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Latest Coronavirus Science: Heart and Brain Damage May Be More Common Than We Thought

Latest Coronavirus Science: Heart and Brain Damage May Be More Common Than We Thought

New research and surprising developments are teaching us more about covid-19 and the coronavirus that causes it.

Cats and covid-19

Over the weekend, the Bronx Zoo announced that one of its big cats, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger named Nadia, tested positive for the coronavirus. The tiger and at least five other big cats at the zoo, including three lions, are also reported to have mild...

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Radiation Around Chernobyl Is 16 Times Higher Than Normal After Forest Fires

Radiation Around Chernobyl Is 16 Times Higher Than Normal After Forest Fires

Fighting forest fires inside Chernobyl’s dreaded exclusion zone sounds awful, but that’s exactly what nearly 150 emergency responders had to contend with this past weekend, as a pair of blazes broke out near the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

As CNN reports, the blaze began Saturday inside Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, which encompasses an area measuring 2,600 square kilometers...

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yesterday at 11:00. 5 comments

Whale Sharks’ Long Lifespan Revealed by Atomic Bomb Remnants

Whale Sharks’ Long Lifespan Revealed by Atomic Bomb Remnants

Scientists are determining the lifespan of the world’s largest fish with the help of nuclear weapons tests from the 1950s and 60s.

While researchers have made a lot of progress understanding the behavioral patterns of the endangered whale shark, there are some glaring holes when it comes to basic details about this species, including how long individuals can live. They’ve now gotten some help...

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Apr 03, 2020 at 04:47. 12 comments

These Flies Have Been Trapped in the Bone Zone for 41 Million Years

These Flies Have Been Trapped in the Bone Zone for 41 Million Years

A pair of long-legged flies met a Romeo-and-Juliet ending some 41 million years ago, when a falling drop of tree resin ruined their tender moment. On the bright side, their disrupted act of fornication was preserved for all eternity in this pornographic piece of amber.

Prehistoric spiders, ants, midges, and a pair of copulating flies are among a unique treasure trove of amber fossils described...

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Apr 03, 2020 at 04:01. 7 comments

Extreme Experiment on Mexican Volcano Challenged the Speed of Light

Extreme Experiment on Mexican Volcano Challenged the Speed of Light

New measurements from an experiment near the top of an extinct Mexican volcano have placed a stringent new limit on whether light can exceed the universe’s well-known top speed.

Physicists have crafted theories that do a good job explaining much of the universe—but these theories fail when it comes to many of the extremes, such as how matter interacts on the surface of a black hole or right...

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Apr 03, 2020 at 03:37. 14 comments

Coronavirus Cases Hit 1 Million Worldwide as Deaths Top 50,000

Coronavirus Cases Hit 1 Million Worldwide as Deaths Top 50,000

The world reached two somber milestones this Thursday. There have now been more than 1 million reported cases of covid-19, the pandemic disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Earlier in the day, the reported death toll climbed past 50,000. Both numbers undersell the damage that covid-19 has wrought globally in the span of only a few months.

According to a tracker developed by Johns...

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Apr 03, 2020 at 01:00. 3 comments

This Tiny Skull Cap Is Rocking What We Know About an Ancient Human Species

This Tiny Skull Cap Is Rocking What We Know About an Ancient Human Species

A partial skull found in South Africa suggests Homo erectus—an ancestral human species—appeared 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. The new research also shows that H. erectus lived alongside two other hominin species, neither of which were human.

A skull cap belonging to a Homo erectus toddler has been dated to between 2.04 million and 1.95 million years old, according to new

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Apr 02, 2020 at 01:38. 8 comments

FDA Demands Zantac Heartburn Drug and Generics Pulled Over Carcinogen Fears

FDA Demands Zantac Heartburn Drug and Generics Pulled Over Carcinogen Fears

The Food and Drug Administration is taking a drastic step over a common drug used to treat allergies and acid reflux, following an investigation that confirmed the persistent presence of a likely carcinogen in products containing it. On Wednesday, the agency announced that it’s requesting all manufacturers of ranitidine to immediately pull any remaining products off the market; it’s also...

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Apr 02, 2020 at 01:00. 16 comments

Humanity's Origin Story Just Got More Complicated

Humanity's Origin Story Just Got More Complicated

Human evolution was messy, with multiple human species living and interbreeding at the same time, in a convoluted process that eventually led to us. Such is the emerging narrative in anthropology, and it’s a theory now bolstered by three fascinating new studies released today.

Not too long ago, anthropology and archaeology students were told that modern humans, formally known as Homo sapiens,...

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Apr 01, 2020 at 23:40. 10 comments

Shocking Study Reveals Ancient Rainforest Existed Near the South Pole

Shocking Study Reveals Ancient Rainforest Existed Near the South Pole

During the Cretaceous period, a balmy forest grew less than 600 miles from the South Pole, according to new research that uncovered ancient spores and roots.

