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    Despite federal guidance, schools cite privacy laws to withhold info about COVID-19 cases From cereal startups to fast-food chains, everyone wants to cash in on people eating breakfast at home Black and Hispanic children are impacted more severely by coronavirus, research shows Black and Hispanic children are impacted more severely by coronavirus, with higher case rates, hospitalizations and virus-related complications, according to research released this week. These findings mirror similar reports across the nation of adults in minority communities being hit harder by Covid-19. © Eli Whitney A report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday found that Black and Hispanic children are more likely to be hospitalized due to coronavirus than White children....
    A successful cancer research scientist and mother-of-two, 43, was murdered and her body dumped in a creek while out on her daily run in Texas at the weekend. Sarmistha Sen was found dead near a creek at Legacy Drive and Marchman Way in Plano Saturday morning less than two hours after she went out on her regular run along the Chisholm Trail.   Plano police have named a 29-year-old burglary suspect as a person of interest in the slaying.   Bakari Moncrief, an out-of-state resident said to be visiting relatives in Plano, was arrested for a burglary Saturday morning at a property close to where Sen's body was found.   Plano police spokesperson David Tilley told DailyMail.com Wednesday afternoon that Moncrief has been charged...
    A spate of U.S.-based researchers with hidden links to China have been arrested, charged, or indicted. And that doesn’t stop with COVID-19. As college campuses welcome students back for another year amid the global pandemic, and with universities leading the charge for solutions to the coronavirus crisis, there’s a new and urgent concern — about spies in school. “Most of it is what we call the insider threat. It is the student, the scientist, the engineer, who’s actually on campus doing the research and secretly sending information back to China for a shadow lab or for their production,” Bill Evanina says. Evanina, the country’s top counterintelligence official, tells Newsy China — which vows to be the world’s top superpower by...
    Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters New hair growth is built on amino acids from foods, which leave markers of the types of protein you consume and can reveal patterns in your eating habits, a study found. An analysis of 684 hair samples showed patterns in communities' socioeconomic status so accurately, researchers could predict the cost of a hair-cut based on protein markers in the hair samples.  This type of analysis could be helpful for reducing the health disparities in communities with lower socio-economic status, which the study found were correlated with diets high in corn-fed animal proteins.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Your hair could shed new light on what you eat, how much you earn, and what...
    Imagine an armored vehicle takes enemy fire and is disabled, crew members are injured, when all of a sudden its armor regenerates. Perhaps a drone is conducting surveillance while operating in a forward, high-risk combat area when it is nearly decimated by enemy explosions, yet its biologically-inspired polymer material instantly self-heals. Further, what if a soldier’s body armor is damaged by enemy attacks during close-quarter urban combat, placing his or her life in immediate danger, but the armored plates quickly regenerate and keep the soldier alive? SOLDIERS USE AI TO FIRE PRECISION GRENADES, GUIDE DRONE ATTACKS While not here yet, these kinds of Hollywood-sounding warfare scenarios are not entirely beyond the realm of the possible, given cutting edge research now funded by the Army...
    Drugs could be designed to combat age-related illness and let humans live longer after researchers successfully 'tweaked' an anti-ageing enzyme in roundworms.  Researchers from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) were able to dial up and down creatures' lifespans by altering protein activity levels. The enzyme 'tweaked' by researchers allows roundworms to convert sugar into energy when cellular energy is running low - the team found a way to 'control it'. Humans also have these proteins, offering up the possibilities of developing longevity-promoting drugs, according to the Korean researchers.  Researchers studied the roundworm and how the VRK-1  protein (centre) can be used to ramp up cellular energy usage  Humans also have these proteins, offering up the possibilities...
    This story originally appeared on Undark and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Given that she infects ant colonies with deadly pathogens and then studies how they respond, one might say that Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the school of biological sciences at the University of Bristol in the U.K., specializes in miniature pandemics. The tables turned on her, however, in March: Covid-19 swept through Britain, and Stroeymeyt was shut out of her ant epidemiology lab. The high-performance computers she uses to track ant behavior sat idle, and only a lab technician—deemed an essential worker—was permitted to tend to the lab’s hundreds of black garden ant colonies, each housed in its own plastic tub. With governments across the...
    Americans’ negative views toward China have reached a “new historic high” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report published by the Pew Research Centre on Thursday. “Around three-quarters (73 per cent) of Americans have an unfavourable view of China today – the most negative reading in the 15 years that Pew Research Centre has been measuring these views,” wrote the authors of the report, Laura Silver, Kat Devlin and Christine Huang. “The percentage who say they have a very unfavourable view of China is also at a record high of 42 per cent, having nearly doubled since the spring of 2019, when 23 per cent said the same.” Amid repeated accusations of espionage, consulate closures in Houston and Chengdu,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City On July 25, almost 300 cyclists from across the US embarked on the Empire State Ride To End Cancer, a seven-day, 540+ mile cycling adventure with one mission: to end cancer for good. This year, COVID-19 is our challenge. And in order to overcome it, we have to shift gears. Our weeklong adventure cannot take place as it normally does and our cyclists cannot complete the journey together. But we will still make a major impact on the future of cancer research. Cancer isn’t stopping. So we can’t either.  This year, the 500+ Mile Challenge was introduced as a way for...
    (CBSMIAMI/CNN_ — There has been a huge breakthrough for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. It is a newly-developed and simple blood test used to detect and measure certain proteins associated with the degenerative brain disorder. There are already some tests to diagnose Alzheimer’s, but they are expensive, invasive, and not widely available. This new blood test looks like it will make diagnosis simple, affordable, and widely available. In a study presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2020 and published in JAMA, a blood test to detect the tau protein, one of the hallmark signs of Alzheimer’s, was as accurate as a spinal tap or a positron emission tomography (PET) scan, which are the current gold standards of diagnosis while a...
    This will strike a wrong note with parents who splurge on piano or violin lessons for their children. New research suggests that music lessons do not help children improve their other cognitive skills such as reading and maths. A review of 54 scientific studies involving 7,000 children says learning an instrument provides no boost in other areas of study. Dr Giovanni Sala, who led the research at Fujita Health University in Japan, said: ‘Our study shows that the common idea that “music makes children smarter” is incorrect. New research suggests that music lessons do not help children improve their other cognitive skills such as reading and maths (stock photo) ‘This means that teaching music with the sole intent of enhancing...
    Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing legislation aimed at denying visas to foreigners who have engaged in espionage or intellectual property theft against the United States Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced the Protecting America from Spies Act on Tuesday with a particular focus on China, a country against which the Trump administration is turning up the pressure on several fronts. Harztler introduced her version of the bill last month while Cruz dropped his in the evening on Tuesday. Their goal is to empower the State Department to ensure that any espionage and illicit tech-transfer activity makes one ineligible for entry into the U.S. To do so, the Republicans aim...
    Mums and dads over 70 have thicker grey matter in their brains than people who had never had kids, scientists report.   Australian researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to examine differences in grey matter thickness related to parenthood in late life, for both sexes. Grey matter is mostly found on outer-most layer of the brain, or cortex, and serves to process information.   Both mums and dads over 70 had thicker grey matter brain regions than people who had never had kids, they found.   Generally, the thickness of the brain's grey matter declines with age, meaning being a parent may help keep the brain young. The Aussie research team claim to be the first to reveal parenthood-related brain differences in late-life.  Women...
    President Donald Trump wore a mask Monday when he toured a factory in North Carolina working on a vaccine for the coronavirus.  The president's tour only lasted a few minutes but it marked the second time he was seen in public with a face covering - a notable change in policy for Trump, who previously called wearing one a personal choice. Trump was in North Carolina for a short trip to receive a briefing on the pandemic, giving him a chance for an update on the virus while visiting a state crucial to his 2020 re-election bid. President Trump wore a face mask and socially distanced from Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies CEO Martin Meeson during a tour of the Bioprocess Innovation Center ...
    The Trump administration is pushing for a coronavirus vaccine as quickly as possible, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday. “We continue aggressively to work on contracting to bring monoclonal antibodies and convalescent plasma to people as additional therapies on top of the Remdesivir that President Trump has already gotten us and steroid treatments for people who with lung disease,” Azar told "Fox & Friends." Azar said that he and Trump will travel to the Research Triangle in North Carolina on Monday. “He’s going to get to see one of the five vaccines that we have invested in. Get to see how those are manufactured -- it’s incredibly complex. I’m excited to go with him,” Azar said. MODERNA GETS FURTHER $472M...
    A healthcare insurance company for members of the US Military was forced to apologize after accidentally telling more than 600,000 people they had tested positive for coronavirus. The erroneous announcement came as part of a email sent out by Tricare, a health care program of the United States Department of Defense, to hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries located in its East Region on July 17. The military health system was asking the ‘COVID-19 survivors’ to consider donating blood plasma for research regarding a potential treatment for the virus. ‘As a survivor of COVID-19, it's safe to donate whole blood or blood plasma, and your donation could help other COVID-19 patients. Your plasma likely has antibodies (or proteins) present that might...
    Edie Goldenberg July 26, 2020 4:41PM (UTC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. As millions of Americans prepare to vote in November — and in many cases, primaries and state and local elections through the summer as well — lots of people are talking about voting by mail. It is a way to protect the integrity of the country's voting system and to limit potential exposure to the coronavirus, which continues to spread widely in the U.S. I am a political scientist and part of a National Academy of Public Administration working group offering recommendations to ensure voter participation as well as public confidence in the election process and the outcome during this coronavirus pandemic. To meet that goal,...
    Day one of the 2020 Pokémon Go Fest includes a Special Research Task set that rewards tons of Great Balls and Incense. Only players who buy the Pokémon Go Fest Ticket for $14.99 will be able to participate in the Special Research. Upon logging on during the event period and starting the research, players will have an unlimited amount of time to finish it. It won’t expire when Go Fest ends, so no need to panic if you don’t finish by the end of the day. The biomes will change between Battle, Friendship, Fire, Water, and Grass, at the top of every hour. Day 1 Go Fest 2020 Special Research Take a snapshot with your buddy (10 Incense)...
    Breaking down the COVID-19 death rate in the US This Restaurant Chain Just Closed Its Dining Rooms Again Why One Independent Research Firm Gave a Huge Upgrade for Tesla and Elon Musk Earnings season has created some big winners and big losers this summer, but the major Nasdaq momentum stocks and top tech stocks have seen some selling pressure after earnings. Even the mighty Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) posted great earnings and gapped up in the initial reaction, only to sell off on the same day and then again on the following day as well. Tesla is a battleground stock in which using traditional valuation metrics has been next to impossible in determining a fair stock price. Founding CEO...
    The North America blood meal market is accounted to US$ 404. 36Mn in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4. 1% during 2019-2027, to account to US$ 576. 13Mn by 2027. Blood meal is defined as a dried form of animal blood which is collected from slaughtering of several livestock species such as cattle, pigs, chickens, and others under specific conditions. New York, July 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “North America Blood Meal Market to 2027- Covid-19 Impact and Regional Analysis by Source ; Application, Process, and Country” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05934828/?utm_source=GNW Blood meal is considered as rich source of protein, iron and nitrogen and is used to supplement feed diets...
    Facebook whistleblowers allege the tech giant ignored racial bias research as early as mid-2019 on Instagram's automatic removal system and told employees to keep the findings secret.   In mid-2019, researchers for Facebook-owned Instagram found that accounts that said they belonged to a black person were 50 per cent more likely to have their accounts disabled by the new moderation system than white people. The new system, designed to remove problematic and bullying accounts, was introduced to the photo-sharing app in 2019.  The revelation, made to NBC News, came from two current and one former staffers.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Capitol Hill on April 10, 2018, in Washington, D.C RELATED ARTICLES...
    FRIGHTENING experiments on America’s cats include snapping their spines and injecting potato up their bums for “research”, sickening records show. Barbaric tests on moggies as young as six months old for constipation and incontinence experiments involve the implantation of electrodes to stimulate bladders and colons, say campaigners. 10Thousands of dollars have been spent on the lab cats in the US, FOIA information shows Gut-wrenching photos and video of cats being operated on to insert devices have been provided exclusively to The Sun by the White Coat Waste Project, which obtained them through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The group was given receipts showing that thousands of dollars are being spent on lab cats supplied for the Department of Veterans...
