Amid pandemic, Pacific islands work to offset food shortages

This July 2020 photo provided by Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture shows staff members of the Suva Christian School, Louisa John, left, and her colleague working in their garden in Suva, Fiji. Coronavirus infections have barely touched many of the remote islands of the Pacific, but the pandemic’s fallout has been enormous, disrupting the supply chain […]

Man revives baby elephant using CPR: How does that work?

A viral video shows a rescue worker in Thailand successfully reviving a baby elephant using CPR after the animal was struck by a motorbike while crossing a road in the southeastern province of Chanthaburi.  After performing CPR, the rescuer, Mana Srivate, was able to get the elephant back on its feet, Reuters reported. But how […]

The war on drugs didn’t work. Oregon’s plan might.

Criminalizing drugs didn’t work the way we thought it would—or did it? (PopSci/) A tall white man wearing a denim shirt stands in front of a stove. The camera follows his hand as it reaches into a carton of eggs, and then pans out to reveal a cast-iron skillet. Making eye contact with the camera, […]

How does a secure phone line work?

We’ve all seen those corny, binge-watchable spy action series where, upon uncovering a plot, the agent must alert the White House post haste to thwart an imminent attack on the nation. Cue to the horse voice of TV drama “24”‘s star Kiefer Sutherland: “Get me a secure line to the president.”  But what exactly does […]

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine starts to work just 10 days after 1st dose

Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine starts to protect people from the novel coronavirus just 10 days after the first dose, according to new documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The documents were released on Tuesday (Dec. 8), two days before a meeting of the FDA’s vaccine advisory panel, which will vote on whether […]

After decades of work, why don’t we have an HIV vaccine?

All these tiny breaks in the case could add up over time. “I wouldn’t be surprised if in a decade we have a vaccine with 50 percent protection,” Pulendran says. (That’s on par with the flu shot.) Paired with existing stopgaps, that could be what it takes to outmaneuver the powerful germ—no sci-fi cure-alls required. […]

How do fax machines work?

Like a cross between a telephone and a printer, fax machines copy documents in one location and print them out in another — even thousands of miles apart. Before the ubiquity of computers and high-speed internet and when the other options were snail mail or a courier, a fax could relatively quickly transmit medical records […]

Study shows mindfulness might not work as you expect — ScienceDaily

If dispositional mindfulness can teach us anything about how we react to stress, it might be an unexpected lesson on its ineffectiveness at managing stress as it’s happening, according to new research from the University at Buffalo. When the goal is “not to sweat the small stuff,” mindfulness appears to offer little toward achieving that […]