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Scientists have identified how the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the novel coronavirus) hijacks and proceeds to rapidly cause damage to the cells that line human lungs.

Op-Ed: Viruses as a huge resource? Virus-eating plankton show the way

Everyone knew viruses were on the rampage long before the pandemic. Are they unstoppable? No; in fact some marine microbes are virus-hunting specialists, and there are some interesting new findings with that.

Increase in black widow population presents bacterial risk

Scientists have identified that common house spiders can transmit bacteria that can infect people. In addition, with Noble False Widow spiders carrying strains of bacteria resistant common antibiotic treatments.

'Milestone' anti-ageing treatment restores sight in mice

Scientists said Wednesday they have restored sight in mice using a "milestone" treatment that returns cells to a more youthful state and could one day help treat glaucoma and other age-related diseases.

Lab developing device to help Earth dodge asteroids

In a corner of the campus at Riga Technical University, a team of scientists is working on technology that could one day stop asteroids from smashing into Earth.

Parts of Doggerland survived a tsunami that hit 8,000 years ago

A new study suggests that parts of Doggerland, the land that once connected Britain with continental Europe, survived the devastation of the Storegga tsunami that struck the coast of the North Sea more than 8,000 years ago.

US scientists developing nasal spray to prevent Covid-19

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the biotech firm Regeneron are investigating whether technology developed for gene therapy can be used to make a nasal spray that will prevent infection with the new coronavirus.

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed

The huge Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell to its ruin Tuesday, less than two weeks after the National Science Foundation said it was taking the telescope out of commission for safety reasons.

EU regulator to decide on Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab first

Europe's medicines regulator said Tuesday it would decide by December 29 whether to grant emergency approval to a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Germany's BioNTech and its US partner Pfizer, ahead of a rival treatment from Moderna.

Tis the season for caroling, hot chocolate, and yuletide cheer

Christmas is more than just a holiday celebrating the birth of a savior. Christmas is a wonderful blend of Christian traditions and ancient customs practiced by 4th Century Germanic people and others. Together, these customs give us the Yule season.

Essential Science: Bursting the COVID-19 bubble

Researchers working at Simon Fraser University have examined coronavirus transmission and which of the recommended approaches is the most effective at reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Cyprus rocky testing ground for Mars

International and Cypriot experts on Friday discussed a research project to test space equipment on the Mediterranean island before sending it to Mars to measure the age of its rocks, officials said.

Petition to White House requests action to save Arecibo telescope

After it was decided to demolish the iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, scientists, experts, and many Puerto Ricans have taken to digital platforms to plead with the government to save the 57-year-old observatory.

Alzheimer’s treatment rests on neuron fingerprints in the brain

Adopting an unconventional apporach, researchers have proposed that our memories create 'fingerprints'. These can reveal how the brain is organized. The significance of this is with helping to understand the causes of Alzheimer's disease.

Covid vaccines: Why the safety process reassures experts

Covid-19 vaccine emergency approvals are around the corner, makers are preparing to ship millions of doses -- and experts are trying to reassure the public that the record-breaking speed of development hasn't compromised safety.

Fossil reveals 'buck-toothed toucan' that lived with dinosaurs

The discovery of a creature described as resembling a "buck-toothed toucan" that lived some 68 million years ago has upended assumptions about diversity in the birds that lived alongside dinosaurs.At less than nine centimetres (3.

Prehistoric mega-shark raised its young in nurseries: study

The largest sharks ever to have roamed the oceans parked their young in shallow, warm-water nurseries where food was abundant and predators scarce until they could assume their title as kings and queens of the sea.

Epidemiology of COVID-19 and the public health response

The coronavirus pandemic has a considerable impact upon health services and the public health response. The responses require new approaches and different ways of working, from caring for newborns, to schools, and the workplace.

'Half-measure' virus vaccine intrigues experts

Evidence suggesting an initial half dose of the vaccine being developed by drugs firm AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford is more effective than a full dose is counterintuitive, and even took the researchers by surprise.

Essential Science: Microbial concerns with vaping products grows

This year has seen an increase in scientific studies looking at microbial contamination in vaping liquids. While the reports show variability with product types and manufacturers, the concerns are sufficient and suggest a new health standard is needed.

