What you need to know about Biden’s 5-point COVID-19 relief plan

President-elect Biden has a long, challenging road ahead of him. (US Dept of Defense /) President-elect Joe Biden announced the key parts of his COVID-19 relief plan this week, bringing some much-needed reassurance and guidance to America in the midst of a bungled vaccine rollout. The goal is bold: 100 million shots given out in […]

New videos show RNA as it’s never been seen

A new Northwestern University-led study is unfolding the mystery of how RNA molecules fold themselves to fit inside cells and perform specific functions. The findings could potentially break down a barrier to understanding and developing treatments for RNA-related diseases, including spinal muscular atrophy and perhaps even the novel coronavirus. “RNA folding is a dynamic process […]

Scientists offer road map to improve environmental observations in the Indian Ocean

Artist’s illustration of the Indian Ocean Observing System and its societal applications. IndOOS data support research to advance scientific knowledge about the Indian Ocean circulation, climate variability and change, and biogeochemistry, as well as societal applications due to its contribution to operational analyses and forecasts. Citation: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 101, 11; 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0209.1 […]

UK coronavirus variant could become dominant US strain by March, CDC says

The fast-spreading “U.K. variant” of the coronavirus could become the predominant strain in the United States by March, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 76 cases of the new variant, known as B.1.1.7, have been detected in 10 U.S. states so far, but its ability to […]

Coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 will soon be dominant U.S. strain

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A highly contagious coronavirus variant will become the dominant version of the virus in the United States in March, emphasizing the need for more rapid vaccination, a new modeling study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests. The coronavirus variant was first identified in December in the United Kingdom (SN: 12/22/20). Called […]

Tool to distribute limited vaccines equitably — ScienceDaily

The demand for COVID-19 vaccines continues to outpace supply, forcing public health officials to decide who should be first in line for a shot, even among those in the same pool of eligible vaccine recipients. To assist these efforts, researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health have […]

Anti-nutrients might sound scary, but you need them in your diet

These compounds occur naturally in a number of healthy foods, including legumes and whole grains. (foodism360/Unsplash/) Jill Joyce is an assistant professor of Public Health Nutrition at Oklahoma State University. This story originally featured on The Conversation. Maybe you’re trying to eat healthier these days, aiming to get enough of the good stuff and limit […]

Using metals for fuel

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Did you know that in microgravity we are preparing one of the most promising fuels for the future? Microgravity is helping to find answers and models to refine the processes needed to efficiently burn solid fuel like iron dust. Are we witnessing the raise of a new ‘Iron Age?’ Could we […]

2 infants inhaled cancer cells from mothers during birth

Two infants in Japan may have developed lung cancer after inhaling cancer cells from their mothers at birth, according to a new case report. About 1 in 1,000 babies are born to mothers who have cancer, but only about one in 500,000 of these newborns develops cancer from their mother. Though these cases are extremely […]