• The Delta Variant Is the Symptom of a Bigger Threat: Vaccine Refusal
    by Apoorva Mandavilli on 2021-07-26 in your-feed-science, United States Politics and Government, Vaccination and Immunization, Disease Rates, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Republican Party, United States

    There are almost as many reasons for vaccine hesitancy and refusal as there are unvaccinated Americans. But this problem, not the variant, lies at the root of rising infection rates.

  • Climate Crisis Turns World’s Subways Into Flood Zones
    by Hiroko Tabuchi and John Schwartz on 2021-07-26 in Global Warming, Subways, Infrastructure (Public Works), Floods, Transit Systems, Buses, Rain, Deaths (Fatalities), China, Zhengzhou (China), London (England), New York City, Tokyo (Japan)

    Swift, deadly flooding in China this week inundated a network that wasn’t even a decade old, highlighting the risks faced by cities globally.

  • Is Jeff Bezos an Astronaut Now?
    by Kenneth Chang on 2021-07-26 in Federal Aviation Administration, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Private Spaceflight, Awards, Decorations and Honors, Space and Astronomy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Branson, Richard, Daemen, Oliver, Bezos, Jeffrey P, Funk, Wally

    Blue Origin pinned custom astronaut wings to his flight suit. The Federal Aviation Administration may disagree. Or it may not even matter.

  • Scientists Finish the Human Genome at Last
    by Carl Zimmer on 2021-07-26 in Genetics and Heredity, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid), Human Genome Project, Chromosomes, Research, your-feed-science

    The complete genome uncovered more than 100 new genes that are probably functional, and many new variants that may be linked to diseases.

  • More Hospitals Impose Vaccine Mandates for Employees
    by Reed Abelson on 2021-07-26 in Vaccination and Immunization, Hospitals, Food and Drug Administration, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Workplace Hazards and Violations, your-feed-healthcare

    With some health care workers still refusing to be immunized, medical centers around the country are requiring shots as cases climb once again.

  • Medical Groups Call for Vaccine Requirements for Health Care Workers
    by Emily Anthes on 2021-07-26 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Health Insurance and Managed Care, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, American Medical Assn, American Nurses Assn, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry

    Vaccination “is the logical fulfillment of the ethical commitment of all health care workers,” nearly 60 organizations said in a joint statement.

  • The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online
    by Sheera Frenkel on 2021-07-26 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Rumors and Misinformation, Social Media, Content Type: Personal Profile, Mercola, Joseph M (1954- ), Elizabeth, Erin

    Researchers and regulators say Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, creates and profits from misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines.

  • Fauci Wants to Make Vaccines for the Next Pandemic Before It Hits
    by Gina Kolata on 2021-07-26 in Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Research, Fauci, Anthony S, Epidemics, your-feed-science

    If funded, a government program costing several billion dollars could develop “prototype” vaccines to protect against 20 families of viruses.

  • You Won’t Believe This Beetle’s Upside-Down Walk on Water
    by Sabrina Imbler on 2021-07-26 in Beetles, Animal Behavior, Walking, Water, New South Wales (Australia), Ethology (Journal), Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Research, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals

    Scientists observed a beetle walking upside-down on the undersurface of a pool of water.

  • Steven Weinberg, Groundbreaking Nobelist in Physics, Dies at 88
    by Dylan Loeb McClain on 2021-07-26 in Weinberg, Steven, Physics, Nobel Prizes, Deaths (Obituaries), Quantum Theory, Harvard University, Glashow, Sheldon Lee, Salam, Abdus, University of Texas at Austin

    His discoveries deepened understanding of the basic forces at play in the universe, and he took general readers back to its dawn in his book “The First Three Minutes.”

  • Why Some Americans Are Still Hesitant to Get Vaccinated
    by Julie Bosman on 2021-07-26 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Disease Rates, United States, Motivation and Incentive Programs

    The U.S. vaccine rollout has plateaued and the course of the coronavirus pandemic in this country may depend on how many people are ultimately swayed to get vaccinated.

  • The Bootleg Fire Is Now Generating Its Own Weather
    by Henry Fountain on 2021-07-26 in Global Warming, Wildfires, Weather, California, Forests and Forestry, Oregon, Bootleg Fire, Fires and Firefighters, Lightning

    Unpredictable winds, fire clouds that spawn lightning, and flames that leap over firebreaks are confounding efforts to fight the blaze, which is sweeping through southern Oregon.

  • Biden Officials Now Expect Vulnerable Americans to Need Booster Shots
    by Sharon LaFraniere on 2021-07-26 in Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Clinical Trials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, Johnson & Johnson

    The growing consensus that at least some Americans will need a booster is partly tied to research suggesting that Pfizer’s vaccine is less effective after about six months.

