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A Genetic Variant You May Have Inherited From Neanderthals Reduces the Risk of Severe COVID-19

New research has found that a group of genes that reduces the risk of developing severe COVID-19 by around 20%…

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Incredible Sneak Peek of Mars Landing Sent Back by NASA’s Perseverance Rover

The six-wheeled robot’s latest data since touching down yesterday include a series of images captured as the rover’s “jet pack”…

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New Genetic Test Effectively Screens for Hereditary Cancers

A single test can identify the multitude of known sources of genetic variation underlying mismatch repair deficiency syndrome in inherited…

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Color-coded radar maps reveal a patchwork of California wildfire destruction

Each year in California, thousands of wildfires ravage hundreds of thousands of hectares of land. Deciphering how well large swaths…

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A magnetic field reversal 42,000 years ago may have contributed to mass extinctions

A flip-flop of Earth’s magnetic poles between 42,000 and 41,000 years ago briefly but dramatically shrank the magnetic field’s strength…

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The U.K. approved the world’s first COVID-19 human challenge trial

In a few weeks, dozens of young and healthy volunteers in the United Kingdom will be intentionally exposed to the…

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The first black hole ever discovered is more massive than previously thought

The first black hole ever discovered still has a few surprises in store. New observations of the black hole–star pair…

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The COVID-19 death toll sent U.S. life expectancy plunging in 2020

Life expectancy in the United States plunged in the first half of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. A…

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Heart Damage Found in More Than Half of COVID-19 Patients Discharged From Hospital

MRI scan of damaged heart. Blue means reduced blood flow, orange is good blood flow. In this figure the inferior…

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Tourists Could Be Spreading COVID-19 to Wild Mountain Gorillas by Taking Selfies With the Animals

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Volcanoes National Park. Credit: Andrew Walmsley Selfies, Gorillas and the Risks of Disease Transmission…

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A rare bird sighting doesn’t lead to seeing more kinds of rare birds

It was a cold, overcast Saturday morning in Salem, Ore., when Jesse Laney set out to catch a glimpse of…

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Formal “Protected Area” Designation Reduces the Rate of Deforestation but Does Not Prevent It

Amazon deforestation. Credit: Oregon State University A survey of more than 18,000 land parcels spanning 2 million square miles across…

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In the social distancing era, boredom may pose a public health threat

In recent months, journalists and public health experts have bandied about the term “pandemic fatigue.” Though not clearly defined, the…

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New Worlds in a River of Young Stars Discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

This illustration sketches out the main features of TOI 451, a triple-planet system located 400 light-years away in the constellation…

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A Magnetic Twist to Graphene Could Offer a Dramatic Increase in Processing Speeds Compared to Electronics

Schematic of a valley-spiral in magnetically encapsulated twisted bilayer graphene. Credit: Jose Lado By combining ferromagnets and two rotated layers…

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Pfizer’s vaccine appears to reduce coronavirus transmission

Researchers are getting the first real-world hints that a vaccine can curb the coronavirus’s spread, not just prevent people from…

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Vast Portions of Today’s Sahara Desert Were Green Thousands of Years Ago

Engraving of Giraffes near Gobero in Niger, ca. 8,000 yrs old, witness green times in the desert. Credit: Mike Hettwer,…

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Making masks fit better can reduce coronavirus exposure by 96 percent

By now, most people have gotten the message that wearing a face mask is one way to help stop the…

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Tiny, sunlight-powered aircraft could soar beyond airplanes’ reach

Flight isn’t easy at the edge of space. But tiny “microfliers” could soar high in Earth’s atmosphere fueled only by…

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Increasing Optical Data Transmission Speed by a Factor of at Least 10,000

Abstract Illustration. Credit: Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) A pulsed-laser repetition rate of 57.8 GHz was achieved by…

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