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When Community Engagement Restored Trust and Raised Public Index of Suspicion for COVID-19

Kampala, 4 September 2020:- When the World Health Organization (WHO), declared the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic, on 11th March 2020, many Ugandans didn’t take it seriously with many saying it was a disease for the affluent, the very high class or for developed countries. As the disease ravaged the entire world, Ugandans…
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    Biggest U.S. earthquake in more than 50 years strikes Alaska—here’s what we can learn

    ScienceNewsThe magnitude 8.2 earthquake did little damage, and it provides an opportunity for scientists to peer deep into the planet's innards.ByMaya Wei-HaasPublished July 29, 2021• 8 min readA slowly oscillating wail cut through the sunlit summer night outside Kasey Aderhold's house in Homer, Alaska. The same siren had sounded just hours before as a test…

    890-million-year-old sponge fossil may be the earliest animal yet found

    ScienceNewsThe mesh-like fossil would push back the oldest known animal on Earth by more than 300 million years. But like many claims of very old life, the study is kicking up lively debate.ByMaya Wei-HaasPublished July 28, 2021• 9 min readRelatives of the humble sea sponge have filtered Earth's waters for hundreds of millions of years…

    NASA’s Insight spacecraft reveals first-ever peek inside Mars’s center

    ScienceLooking inside the red planet will help scientists better understand how Mars formed and became the hostile, rusty desert we see today.ByMichael GreshkoPublished July 22, 2021• 11 min readThe solar system’s god of war has a bigger heart than expected: Using humankind’s first seismometer on another planet, researchers have analyzed the interior structure of Mars for…

    Unlocking the Secrets Behind the Hummingbird’s Frenzy

    Photographs byAnand A. VarmaByBrendan BorrellThis story appears in the July 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine.In pursuit of the world’s smallest bird, we’ve come to the backyard of a flamingo pink house in Palpite, Cuba. Ornithologist Christopher Clark has a car full of gear to unload: cameras, sound equipment, a sheer cube-shaped cage. Within minutes…

    Why the U.S. once set off a nuclear bomb in space

    ScienceThe results from the 1962 Starfish Prime test serve as a warning of what might happen if Earth’s magnetic field gets blasted again with high doses of radiation.ByBrian GutierrezPublished July 15, 2021• 9 min readIt was pitch black when Greg Spriggs’ father brought his family to the highest point on Midway Atoll on July 8,…

    Were Neanderthals making ‘art’ in Europe’s fabled Unicorn Cave?

    ByAndrew CurryPhotographs ByRobbie ShonePublished July 5, 2021• 15 min readFor centuries, Germany’s Unicorn Cave has been a lure for people seeking secrets from the past. In the Middle Ages, people literally mined the site for mammoth tusks, cave bear teeth, and the remains of other extinct animals. The unfamiliar skeletons were thought to belong to…

    Abdel Kader Haidara: The librarian who saved 350k manuscripts from jihadists

    Innovators ProjectThe librarian revived interest in Mali's illustrious past ... then had to save it from jihadists.ByJoshua HammerPublished April 21, 2014• 25 min readIt was early in the summer of 2012, and at the Mamma Haidara Library in Timbuktu, a clandestine operation was under way. Night after night, a team under the direction of the…

    The toll of July Fourth fireworks

    EnvironmentNewsUsing crowdsourced data from home air quality monitors, scientists found that vulnerable people and communities of color are disproportionately exposed to air pollution from firework celebrations.ByMadeleine StonePublished July 2, 2021• 6 min readIt’s no secret that fireworks can cause some serious air pollution, in the United States as well as in other countries where holiday…

    Mind-controlling parasite makes hyena cubs more reckless around lions…

    AnimalsNewsThe parasite that causes toxoplasmosis could play a bigger role in animal behavior than we thought, according to a first-of-its-kind study in Kenya.ByCarrie ArnoldPublished July 1, 2021• 6 min readAs adults, they’re Africa’s most successful predators. But as cubs, spotted hyenas are a favorite snack for lions. For that reason, hyena cubs usually steer clear…

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    China advances to women’s quarters, edge Australia 76-74

    Li Yueru hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds left, and China advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals by holding off a furious rally by Australia 76-74 on Friday night.China led 61-50 with 7:09 left on a layup by Wang Siyu. Then the Opals stormed back, and Jenna O’Hea knocked down back-to-back 3s tying it at…

    Georgia mother pulls kids from school over mask mandate, says we’re not ‘compromising’ anymore

    A Georgia mother is fighting back against the mask mandate in her children’s school and argued she is not willing to compromise anymore. Holly Terei, from Gwinnett County, the largest school district in Georgia, decided to pull her kids out of the school system after district officials on Tuesday reinstated mask mandates regardless of vaccination status.Meanwhile,…

    Olympic baseball: US prospects, released players beat Israel 8-1

    The United States started a pitcher who was Tampa Bay’s No. 12 prospect before he was dealt to Minnesota last week in the Nelson Cruz trade.Israel went with a 30-year-old who has never pitched above Double-A and brought in the director of music programming at New York’s City Winery to relieve.Such is Olympic baseball.Joe Ryan…
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