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Covid rises in US amid muted warnings and cloudy data

CHICAGO — Covid-19 is once again spreading across the United States in what experts consider to be the most transmissible variant of the pandemic yet. But something is different this time: the health authorities are holding back. In Chicago, where the county’s Covid alert level was raised to “high” last week, the city’s top doctor …

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What Turtles Can Teach People About the Science of Slow Aging

There are three Ways of dying: from injuries, illnesses or old age. Over time, people have gotten better at avoiding the first two, but as we age, senescence — the gradual deterioration of bodily functions with age — is inevitable. However, some species seem to do better than others: Take the hydra, a tiny freshwater …

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Why the Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the world

All of the extra heat from the summer is also trapped in the Arctic Ocean and then released throughout the winter. “Most of the warming in the Arctic occurs in winter, which may surprise people because summer is when sea ice melts the most,” says Hahn of the University of Washington. “That’s when you have …

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The Covid virus is evolving. Why are there no vaccines?

On March 16th In 2020, the first volunteer received a shot of Moderna’s then-experimental Covid-19 vaccine, just 63 days after the company created a genetic blueprint of the new virus. But Moderna’s rival nailed it: Pfizer’s Covid vaccine would be approved for use in the United States less than a year later, a record-breaking feat. …

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Nach neuen Abtreibungsgesetzen haben einige Patienten Probleme, eine Fehlgeburtsbehandlung zu erhalten

Letztes Jahr hatte eine 35-jährige Frau namens Amanda, die in der Gegend von Dallas-Fort Worth lebt, im ersten Trimester ihrer Schwangerschaft eine Fehlgeburt. In einem großen Krankenhaus führte ein Arzt einen chirurgischen Eingriff durch, der oft als sichere und schnelle Methode zur Entfernung von Gewebe aus einer gescheiterten Schwangerschaft verwendet wird. Sie erwachte aus der …

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Meet the Ukrainian number theorist who received top honors in mathematics

End of February, Just weeks after Maryna Viazovska learned that she had won a Fields Medal — the highest honor for a mathematician — Russian tanks and warplanes began attacking Ukraine, her homeland, and Kyiv, her hometown. Viazovska no longer lived in Ukraine, but her family was still there. Her two sisters, a 9-year-old niece …

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“Blood washing” is the latest dubious – and expensive – long-Covid trend

The Covid-19 Pandemic is viewed by many experts as a mass disability event. Although most people fully recover from a battle with the highly contagious coronavirus, a significant proportion of patients develop lingering, sometimes debilitating symptoms — also known as Long Covid. Estimates of how many Covid patients experience long-term symptoms vary significantly. But the …

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The dangerous chemicals lurking in shipping containers

Hinz and her colleagues enlisted the help of the New Zealand customs authorities for their study. The workers used probes inserted through the rubber seals on the container doors to take gas samples from 490 sealed containers. Hinz also collected air samples himself from dozens of other containers and tracked how concentrations of compounds changed …

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Hat die Natur während der Pandemie „Anthropause“ geheilt?

In einem typischen Frühjahr strömen brütende Seevögel – und menschliche Seevogelbeobachter – nach Stora Karlsö, einer Insel vor der Küste Schwedens. Aber im Jahr 2020 brach die Covid-19-Pandemie die Touristensaison ab und reduzierte die menschliche Präsenz auf der Insel um mehr als 90 Prozent. Als die Menschen nicht mehr im Bild waren, zogen Seeadler ein …

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In space, US-Russian cooperation is finding a way forward

The next time SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station, one of the astronauts on board will be Russian. NASA and Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, announced Friday that they reached an agreement that would give Russian astronauts seats on American-built spacecraft in exchange for NASA astronauts flying into orbit on Russian …

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CDC says demand for monkeypox vaccine is outstripping supply

“We have the testing capacity we need and we’ve made access easier,” said Dr. Walensky. But public health officials should monitor the disease more actively, said Dr. Gonsalves, are reaching out into the community and proactively offering testing in places that serve men who have sex with men and in congregation settings such as homeless …

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The US has a new crisis hotline: 988. Is it prepared for a flood of calls?

Americans in need have a new number to call for help — 988, a revised National Suicide Prevention Lifeline billed as mental health’s 911. The number, which is set to go live on Saturday and is supported by more than $400 million in federal funding, aims to address a rising tide of mental illness in …

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Five ways the United States can still fight climate change

WASHINGTON — Now that the biggest, most powerful tools President Biden had hoped to use to fight climate have been removed, the White House is putting together smaller, less effective policies that could still help the nation reduce its environmentally warming pollution if nor at peak levels that Mr. Biden once promised. The apparent death …

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