    Nearly half of Republican and Democratic voters agree the government should regulate technology companies more, a poll published Wednesday showed. Roughly 48% of Republicans and 46% of Democrats surveyed believe the federal government is not doing enough to regulate big technology companies, according to the Pew Research Center poll. The number of conservative Republicans who favor more regulation targeting platforms has increased from 42% to 53% since a similar poll in 2018, the Pew Research Center reported. The share of liberal Democrats who want to increase regulations has decreased from 65% to 52%. “Overall, 72% of U.S. adults say social media companies have too much power and influence in politics today, according to the June 16-22 survey,” the Pew Research...
    Living alone in your fifties and sixties increases the risk of getting dementia by a third, says a study. Loneliness and social isolation have a much greater impact on the condition than previously thought, according to research at University College London. Data from 21,666 over-55s showed that those living alone were 30 per cent more likely to get Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, potentially a bigger factor than physical inactivity, diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure. The authors warned that as growing numbers of older people live alone dementia levels may rise. There are already 850,000 UK sufferers, and it is the country’s biggest cause of death. Researchers at University College London have found that the risk of Dementia and Alzheimers can be up to 30 percent higher among those...
    Chinese Nationals Li Xiaoyu (above), 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 31, allegedly stole 'hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of trade secrets, intellectual property, and other valuable business information' in a sophisticated, decade-long scheme The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it has charged two Chinese hackers with trying to steal US COVID-19 research as well as other sensitive government information. Chinese Nationals Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 31, allegedly stole 'hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of trade secrets, intellectual property, and other valuable business information' in a sophisticated, decade-long scheme. They're accused of hacking hundreds of companies, government organizations, dissidents, human rights activists and private companies, including those engaged in COVID-19 vaccine research.  The government said the plot, said to...
    SCIENTISTS think a huge asteroid shower rained down on the Earth and Moon 800 million years ago. The researchers studied 59 lunar craters and concluded that a 62 mile wide asteroid broke up and caused a space rock downpour. 2This is an artistic illustration of an asteroid shower on the Earth-Moon systemCredit: Artist's illustration, credit: Murayama/Osaka Univ. If a similar event occurred today it would be catastrophic. The research was led by Osaka University in Japan. Lead author of the study Professor Terada says: "Our research results have provided a novel perspective on earth science and planetary science. "They will yield a wide range of positive effects in various research fields." 2The Moon's Copernicus crater was examined as part...
    People will likely need to live in smaller houses and denser neighborhoods for the United States to drive down residential greenhouse gas emissions consistent with global climate goals, according to new research published Monday by researchers at the University of Michigan. The shift is just one of several policy and cultural changes required to cut emissions from U.S. households consistent with long-term targets under the Paris climate agreement, according to the researchers. The U.S. will also need to slash emissions from electricity, retrofit older houses to be more energy efficient, and begin phasing out direct use of fossil fuels, such as fuel oil and natural gas, in heating homes. Those changes would likely face opposition, particularly from Republicans and conservatives...
    (CNN)Results from trials involving three different coronavirus vaccines released Monday, all showing positive results, with evidence the vaccines can produce immune responses that would be expected to protect people against infection.They all also appeared to be safe, although it will take studies with more people to show how safe they really are and whether they can prevent infection.Early results of a closely watched Phase 1/2 trial published in The Lancet suggest a coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca is safe and induces an immune response. However, researchers stressed more study is needed to know whether the vaccine protects people against the virus.Phase 2 results for one vaccine candidate made by Chinese company CanSino Biologics were also...
    Scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato are advocating for research to determine whether eating fatty foods could be protective for the coronavirus. In an article published in the science journal Med, researchers at the institute and the University of California, San Francisco, assert that further investigation is warranted to discover if “ketone bodies” could serve as a possible therapeutic against COVID-19 and other viral infections such as influenza. Ketone bodies are compounds produced naturally during fat metabolism. Eating a ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates, accelerates the production of the primary ketone beta-hydroxybutyrate acid (BHB). “The article lays out the rationale putting puzzle pieces together to say this is an...
    The most recent coronavirus menace actually hits under the belt. A brand new research claims the coronavirus can’t solely rob you of your style and odor — it might go away males infertile and could possibly be transmitted sexually. The research, revealed final month in JAMA, a month-to-month open-access medical journal revealed by the American Medical Affiliation, discovered the presence of COVID-19 in 15% of semen samples collected. Researcher Dr. John Aitken likened it to the Zika virus. “It ought to be emphasised spermatozoa have a demonstrable capability to hold viral infections from the male to the feminine reproductive tract, As occurs through the sexual transmission of Zika, for instance,” he informed native San Antonio Fox 8. Zika virus is a...
    Hackers linked to Russian intelligence services are attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine research from pharmaceutical companies and other organizations, according to security officials from the U.S., the U.K., and Canada. The three nations alleged on Thursday that hacking group APT29, also known as "Cozy Bear" and "the Dukes," is trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research. The U.S. National Security Agency, U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre, and Canada's Communications Security Establishment all agree that the hacker group is "almost certainly part of the Russian intelligence services." "Throughout 2020, APT29 has targeted various organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine development in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, highly likely with the intention of stealing information and intellectual property...
    Russian hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from the US through cyber attacks against medical organizations and universities, according to security officials.  The 16-page advisory prepared by the US National Security Agency and made public by Britain, the US and Canada accused APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and Dukes, of using custom malicious software to target a number of organizations globally.   Cozy Bear has been identified by Washington as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke into the Democratic National Committee computer network and stole emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear. The groups are said to specialize in exploiting known vulnerabilities in software and then rapidly...
    The United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada jointly accused Russian intelligence of likely attempting to hack into groups conducting COVID-19 vaccine development in all three countries in an effort to steal coronavirus research. The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, along with the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre and Canada’s Communications Security Establishment, signed onto a report assessing that the hacking group “APT29” — Advanced Persistent Threat 29, also known as “the Dukes” or “Cozy Bear” — is “almost certainly part of Russian intelligence services.” “Throughout 2020, APT29 has targeted various organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine development in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, highly likely with the intention...
