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First drug known to work against SARS-CoV-2 imaged in action

First drug known to work against SARS-CoV-2 imaged in action

Enlarge / The RNA being copied is in dark blue; the copy is in turquoise; the enzyme is in pale green; and the drug is in pink. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Just this week, we had the first promising report of a drug that appears to improve the recovery time of patients suffering from…
Sea turtles think plastic smells like food

Sea turtles think plastic smells like food

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A turtle very interested in the smells that pipe has to offer. The push against single-use plastic has some emotive mascots, including the iconic turtle with a straw in its nose. The working hypothesis about why turtles are so attracted to plastic is that plastic drifting in the ocean can look a lot like jellyfish.…
Face masks don’t even have to work especially well to be effective

Face masks don’t even have to work especially well to be...

Enlarge / Commuters wear face masks as they travel on the London Underground on June 12, 2020 as lockdown measures are eased during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. TOLGA AKMEN/AFP Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Advice on whether or not to use face masks to limit the spread of the pandemic has varied from country…
NASA’s Twins Research study: An excellent control, however a sample size of one

NASA’s Twins Research study: An excellent control, however a sample size...

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Enlarge / Scott Kelly returned from space with a lot of blood and stool samples. They've now told the tale of the changes he underwent during his time on the International Space Station. The US has big plans for putting humans in space. In doing so, it will be building on our experience at the…
Neurons discovered that put mice in a hibernation-like state

Neurons discovered that put mice in a hibernation-like state

Enlarge / 11 September 2019, Brandenburg, Niederfinow: A house mouse (Mus musculus) is sitting on the glove of a biologist. Animals that hibernate experience a huge number of amazing transformations. Metabolisms drop and get completely rewired so that they operate without food intake. Body temperatures and activity drop. Despite all these changes, animals remain somewhat…
First clinical trial of gene editing to help target cancer

First clinical trial of gene editing to help target cancer

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Enlarge / The process of repairing the damage cause by CRISPR can cause complicated DNA rearrangements. The ability to edit genes has raised the prospect of treating genetic conditions and arming the body to better handle infectious diseases and cancers. But for that potential to be realized, we need to deal with a variety of…
As COVID-19 spreads, researchers track an influenza virus nervously

As COVID-19 spreads, researchers track an influenza virus nervously

SARS-CoV-2 wasn't the first coronavirus that spawned fears of a pandemic; there were worries about SARS and MERS before it arrived. But influenza viruses have also been a regular source of worries, as they can often spread from agricultural animals to us. Earlier this week, a report was released that described an influenza virus with…
Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, amongst Ig Nobel winners

Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, amongst Ig...

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Enlarge / A "Moment of Science" in the 2017 Ig Nobel ceremony: Daniel Davis faces a Tesla coil. Mike Binveniste/Improbable Research Over the years, curious intrepid scientists have gleaned insight into why the wombat's poo is cube-shaped, explored the magnetic properties of living and dead cockroaches, and determined that a man's left testicle really does…
CDC finds lots of undetected coronavirus cases in the US

CDC finds lots of undetected coronavirus cases in the US

Enlarge / A nurse at the Miami Beach Convention Center Community Based Testing Site conducts a COVID-19 antibody test. The Florida Guard is providing support at the Miami Beach hybrid CBTS and Hard Rock Stadium CBTS to allow the state and local partners to conduct antibody testing for first responders at both facilities. (US Army…
DNA points to humans as killers of the northern version of the penguin

DNA points to humans as killers of the northern version of...

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The North Atlantic was once home to a bird that bore a remarkable similarity to penguins. The great auk, also known as “the original penguin,” was a large, flightless, black and white bird, that is said to have existed in the millions. Despite its appearance, the great auk is actually a relative of razorbills and…

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