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  • Covid-19 Live News
    on 2020-09-24 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said his state would conduct its own review of vaccines authorized by the federal government amid concern that the approval process has become politicized.

  • Virus Cases Surged in Young Adults. The Elderly Were Hit Next.
    by Roni Caryn Rabin on 2020-09-24 in your-feed-science, Colleges and Universities, Disease Rates, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Youth, Age, Chronological, Millennial Generation, Elderly, Deaths (Fatalities), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States

    Infections among young adults eventually may have spread to older, more vulnerable people, the C.D.C. reported.

  • Blue Cross Insurers Reach Tentative Settlement in Antitrust Lawsuit
    by Reed Abelson on 2020-09-24 in your-feed-science, Health Insurance and Managed Care, Suits and Litigation (Civil), Aetna Inc, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn, CIGNA Corporation, your-feed-healthcare

    The health insurance group may pay $2.7 billion to resolve allegations that the chain blocked competition.

  • Novavax Enters Final Stage of Coronavirus Vaccine Trials
    by Katie Thomas and Carl Zimmer on 2020-09-24 in Novavax Inc, Clinical Trials, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Johnson & Johnson, Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc, Research, Influenza, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), Great Britain, United States

    The Maryland company, which has never brought a vaccine to market, has started its Phase 3 trial in the United Kingdom, with plans to begin in the United States in October.

  • Ocean Heat Waves Are Directly Linked to Climate Change
    by Henry Fountain on 2020-09-24 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oceans and Seas, Fish and Other Marine Life, Temperature, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Sea Lions

    The “blob” of hotter ocean water that killed sea lions and other marine life in 2014 and 2015 may become permanent.

  • ‘I Had Heart Surgery in the Middle of a Coronavirus Hot Spot’
    by Johnny Diaz on 2020-09-24 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Surgery and Surgeons, Hospitals, Aneurysms, Miami Beach (Fla), Florida, New York City, Covid-19 precautions, valve sparing aortic root repair., Heart, Quarantines, Mount Sinai Medical Center, aortic aneurysm

    Anxiety and uncertainty about the pandemic are leading some patients to delay surgery. But how safe is that when you have an aneurysm in your heart?

  • Why So Blue, Tarantula? A Mystery Gets a New Clue
    by Joshua Sokol on 2020-09-24 in Spiders, Color, Camouflage, Evolution (Biology), Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Journal), Research, your-feed-animals, your-feed-science

    The large arachnids have long been thought to be colorblind, but new evidence suggests they can perceive each others’ brilliant coloring.

  • Ron Cobb, a Pioneer in Science Fiction Design, Dies at 83
    by Jacey Fortin on 2020-09-24 in Cobb, Ron (1937-2020), Deaths (Obituaries), Science Fiction, Movies, Design, Star Wars (Movie), Alien (Movie), Back to the Future (Movie)

    An artist and movie production designer, he helped shape the aesthetics of science fiction with his work on movies including “Star Wars,” “Alien” and “Back to the Future.”

  • Undercutting Scientists, Trump Says Tightening Covid-19 Vaccine Guidelines ‘Sounds Like a Political Move’
    on 2020-09-24 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and three other top U.S. health officials told lawmakers they would take a vaccine approved by the F.D.A. Johnson & Johnson announced plans to enroll 60,000 people in a major vaccine trial. Israel will tighten its coronavirus restrictions on Friday.

  • Nothing Eats Viruses, Right? Meet Some Hungry Protists
    by Katherine J. Wu on 2020-09-24 in Protists, Microbiology, Viruses, Oceans and Seas, Research, your-feed-science, Frontiers in Microbiology (Journal), Fish and Other Marine Life, Gulf of Maine, Mediterranean Sea

    New genetic evidence builds the case that single-celled marine microbes might chow down on viruses.

  • Chief Executive of Embattled Alaskan Mine Project Resigns
    by Henry Fountain on 2020-09-23 in Collier, Tom (1951- ), Pebble Mine (Bristol Bay, Alaska), Mines and Mining, Appointments and Executive Changes, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Alaska, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd, United States Politics and Government

    The executive made “offensive” remarks about the state’s political leaders, the company said, in meetings recorded by an environmental group.

  • Beaked Whale Shatters Record With 3 Hour 42 Minute Dive
    by Katherine J. Wu on 2020-09-23 in Whales and Whaling, Diving and Divers, Animal Behavior, Mammals, Fish and Other Marine Life, Biology and Biochemistry, Oceans and Seas, Anatomy and Physiology, Marine Biology, Journal of Experimental Biology, Research, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals, North Carolina

    Scientists still don’t know how the marine mammals go so long without air.