    By Zachary Cohen, Luke McGee and Alex Marquardt | CNN Russian cyber actors are targeting organizations involved in coronavirus vaccine development, according to a new warning by US, UK and Canadian security officials on Thursday that details activity by a Russian hacking group called APT29, which also goes by the name “the Dukes” or “Cozy Bear.” An advisory published by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) details activity by the Russian hacking group and explicitly calls out efforts to target US, UK and Canadian vaccine research and development organizations. “APT29’s campaign of malicious activity is ongoing, predominantly against government, diplomatic, think tank, healthcare and energy targets to steal valuable intellectual property,” a press release on the advisory said. Cozy...
    National security agencies in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada on Thursday accused hackers linked to Russian intelligence services of targeting organizations conducting COVID-19 vaccine research with custom malware in an effort to steal intellectual property. The U.K.'s National Cybersecurity Centre issued the joint advisory, which was also shared by the U.S. National Security Agency and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), as well as Canada's Communications Security Establishment. The agencies warned that the group known as APT29 — also referred to as "the Dukes" or "Cozy Bear" — was behind the attacks. It was not immediately clear if the group was successful in obtaining any data. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "Throughout 2020, APT29 has targeted...
    The UK, US and Canada today accused Russia of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research by sanctioning 'despicable' cyber attacks against medical organisations and universities.  The three nations issued a bombshell joint statement this afternoon claiming a hacking group called APT29, also known as Cozy Bear, is engaged in an ongoing campaign of 'malicious activity'.   Security chiefs believe the group is 'almost certainly' operating as part of Russian Intelligence Services, with officials confident the Kremlin has given the green light for the activity.  The three nations believe the purpose of the Russian attacks is to steal intellectual property so that Moscow can develop a coronavirus vaccine first or at least at the same time as the UK, US and Canada. ...
    (CNN)Russian cyber actors are targeting organizations involved in coronavirus vaccine development, according to a new warning by US, UK and Canadian security officials on Thursday that details activity by a Russian hacking group called APT29, which also goes by the name "the Dukes" or "Cozy Bear."An advisory published by the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) details activity by the Russian hacking group and explicitly calls out efforts to target US, UK and Canadian vaccine research and development organizations. Cozy Bear is one of two hacking groups linked to Russian intelligence that is believed to have accessed the Democratic National Committee's internal systems in the lead-up to the 2016 US election, but Thursday's announcement is the first time this group...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China will push forward research and development of COVID-19 vaccines "with all efforts", the National Medical Products Administration said on Thursday. The administration also pledged to improve regulation of vaccines and enhance oversight of high-risk medical products, it said in a statement on its website. (Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Tony Munroe; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Under President Trump’s leadership, our nation’s vast research enterprise is fully engaged to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimate victory depends on our scientific preeminence rooted in the longstanding and often unspoken principles of integrity, transparency, cooperation, openness, impartiality, respect, freedom of inquiry, reciprocity and accountability to the American people. Yet these principles — and the security and integrity of America’s research enterprise — are being undermined by some researchers and foreign governments that are robbing the American people of federal research dollars, new discoveries and innovations. These threats impact our public health and national security. For example, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security recently warned that the People’s Republic of China was attempting to steal American vaccine and therapeutics...
    If you are anything like me, keeping a clean home is incredibly important. Whether it’s cleaning the dishes, wiping countertops, or taking out the trash, cleaning is always an important aspect of keeping a tidy home. However, there’s always that one house chore that never seems to get done: the vacuuming. To me, vacuuming is not a very gratifying aspect of cleaning, and so it often gets put to the side. Fortunately, I found an incredible alternative that I would love to share with you. An Amazon’s Choice product, the Robovac, is the solution that will take care of all the vacuuming in your home–even when you’re not around. (Photo via Amazon) The Robovac boasts key features that not all automatic...
    YOUNG people aren’t immune from the coronavirus and are “most likely to test positive for Covid-19”, new research has warned. Researchers tested more than 120,000 volunteers up and down the country over the age of five. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3People between the age of 18 and 24 are more likely to test positive for the coronavirus About 69 per cent of those who tested positive said they had no symptoms on the day of the test. They also said they had no symptoms the previous week and it’s believed they developed symptoms later on. The report from Imperial College London also highlighted who was infected with the virus from May 1...
    Swarms of locusts are seen on a tree in a residential area in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta on June 12, 2020. BANARAS KHAN/AFP via Getty Images The fate of society rests in part on how humans navigate their complicated relationship with insects – trying to save “good” insects and control “bad” ones. Some insects, like mosquitoes, bite people and make them sick – remember Zika? Now the U.S. mosquito season is already in full swing, with over 10 cases of Dengue fever reported in the Florida Keys this year. Some insects, like bees, are pollinators that help produce our food. Others, like locusts, currently threaten crops in East Africa and Asia, preferring to eat our food instead....
    (CNN)A Covid-19 vaccine developed by the biotechnology company Moderna in partnership with the National Institutes of Health has been found to induce immune responses in all of the volunteers who received it in a Phase 1 study.These early results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday, showed that the vaccine worked to trigger an immune response with mild side effects -- fatigue, chills, headache, muscle pain, pain at the injection site -- becoming the first US vaccine candidate to publish results in a peer-reviewed medical journal The vaccine is expected to begin later this month a large Phase 3 trial -- the final trial stage before regulators consider whether to make the vaccine available. Early results from...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota-based 3M is teaming up with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology to develop a new rapid COVID-19 test that can be completed at point-of-care — and within minutes. On Tuesday, 3M announced that the accelerated research is now underway with a goal of a new highly accurate, mass-produced and low-cost diagnostic device that delivers COVID-19 test results in minutes. The test was selected by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) after a rigorous review by an expert panel. It was part of the government’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Tech (RADx Tech) program, which is an aggressively-paced COVID-19 diagnostics initiative from NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. “We are excited to...
