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- Florida Posted: Updated: TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Health added a total of 3,231 new coronavirus cases in Sunday’s report, bringing the cumulative number of cases in the state to 2,269,806. On Saturday, over 62,000 people ... [Read More]

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- Florida’s average weekly coronavirus cases per day has been declining for about two weeks. Updated Florida recorded 3,231 coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the total number of infections detected since March 2020 to 2,269,806. The state’s ... [Read More]

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- A recent study counted 905,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S., nearly double the amount recorded by federal health officials. Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said he has “no doubt” that the number of Americans killed by COVID-19 is much higher than ... [Read More]

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- On Mother's Day, Salon looks at nature's absentee parents, the brood parasites I don't have kids, but I imagine that being forced to unknowingly raise someone else's children — either in addition to your own or after yours have been murdered — ... [Read More]

Source: salon.com

- "Our Mosquito Project Takes Flight," reads a baby-blue billboard off US-1 in the Florida Keys, alongside an image of an insect tracing a path in the shape of a heart. Sponsored by the local mosquito control board and U.K.-based biotech firm Oxitec, the ad promotes a contentious plan to release millions of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes here to test a new method of bioengineered pest control. It’s the first-ever such experiment in the United States, and one that has turned this chain of sun-soaked island communities into a battleground over scientific truth, government ... [Read More]

Source: time.com

- Travel The Mysterious Case of the Body-Swapping Pregnant Mummy MUMMY DEAREST An Egyptian mummy that, for decades, had been thought to be the remains of an ancient male priest had something unusual in its pelvis area. I n 2015 scientists in Poland ... [Read More]


- Four train operators were affected by the issue on Saturday and some warned that disruption was likely to continue today. Rail passengers face a second day of disruption today after cracks were found on high-speed trains. Great Western Railway, ... [Read More]

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- Archaeologists discovered the fossilized remains of nine Neanderthals at a prehistoric cave site south of Rome, the Italian Cultural Ministry announced on Saturday. The oldest of the remains date from between 90,000 and 100,000 years ago, while the ... [Read More]

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- 24 beautiful photos of motherhood in the animal kingdom Whether they're doing it themselves or with help from others, animal moms protect and raise their young. Female cheetahs and polar bears raise their cubs alone with little help from the ... [Read More]

Source: insider.com

- Using neural networks, Flatiron Institute research fellow Yin Li and his colleagues simulated vast, complex universes in a fraction of the time it takes with conventional methods. Using a bit of machine learning magic, astrophysicists can now simulate vast, complex universes in a thousandth of the time it takes with conventional methods. The new approach will help usher in a new era in high-resolution cosmological simulations, its creators report in a study published online on May 4, 2021, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . "At the moment, constraints on computation time ... [Read More]


- The early-stage NASA concept could see robots hang wire mesh in a crater on the Moon’s far side, creating a radio telescope to help probe the dawn of the universe. After years of development, the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) project has ... [Read More]


- They could help understand how Venus' atmosphere changes. NASA's Parker Solar Probe is continuing to shed light on Venus despite its focus on the Sun. According to Futurism , the spacecraft detected a natural radio signal revealing that it skirted ... [Read More]

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- A Bangladeshi health worker takes a mouth swab sample of a man to test for Covid-19 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, May 8, 2021 (AP) - have reported the first cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus, also known as B.1.617, prompting authorities ... [Read More]


- Both theme parks will still require face coverings, social distancing Soon, visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando won’t have to get their temperature checked when they enter the theme parks . Recently, Disney World updated ... [Read More]

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- May 8 (UPI) -- India set a new national record Saturday of more than 4,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported 4,187 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the country's total death toll to 238,270, according to the Johns Hopkins University global tracker. India became the third country -- after the United States and Brazil -- to surpass 4,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, Anadolu Agency reported . The country also reported 401,078 new COVID-19 cases in the previous 24 hours, bringing the number of ... [Read More]

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- This was the ultimate Jurassic seafood platter. During the early Jurassic period , a squid-like creature was in the midst of devouring a crustacean, when it was interrupted by another marine beast, possibly a shark, that chomped into its squishy side and killed it, a new study finds. The shark swam away, but the crustacean and the squid-like animal — a 10-armed and two-finned creature called a belemnite — sank to the bottom of the sea, where they fossilized together over the subsequent eras in what is now Germany. The resulting 180 million-year-old fossil is "unique," one of about "10 ... [Read More]


- The processor performance improvements could come in 2024 or 2025 -- if IBM finds manufacturers that'll license its approach. IBM Research has developed new chipmaking technology it says will advance processors to the next level of circuitry miniaturization, performance improvement and power efficiency. But to make this real, it'll have to find manufacturing partners to bring the tech to market. The new manufacturing technology, featuring components called nanosheets, increases chip performance 45% or reduces power consumption by 75% compared with the one used to make IBM server chips or ... [Read More]

Source: cnet.com

- A new study says the reviled stinging insects play a critical ecological role—and their venom might even be useful to people. This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. For those who have asked what the point of wasps is, there is now a comprehensive answer. They are voracious predators of pest insects, produce powerful antibiotics in their venom, pollinate plants, and even make a nutritious snack. The benefits to humans of the much-hated insects are revealed in the first major scientific review of the ecosystem services they provide. It ... [Read More]

Source: wired.com

- The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, does not lead to higher rates of death or severe disease in patients who are hospitalised with COVID-19, according to a new observational study of more than 72,000 people in the UK published in The Lancet Rheumatology journal. NSAIDs are common treatments for acute pain and rheumatological diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthrosis. Early in the pandemic, there was debate on whether the use of such drugs increased the severity of COVID-19, which led to urgent calls for investigations between NSAIDs ... [Read More]


- Using detailed fossil comparison techniques, scientists have been able to identify a giant new saber-toothed cat species, Machairodus lahayishupup , which would have prowled around the open spaces of North America between 5 and 9 million years ago. One of the biggest cats ever discovered, M. lahayishupup is estimated in this new study to have a body mass of some 274 kilograms (604 pounds) or so, and possibly even bigger. It's an ancient relative of the well-known Smilodon , the so-called saber-toothed tiger. A total of seven M. lahayishupup fossil specimens, including upper arms and teeth, ... [Read More]