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Video: Death by COVID: The projected grim toll in historical context

The latest statistics, as of July 10, show COVID-19-related deaths in U.S. are just under 1,000 per day nationally, which is ...
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Here’s how dogs really see the world

Dogs definitely see the world differently than people do, but it’s a myth that their view is just black, white ...
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Why facts don’t work against vaccine deniers and other science skeptics

Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ...
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How to keep virtual reality from taking over real life

American R&B star John Legend is doing a major live show on Thursday June 25 to promote his new album, ...
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Asymptomatic COVID-19 infections can still cause lung damage

Modern medicine rightly emphasises the importance of science. The focus, however, too often displaces our attention from the real point ...
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How supercomputing is taking on the COVID-19 pandemic

In “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, the haughty supercomputer Deep Thought is asked whether he can ...
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Dead or alive? The cosmology of viruses

Viruses are an inescapable part of life, especially in a global viral pandemic. Yet ask a roomful of scientists if ...
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Feeling a bit stir crazy during the pandemic lockdown? Blame it on human evolution

Humans are intensely social creatures. We all need company and social contact. But for many of us, being at home ...
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From bioterror to bioerror: Who’s afraid of biohacking?

In March, amateur scientists in Sydney announced they had created a COVID-19 test kit that is simpler, faster, and cheaper ...
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Coronavirus romance: Is it healthy for isolating couples to have so much together time?

In the wake of COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders, young couples may find themselves spending more time with each ...
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How old is that child? ‘Epigenetic clocks’ could help fight child labor, trafficking and improve age records on immigrant children

Epigenetic clocks are a new type of biological test currently capturing the attention of the scientific community, private companies and ...
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Glioblastoma and John McCain: Why this brain cancer remains an ‘insidious enemy’

Sen. John McCain withstood beatings and torture as a prisoner of war, but he was confronted with an enemy in ...
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‘Biofortification’: Super-nutritious crops could help millions of undernourished children

An incredible 155 million children around the world are chronically undernourished, despite dramatic improvements in recent decades. In view of this, the ...
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Viewpoint: Bans on neonicotinoid insecticides may not actually help bees

Public pressure is growing in Australia to ban the sale of pesticides called neonicotinoids because of their harmful effects on bees. The ...
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Mars conundrum: How do we explore without contaminating the Red Planet?

Space exploration experts worry over what will happen if a human expedition introduces Earth's microbes to Mars. Are those concerns ...
Born to exercise? 'Fitness' genes may help lower breast cancer risk

Born to exercise? ‘Fitness’ genes may help lower breast cancer risk

A growing number of studies show that exercise offers protection against breast cancer. Research on mice suggests that some of ...
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Is ‘dark DNA’ lurking as ‘missing’ mystery force in animal evolution?

In some animals, stretches of essential DNA seem to be missing. However, this "dark DNA" is not really missing, it's ...
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Left and right share anti-science instincts, rooted in fears of ideological misuse

Anti-science views have been increasingly embraced by political factions, left and right. Both harbor deep suspicions of government, industry and ...
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Crippling costs blunt potential of drugs harvested from living cells

Biologics are drugs grown in living cells, rather than produced through chemical reactions. They can be incredibly effective, but are ...