Millions of years ago, Earth’s atmosphere had several times more carbon dioxide than it does even today, making the Cretaceous one of the warmest periods of the planet. But scientists have few records of what Antarctica was like during...

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Apr 01, 2020 at 21:15. 4 comments

Why Do Physicists Keep Finding New States of Matter?

Why Do Physicists Keep Finding New States of Matter?

Ah, yes, the three states of matter: Solids, liquids, and gases. What a simple way to understand our physical world.

Of course, if you remember a bit of high school science, you probably recall a fourth state of matter, plasma. And if you pay attention to science news, you’ve probably heard of another, Bose-Einstein condensates . So, five states of matter.

But what about degenerate matter?...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 23:40.

How Neon Can Make a Star Destroy Itself

How Neon Can Make a Star Destroy Itself

Some stars have the element neon to thank for their ultimate, explosive demise, according to astrophysical research.

Astronomers love studying the life cycles of stars, including which stars die in which ways. Less-massive stars, like our Sun, expand and shed their layers as they transition into white dwarfs, while much bigger stars explode in violent supernovae, and their cores turn into...

Mar 31, 2020 at 07:01. 8 comments

New Research Exposes Horrific Conditions at Britain's Forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp

New Research Exposes Horrific Conditions at Britain's Forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp

An archaeological survey of a former Nazi concentration camp on the British island of Alderney has revealed the frightful conditions endured by forced laborers and political prisoners during the Second World War.

Following the fall of France in June 1940, German forces occupied the British Channel Islands, but these would be the only patches of British soil claimed by the Nazis during the...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 03:50. 5 comments

Fossilized Vomit and Feces Are Delighting Paleontologists

Fossilized Vomit and Feces Are Delighting Paleontologists

Fossil skeletons tell us a great deal about extinct species; we couldn’t piece together ancient life without them. Just as important, however, are the fossils that may not immediately tug at our imaginations, fill us with awe, or even be recognizable to non-paleontologists. The traces that an animal made during its life—footprints, tail drags, nests, burrows, feces, and vomit—are all examples...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 03:00. 4 comments

We Have a New Hole in the Ozone to Worry About

We Have a New Hole in the Ozone to Worry About

The ozone hole is the problem that never seems to ever go away. And now it turns out we have a second one to worry about over the Arctic.

The ozone hole we all know and love (or more accurately, hate) has been slowly but surely recovering. The United Nations reported that the hole is likely to close in our lifetimes, and 2019 saw the smallest hole on record over the Antarctic where it...

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Mar 31, 2020 at 00:40. 21 comments

Chiropractors Told to Stop Pretending They Can Treat Covid-19

Chiropractors Told to Stop Pretending They Can Treat Covid-19

Chiropractors in Canada and elsewhere are being told to stop advertising their services as a treatment for covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

In Canada, organizations such as the College of Chiropractors of Ontario have sent dozens of warning letters to clinics and practitioners in the area, following complaints by the nonprofit advocacy group Bad Science Watch. The...

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Mar 30, 2020 at 23:25.

SpaceX Rival OneWeb Files for Bankruptcy, Citing Covid-19 as a Factor

SpaceX Rival OneWeb Files for Bankruptcy, Citing Covid-19 as a Factor

Telecommunications firm OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy, leaving the status of its orbital internet constellation, which currently consists of 74 satellites, in doubt. The debt-stricken company said it failed to secure required funding on account of the covid-19 pandemic.

OneWeb announced on Friday that it is filing for bankruptcy protection, the same day the firm laid off around 85 percent of...

Mar 29, 2020. 5 comments

Scientists Find Evidence of Deep-Sea Fish Migration Route

Scientists Find Evidence of Deep-Sea Fish Migration Route

Marine biologists have found evidence of a previously unobserved deep-sea migration route more than 4,500 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new paper.

The deep ocean is a vast and mysterious biome; 80 percent of it remains unmapped to this day. Scientists hope to better understand the ecology in this region, especially as oil and gas operations are drilling in...

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Mar 28, 2020. 9 comments

A Newly Discovered Microbe Feasts on a Particularly Problematic Plastic

A Newly Discovered Microbe Feasts on a Particularly Problematic Plastic

Like other forms of discarded plastic, polyurethane waste threatens the environment and human health. In an encouraging new development, European scientists have stumbled upon a hardy strain of bacteria that appears to thrive off the stuff.

New research published in Frontiers in Microbiology describes a newly identified strain of soil bacterium that’s capable of breaking down the chemical...

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Mar 27, 2020. 13 comments

Hundreds of Bottles of Toxic Beer Found Hidden Beneath Victorian-Era Staircase

Hundreds of Bottles of Toxic Beer Found Hidden Beneath Victorian-Era Staircase

Archaeologists in Leeds, England discovered more than 600 beer bottles at the site of an old Victorian brewery. Stacked neatly beneath a cellar staircase, the beer inside these 19th-century bottles contains dangerous concentrations of lead.

The bottles were found beneath the remains of what used to be the Scarborough Castle Inn, in the cellar of the old Tetley Brewery, reports The Drinks...

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