  • Toyota Led on Clean Cars. Now Critics Say It Works to Delay Them.
    by Hiroko Tabuchi on 2021-07-26 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Automobiles, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Hydrogen, Toyota Motor Corp, Toyoda, Akio, Fuel Emissions (Transportation), Fuel Efficiency

    The auto giant bet on hydrogen power, but as the world moves toward electric the company is fighting climate regulations in an apparent effort to buy time.

  • Olympics Covid Cases Raise Tricky Questions About Testing
    by Emily Anthes and Alexandra E. Petri on 2021-07-25 in Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Olympic Games (2020), Disease Rates, Tests (Medical), Quarantines, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Vaccination and Immunization, Athletics and Sports, International Olympic Committee, Japan, Tokyo (Japan)

    Frequent screening of healthy, vaccinated people will pick up even the mildest infections. How much testing is too much?

  • Times Reporter Leaves for Another Journalism Adventure
    by John Schwartz on 2021-07-24 in Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters, Helicopters, Gulf Coast Claims Facility, Feinberg, Kenneth R, Louisiana, New Orleans (La), Compensation for Damages (Law)

    You know you have a good job when it lets you try a jetpack. But after 21 years of thrills at The Times, it’s time for my next adventure: the classroom.

  • For Older Adults, Home Care Has Become Harder to Find
    by Paula Span on 2021-07-24 in Elderly, Home Health Care, Shortages, Labor and Jobs, United States, your-feed-science, your-feed-healthcare

    Staffing shortages have long plagued the home care industry. But the pandemic has intensified the problem.

  • Montana’s Famed Trout Under Threat as Drought Intensifies
    by Jim Robbins on 2021-07-24 in Montana, Drought, Trout, Rivers, Fish and Other Marine Life, Fishing, Sport, Wildlife Die-Offs, your-feed-science

    The state is imposing more restrictions on fishing this year as the combination of extreme conditions, including low river levels, fish die-offs and the crush of anglers, poses long-term problems.

  • Israeli Data Suggests Possible Waning in Effectiveness of Pfizer Vaccine
    by Carl Zimmer on 2021-07-24 in Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns, Disease Rates, Research, Pfizer Inc, BioNTech SE, Israel

    The new numbers still show overwhelmingly strong protection against severe disease but diminished effectiveness against infection.

  • Una intervención en el cerebro ayuda a un hombre paralítico a hablar
    by Pam Belluck on 2021-07-23 in Voice and Speech, Brain, Implants, Computers and the Internet, Research, New England Journal of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Chang, Edward F, Moses, David A, Metzger, Sean L, Liu, Jessie R, Paralysis, your-feed-science

    En un logro antes inimaginado, unos electrodos implantados en el cerebro del hombre transmiten señales a una computadora que muestra las palabras que intenta decir.

  • C.D.C. Warns of Superbug Fungus Outbreaks in 2 Cities
    by Andrew Jacobs on 2021-07-23 in Candida Auris (Fungus), Drug Resistance (Microbial), Infections, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas, Washington (DC), your-feed-healthcare

    For the first time, the C.D.C. identified several cases of Candida auris that were resistant to all drugs, in two health facilities in Texas and a long-term care center in Washington, D.C.

  • Purnell Choppin, 91, Dies; Researcher Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Fight
    by Clay Risen on 2021-07-23 in Choppin, Purnell (1929-2021), Viruses, Deaths (Obituaries), Philanthropy, Medicine and Health, Hughes, Howard Medical Institute, Rockefeller University, Research

    He explored how viruses multiply. An accomplished administrator, he also turned the Howard Hughes Medical Institute into a global biomedical powerhouse.

  • When Euphemisms (but Never Sharks) Attack
    by Matt McCann on 2021-07-23 in Sharks, Extraterrestrial Life, Young Men and Fire: A True Story of the Mann Gulch Fire (Book), your-feed-science, your-feed-animals

    Plus, orphaned grizzlies, baby deer in the shower, hoot-owl restrictions and more in the Friday edition of the Science Times newsletter.

  • It’s a Grizzly Bear Survival Program. For Grizzly Bears.
    by Alanna Mitchell and Alana Paterson on 2021-07-23 in your-feed-science, Bears, Endangered and Extinct Species, Animals, Orphans and Orphanages, Wilderness Areas, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Reserves, Conservation of Resources, your-feed-animals, Alaska, British Columbia (Canada), Canada, Pacific Northwestern States (US), Biology and Biochemistry, International Union for Conservation of Nature

    In British Columbia, researchers have undertaken a unique challenge: tracking orphan grizzly cubs, reared in a shelter, to see whether they can thrive back in the wild.

  • A.I. Predicts the Shapes of Molecules to Come
    by Cade Metz on 2021-07-23 in Proteins, Artificial Intelligence, Computers and the Internet, Genetics and Heredity, Biology and Biochemistry, Human Genome Project, your-feed-science, your-feed-health

    DeepMind has given 3-D structure to 350,000 proteins, including every one made by humans, promising a boon for medicine and drug design.