COVID-19 vaccines: The new technology that made them possible

Days before her 91st birthday, Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside of clinical trials.  Keenan, who was sporting a polka-dot cardigan over a festive shirt, was given the first dose of a two-dose vaccine at the University Hospital Coventry in England, setting off the first […]

Muscle cell secrets — ScienceDaily

A muscle fiber consists of just one cell, but many nuclei. A team at the MDC led by Professor Carmen Birchmeier has now shown just how varied these nuclei are. The study, which has been published in Nature Communications, can help us better understand muscle diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Usually, each cell has […]

Go camping in style and comfort with these gifts

Being outdoors is great as long as you’re dry, warm, and caffeinated. (Peter Thomas via Unsplashed /) Spending the night outside is fun. But doing it as comfortably and stylishly as possible is even better. For the outdoorsy person who still has their limits, car camping is a great way to get the best of […]

Flavors added to vaping devices can damage the heart

IMAGE: Sami Noujaim, PhD, associate professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida Health (USF Health) Morsani College of Medicine, has begun investigating preclinically the potential cardiotoxic… view more  Credit: Photo courtesy of USF Health TAMPA, Fla (Dec. 11, 2020) — The appealing array of fruit and candy flavors that entice millions […]

Polarization increases with economic decline, becoming cripplingly contagious

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The rise of populist movements is changing political systems around the world. As support for these “anti-elite” movements intensifies, many are scrambling to understand whether economic decline and intensifying inter-group conflict are playing a role. A model developed by a team of researchers—including Nolan McCarty of Princeton University—shows how group polarization, […]

1,800-year-old altar to pagan god Pan hidden in a Byzantine church

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered an ancient altar honoring the Greek god Pan, the deity of flocks and shepherds, but whoever inscribed it botched the job. The inscriber basically ran out of room —  etching letters outside the altar’s rectangular frame and also shrinking letters toward the end, to make them fit.  “The inscriber was […]

This COVID-19 pandemic timeline shows the coronavirus’ impact

Few people noticed on New Year’s Eve last year when China reported a mystery illness to the World Health Organization. But soon, the never-before-seen coronavirus responsible for the disease was infiltrating the rest of the world. As we prepare to enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Science News looks back on how the […]

Gut microbiota plays a role in brain function and mood regulation — ScienceDaily

Depression is a mental disorder that affects more than 264 million people of all ages worldwide. Understanding its mechanisms is vital for the development of effective therapeutic strategies. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm and the CNRS recently conducted a study showing that an imbalance in the gut bacterial community can cause a reduction in […]

Earth’s Magnetic Field Holds Clues to Human History

Destruction as a key to preserving the past? It sounds paradoxical—fires, floods, and war have often wiped out historic records and infrastructure. But destructive events are also a source of knowledge when it comes to the study of Earth’s magnetic field. Items burned during ancient upheavals store geomagnetic information from long ago—and those […]

Images like this one could help reveal the Sun’s inner workings

The sunspot was taken in the wavelength of 530 nanometers – in the greenish-yellow part of the visible spectrum–. Researchers modified it to show up red and orange to the naked eye. (NSO/AURA/NSF/) Humans have long dreamt about looking directly at the Sun, even though it’s extremely dangerous for our peepers. Our nearest star is […]