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Update COVID-19 18 September 2020

18 September 2020 — Eighteen (18) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 1549 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to four thousand, six hundred, and seventy-one (4671). To date, two thousand, eight hundred, and forty-five (2845) patients have recovered and been discharged, including twenty-eight (28) in the past 24…
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    Dinosaur skull scans reveal clues about flight—and communication

    ByRiley BlackPublished May 6, 2021• 7 min readIt’s a golden age for paleontology: In recent years, scientists have gathered all kinds of clues about the way dinosaurs looked and lived, from awe-inspiring fossil reconstructions to preserved footprints and bite marks on bones. Now, paleontologists are showing that some of the most tantalizing indications of how…

    Pfizer and Moderna vaccines safe for pregnant people, major study confirms

    ScienceCoronavirus CoverageThe report strengthens the CDC’s recommendation that anyone pregnant be offered the vaccine and sets the stage for more “paradigm-changing” vaccine trials during pregnancy.ByTara HaellePublished May 6, 2021• 11 min readAs each of the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines became available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consistently asserted that they should not be withheld…

    Trillions Of Cicadas Are Coming To The US. Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

    ByDouglas MainPhotographs ByDarlyne MurawskiPublished May 3, 2021• 9 min readIn the late spring of 1634, pilgrims in Massachusetts witnessed an incredible sight: Millions and millions of winged, red-eyed insects sprung from the earth. Not knowing better, the Puritan immigrants likened them to pestilential swarms from the Old Testament and called them “locusts.”But they were wrong.…

    Wild horses and donkeys dig wells in the desert, providing water for wildlife

    AnimalsNewsThese unexpected “ecosystem engineers” provide hydration for dozens of animal species, from badgers to elf owls to toads.ByDouglas MainPublished April 29, 2021• 5 min readHumans have a long history of digging wells, but we're not the only species to tap the earth for water: New research reveals wild horses and donkeys, also known as burros,…

    Rare chunks of Earth’s mantle found exposed in Maryland

    ByMaya Wei-HaasPublished April 27, 2021• 12 min readStanding among patches of muddy snow on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland, I bent down to pick up a piece of the planet that should have been hidden miles below my feet.On that chilly February day, I was out with a pair of geologists to see an exposed…

    The Man Who Has Lived Alone On An Island For 32 Years

    Photographs byMichele ArduByGulnaz KhanPublished April 27, 2021• 9 min readMore than a year ago, when the world responded to isolation orders to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Mauro Morandi stayed put. He had no reason to move because he has spent the past three decades in isolation by choice.In 1989, Morandi’s catamaran—engine crippled and anchor…

    Brazil once vaccinated 10 million people for polio in a day. What went wrong with COVID-19?

    Coronavirus CoverageIn a country known for past public health planning, coronavirus cases are still rising while immunizations lag—and now young people are getting hit the hardest.ByJill LangloisPublished April 23, 2021• 10 min readWith deaths surpassing 378,000 and COVID-19 cases continuing to rise throughout Brazil, experts say vaccinating the country’s population of more than 200 million…

    Yes, vaccines block most transmission of COVID-19

    ScienceCoronavirus CoverageThe latest data show that getting a shot not only protects vaccinated individuals, it reduces the chance they can spread the virus to others.ByTara HaellePublished April 21, 2021• 12 min readCOVID-19 vaccines have provided an opportunity to slow the spread of the virus and end the pandemic. Now scientists are trying to learn just…

    Billions of T. rex likely roamed the Earth, paleontologists report

    ScienceNewsThe iconic predator’s estimated abundance means the T. rex fossils we have today are exceedingly rare.ByMichael GreshkoPublished April 19, 2021• 6 min readIf you traveled back in time 67 million years ago to ancient Montana, you’d be entering the realm of a tyrant: the iconic predator Tyrannosaurus rex. Before you venture into that lost world,…

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