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What physicists get wrong about free will

It might seem that everything that’s happening at the higher, ‘emergent’ levels should be uniquely determined by the physics operating ...
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Why turning to germaphobia won’t protect us from another pandemic

As someone who has spent years doing research in health geography, I understand that this collective turn to cleanliness serves ...
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Viewpoint: AI gets ‘B-minus at best’ for dealing with COVID-19. But better days are ahead

Truth be told, AI has not had a particularly successful four months in the battle of the pandemic. I would ...
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Trump administration drops transgender health protections

The Trump administration on Friday [June 12] reversed non-discrimination protections for transgender people in health care, a policy shift that ...
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Having O blood type could offer protection against COVID-19, study suggests

However, after the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic, the company [23andMe] switched gears and looked to see how ...
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Fighting cancer by boosting the body’s immune system with genetically engineered bacteria

Our immune system can defeat cancer. Immune cells can directly attack cancer cells or produce proteins that don’t let tumors ...
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Video: Unnatural is better—How technology keeps us healthier and living longer

American Council on Science and Health microbiologist Alex Berezow takes on one of the most pervasive myths on social media ...
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Viewpoint: We need more female animals included in research projects

In 2011, Annaliese Beery and Irving Zucker of the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed biomedical literature and reported that studies ...
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Why antibiotic-resistant pathogens may get a boost from the COVID-19 pandemic

I want to return to my favorite topic, antibiotics, viewed through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, as ...
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Illegal to eat ice cream on a cone? Bring your own cutlery to barbecues; No more locally-sourced olive oil in bottles, just plastic pouches: Europe’s ‘baffling’ COVID-19 regulations

Europe is lifting its lockdowns, but the new rules to battle the coronavirus are baffling Europeans as the continent goes ...
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Living at high altitudes may offer natural defense against COVID-19

Just 916 of Peru’s 141,000 cases come from the Cusco region, meaning its contagion rate is more than 80 percent ...
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Gut microbiomes are most malleable in the first 2 years of life. Can infant probiotics improve long-term health?

[Children] acquire gut microbiome species from their mothers and others in the community during early life. This stands in contrast ...
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Kenya may declare locust infestation a national emergency as crop damage mounts

Residents of the seven sub-counties of Turkana are staring at a looming starvation after millions of locusts invaded farms and ...
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Video: How can we figure out the real fatality rate of COVID-19 and how lethal it is?

Dr. Wessam Atif breaks down what we do and don't know about the worldwide death rate, or case fatality rate, ...
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Viewpoint: About the backlash faced by JK Rowling arguing against a ’sex spectrum’—Evolutionary biologist says maybe she was right

JK Rowling recently drew fire on social media for tweeting the statements to the effect that “biological sex is real.” ...
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Viewpoint: Beware a fraudulent ‘October vaccine surprise’ as Trump maneuvers to win re-election

Oct. 23, 2020, 9 a.m., with 10 days before the election, Fox New releases a poll showing President Trump trailing ...
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‘A misunderstanding’: WHO backtracks on claim that asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus is ‘very rare’

The World Health Organization held a press conference on Tuesday [June 9] to clarify a surprising announcement it made a ...
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Some COVID-19 survivors may never regain taste or smell, doctors say

Clinicians racing to understand the novel disease are starting to discern an unusual trend: one common symptom—the loss of smell ...
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Powerful psychedelic drug ibogaine could help people kick opioid addictions

Somewhere around two million Americans suffer from opioid-related substance use disorder. Treatments like buprenorphine and methadone calm the brain circuits ...
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People with two copies of ‘Alzheimer’s gene’ at greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 infection

The APOE ε4 gene variant that puts people at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease also has a link ...
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How a rare bird and the coronavirus remind us that our safety depends on science—not wishful thinking

There are worse places to spend a COVID-19 lockdown than next to a sanctuary with one of the world’s rarest ...
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Infographic: ‘Bionic breasts’ could restore sensation after mastectomies

As many as 100,000 breast cancer patients have one or both breasts removed in mastectomies every year in the United ...
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Cells that fight pathogens might also speed up human ‘inflammaging’

Our T cells let us down as we age, becoming weaker pathogen fighters. This decline helps explain why elderly people ...
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‘Partnership with sunlight’: Why staying inside all the time makes us vulnerable to infections

For the past two months, a sizable chunk of the world’s population has been shuttered inside their homes, only stepping ...
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Could COVID-19 cause wives to cheat? How pandemics affect sexual desire

The coronavirus has impacted society and affected our behaviour in many ways from an increase in our use of social ...
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Intriguing links between blood types and COVID-19 outcomes

Why do some people infected with the coronavirus suffer only mild symptoms, while others become deathly ill? Geneticists have been ...
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‘Valuable feedback’: Coronavirus conspiracy theories and rumors illustrate ‘legitimate anxieties’

The tactic of simply throwing facts at the misinformation problem can be ineffective, and even counterproductive ...
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On second thought: Sweden’s top epidemiologist says nation should have done more to slow COVID-19

For months, the world has watched Sweden's light-touch approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic, wondering whether it was genius or ...