Wildlife tourism is big business – until a pandemic halts international travel.
Dec. 22, 2020 • ~6 min
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From permafrost microbes to survivor songbirds – research projects are also victims of COVID-19 pandemic
Three scientists describe the fieldwork they've had to delay in 2020 because of the pandemic. These are setbacks not just for their careers, but for the body of scientific knowledge.
Dec. 7, 2020 • ~10 min
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Many Americans have been unable to pay their electric bills during the COVID-19 pandemic, racking up billions of dollars in delinquent bills. Where will the money come from?
Nov. 6, 2020 • ~9 min
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Dogs process the sensory world very differently than humans, but love in a way that is entirely familiar.
Oct. 26, 2020 • ~6 min
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As ready as you are to be done with COVID-19, it's not going anywhere soon. A historian of disease describes how once a pathogen emerges, it's usually here to stay.
Oct. 14, 2020 • ~9 min
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One small part of a human antibody has the potential to work as a drug for both prevention and therapy of COVID-19
Antibodies are great for neutralizing viruses. But they are big and bulky. Antibody engineers are now creating smaller synthetic antibody-like molecules that may be better for fighting COVID-19.
Oct. 1, 2020 • ~9 min
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SARS-CoV-2 infection can block pain, opening up unexpected new possibilities for research into pain relief medication
The SARS-CoV-2 virus usually infects the body via the ACE2 protein. But there is another entry point that allows the virus to infect the nervous system and block pain perception.
Sept. 21, 2020 • ~8 min
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It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.
May 21, 2020 • ~9 min
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Three graphs of mortality data tell the story of the direction the UK and the world are heading in after the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.
April 27, 2020 • ~6 min
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In addition to testing and special facilities for COVID-19 patients, the country's government-run tracking system allows the health care system to identify infected people and their contacts.
April 21, 2020 • ~8 min
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