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WHO encouraged by South Africa’s declining COVID-19 trend

Brazzaville – The World Health Organization (WHO) commends the government of South Africa for its determined efforts that have helped to bend the COVID-19 pandemic curve. WHO is greatly encouraged by the ongoing measures to suppress the spread of SARs-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. To tackle the pandemic South Africa took decisive steps such…
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    Oldest dog remains in Americas discovered in Alaska

    History & CultureNewsA shard of bone tells the story of a canine companion that trekked into an icy new world, providing clues to the migrations of the earliest Americans.ByRobin George AndrewsPublished February 24, 2021• 9 min readFor about 20 years, specimen PP-00128 in the earth sciences collection of the University of Alaska Museum was thought…

    A quarter of the known bee species have not been sighted since 1990

    AnimalsNewsA sweeping analysis shows an overall downward trend in bee diversity worldwide, raising concerns about these crucial pollinators.ByLiz LangleyPublished January 22, 2021• 6 min readBees feed us. Many of the 20,000 species pollinate 85 percent of food crops and fruits around the world—everything from garlic and grapefruits to coffee and kale.But, it seems, these crucial…

    A Black-Footed Ferret Has Been Cloned, A First For A US Endangered Species

    AnimalsNewsA black-footed ferret that died more than 30 years ago has been cloned using preserved cells, which could help inject diversity into the inbred, endangered population.ByDouglas MainPublished February 18, 2021• 6 min readYou’ve probably heard of Dolly the sheep. Now, meet Elizabeth Ann, the black-footed ferret.Scientists have successfully cloned an endangered black-footed ferret, using preserved…

    Success! NASA’s Perseverance rover has just landed on Mars

    ScienceMarsAfter a harrowing plunge through the thin Martian atmosphere, the robotic explorer ‘Percy’ can begin its landmark hunt for signs of ancient lifeByNadia DrakePublished February 18, 2021• 11 min readIt’s wheels down for the newest robot to inhabit Mars. Just before 4 p.m. eastern time, the hulking, multibillion-dollar NASA rover Perseverance landed safely on the…

    Million-year-old mammoth teeth yield world’s oldest DNA

    ScienceNewsThe record-breaking genetic material is offering fresh insights into how North America’s mammoths lived and evolved.ByMichael GreshkoPublished February 17, 2021• 9 min readScientists have sequenced the oldest DNA yet, smashing through a symbolic barrier in the study of ancient genomes and opening an unprecedented window into the evolution of North America’s extinct Ice Age giants—the…

    Why this famed Anglo-Saxon ship burial was likely the last of its kind

    Archaeologists can be a careful bunch. They hedge their bets, question the data at every turn, and tend to spurn any hint of sensationalism. But bring up the ancient burial mounds of Sutton Hoo in southeast England, and even the most circumspect scholar will spout superlatives. Magnificent! Monumental! Unparalleled! In 1939, archaeologists discovered a 1,400-year-old…

    Has science solved one of history’s greatest adventure mysteries?

    A 62-year-old adventure mystery that has prompted conspiracy theories around Soviet military experiments, Yetis, and even extraterrestrial contact may have its best, most sensible explanation yet—one found in a series of avalanche simulations based in part on car crash experiments and animation used in the movie Frozen. In an article published today in the journal…

    Time-lapse of a single cell transforming into a salamander

    You, me, the lemurs in the trees, the snakes in the desert, and the squid in the deep sea—all of us began as a single cell. From the largest creature that’s ever existed—the blue whale—to the inch-long bumblebee bat, each of us can rewind our existence to the same humble foundation. Amazingly, photographer and filmmaker…

    Remembering The Night Two Atomic Bombs Fell — On North Carolina

    Billy Reeves remembers that night in January 1961 as unseasonably warm, even for North Carolina. But it got a lot hotter just before midnight, when the walls of his room began glowing red with a strange light streaming through his window. "I was just getting ready for bed," Reeves says, "and all of a sudden…

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    Reps. Smith & Comer: Dems’ $1.9T COVID relief bill – wrong plan, wrong time, wrong reasons. Here’s why

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