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Chemical that shouldn’t be there spotted in Venus’ atmosphere

Chemical that shouldn’t be there spotted in Venus’ atmosphere

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Enlarge / The spectral signature of phosphine superimposed on an image of Venus. Today, researchers are announcing that they've observed a chemical in the atmosphere of Venus that has no right to be there. The chemical, phosphine (a phosphorus atom hooked up to three hydrogens), would be unstable in the conditions found in Venus' atmosphere,…
Team behind the Russian vaccine publishes some details of early trials

Team behind the Russian vaccine publishes some details of early trials

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Enlarge / MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 4, 2020: Medical staff with newly delivered boxes containing COVID-19 vaccine in a cold room at No2 Outpatient Clinic in southern Moscow. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Russia has been one of the countries hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. But its response to that has been a bit...…
Evidence slowly building for long-term heart problems post-COVID-19

Evidence slowly building for long-term heart problems post-COVID-19

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Enlarge / A fluorescent image of cardiac muscle cells in culture. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Coronaviruses spread primarily through material released when we breathe, and they cause respiratory symptoms. And SARS-CoV-2, with part of its name coming from "severe acute respiratory syndrome," didn't appear to be an exception. But as time went on, additional…
Musk says that Neuralink implants are close to ready for human testing

Musk says that Neuralink implants are close to ready for human...

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Enlarge / Elon Musk shows the latest version of his company's implants. On Friday, Elon Musk gave an update on what's probably his third-most prominent company: Neuralink. Neuralink had been pretty low profile (especially in comparison to Tesla and SpaceX) prior to this time last year, which is when Musk first went into detail about…
FDA’s promotion of post-COVID plasma treatment was as bad as it appeared

FDA’s promotion of post-COVID plasma treatment was as bad as it...

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Enlarge / FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, speaking at the press conference in which he badly mangled statistics. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories After several days of rumors with ever-growing hype, the Trump administration announced on Sunday that the Food and Drug Administration was granting an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 treatment. The move…
Dissecting the immune system’s response to COVID-19

Dissecting the immune system’s response to COVID-19

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Enlarge / T-cells attacking a cell recognized as foreign. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories We're still struggling to understand whether infection with SARS-CoV-2, with or without COVID-19 symptoms, provides protection from further infections. Antibodies are an indicator of immunity and are the easiest aspect of the immune response to track. But data indicates that the…
Researchers find a chemical that makes locusts swarm

Researchers find a chemical that makes locusts swarm

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The year 2020 may be one for the record books in terms of apocalyptic tidings. In addition to the usual background of fires, floods, and earthquakes, the plague is still around. And you might have heard something about a pandemic. But what really nails down the apocalyptic vibe is the fact that the year has…
New study models ways of emerging from a pandemic lockdown

New study models ways of emerging from a pandemic lockdown

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Enlarge / Testing and contact tracing may be essential for exiting pandemic lockdowns.Sean Gallup / Getty Images Covid-19 Coverage View more stories As the scale and threat of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, researchers who trace the spread of diseases were pretty unanimous: to buy us time to develop a therapy or vaccine, countries needed…
More data, but still confusion over how much children spread SARS-CoV-2

More data, but still confusion over how much children spread SARS-CoV-2

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Enlarge / A prepandemic summer camp, showing many things that go against current public health guidance.Educational Images Covid-19 Coverage View more stories It has become abundantly clear that children tend to have less severe cases of COVID-19 and often experience no symptoms whatsoever. That doesn't mean that there's no risk—some kids clearly get severely ill,…
Human sperm swim more like otters than eels, study finds

Human sperm swim more like otters than eels, study finds

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For more than 300 years, most scientists have assumed that sperm "swim" through fluids by wriggling their tails back and forth like eels to propel themselves forward. But according to a new paper in Science Advances, this is actually an optical illusion—the result of viewing the creatures from above with 2D microscopes. New observations with…

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