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- The British government rolled back pandemic travel restrictions Friday on arrivals from 75 countries and British overseas territories — but visitors from the United States will still be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Under the new policy, ... [Read More]


- July 10 (UPI) -- The discovery of a cat skeleton along Kazakhstan's Silk Road suggests that cats were kept as pets over 1,000 years ago, according to a new study. Researchers from Germany's Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the ... [Read More]

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- Hundreds of new cases in the Melbourne area have prompted lockdowns and border closures. Australia initially contained its coronavirus outbreak so well that there were several days in May in which the entire country’s daily number of new cases ... [Read More]

Source: vox.com

- The surviving core of a gas giant has been discovered orbiting a distant star by University of Warwick astronomers, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the interior of a planet. The core, which is the same size as Neptune in our own solar ... [Read More]


- This 15-meter-long dolphin was also the first predatory whale to use echolocation. The fossil of a 15-meter-long extinct species of dolphin is helping us better understand how different lineages of marine mammal independently evolved the same characteristics. The species, christened Ankylorhiza tiedemani lived about 25 million years ago during the Oligocene in what today is South Carolina. It belonged to a group of large dolphins (Odontoceti) whose best-known modern representative is the orca (killer whale). The anatomy of this fossil suggests that it was likely a top predator in its day. It ... [Read More]


- If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, a test can help inform you about what your next steps should be, whether that's self-isolation or seeking healthcare advice. Testing is widely available across the U.S. and the costs associated with the ... [Read More]

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- Study shows that chromosomal abnormalities in embryonic cells may be more common than previously thought and these conditions may lead to development of healthy babies during IVF The presence of an abnormal number of chromosomes in the genetic ... [Read More]

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- We continue our Hope Behind the Headlines series. This week, we track the progress of a newly developed vaccine, examine the benefits of repurposing existing vaccines, and see how a synthetic antibody can “distract” and neutralize the new ... [Read More]


- China has warned its citizens living in Kazakhstan of a local "unknown pneumonia" which, it said, has a "much higher" fatality rate than the COVID-19 disease, prompting the Central Asian country to dismiss it as "fake news." The "unknown pneumonia ... [Read More]


- (CNN) It may feel like years, but the world has only been battling the deadly novel coronavirus for months. As scientists feverishly work around the clock to unravel the mysteries of this deadly invader, they have gained interesting insights into the virus and the disease it causes: Covid-19. "We know more now about how it makes people sick," said infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. Fever, cough and shortness of breath are still key signs that you might have ... [Read More]

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- Despite seemingly-endless advances in designs, good old lithium-ion batteries continue to be the frontrunner. There’s still plenty of room for improvement though, and now researchers have identified a new cathode coating that could make them ... [Read More]

Source: newatlas.com

- The virus that causes COVID-19 probably originated in wild bats that live in caves around Wuhan, China, and may have been passed to a second animal species before infecting people, according to the World Health Organization. Many of the most ... [Read More]


- Release of a small herd of endangered animals in Kent is planned for spring 2022 Wild bison are to return to the UK for the first time in 6,000 years, with the release of a small herd in Kent planned for spring 2022. The £1m project to reintroduce ... [Read More]


- "We have lift-off, we have lift-off!" The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start. Three countries — The Hope Probe (United Arab Emirates), Tianwen-1 (China) and Mars 2020 (United States) — have all taken their ... [Read More]

Source: rawstory.com

- Nasa's Perseverance Mars rover has been attached to the top of the rocket that will send it toward the Red Planet. The nosecone containing the rover and other spacecraft elements have been fixed to an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The robot rover will search for signs of past life on the Red Planet. Perseverance is scheduled to launch on 30 July at the earliest and will land in Jezero Crater near the Martian equator in February 2021. In addition to scouting for signs of past biology, the mission also carries a drone-like helicopter that will demonstrate ... [Read More]

Source: bbc.com

- The flint figurines were found in Kharaysin in Jordan’s Zarqa River valley An archeological dig in Israel uncovered a secret 'piggy bank' of 1,200-year-old gold coins. Archaeologists working on a dig in Jordan have uncovered depictions of humans dating back to 7500 B.C. that were likely used by a cult that dug up their dead. The flint figurines were found in Kharaysin in Jordan’s Zarqa River valley. The unusual artifacts were used “during mortuary rituals and remembrance ceremonies that included the extraction, manipulation, and reburial of human remains,” according to a statement ... [Read More]

Source: foxnews.com

- Australia’s Victoria state has reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500 CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's Victoria state on Friday reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return to Australia each week will be reduced by more than 4,000 from next week. Sydney, Australia ’s largest city, has been carrying a disproportionate ... [Read More]


- struggle to memorialize slaves and victims of racism In an open lot just a block or so from where George Floyd was killed while being detained by officers, 100 plastic headstones were carefully placed. Created by artists Anna Barber and Connor Wright, the “ Say Their Names Cemetery ” sprung up in south Minneapolis in early June, as protests over police brutality prompted a more wide-ranging conversation over the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States. Each headstone documents a victim of police violence – their name, age, date and location of death. Accompanying the ... [Read More]


- More than six months into the pandemic there’s still a lot we don’t know about how the coronavirus affects pregnant women and babies. At the end of April, Denise J. Jamieson, M.D., a member of the Covid-19 task force at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and chairwoman of gynecology and obstetrics at the Emory University School of Medicine, noted in an email that it was “remarkable” how much we still do not know about Covid-19 in pregnancy. “Even basic questions, such as whether or not pregnant women are more severely affected by Covid-19, remain unanswered,” ... [Read More]

Source: nytimes.com

- Two charm quarks, two anti-charms make for a massive tetraquark. The quark model was an intellectual revolution for physics. Physicists were faced with an ever-growing zoo of unstable particles that didn't seem to have a role in the Universe around us. Quarks explained all that through an (at least superficially) simple set of rules that built all of these particles through combinations of two or three quarks. While that general outline seems simple, the rules by which particles called "gluons" hold the quarks together in particles are fiendishly complex, and we don't always know their ... [Read More]