    Moreover, the fact they used paper doesn’t seem to have limited the type of wearables they could create. The team says there’s the potential to make devices that monitor things like a person’s temperature and glucose level. What’s more, the sensors can work in real-time and provide robust data. The benefits of a pencil and paper-based health monitors are two-fold. The first is that the materials needed to create them are inexpensive and readily accessible. Unlike plastic and some of the other things we currently make medical wearables from, they also degrade quickly. The researchers see a future in which people use the technology to get personalized home care. It could also help with remote research, especially during a...
    The White House denied reports on Monday of anonymously sending opposition research to reporters regarding Dr. Anthony Fauci. “To the notion that there’s opposition research and that there’s Fauci vs. the president couldn’t be further from the truth,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a press briefing on Monday. “Dr. Fauci and the president have always had a good working relationship.” McEnany said White House officials were merely responding to reporters’ questions concerning Trump’s comments about Fauci’s mistakes while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. “Dr. Fauci is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes,” Trump said in an interview with Sean Hannity on Friday. Several media outlets reported that the White House sent them “opposition research”...
    (CNN)One in three young adults is at risk of severe Covid-19, and smoking plays a big part in that risk, according to new research published Monday in the Journal of Adolescent Health.Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, looked at more than 8,000 participants ages 18 to 25 who had participated in the National Health Interview Survey to see what their medical vulnerability to severe Covid-19 was in relation to risk indicators that had been set out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including health conditions and smoking habits.Covid-19 symptoms: What we know now and what to doThe researchers found 32% of the total study population were medically vulnerable for severe Covid-19. However, when the group...
    Immunity to Covid-19 might be lost within months, according to research. The findings suggest that, like the common cold and flu, the virus could infect people on an annual basis.  This undermines ideas that herd immunity could be a way of defeating the virus. King’s College London scientists looked at the immune response of more than 90 patients and healthcare workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust. Immunity to Covid-19 might be lost within months according to new research which shows coronavirus could infect people on an annual basis like the common cold RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Century-old BCG vaccine used to eradicate tuberculosis DOES... Air pollution resurges in London,...
    Insomnia is when you have persistent trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both, amenic481/Shutterstock Insomnia is a common sleep disorder affecting about 30% of US adults. It's more serious than just having occasional sleep troubles. But with the proper treatment, it is also a condition that can be easily managed — and potentially even cured — as many people are able to improve their quality and quantity of sleep.  Here's what you need to know about the main symptoms, causes, and treatments for insomnia. On This Page What is insomnia? Signs and symptoms Types of insomnia Causes  Treatment Medication What is insomnia?People who have insomnia...
    Madrid, Jul 10 (EFE) .- Science advances determined to find a vaccine against the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 and thus try to definitively tackle this health crisis, but it does so “with lead feet” because two adjectives determine any of the phases through which such a sophisticated, complex and almost always long process passes: effective and safe. The beginning of 2021 is already on the horizon as the appropriate moment for any vaccine to have been able to pass all the experimental phases and trials and tweet those two adjectives, but many frustrations and viruses or diseases for that still, after many decades of research, there is no vaccine (AIDS or malaria). Lead feet also because in most cases those...
    Tashi-Delek/Getty Images New research suggests probiotics — food or supplements containing beneficial microbes — might help improve mental health, reducing depression and anxiety.  Previously, probiotics have been touted to boost everything from weight loss to athletic performance to general health, and companies often market products based on these claims.  Experts say that while there's promising research on the benefits of probiotics, these claims go far beyond what the evidence can prove yet. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. One path to better mental health might be through your stomach, according to a new study on pre- and probiotics.  The report, a systematic review published July 6 in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention, and Health, found that probiotics helped improve symptoms...
    Federal prosecutors allege that a top immunologist at Ohio State University illegally concealed Chinese funding for his research and attempted to flee the country before his arrest in Alaska in May. In a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday, the Justice Department accuses Song Guo Zheng, the Ronald L. Whisler MD Chair in Rheumatology and Immunology at Ohio State’s medical school, of fraudulently obtaining federal grant funds from the National Institutes of Health and making false statements to investigators. Zheng, prosecutors say, obtained nearly $5 million in federal research grants without disclosing ties to Chinese entities and additional grant funds provided by them. The complaint and other filings in a federal court in Ohio indicate that Zheng has long been affiliated...
    Kelsey Powell, five months pregnant, sits for a portrait at a home provided by Mary's Shelter, a charity that offers housing for expectant mothers in early June.Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. In late June, after three months of near silence on the topic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finally weighed in on a question of critical importance to millions of American women and families: How dangerous is the coronavirus for pregnant women...
    Evaluating the quality of Covid-19 research is challenging, even for the scientists who study it. Studies are rapidly pouring out of labs and hospitals, but not all of that information is rigorously vetted before it makes its way into the world. Some studies are small and anecdotal. Others are based on bad data or misplaced assumptions. Many are released as preprints without peer review. Others are hyped up with big press releases that overstate the results—but when scientists are finally able to dive into the research, sometimes the study isn’t as groundbreaking as it seemed. Everything You Need to Know About the CoronavirusHeres all the WIRED coverage in one place, from how to keep your children entertained to how this...
    (CNN)There were two notable announcements in the fight against HIV this week at AIDS 2020, the 23rd International AIDS Conference -- a possible case of long-term remission from the virus, and research that found an injection can prevent HIV. Learning from the AIDS Epidemic: Dr. Sanjay Guptas coronavirus podcast for June 29Scientists presenting at the conference said a Brazilian man might be the first person to experience long-term HIV remission after being treated with only an antiviral drug regimen -- not stem cell transplantation. He had been diagnosed with HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, eight years ago and now shows no sign of the virus, scientists said. However, the finding involved only one patient and the research...
    On July 4, a roughly 4,000-word open letter signed by hundreds of members of the Princeton University faculty was sent to the president, provost, deans, and members of the cabinet of the university listing a series of demands related to racial justice, including “a committee composed entirely of faculty that would oversee the investigation and discipline of racist behaviors, incidents, research, and publication on the part of faculty.” In the letter, the signatories call on the university to “educate the Princeton University community about the legacy of slavery and white supremacy,” “actively confront Princeton’s ties to and culpability in slavery and white supremacy,” “form an internal committee of faculty and students of color” to whom the University “remains accountable,” and...
