‘It’s out-competing other viruses’: Killer Indian COVID strain spreads dark cloud over growing global recovery

‘It’s out-competing other viruses’: Killer Indian COVID strain spreads dark cloud over growing global recovery

Adam Taylor | 
India [has] set another coronavirus milestone. [On May 19th], authorities announced the country had recorded more than 4,500 deaths from ...
Sprawling science disinformation network: Steve Bannon teamed up with Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui to spread COVID misinformation through ‘thousands of social media accounts’

Sprawling science disinformation network: Steve Bannon teamed up with Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui to spread COVID misinformation through ‘thousands of social media accounts’

Craig Timberg, Eva Dou, Jeanne Whalen | 
A sprawling online network tied to Chinese businessman Guo Wengui has become a potent platform for disinformation in the United ...
From Trumpian conspiracy theory to credible scenario: Here’s the Wuhan lab-leak theory timeline

From Trumpian conspiracy theory to credible scenario: Here’s the Wuhan lab-leak theory timeline

Glenn Kessler | 
[I]n recent months the idea that [SARS-CoV-2] emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) — once dismissed as a ...
‘We don’t want to be human guinea pigs': Vaccine-rejecting medical workers sue, invoking Nuremberg Code designed to prevent experimentation on human subjects

‘We don’t want to be human guinea pigs’: Vaccine-rejecting medical workers sue, invoking Nuremberg Code designed to prevent experimentation on human subjects

Derek Hawkins | 
A group of 117 unvaccinated staffers from Houston Methodist Hospital filed a lawsuit [May 28] seeking to avoid the hospital’s ...
How did the Wuhan lab leak theory go from conspiracy theory hunch to genuine national security question?

How did the Wuhan lab leak theory go from conspiracy theory hunch to genuine national security question?

Shane Harris, Yasmeen Abutaleb | 
Throughout much of the pandemic, the “lab leak” hypothesis has been ridiculed by scientists as a baseless conspiracy theory, fueled ...
Aquaplastic derived from E. coli confronts the plastic waste crisis? Made from gut bacteria, this genetically engineered biodegradable material completely dissolves in 45 days

Aquaplastic derived from E. coli confronts the plastic waste crisis? Made from gut bacteria, this genetically engineered biodegradable material completely dissolves in 45 days

Tatiana Schlossberg | 
Using genetically engineered E. coli, scientists from Northeastern University, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and elsewhere say they turned E. coli into ...
Viewpoint: Do people gain weight because of genes or personal choices? Here’s why the answer is so complex

Viewpoint: Do people gain weight because of genes or personal choices? Here’s why the answer is so complex

Nazrat Mirza, Susma Vaidya | 
More than 40 percent of adults in the United States qualify as obese, and an elevated body mass index has ...
We will need COVID tests for years to come, posing challenges for poorer countries. Here’s how trained, virus-detecting bees could be a godsend

We will need COVID tests for years to come, posing challenges for poorer countries. Here’s how trained, virus-detecting bees could be a godsend

Maria Iati | 
Dutch researchers on [May 10] said they have trained honeybees to stick out their tongues when presented with the virus’s ...
No, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: Requiring proof of vaccinations—COVID or otherwise—is not a violation of HIPPA (sic) rights

No, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: Requiring proof of vaccinations—COVID or otherwise—is not a violation of HIPPA (sic) rights

Allyson Chiu | 
Some Americans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), are balking at [questions about COVID vaccine status from businesses, employers, and ...
One-third of veterans have rejected COVID vaccines. This Veteran Affairs mobile van unit is trying to convert them, but it’s not going well

One-third of veterans have rejected COVID vaccines. This Veteran Affairs mobile van unit is trying to convert them, but it’s not going well

Lisa Rein | 
The rugged communities that stretch from eastern Washington through the Idaho Panhandle into northwestern Montana include some of the country’s ...
4 in 10 healthcare workers have not gotten a COVID vaccine and many say they never will

4 in 10 healthcare workers have not gotten a COVID vaccine and many say they never will

Health-care workers were the first group in the United States to be offered coronavirus vaccinations. But three months into the ...
Impact of the pandemic: US birth rate falls to lowest level in almost 50 years

Impact of the pandemic: US birth rate falls to lowest level in almost 50 years

William Wan | 
New provisional data released [May 5] by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the birthrate in 2020 dropped ...
Making the leap from ‘no’ to ‘yes’: Here’s why some vaccine hesitators decided to get a shot

Making the leap from ‘no’ to ‘yes’: Here’s why some vaccine hesitators decided to get a shot

Dan Diamond | 
Kim Simmons, a 61-year-old small-business owner in Illinois, vividly remembers the moment she went from vaccine skeptic to vaccine-ready: watching ...
Vaccine advertising moonshot: Behind the scenes of the campaign to convince Americans to get the COVID shot

