Some Covid Survivors Have Antibodies That Attack the Body, not Virus

New research found ‘autoantibodies’ similar to those in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients. But patients may also benefit from treatments for those autoimmune diseases.

#antibodies, #autoimmune-diseases, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #immune-system, #lupus-erythematosus, #research, #rheumatoid-arthritis, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Sharks Wash Up on Beaches, Stabbed by Swordfish

The discovery of impaled sharks on Mediterranean shores backs up old fishermen’s tales of the marine predators dueling with swordfish.

#fish-and-other-marine-life, #ichthyological-research-journal, #libya, #mediterranean-sea, #research, #sharks, #spain, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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CDC Says Nurses Are at High Risk for Covid-19

A new study looked at the high numbers of health care workers hospitalized during the early months of the pandemic.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nursing-and-nurses, #research, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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There’s Water and Ice on the Moon, and in More Places Than NASA Once Thought

Future astronauts seeking water on the moon may not need to go into the most treacherous craters in its polar regions to find it.

#ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nature-astronomy-journal, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #water

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Wealthy Millennial Women Tend to Defer to Husbands on Investing

Even the most educated and high-achieving women do not participate equally with their husbands in long-term financial decision making, according to a study.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #ellevest, #financial-planners, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #high-net-worth-individuals, #krawcheck-sallie-l, #lowry-erin, #mckinseyco, #millennial-generation, #national-womens-law-center, #porter-katie-1974, #research, #ubs-ag, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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NASA OSIRIS-REX Mission Springs Leak After Touching Asteroid

The OSIRIS-REX spacecraft collected rock and dirt samples from Bennu, but it appears to be losing some of what it grabbed.

#asteroids, #engineering-and-engineers, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #osiris-rex, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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Footprints Mark a Toddler’s Perilous Prehistoric Journey

Mammoths and giant ground sloths roamed the same terrain that a young adult swiftly moved through while toting a young child.

#animal-behavior, #children-and-childhood, #feet, #fossils, #mammoths-animals, #new-mexico, #paleontology, #quaternary-science-reviews-journal, #research, #sloths-animals, #white-sands-national-park-new-mexico, #your-feed-science, #youth

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To Learn the Truth, Read My Wikipedia Entry on Sichuan Peppers

Amid a pandemic and QAnon conspiracies, this librarian is focused on facts.

#libraries-and-librarians, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wikipedia

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No, Mouthwash Will Not Save You From the Coronavirus

Even if people coated the inside of their mouths with a coronavirus-killing chemical, a substantial amount of the virus would still remain in the body.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #journal-of-medical-virology, #mouthwash, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #viruses

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Meet the Diabolical Ironclad Beetle. It’s Almost Uncrushable.

Just about any other living thing would be liquefied at the forces this insect can withstand.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #beetles, #evolution-biology, #nature-journal, #research, #skeletons

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How to Break the Hold of Conspiracy Theories

The big lesson of 2020 is that everything keeps getting more dishonest.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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How an Ill-Fated Fishing Voyage Helped Us Understand Covid-19

The threat posed by the virus makes randomized controlled trials extremely difficult. That means “real-life experiments” are especially important.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Doctors May Have Found Secretive New Organs in the Center of Your Head

They appear to be a fourth pair of large salivary glands, tucked into the space where the nasal cavity meets the throat.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #cancer, #head-body-part, #radiation, #radiotherapy-and-oncology-journal, #research, #salivary-glands, #throat, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Some Signs of Recovery From Severe Covid Lung Damage

In two early studies, researchers said some patients showed signs of healing just weeks after leaving the hospital.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #lungs, #oxygen, #research, #respiratory-distress-syndrome, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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Overlooked No More: Eleanor Flexner, Pioneering Feminist in an Anti-Feminist Age

“Century of Struggle,” her 1959 history of the women’s rights movement, uncovered previously ignored narratives, like the contributions of African-American women.

#biographical-information, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #flexner-eleanor, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #research, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Why a Perfect Spiral Football Pass Doesn’t Break the Laws of Physics

These physicists were never amazing football players, but they’ve helped explain some of the magic when a quarterback goes deep.

#american-journal-of-physics, #football, #gravitation-and-gravity, #physics, #research, #your-feed-science

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Scott Lilienfeld, Psychologist Who Questioned Psychology, Dies at 59

Dr. Lilienfeld disturbed the order in his own field by questioning the science behind many of its conceits, therapies and tools.