    The federal government awarded biotech firm Novavax, Inc., $1.6 billion for a COVID-19 vaccine, which would ideally be distributed to 100 million people by January 2021 if found to be safe and effective. This is the most recent in a succession of biotech companies that have received awards from the federal government for researching a safe and effective vaccine to fight against the coronavirus pandemic. What are the details? On Tuesday, the Maryland-based company said that the U.S. is paying the vaccine maker the sum in order to speed up development of a coronavirus vaccine. "What this Warp Speed award does is it pays for production of 100 million doses, which would be delivered starting in...
    More than 1,200 studies looking at treatment and prevention of coronavirus are often too small to provide conclusive results and are focusing too much on one potential therapy, a new analysis reveals.  Commissioned by STAT News, the report found that one in every six clinical trials studied the anti-malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine despite thin evidence that either are effective at treating patients. Several have also lacked control groups and have just been comparing groups of patients with mild to severe cases of the disease.  Meanwhile, two medications with proven efficacy at treating patients are only the focus of a couple dozen studies.    About 200 of 1,200 studies - or one in six - looked at anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine...
    (CNN)Scientists around the world are racing to develop Covid-19 vaccines and there's news almost daily about steps forward -- this week, there was "encouraging" preliminary data for some vaccine candidates and word from top health officials that the United States could be on track to have a vaccine by the end of the year. According to the World Health Organization, there are 18 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation globally. Researchers at University of Oxford said this week they have vaccinated 8,000 people in the UK as part of a Phase 3 trial.Yet there are still major hurdles to jump and more work to be done. No vaccines have started their large Phase 3 trials in the United States. On Thursday,...
    President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden are in a “virtual tie” in North Carolina, according to a poll released by East Carolina University Center for Survey Research on Tuesday. The poll of 1,149 registered voters in the Tar Heel State conducted between June 22 and June 25 shows former Vice President Bident with 45 percent support compared to 44 percent for President Trump. Biden’s one point margin is within the poll’s 3.4 percent margin of error. President Trump won the state’s 15 electoral college votes in 2016 by a margin of 3.8 percent, 50.5 percent to 46.7 percent. In two other statewide races, the poll found incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) tied with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham...
    Campus beat: Research Isn’t Advocacy Michigan State University leaders forced physics professor Stephen Hsu to give up his position as vice president of research and innovation after he touted an MSU study that found police aren’t more likely to shoot African-Americans, reports Brittany Slaughter at The College Fix. Pressure came from MSU President Samuel Stanley and the Graduate Employees Union, which accused him of “scientific racism” and “launched a campaign to oust” him amid a “Black Lives Matter-linked #ShutDownStem day.” Appallingly, the GEU insisted administrators “should not share research that runs counter to public statements by the university.” Hsu blasted the “racism” charge, insisting that such research is “essential” to understand “how to improve policing.” His ouster, he sighs, “will...
    Facebook has revealed the 'world's thinnest' virtual reality (VR) headset that looks like a pair of sunglasses and has holographic lenses for a more 'vivid' viewing experience.  The social network, which has its own department dedicated to VR technologies, says the concept lenses are less than 0.3 inches (9mm) thick.   The technology, which has been detailed in a research paper, uses a special light refraction technique to enable the 'thinnest VR display demonstrated to date'.  The lenses use holography – a photographic technique that records light scattered from an object and presents it as three-dimensional. Holographics use laser light sources, which provide a wider range of colours than LEDs common in today’s VR headsets, phones, computers and TVs.   This allows...
    When Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin spoke to my colleagues at Stanford’s technology licensing office in the late 1990s, other search engines already existed. But Page and Brin, who were graduate students at the time, believed the page-rank algorithm they had developed at Stanford was superior, even though no other entrepreneurs saw its potential. So they decided to launch a start-up. The Stanford licensing office saw merit in their idea and licensed the algorithm — which was owned by the University — back to the entrepreneurs. The rest is history. It’s unlikely Google would have become the world’s most popular search engine without the sorts of patent protections provided by the Bayh-Dole Act, a little-known law passed in...
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced last week that during national Post-traumatic Stress Awareness (PTSD) month, the VA’s National Center for PTSD will fund more research about PTSD. This is thanks to the proceeds from the Healing PTSD semipostal stamp, which was issued in December 2019 by the U.S. Postal Service. More than 7 million stamps were sold from December 2019 to May, garnering upwards of $717,000 which have been disbursed to VA. “Thanks to the millions of Americans who purchased the Healing PTSD stamp, VA will continue to study, create awareness, educate and develop policies which better the lives of Veterans with PTSD,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “The stamp not only raises awareness about PTSD but will provide funding...
    Meghan Markle has 'very high standards' and her 'Hollywood gung-ho attitude' put her at odds with royal aides, an explosive new book claims. The Duchess of Sussex, 38, who is currently living in LA at Tyler Perry's $18 million mansion with Prince Harry, 35, and their son Archie, 13 months, is thought to have alienated herself from the staff tasked with easing her transition into royalty. Her 'West Coast energy' - which included 5am starts and 'text message bombardments' - drove staff to distraction, investigative journalists Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett claim in their new book Royals At War, released today. One insider told the authors: 'Meghan can be difficult. She has very high standards and is used to working in a...
    Forgetting someone’s name after being introduced to them is more embarrassing than forgetting a significant other’s birthday, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 Americans (aged 35+) found 32 percent believe forgetting someone’s name is the most embarrassing blunder — more so than even forgetting a partner’s birthday (22 percent). Respondents were given a list of forgetful moments and asked to select which they would find the most embarrassing — and results found failing to remember an anniversary rounded out the top three (21 percent). SWNS Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Natrol’s new Cognium Focus in advance of National I Forgot Day on July 2, the survey looked beyond moments that might fluster or leave us feeling MIF’d...
