The new U.K. coronavirus variant is concerning. But don’t freak out

Coronavirus infections in part of the United Kingdom have rapidly taken center stage in the COVID-19 pandemic after researchers identified a variant of the virus that may be behind a recent spike in cases there. On December 14, U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock first announced that the variant, called B.1.1.7., might be linked to faster […]

An inside look at how fiber optic glass is made

You may never see fiber, but it plays a huge part in your online life. (Christopher Payne /) Fiber optics helped bring this article to whatever device you’re reading it on. The tiny strands of ultra-clear glass play a crucial role in just about everything that happens on the web—from connecting massive data centers to […]

Newly discovered receptor helps to sneak a peek at evolution

Existence of the receptor was now proven experimentally by the team headed by Professor Christopher Grefen from the Chair of Molecular and Cellular Botany at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). The researchers published their report on the 5. January 2021 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS. GET pathway for specific proteins […]

New electron microscopy technique offers first look at previously hidden processes

A schematic depiction of virtual electron–positron pairs appearing at random near an electron (at lower left). Credit: RJHall/Wikipedia Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale. The chemical process is set to transform the future of clean water and […]

Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant?

So, you’re pregnant in the middle of a pandemic. Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Though the shots have not been tested in pregnant or breastfeeding individuals yet, experts told Live Science there’s little reason to think that the available vaccines would be harmful to people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or that […]

Surgery may offer survival advantage in certain metastatic breast cancers — ScienceDaily

Surgery, in addition to treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may increase the length of survival for metastatic breast cancer patients, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Cancer Institute researchers. They studied nearly 13,000 stage four breast cancer patients and found that those who had surgery in addition to their other […]

Stuck at home? Trick your brain into treating a staycation like the real thing.

Get outside your head without leaving your house. (Unsplash/) Taking a vacation has many benefits for your body and mind. A timely getaway can lower your stress and, with it, your risk of life-threatening issues like heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Even short vacations—four nights, according to one study—can significantly improve your feeling of well-being. […]

NIH neuroscientists isolate promising mini antibodies against COVID-19 from a llama

IMAGE: NIH scientists showed that anti-COVID-19 nanobodies from a llama may be an effective tool in the battle against the COVID-19 virus. view more  Credit: Courtesy of Brody lab NIH/NINDS. National Institutes of Health researchers have isolated a set of promising, tiny antibodies, or “nanobodies,” against SARS-CoV-2 that were produced by a llama named Cormac. Preliminary […]

Brain gene expression patterns predict behavior of individual honey bees

Researchers used barcodes to track individual honey bees in a study that looked for parallels between the bees’ foraging and egg-laying behavior and patterns of gene expression in their brains. Credit: Michael B. Vincent An unusual study that involved bar coding and tracking the behavior of thousands of individual honey bees in six queenless bee […]