#deaths-obituaries, #emory-university, #lilienfeld-scott-o, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research

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How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories

Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived.

#chicago-ill, #conservation-biology-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #georgia, #michigan, #north-america, #ontario-canada, #presidio-national-park-calif, #research, #san-francisco-calif, #trees-and-shrubs, #your-feed-science

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Drug May Extend A.L.S. Patients’ Lives by Several Months, Study Finds

The two-drug combination invented by college students is one of many potential therapies being tested for this paralyzing fatal condition.

#als-assn, #amylyx-pharmaceuticals-inc, #amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis, #clinical-trials, #cohen-joshua-b, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #klee-justin, #research, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Science Behind Your Child’s Tantrums

And how to nip them in the bud before they start.

#anxiety-and-stress, #brain, #children-and-childhood, #emotions, #parenting, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #research, #tantrums-in-children

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Major Retailers in Britain Say No to Glitter for Christmas

Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose said they would not be using glitter in their holiday products this year. Does that really help the environment?

#christmas, #containers-and-packaging, #great-britain, #john-lewis, #morrisons, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #pollution, #research, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #waitrose, #water-pollution

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Did Lockdowns Lower Premature Births? A New Study Adds Evidence

Dutch researchers say the “impact was real,” adding to hopes that doctors will learn more about factors contributing to preterm birth.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #netherlands, #premature-babies, #research, #the-lancet-public-health, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you’d find closer to Earth’s core.

#chemistry, #electric-light-and-power, #electronics, #hydrogen, #nature-journal, #physics, #research, #superconductors, #your-feed-science

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How a 2nd-Grade Class Sent a Science Experiment to Space

“Any school district now that affords football can afford spaceflight.”

#blue-origin, #education-k-12, #fireflies, #indiana, #private-spaceflight, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Launches a New Line of Business

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket hasn’t flown space tourists yet, but it has found a business niche with NASA and private science experiments.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #blue-origin, #innovation, #moon, #private-spaceflight, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #science-and-technology, #southwest-research-institute, #space-and-astronomy

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Why Scientists Made Venus Flytraps That Glow

By splicing a special gene into the carnivorous plants, scientists visualized the chemistry that helps them snap shut on prey.

#calcium, #flowers-and-plants, #nature-plants-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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The First Covid Vaccine Will Not Make Life Normal Again

Come spring, Americans may have their choice of several so-so coronavirus vaccines — with no way of knowing which one is best.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #food-and-drug-administration, #national-institutes-of-health, #placebos, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Arctic Science Mission Wraps Up as Research Ship Docks in Germany

The Polarstern docked at its home port of Bremerhaven nearly 13 months after it left Norway to study the rapidly changing Arctic.

#arctic-regions, #global-warming, #multidisciplinary-drifting-observatory-for-the-study-of-arctic-climate-mosaic, #research, #wegener-alfred-institute-for-polar-and-marine-research

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Scientist Accused of Hiding Chinese Funds Sues Harvard, Saying It Abandoned Him

Charles M. Lieber, the chair of Harvard’s chemistry department, claimed in the lawsuit that the university turned its back on a “dedicated faculty member.”

#china, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #industrial-espionage, #justice-department, #lieber-charles-m-1959, #research, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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What’s Green, Soggy and Fights Climate Change?

You might be surprised: Protecting peat bogs could help the world avert the worst effects of global warming, a new study has found.

#carbon-dioxide, #environmental-research-letters-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #peat, #research, #wetlands

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Dogs Once Made Pretty Nice Wool Blankets, Too

Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest once bred dogs in large numbers and sheared them for wool.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-columbia-canada, #dogs, #fashion-and-apparel, #indigenous-people, #journal-of-anthropological-archaeology, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #textiles, #vancouver-island-british-columbia, #washington-state, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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What’s Special About Bat Viruses? What We Don’t Know Could Hurt Us

The immune systems of bats are weird, but we don’t know how weird, how they got that way or enough about other animals.

#bats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #genetic-engineering, #national-science-foundation, #research, #science-journal, #viruses, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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People With This Mutation Can’t Smell Stinky Fish

A very small percentage of people don’t mind the pungent odor of fish, a genetic study found.

