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COVID-19 Survival Guide: The virus will be with us forever. Here’s how we can adapt

COVID-19 Survival Guide: The virus will be with us forever. Here’s how we can adapt

Michael Greshko | 
Eventually—years or even decades in the future—COVID-19 could transition into a mild childhood illness, like the four endemic human coronaviruses ...
‘Dark angels of evolution, terrific and terrible’: How viruses have shaped evolution, for better or for worse

‘Dark angels of evolution, terrific and terrible’: How viruses have shaped evolution, for better or for worse

David Quammen | 
[Many] viruses bring adaptive benefits, not harms, to life on Earth, including ours. We couldn’t continue without them. We wouldn’t ...

Already blamed for ‘widespread insect declines,’ neonicotinoid insecticides may threaten mammals, too

Elizabeth Royte | 
On an overcast January day in Estelline, South Dakota, Jonathan Lundgren zips his quilted jacket over a fleece, pulls down ...
Empathy fatigue: The quickly rising global COVID death toll is too much for our brains to process

Empathy fatigue: The quickly rising global COVID death toll is too much for our brains to process

Sarah Elizabeth Richards | 
More tragedy doesn’t always elicit more empathy; it can counterintuitively bring about apathy. The magnitude of the death toll can ...
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Who is the superspreader that infected Trump? There is a genetic tool available to find out if the White House wanted to use it

Lois Parshley | 
The [White House Rose Garden] gathering has been described as a superspreader event, as at least a dozen guests have reported ...
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Coronavirus missiles: See for yourself if 6 feet of separation is enough protection from a cough

Sarah Gibbens | 
[Lydia] Bourouiba, a fluid dynamics scientist at MIT, has spent the last few years using high-speed cameras and light to ...
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COVID-19 is deadlier than the flu

Carrie Arnold | 
Texas is just one of the states that has experienced a surge in coronavirus cases over recent weeks after relaxing ...
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Video: Iceland breeds heat-tolerant trees to restore native forests amid climate change

Ewa Hermanowicz | 
The landscape of Iceland has changed a lot in a thousand years. When the Vikings first arrived in the ninth ...
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Farm workers fear coronavirus infection as they labor to keep US fed during COVID-19 pandemic

Alejandra Borunda | 
While millions of Americans shelter in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, farmworkers on California’s cool central coast move ...
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Historical amnesia: Measles outbreaks remind us why it’s perilous to forget life before vaccines

Richard Conniff | 
I suffer, like most people, from a notorious Catch-22: Vaccines save us from diseases, then cause us to forget the ...
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Banana-destroying fungus hits South America. Is genetic engineering the solution?

Myles Karp | 
A fungus that has wreaked havoc on banana plantations in the Eastern Hemisphere has, despite years of preventative efforts, arrived ...
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Balance of Nature: Ecology’s enduring myth debunked

Tik Root | 
Strolling across his animated kingdom—Pride Rock in the distance—Mufasa explains to his young son Simba: “Everything you see exists together, ...

Genetic engineering is changing our food. An expert explains everything you should know

Jennifer Ackerman | 
SCIENTISTS CONTINUE TO find new ways to insert genes for specific traits into plant and animal DNA. A field of promise—and ...

‘The Tangled Tree’: Book explores what’s wrong with Darwin’s theory of evolution

David Quammen, Simon Worrall | 
Until recently, the central tenets of Darwin’s theory of evolution, from how heredity works to the gradual variation in species, had ...

Two moms, no dad? Gene editing allows same-sex mice to have babies

Maya Wei-Haas | 
Using gene editing and stem cells, researchers in China have helped mice of the same sex bear pups. While this ...
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‘Zombie gene’ could explain why elephants rarely get cancer

Maya Wei-Haas | 
[B]igger animals, which have more cells, should have greater occurrences of cancer. By that reasoning, elephants, with hundreds of times ...
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The next food revolution: Brought to you by CRISPR gene editing

Eric Niiler | 
Crispr has the potential to boost yields, disease resistance, and taste, and even tackle allergens like gluten. It could radically ...
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Remnants of ancient society found in Ecuador’s cloud forest

Alejandra Borunda | 
In the 1850s, a team of botanists venturing into the cloud forest in the Quijos Valley of eastern Ecuador hacked their way ...

Can you inherit a laugh? Book explores this and other genetics questions

Carl Zimmer, Simon Worrall | 
Why are people today often taller than their ancestors? If you have blue eyes or red hair, does that mean your children will ...
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Which of our hominid ancestors forged stone weapons used to kill rhino in the Philippines 700,000 years ago?

Michael Greshko | 
Stone tools found in the Philippines predate the arrival of modern humans to the islands by roughly 600,000 years—but researchers aren’t ...

Life on Earth: How aliens might go about discovering us

Michael Greshko | 
[L]ight-years from our solar system, other intelligent beings on a similar planetary oasis might be gazing in our direction and ...
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Viewpoint: Green Revolution II will require GMOs and a paradigm shift toward lower-input farming

Tim Folger | 
From the 1960s through the 1990s, yields of rice and wheat in Asia doubled. Even as the continent’s population increased ...
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National Geographic confesses to history of ‘racist’ coverage in special issue

National Geographic strives to deepen our understanding of the world and our role in it. It’s difficult to understand 21st-century America ...
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Should we create ‘genetically superior’ bee species resistant to varroa mites?

Lulu Morris | 
In Australia, the bee industry is trying to find a way to protect Aussie bees from the varroa mite before ...
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Viewpoint: How genetics challenges the ‘folk notion’ of distinct races

Simon Worrall | 
Speaking from the BBC studio in London where he hosts the weekly radio program Inside Science, [geneticist Adam] Rutherford explains how ...
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How the Netherlands became a high tech farming center

Frank Viviano | 
Almost two decades ago, the Dutch made a national commitment to sustainable agriculture under the rallying cry “Twice as much ...

Feline friends: Cats took their time on the path to domestication

Casey Smith | 
In true feline form, cats took their time deciding whether to jump into humans’ laps. In a new comprehensive study ...
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‘Baby dragon’: Giant bird-like dinosaur preserved in egg resembled an overgrown ostrich

Zhao Chuang | 
More than 20 years after gracing the cover of National Geographic as “Baby Louie,” a tiny dinosaur found curled inside ...
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