There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

There is a lot of misinformation about COVID, the available vaccines and their effectiveness. These 7 insights will help clear that up.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been many thousands of articles and commentaries published on almost every ...
Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

A woman lingers at a display of coffeemakers. Soon after, images of the very same contraptions festoon her Facebook feed, ...
More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

More or less deadly? Which way is SARS-CoV-2 evolving?

No lethal pandemic lasts forever. The 1918 flu, for example, crisscrossed the globe and claimed tens of millions of lives, ...
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Viewpoint: Glyphosate-cancer trials illustrate how tort lawyers undermine science in the courtroom

Should we be fair to chemical manufacturers when they are sued? First of all, who are they? Since everything in ...
Viewpoint: Politics and science in Europe: How the development of COVID-19 vaccines highlights ideological inconsistency and hypocrisy

Viewpoint: Politics and science in Europe: How the development of COVID-19 vaccines highlights ideological inconsistency and hypocrisy

The announcement that Astra-Zeneca, a British-Swedish biopharmaceutical company, had developed the third coronavirus vaccine to show promise in Phase III ...
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What did a teenage girl look like 9,000 years ago? Here is her face, reconstructed from bone fragments found in a cave in Greece

Swedish sculptor Oscar Nilsson reconstructed the face of an 18-year-old young woman, dubbed Avgi, whose 9,000-year-old bones were found in ...
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Viewpoint: This is no time to cut corners on regulation of COVID-19 vaccines

With COVID-19 cases, the percentage of positive test results, and hospitalizations reaching record levels in much of the nation, the ...
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Evolution’s ‘great leap forward’: When did humans cross the intelligence rubicon?

When did something like us first appear on the planet? It turns out there’s remarkably little agreement on this question ...
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How immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer care

More than a century ago, in 1910, President William Howard Taft made what then seemed a bold but reasonable prediction: ...
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Will ‘cancel culture’ claim Darwin?

Given the scientific and political luminaries who have fallen under the axe, it’s not beyond possibility that Charles Darwin himself ...
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Final weeks to approval: NIH’s Anthony Fauci and FDA’s Peter Marks on what’s ahead before we can expect a safe COVID vaccine

As tens of thousands of people participate in phase 3 clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the focus is turning ...
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New England Journal of Medicine sets aside 200 years of politics, editorializing FDA and CDC have been compromised, calling political leadership ‘dangerously incompetent’

Covid-19 has created a crisis throughout the world. This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options ...
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The Goldilocks phenomenon: Why as many as 45% of patients get COVID and show no symptoms

One of the reasons Covid-19 has spread so swiftly around the globe is that for the first days after infection, ...
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Revisiting the Kon-Tiki hypothesis: Did ancient Americans really settle the Pacific?

An eccentric theory of human seagoing migration—made famous by one of the most insanely suicidal ‘scientific’ experiments ever undertaken—has recently ...
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Why a coronavirus vaccine ‘October Surprise’ could be an October disaster

There is widespread anticipation of the availability of vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infections so that Americans can get their lives ...
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The ‘Church of Nature’ and the sudden collapse of the cult of Extinction Rebellion

When a cult loses its grip on a person, a form of reawakening takes place. It involves having to return ...
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Dissecting male-female brain and behavior differences

People have searched for sex differences in human brains since at least the 19th century, when scientist Samuel George Morton ...
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Viewpoint: How body building culture and fad diets mislead consumers about protein

In most supermarket aisles you’re likely to come across at least one product that features ‘protein’ somewhere in the title ...
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Why do humans mate in private? Instinct or morality?

A debate has emerged as to why humans mate in private while every other animal – except the Arabian babbler ...
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How to argue about ‘race’: Charles Murray and Adam Rutherford are not so far apart

Shortly before the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer in May this year, two (now tragically ...
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Evolutionary puzzle: Why do fraternal twins exist?

The chances of having fraternal twins changes with maternal age and is heritable ...
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Podcast: Homeopathic ‘drug’ passes peer review; EU: GMO crops bad, GMO medicine good; Wine industry wants CRISPR

Research validating a homeopathic 'drug' for erectile function was published in a peer-reviewed science journal. Europe's Green Party opposes genetic ...
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Viewpoint: Fish farming has a sustainability problem and genetic engineering might be the solution

As the world endures the impacts of a rapidly changing climate—sea level rise, extreme weather events, warming and acidifying oceans ...
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Viewpoint: Should autism be treated as an illness that should be cured?

“Many of the greatest artists, actors, musicians, scientists, and entrepreneurs of all time were and are autistic. We all serve ...
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Podcast: Let the light shine—Tackling eye disease with gene therapy

Researchers are bringing discoveries about the underlying genetic faults that cause eye diseases all the way through to game-changing gene ...
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Biotechnology forestry revival projects now include elms along with American chestnuts

There was a time when the stately elm was a symbol of American and European small-town prosperity and pride. It ...
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Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
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USDA relaxed its GMO, gene-edited crop rules—but not enough to foster biotech innovation

USDA's SECURE rule fails to move beyond process-based regulation ...
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