#current-biology-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #genetics-and-heredity, #iceland, #research, #smell-olfaction, #your-feed-science

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Why Don’t Young People Vote, and What Can Be Done About It?

They don’t outvote their elders anywhere in the world. But our analysis of global voter data found that in places where more older people vote, more younger people vote, too.

#polls-and-public-opinion, #research, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #youth

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Hidden Beneath the Ocean’s Surface, Nearly 16 Million Tons of Microplastic

New research shows that the quantity of fragments embedded in the sea floor far exceeds the plastic floating on the ocean’s surface.

#australia, #great-australian-bight, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #research, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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‘I Won’t Be Used as a Guinea Pig for White People’

Mistrust of vaccines runs deep in African-American communities. Against formidable odds, Father Paul Abernathy and his teams are trying to convince residents of Pittsburgh’s historic Black neighborhoods to volunteer for trials testing a Covid-19 shot.

#black-people, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #pittsburgh-pa, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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She’s 13, and the Source of a Family’s Covid-19 Outbreak

The C.D.C. and four state health departments described how one girl spread the coronavirus to 11 relatives during a gathering.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #georgia, #illinois, #massachusetts, #morbidity-and-mortality-weekly-report, #research, #rhode-island, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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U.S. Lab Chimps Stuck in Retirement Limbo

Activists and some congressional lawmakers are demanding that the N.I.H. reconsider its refusal to move 39 chimpanzees from a research center to a sanctuary.

#alamogordo-primate-facility, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #chimp-haven, #collins-francis-s, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #your-feed-science

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The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help?

The pandemic is a new setback for women in academia who already faced obstacles on the path to advancing their research and careers.

#boise-state-university, #child-care, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #research, #shutdowns-institutional, #tenure, #university-of-oregon, #women-and-girls, #work-life-balance, #your-feed-education, #your-feed-science, #your-feed-work

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Nearly 1/3 of Covid Patients in Study Had Altered Mental State

The hospitalized patients showed signs of deteriorating neurological function, ranging from confusion to coma-like unresponsiveness, new research indicates.

#brain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #nerves-and-nervous-system, #neurology-journal, #northwestern-memorial-healthcare, #research, #your-feed-healthcare

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Wildfires May Pose Drinking Water Safety Issues

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science-journal, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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Arctic Expedition’s Dress Code Raises Concerns About Sexism in Science

The scientific institute leading the trip denied that its policy had been applied to a specific sex, saying, “Women and men participate in our polar expeditions as equals.”

#arctic-regions, #discrimination, #research, #science-and-technology, #sexual-harassment, #ships-and-shipping, #wegener-alfred-institute-for-polar-and-marine-research, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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N.Y.C.’s School Testing Plan May Miss Large Outbreaks, Study Finds

Half of New York’s students should be tested every two weeks, researchers estimate. Officials plan to test only 10 to 20 percent of each school every month.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #research, #varma-jay-k

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Why Male Baboons Benefit From Female Friends

These male monkeys lived longer if they socialized with females, with or without benefits.

#animal-behavior, #friendship, #kenya, #monkeys-and-apes, #philosophical-transactions-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Rapid Coronavirus Spit Tests Aren’t Coming Soon

You won’t be buying a rapid spit test anytime soon. But nose-swab versions might be on the way.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e25bio-inc, #orasure-technologies-inc, #research, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump

Cornell University researchers analyzing 38 million English-language articles about the pandemic found that President Trump was the largest driver of the “infodemic.”

#conspiracy-theories, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fauci-anthony-s, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Huge Study of Coronavirus Cases in India Offers Some Surprises to Scientists

The rate of death went down in patients over 65. Researchers also found that children of all ages became infected and spread the virus to others.

#andhra-pradesh-india, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #india, #lewnard-joseph, #research, #science-journal, #tamil-nadu-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #university-of-california-berkeley, #your-feed-science

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‘Super-Enzyme’ Speeds Up Breakdown of Plastic, Researchers Say

A new cocktail of enzymes that degrades plastic faster is a step to fully recycling soda bottles and other waste, British and American researchers said this week.

#plastic-bottles, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #research, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Cats Shed More Than Dogs. The Coronavirus, Not Fur.

A new experiment confirmed that cats can spread the virus to one another, and found dogs did not shed the virus. There’s still no evidence that pets transmit it to humans.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dogs, #ferrets, #pets, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-healthcare

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