The Virus Spread Where Restaurants Reopened or Mask Mandates Were Absent

C.D.C. researchers found that coronavirus infections and death rates rose in U.S. counties permitting in-person dining or not requiring masks.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #new-york-city, #research, #restaurants, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-science

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In Oregon, Scientists Find a Virus Variant With a Worrying Mutation

In a single sample, geneticists discovered a version of the coronavirus first identified in Britain with a mutation originally reported in South Africa.

#brazil, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #great-britain, #moderna-inc, #nature-journal, #new-york-city, #oregon, #pfizer-inc, #portland-ore, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Largest Glowing Shark Species Discovered Near New Zealand

It’s the biggest bioluminescent vertebrate found on land or sea, so far.

#animal-behavior, #biology-and-biochemistry, #frontiers-in-marine-science-journal, #hormones, #light, #new-zealand, #research, #sharks, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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When Amazon Raises Wages, Local Companies Follow Suit

New research suggests that when big companies increase wages, they drive up pay in the places where they operate — without a notable loss in jobs.

#amazon-com-inc, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #fight-for-15, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #research, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Some Scientists Question W.H.O. Inquiry Into the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Origins

Those who still suspect the outbreak in China may have been caused by a lab leak or accident are pressing for an independent investigation.

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How Do Blind Worms See the Color Blue?

Eyeless roundworms may have hacked other cellular warning systems to give themselves a form of color vision.

#bacteria, #color, #evolution-biology, #eyes-and-eyesight, #genetics-and-heredity, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #light, #research, #science-journal, #senses-and-sensation, #worms, #your-feed-science

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The Moon’s Comet-Like Tail Shoots Beams Around the Earth

“It almost seems like a magical thing,” said one of the astronomers involved in studying the lunar phenomenon.

#journal-of-geophysical-research-planets, #meteors-and-meteorites, #moon, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

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Plan to Ditch the Mask After Vaccination? Not So Fast.

It’s not clear how easily vaccinated people may spread the virus, but the answer to that question is coming soon. Until then, scientists urge caution.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #israel, #johnsonjohnson, #masks, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #preventive-medicine, #research, #scotland, #your-feed-science

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Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say

Brazil is seeing a record number of deaths, and the spread of a more contagious coronavirus virus variant that may cause reinfection.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #manaus-brazil, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

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New Technique Unfolds Centuries of Secrets in Locked Letters

M.I.T. researchers have devised a virtual-reality technique that lets them read old letters that were mailed not in envelopes but in the writing paper itself after being folded into elaborate enclosures.

#archives-and-records, #cryptography-codes-and-ciphers, #europe, #france, #letters, #mary-queen-of-scots, #nature-communications-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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Virus Variant in Brazil Infected Many Who Had Already Recovered From Covid-19

The first detailed studies of the so-called P.1 variant show how it devastated a Brazilian city. Now scientists want to know what it will do elsewhere.

#brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #genetics-and-heredity, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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High Turnover at Nursing Homes Threatens Residents’ Care

A new study highlights the persistent problems caused by an unstable work force, an underlying threat that may have led to staggering death tolls in the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-affairs-journal, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #research, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Us

A reconstructed Neanderthal ear adds a new piece to the puzzle of whether the early humans could speak.

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The Outsized Influence of Teen T. Rex and Other Young Dinosaurs

A deep dive into dinosaur data suggests that teenage T. rexes and other juvenile carnivores shaped their ecosystems.

#children-and-childhood, #dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #youth

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Manatees May Carry Half a Million Microscopic Hitchhikers

Unexpected species of nematodes, some of them new to science, were found living on the skin of the marine mammals.

#florida, #manatees, #microbiology, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #skin, #worms, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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For Shielding Endangered Neighbors, Pandas Make Flimsy Umbrellas

A new study challenges a common hypothesis about how protecting charismatic species also conserves animals that are less well known.