    Dharna Noor2 hours ago•Filed to:deep seadeep seacoralsgreenlandbiodiversitysciencefishingSaveImage from benthic sled. Coral garden habitat with a high diversity of animals including sponges, anemones, and feather starsPhoto: ZSL/GINR In the depths of the water just west of Greenland, scientists have discovered a previously unknown coral garden. They described the ecosystem in a new study published in Frontiers in Marine Science on Monday. The garden sits 1,600 feet below sea level, where the pressure is 50 times greater than at the surface. The researchers found it using a low-tech rig called a “benthic sled,” consisting of a GoPro camera, lights, and laser pointers, which they set into special pressure-proof cases, mounted on a steel frame, and hung from their research vessel.Image: Stephen Long...
    Coronavirus — UNAM continues with its contributions in various areas of knowledge to face the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) continues with its contributions in various areas of knowledge to face the pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19, by selecting twelve proposals within the framework of the Extraordinary Call for Proposals 2020 of the Support Program for Research Projects and Technological Innovation (PAPIIT). The Maximum House of Studies, in a statement, reported that these projects PAPIIT advance in their modality of research-teaching link, with the theme “Strategies to face the new pandemic COVID-19 in Mexico”. The topics addressed by the chosen specialists are: mathematical modeling and computational to evaluate the evolution of the pandemic and...
    As protesters around the country continue to call for police reforms or the defunding of the forces, one of the messages seen on hand-written signs and widely shared social media posts is that police in the U.S. get much less training than those in many other countries.In New Jersey, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has announced the state will soon require police to be licensed, a change that goes along with his earlier promise that the state’s Police Training Commission will “reinvigorate” and “revamp” the training recruits are receiving.But there’s one change academics and some police reforme… Read More
    Yessenia Funes7 minutes ago•Filed to:ICE ICE MAYBEICE ICE MAYBEANTARCTICASCIENCEGLOBAL WARMINGSavePhoto: Mario Tama (Getty) Warm air doesn’t reach Antarctica as easily as the rest of the globe, but a new study has found that not even the South Pole is safe from the influences of human-driven climate change. The study, published Monday in Nature Climate Change, found that, in the last three decades, the region has warmed at three times the global rate. From 1989 to 2018, the region saw the largest average warming trend over 30 years, with an increase of 0.61°C per decade. The team of scientists analyzed weather station data from 20 long-term weather stations to measure the warming trends. This finding is major because it had...
    (CNN)Bloody hamburgers. Pink chicken. Moldy bread. We all know these foods are risky and could make us sick, but research has suggested that in certain high-stakes social situations — like dinner with your prospective in-laws or a BBQ at your new boss' house — you may eat them anyway.Researchers in Norway evaluated 17 different social situations to assess how people felt about the consequences of not eating the food we are served and found that being invited to one's future parents-in-laws for the first time was the situation judged to have the biggest pressure to be polite and not refuse food. How do you know if your chicken is cooked properly? Its complicated, say researchers"We might imagine that in this...
    The number of coronavirus deaths worldwide passed the 500,000 mark on Sunday, with more than a quarter of all deaths occurring in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone came after India and Russia added thousands of new COVID-19 cases, and surges of new infections hit several U.S. states, pushing the global number of infections past 10 million. The U.S. remained the No. 1 nation in both confirmed infections and deaths, with 2.5 million cases and more than 125,000 fatalities, according to the university’s tally. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE New York so far has recorded the highest death toll in the U.S., with over 31,000 deaths. The states with the most deaths behind New York were New...
    HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State University wheat geneticist will get nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research designed to improve the genetic diversity of wheat. The Hutchinson News reports the research will focus on studying and cultivating a genetic species of wheat that can withstand drought, heat and viruses. Wheat geneticist and professor of plant pathology Jesse Poland is part of two grants that focus on bringing wild native plants together with wheat to create better seed. “The wheat genome is quite adaptable,” said Poland, director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center Industry-University Cooperative Research Center at K-State. “We hope to find stress tolerance and disease resistance in these wild relatives.” K-State plant pathology...
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame has hired former South Bend mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg as a researcher and teacher for the 2020-2021 academic year. The university announced last week that as a faculty fellow in the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, Buttigieg will work on two research projects: one that explores how to restore trust in political institutions and another that considers the forces shaping the 2020s. He joins a group of more than 30 faculty, graduate and undergraduate fellows who will conduct research on the nature of trust, the institute’s 2020-2021 research theme, the South Bend Tribun e reported. He also will teach an undergraduate course on the importance of trust...
    (CNN)Kevin Love is using his All-Star power to support and advocate for stronger mental health research.The Cleveland Cavaliers forward, who has shared his own experiences with panic attacks, depression and anxiety, has committed $500,000 to UCLA's psychology department to help fund mental health research, the university said in a news release."I'm concerned about the level of anxiety that people are feeling. Recent events, including the novel coronavirus outbreak, have put our society under enormous stress," Love said in a statement. "I am happy to be able to help UCLA, my alma mater, work toward solving some of society's biggest underlying issues. I hope one day we are able to erase the stigma around anxiety and depression, and we can only...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Five universities in Louisiana have a $20 million federal grant to design complex alloys and polymers for 3D printing and to build a sustainable research and education program in Louisiana. The new Louisiana Material Design Alliance includes Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech, Tulane University, Southern University and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, the state Board of Regents said in a news release. New materials are needed to produce metal and plastic products with fewer defects and longer life, the statement said. “This game-changing work is at the frontiers of science, engineering and education. We are committed to connecting our research discoveries to industry, so they can have real-world impacts,” said Michael Khonsari, the board's associate commissioner...
    By KARL PUCKETT, Great Falls Tribune GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Three Montana buddies decided to turn a fun trip into the state’s backcountry into a cause, raising money for research on cancer, which has claimed the lives of friends and family members they loved. Harry Green, 21, and Keagan Stroop and Troy Hennes, both 20, were on the Belt basketball and football teams. Now they’re teaming up for a different kind of challenge, a 45-day, 500-mile pack trip through some of Montana’s wildest wildlands, entirely on horseback. “It’s going to be a journey for sure,” Green said Wednesday at his ranch outside of the northcentral Montana community of Belt, where the trio was making last-minute preparations for the epic...