Vaccine advertising moonshot: Behind the scenes of the campaign to convince Americans to get the COVID shot

David Montgomery | 
The question of whether to vaccinate sits at the center of America’s deepest sources of discontent: political hatred, racial injustice, ...
50,000 athletes and visitors could descend on Tokyo for the Summer Olympics with COVID cases rising and just 1% of the population fully vaccinated. Japan is worried

50,000 athletes and visitors could descend on Tokyo for the Summer Olympics with COVID cases rising and just 1% of the population fully vaccinated. Japan is worried

Rick Maese, Simon Denyer | 
The International Olympic Committee [recently] unveiled updated plans for holding the Summer Games in Japan, meticulous “playbooks” that promise to ...
A race against time: One biologist’s mission to ‘fight climate change with plant genetics’ before her Parkinson’s disease advances

A race against time: One biologist’s mission to ‘fight climate change with plant genetics’ before her Parkinson’s disease advances

Sarah Kaplan | 
People needed to find new ways to grow plants — and soon.  The scientist’s urgency came not only from what ...
Viewpoint: Critical juncture — ‘Situation getting enormously better in growing vaccinated population, while growing worse in the unvaccinated group’

Viewpoint: Critical juncture — ‘Situation getting enormously better in growing vaccinated population, while growing worse in the unvaccinated group’

Robert Wachter | 
Life has become even riskier for unvaccinated people, particularly those who have never had covid-19.  ... While treatments for covid-19 ...
Unwitting COVID carriers: 20-college study trying to answer when it will be safe to go maskless

Unwitting COVID carriers: 20-college study trying to answer when it will be safe to go maskless

Carolyn Johnson | 
All three authorized vaccines in the United States offer recipients robust protection against illness, particularly the worst cases. But how ...
Robotic farming: How artificial intelligence (AI) is taking precision farming to another level

Robotic farming: How artificial intelligence (AI) is taking precision farming to another level

Dalvin Brown | 
Labor costs, climate change and growing food demand are ushering in an era of machine modernization across the nation’s agricultural ...
How long does COVID vaccine immunity last? When might we need a booster?

How long does COVID vaccine immunity last? When might we need a booster?

Lindsey Bever | 
Current research shows that people who have been infected with covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, retained immunity that ...
Healthcare workers are less likely to support vaccine mandates than the general public. What can — or should — be done?

Healthcare workers are less likely to support vaccine mandates than the general public. What can — or should — be done?

Amy Goldstein | 
The question of whether employers should compel their workforces to be immunized against the coronavirus is rippling through the health-care ...
Infographic: COVID rejection ideology — Vaccine skeptics are also prevention skeptics

Infographic: COVID rejection ideology — Vaccine skeptics are also prevention skeptics

Philip Bump | 
How many Americans won’t get the vaccine? If the figure is fairly low, the ability of the virus to spread ...
‘Public health can supersede individual rights’: Government mandated vaccinations are not violations of personal liberty, courts determined a century ago

‘Public health can supersede individual rights’: Government mandated vaccinations are not violations of personal liberty, courts determined a century ago

Gillian Brockell | 
[A]s millions of Americans get vaccinated voluntarily against the coronavirus and society starts to reopen, questions loom about how far ...
‘Cancer has never been part of your story’: Cautionary tale of a misdiagnosis that wreaked havoc on a patient and his family for 35 years

‘Cancer has never been part of your story’: Cautionary tale of a misdiagnosis that wreaked havoc on a patient and his family for 35 years

Jeff Henigson | 
Ten days [after my brain cancer surgery as a teenager,] they had removed the staples from the left side of ...
Inside the Biden Administration's current plan to help shape ‘vaccine passports’ in the US

Inside the Biden Administration’s current plan to help shape ‘vaccine passports’ in the US

The [vaccine passport] initiative has emerged as an early test of the Biden administration, with officials working to coordinate across ...
Viewpoint: MAGA right targets Dr. Fauci to promote alternative reality about COVID dangers

Viewpoint: MAGA right targets Dr. Fauci to promote alternative reality about COVID dangers

Michael Gerson | 
American citizens have witnessed one of the most dramatic vindications of scientific expertise in our history. We have been healthier ...
Viewpoint: Do some of us carry ‘warrior genes’ that pry the door open to more violent behavior? Courts and scientists debate

Viewpoint: Do some of us carry ‘warrior genes’ that pry the door open to more violent behavior? Courts and scientists debate

Gene Robinson, Nita Farahany | 
Should a criminal defendant be allowed to argue that a specific gene rendered him unable to control his violent behavior? ...
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