#china, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #pandas, #research, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-science

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A New Coronavirus Variant Is Spreading in New York, Researchers Report

The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists said.

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New World Map Tries to Fix Distorted Views of Earth

You’re going to need some double-sided tape.

#earth, #geography, #maps, #mathematics, #research, #your-feed-science

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Can Zapping Our Brains Really Cure Depression?

New research suggests that stimulating neurons in the brain can address psychological issues with surprising speed and precision.

#brain, #depression-mental, #obsessive-compulsive-disorder, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research

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New California Variant More Contagious, Two Studies Confirm

Two studies confirm that a new coronavirus mutant in California is more contagious, although the scale of its threat is unclear.

#california, #chiu-charles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #genetics-and-heredity, #research, #san-francisco-calif, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Future Vaccines Depend on Test Subjects in Short Supply: Monkeys

The pandemic has highlighted the United States’ dependence on China for research animals, reviving calls for a “strategic monkey reserve.”

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A.I. Is Everywhere and Evolving

Many of us already live with artificial intelligence now, but researchers say interactions with the technology will become increasingly personalized.

#artificial-intelligence, #education-k-12, #elderly, #privacy, #research

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Women in Economics Face Hostility When Presenting Research

Studies have found that the field is plagued by a singular problem of gender bias. The latest evidence comes from the types of questions posed at seminars.

#discrimination, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #gender, #hiring-and-promotion, #modestino-alicia-sasser, #research, #wolfers-justin, #women-and-girls

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How Meaningful Is Prediabetes for Older Adults?

A new study indicates that the condition might be less of a worry than once believed.

#american-diabetes-assn, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #elderly, #jama-internal-medicine-journal, #prediabetes, #research, #selvin-elizabeth, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Octopuses Have a Secret Sense to Keep Their 8 Arms Out of Trouble

Even when an octopus can’t see light with its eyes, its arms seem to know it is there.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #light, #octopus, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Who Will Be the Next F.D.A. Chief?

Two leading contenders generate wider debate about the leadership needed to restore morale and scientific integrity to an agency battered by the politicized Trump administration.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #cancer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Studies Suggest People Who Had Covid-19 Should Get Single Vaccine Dose

New studies show that one shot of a vaccine can greatly amplify antibody levels in those who have recovered from the coronavirus.

#antibodies, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #research, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #your-feed-science

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to an Ancient Geomagnetic Disruption

A shift in Earth’s poles 42,000 years ago may have drastically altered the planet’s climate, scientists have found — and they’re naming the period after the author Douglas Adams.

#adams-douglas, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #earth, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #magnets-and-magnetism, #neanderthal-man, #ozone, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #your-feed-science

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Clinical Trials Are Moving Out of the Lab and Into People’s Homes

After the pandemic forced thousands of trials to shut down, researchers found clever ways to conduct human studies remotely — while reaching more people, quickly and cheaply.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #research, #telemedicine, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Blue-Light Glasses: Should I Buy Them?

“Computer glasses” are a booming category, thanks to increased screen time, but scientists say they don’t do much.

#blue-light, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #eyeglasses, #eyes-and-eyesight, #melatonin-hormone, #research, #sleep

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Covid Vaccines for Kids Are Coming, but Not for Many Months

Pfizer and Moderna are testing their vaccines on children 12 and older and hope to have results by the summer.

#children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #immune-system, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #novavax-inc, #parenting, #pfizer-inc, #research, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Meet the Newest Member of the Fluorescent Mammal Club

The springhare — whose coat glows a patchy pinkish-orange under UV light — joins the platypus and other mammals with this perplexing trait.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #mammals, #research, #rodents, #ultraviolet-light, #your-feed-science

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U.K. Approved Study Will Infect Volunteers With Covid

Researchers are hoping to learn things about how the immune system responds to the coronavirus that would be impossible outside a lab.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

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U.K. Approves Study That Will Deliberately Infect Volunteers With Coronavirus

Researchers are hoping to learn things about how the immune system responds to the coronavirus that would be impossible outside a lab.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Much Exercise Do You Need for Better Heart Health?