  • Despite Claims, Trump Rarely Uses Wartime Law in Battle Against Covid
    by Andrew Jacobs on 2020-09-23 in United States Politics and Government, Law and Legislation, Presidential Election of 2020, Defense Production Act, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Government Contracts and Procurement, Shortages, Factories and Manufacturing, Congressional Research Service, Defense Department, Biden, Joseph R Jr, , Donald J, your-feed-healthcare

    The president often criticized the Defense Production Act as anti-business. Now he’s campaigning on having frequently used the law to ramp up production of medical gear.

  • California Plans to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars in 15 Years
    by Brad Plumer and Jill Cowan on 2020-09-23 in California, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Automobiles, Fuel Emissions (Transportation), Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Newsom, Gavin, Executive Orders and Memorandums

    The proposal would speed up the state’s efforts to fight global warming at a time when California is being battered by wildfires, heat waves and other consequences of .

  • Heat and Drought Team Up More Frequently, With Disastrous Results
    by John Schwartz on 2020-09-23 in Science Advances (Journal), Global Warming, Weather, Drought, Research, Wildfires

    A new study finds that what used to be a rare weather double whammy has been occurring more frequently in recent decades because of climate change.

  • E.P.A. Rejects Its Own Findings That a Pesticide Harms Children’s Brains
    by Lisa Friedman on 2020-09-23 in Environment, Hazardous and Toxic Substances, Pesticides, United States Politics and Government, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Environmental Protection Agency, chlorpyrifos, Children and Childhood, Babies and Infants, Trump, Donald J

    The agency’s new assessment directly contradicts federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that chlorpyrifos can stunt brain development in young children.

  • Democratic Donors Push Biden for a Cabinet Free of Fossil Fuel Connections
    by Lisa Friedman and Thomas Kaplan on 2020-09-23 in Biden, Joseph R Jr, Global Warming, Campaign Finance, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Presidential Election of 2020, United States Politics and Government, Natural Gas, Trump, Donald J, Hydraulic Fracturing, Salazar, Ken, Moniz, Ernest J, Zichal, Heather, Bordoff, Jason

    A group of more than 60 donors is urging Joe Biden to renounce advisers with ties to the fossil fuel industry.

  • Johnson & Johnson Begins Phase 3 Trial of Covid-19 Vaccine
    by Carl Zimmer and Katie Thomas on 2020-09-23 in Clinical Trials, Vaccination and Immunization, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Johnson & Johnson, your-feed-healthcare, Drugs (Pharmaceuticals), Research, Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc

    Unlike some of its competitors, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine does not need to be frozen and may require just one shot instead of two.

  • Supreme Court Could Give Trump Second Chance at Environmental Rollbacks
    by Lisa Friedman and John Schwartz on 2020-09-23 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United States Politics and Government, Presidential Election of 2020, Decisions and Verdicts, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Trump, Donald J

    Court losses are piling up for President Trump’s environmental deregulation agenda. But a second term in the White House could help them stick.

  • Fourth-Largest U.S. School District to Allow Students Back in Classrooms
    on 2020-09-23 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    Over 200,000 people have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus, a staggering toll. Japanese researchers suggest plastic face shields are insufficient to reduce the virus’s spread.

  • We’ll Have to Learn to Live With Smoke. Here’s Why.
    by Julia Rosen on 2020-09-23 in Global Warming, Environment, Wildfires, Portland (Ore), Respiratory Diseases, Air Pollution

    There’s a huge fire debt in the West that must be paid off, experts say, either through controlled burns or out-of-control blazes. Either way, that means smoke.

  • 356 Elephants Dropped Dead. Did This Bacteria Poison Them?
    by Rachel Nuwer on 2020-09-23 in Elephants, Wildlife Die-Offs, Botswana, Algae, Hazardous and Toxic Substances, Conservation of Resources, Laboratories and Scientific Equipment, your-feed-science, your-feed-animals

    Some conservationists accepted the explanation provided by Botswana’s government, but others raised doubts.

  • After Criticism, C.D.C. Reverses Covid-19 Guidelines on Testing People Who Were Exposed
    on 2020-09-23 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    President Trump acknowledged that an authorized vaccine for “every American” may not be distributed until next year. An Iranian official says the country has become a “red zone” as cases and deaths surge.

  • AstraZeneca Releases Blueprints for Virus Vaccine Trial Amid Safety Scrutiny
    on 2020-09-23 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    A surge of infections in the Southwest and the Midwest is partly driving an uptick in cases nationally. The eight remaining members of the Supreme Court are expected to hear arguments next month via telephone.

  • Coronavirus Upends College Admissions Tests, Creating Chaos for Students
    on 2020-09-23 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    An Iowa school district that defied a reopening order is moving toward a “hybrid” model. South Korea suspends a plan to provide free flu shots to 19 million people.