China to launch moon probe this week to bring back lunar rocks

China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks -- the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from Earth's natural satellite since the 1970s.

SpaceX launches advanced ocean-mapping satellite into orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched an advanced ocean-mapping satellite into orbit for NASA and the European Space Agency Saturday (Nov. 21) in a stunning morning launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Remains of two victims of 79 AD volcanic eruption unearthed at Pompeii

The remains of two victims of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago have been unearthed at a grand villa on the fringes of Pompeii, officials at the archaeological site said Saturday.

World-Renowned Arecibo Radio Telescope can't be saved

The world-renowned radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in northern Puerto Rico, now on the brink of collapse, is set to be withdrawn from service, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today.

Pfizer/BioNTech file for emergency approval for virus vaccine

Pfizer confirmed Friday that it and partner BioNTech have applied for emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine, becoming the first to do so in the US or Europe as the pandemic rages around the world.

Pfizer/BioNTech to seek emergency vaccine approval in US Friday

An emergency use authorization request for the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was expected to be filed with the FDA on Friday, the US government and BioNTech's co-founder said.

How best to assess for coronavirus: Wastewater or surfaces?

While there has been considerable interest concerning the spread of coronavirus by wastewater and using this method to track community spread, a new study puts across the view that surfaces provide a better indicator of viral spread.

Smart polymers created to detect bacteria

Microbiologists and nanotechnologists have created 'smart polymers'. These have been developed to detect bacteria, with a view to allowing appropriate treatment to be delivered and hence to ultimately save lives.

With second launch, regular ISS crew flights begin for NASA

SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company. The crew of three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will arrive at the space station late Monday.

Essential Science: What coronavirus mutations mean for vaccines?

This week's column looks at mutations, both the issue that has hit the news about minks and cross-infection to humans, and a predominant mutation within the US and Europe. The presence of the mutation may help to develop an effective vaccine.

Invasive hammerhead flatworms hitchhike rides on tropical plants

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control’s cellphone is a 24/7 venomous snake hotline. A couple of weeks ago, an image of a snake-like creature about 12 inches long found in Chesterfield County caused quite a stir.

SpaceX Crew Dragon "Resilience" docks with ISS

A SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying four astronauts docked with the International Space Station Monday, the first of what NASA hopes will be many routine missions ending US reliance on Russian rockets.

Op-Ed: ‘Game Over’ climate change research gets massive flak

A paper which claims global warming is beyond salvation is getting some serious flak from the experts. One expert said the research should never have survived peer review. That’s broken bottle language in science.

Looking for new targets for allergy drug development

An important aspect of the immune system's response to allergens has been found. Here a laboratory has identified a neuropeptide (Substance P), which is essential in the development of allergen-induced immune responses.

Egypt finds treasure trove of over 100 sarcophagi

Egypt announced Saturday the discovery of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi, dating back more than 2,500 years ago, the largest such find this year.

BioNTech's founders: scientist couple in global spotlight

Progress on a Covid-19 vaccine has propelled the modest husband-and-wife team behind German firm BioNTech into the global limelight, with attention inevitably focussing on their background as the children of Turkish immigrants.

Laser-guided lightning may help prevent wildfires

Small, portable laser pointers could be used to guide lightning strikes, with a study suggesting the technology may prevent bolts from sparking wildfires, a researcher told AFP Thursday.

Op-Ed: Hyper-Astrophysics — Why is the universe getting hotter?

The universe was supposed to die a “heat death” through entropy, losing heat. It’s now been discovered to be doing the exact opposite. It’s increased temperature by 10 times, and that includes expansion. Questions are piling up, fast.

Newly discovered primate in Myanmar 'already facing extinction'

In a rare find, scientists have identified a new species of primate, a lithe tree-dweller living in the forests of central Myanmar with a mask-like face framed by a shock of unruly grey hair.

'Watershed' Covid-19 vaccine proves 90 percent effective

A vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19 infections in ongoing Phase 3 trials, the companies announced Monday.

Essential Science: Obesity, coronavirus and overall health

A raft of new reports have been issued about obesity and ill-health effects. Included within these reports are on-going concerns about obese people and a greater chance of developing more severe COVID-19 symptoms.
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