The more you do, the better, but even mild exercise like walking produces benefits for cardiovascular health, a large new study found.

#content-type-service, #exercise, #heart, #research

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Where Does the Columbian Mammoth Come From?

Genomic data — the oldest ever recovered from a fossil — reveals the origin and evolution of the Columbian mammoth.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #fossils, #genetics-and-heredity, #ice-age, #mammoths-animals, #nature-journal, #paleontology, #research, #your-feed-science

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Would Americans Have More Babies if the Government Paid Them?

One policy goal of a child allowance is to reverse declines in fertility, but some experts say improving families’ well-being is more important.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-rates, #families-and-family-life, #parenting, #research, #romney-mitt, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Some Teens Volunteer for Covid Vaccine Trials to Get Their Lives Back

Immunizing teenagers is a critical part of slowing the pandemic and reaching herd immunity. But enrolling them in clinical trials poses challenges that are very different than wrangling adults.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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My Teens Are Coronavirus Vaccine Guinea Pigs

A health journalist is getting a front-row seat to one of the most-anticipated pediatric trials in history.

#children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #moderna-inc, #parenting, #placebos, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Where Did the Dinosaur-Killing Impactor Come From?

A new study blames a comet fragment for the death of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. But most experts maintain that an asteroid caused this cataclysmic event.

#asteroids, #comets, #dinosaurs, #earth, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #yucatan-peninsula-mexico

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Tiny Blobs of Brain Cells Could Reveal How Your Mind Differs From a Neanderthal’s

Researchers grew clusters of brain cells in the lab with a gene carried by our ancient ancestors.

#brain, #evolution-biology, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #monkeys-and-apes, #neanderthal-man, #research, #your-feed-science

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Cannibalism May Be Key for These Cockroach Couples

Males and females of a species that mates monogamously complete their bond by gnawing off each other’s wings, a new study found.

#cannibalism, #cockroaches, #ethology, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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The Coming Technology Boom

Politics is grim but science is working.

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Millie Hughes-Fulford, NASA Shuttle Scientist, Dies at 75

As the space agency’s first female payload specialist, she conducted experiments about the impact of weightlessness on astronauts’ immune systems and loss of bone mass.

#columbia-space-shuttle, #deaths-obituaries, #hughes-fulford-millie, #immune-system, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #women-and-girls

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Warming and Warnings From the High Himalayas

The region is warming much faster than much of the planet, and the consequences are already showing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #drought, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #himalayas, #monsoons, #research, #south-asia

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Can These Hedge Trimmers With Fins Avoid a Brush With Extinction?

Scientists have found that sawfish are thriving in some habitats while vanishing from others.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #endangered-species-research-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #florida, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Hear the Sound of a Seashell Horn Found in an Ancient French Cave

Music from the large conch probably hadn’t been heard by human ears for 17,000 years.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #france, #music, #musical-instruments, #pyrenees-mountains, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-science

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Polish Court Orders Scholars to Apologize Over Holocaust Study

In a partial victory for nationalists, a libel case ended with two scholars ordered to make a public apology for saying a wartime Polish mayor was complicit in Nazi crimes, but not to pay damages.

#holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #libel-and-slander, #poland, #research, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Could a Single Vaccine Work Against All Coronaviruses?

Scientists are working on a shot that could protect against Covid-19, its variants, certain seasonal colds — and the next coronavirus pandemic.

#antibodies, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #research, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Study Finds People With Dementia Are Twice as Likely to Get Covid

The analysis of nearly 62 million electronic medical records in the U.S. also found that Black people with dementia were at an even greater risk.

#alzheimers-assn, #alzheimers-disease, #case-western-reserve-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dementia, #elderly, #research, #your-feed-science

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