may also protect your feline friend from mosquitoes.