    “The total way that (difficulties of race) have come to fro is possessing a genuine, significant impression on the search,” mentioned Rep. Jim Clyburn, a top rated Democrat in the Residence with deep ties to the Biden marketing campaign. “You can do a lookup in get to verify a box or you can do a search to get a running mate. I imagine this look for is heading to be legitimate about getting a operating mate fairly than examining a box.” Independent groups of attorneys assigned to each of the contenders are nearing the closing stages of reviewing three distinct varieties of records — written, money and health-related — in their background checks, according to persons included in the system....
    Studies show that apple cider vinegar may help with weight loss, blood sugar control, and gut health. One study found that people who added apple cider vinegar to a calorie-restricted diet lost more weight than people who just cut calories. Apple cider vinegar has also been found to lower blood glucose levels in diabetics.  This article was medically reviewed by Lisa Defazio, a registered dietitian and nutritionist in Los Angeles, California. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Apple cider vinegar is more than just a tangy salad dressing ingredient. It has been found to have some health benefits for weight loss, gut health, and blood sugar.  Here's what the research says about the benefits of apple cider vinegar.   What is apple...
    The use of tear gases for crowd control is rampant, but there exists a significant gap in our knowledge about the effects of these chemicals on an individual’s health, particularly in the long-term. The unknown long-term effects of tear gas exposure warrant cessation of their use until thorough and extensive safety studies have been completed. The use of these agents during the COVID-19 pandemic makes them especially dangerous. Jennifer BrownSeveral different chemicals fall under the tear gas umbrella, with pepper spray and CS gas being the most common. These molecules activate pain receptors in a similar manner to hot peppers, but cause a burning sensation 50 times more intense than a habanero. Tear gases cause well-known acute effects such as...
    Although some GOP governors have joined their Democratic counterparts in aggressively promoting social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic — including Maryland’s Larry Hogan and Massachusetts’ Charlie Baker — President Donald Trump and much of the right-wing media, from Fox News to AM talk radio, have failed to take the crisis seriously. And according to Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham, some recent studies offer a damning indictment of right-wing media coverage of the pandemic. “In recent weeks,” Ingraham explains, “three studies have focused on conservative media’s role in fostering confusion about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Taken together, they paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect...
    SAN ANTONIO – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic high school and college students have both had to overcome a variety of obstacles. Kaitlyn Valera is not only graduating from UTSA, but she is going back in the fall to get her PhD in biochemistry. “I have a passion for it. I really love it. I love learning new things, “ Varela said. Right now, Varela is working on research that is a combination of biology and chemistry, in the hopes of solving biological problems through chemical processes. Her research is especially important during the pandemic. “It was, just this whole situation, has been crazy. And it was really surprising to find out that hydroxy chloroquine -- the antimalarial...
    The U.S.-based Family Research Council (FRC) has denounced the “bloodbath” taking place in Nigeria, as radical Islamists carry on a largely unreported slaughter of the nation’s Christians. The “dangerous darkness” of radical Islam with its genocidal intentions is sweeping across the African continent and is particularly lethal in Nigeria, Lela Gilbert writes for FRC. In recent decades, “tens of thousands of Nigerians have been slaughtered,” Gilbert writes, and yet “their stories rarely appear in mainstream Western news reports” despite the fact that it is “increasingly clear that another genocide is already taking place.” Gilbert cites a number of the most recent examples of the ongoing carnage, such as the Islamist massacre of 81 people during an attack on Foduma Kolomaiya...
    Only about one-in-six protesters over the last month are black Americans, while the plurality are white, according to Pew Research Center analysis. Though recent protests and riots have been centered around racial tensions with law enforcement, only 17 percent of protesters have been black, while 46 percent are white, 22 percent are Hispanic, and eight percent are Asian, the analysis shows. The data reveals that black Americans are not the largest minority group represented in the protests. (Pew Research Center) The protesters are overwhelmingly Democrats as well. Almost four-in-five of the protesters said they are Democrats or Democrat-leaning voters. Less than 17 percent of the protesters said they are Republicans. Protests in Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon; Washington, D.C.; and New...
    The menopause could make women more prone to Alzheimer’s disease than men, research suggests. Middle-aged women were found to have more early signs of the dementia than men during brain scans – possibly because the menopause reduces their oestrogen level. Researchers compared the women and men in four key areas of brain health to assess their risk of having Alzheimer’s biomarkers – and women scored worse in all of them. New research suggests that women are more prone to Alzheimer's than men due to the menopause reducing their levels of oestrogen Scientists had thought more women got Alzheimer’s because they lived longer. The study involved 85 women and 36 men with an average age of 52 and no cognitive...
    Julia Conley June 25, 2020 2:20AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. New research released Monday indicated that the nationwide anti-police brutality demonstrations which erupted in the U.S. after the killing of George Floyd have not led to widespread transmission of the coronavirus, as some public experts feared they would. The National Bureau of Economic Research used anonymous cell phone data and local CDC information about Covid-19 infection rates since the protests began in late May, to examine the growth in cases in 315 cities. : "We find no evidence that urban protests reignited COVID-19 case growth during the more than...
    The White House abruptly cut off funding to a longstanding program at the National Institutes of Health on bat coronaviruses, Anthony Fauci testified to Congress this week. Speaking at a congressional hearing on the federal response to the COVID-19 crisis, the director of the NIH’s National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that the White House specifically told the NIH to cut funding to what was considered a well-regarded research project. As Ars Technica reported, the cut in funding as well as the disbandment of a pandemic response team has brought criticism to the Trump administration. The report noted that the grant funding the work had been originally funded by the NIH in 2014 and was renewed for another...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Is the coronavirus getting weaker as it spreads through a larger portion of the population? And should we expect it to mutate when the anticipated second wave hits this winter?Those were some of the topics addressed by Dr. Anthony Cardillo, ER specialist and CEO of Mend Urgent Care, in a Skype chat with Eyewitness News.Question: Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says we are still in the first wave of the virus. He also thinks we could see a vaccine by early 2021. What do you think?Cardillo agrees, noting that viruses typically follow a seasonal pattern. The stay-at-home orders have helped to dampen the first wave. Without them, more than...
    Despite initial concerns from health officials, new research suggests that the rise in Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to a spike in coronavirus cases. According to a new study, published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, there was no evidence that coronavirus cases went up during the weeks following the beginning of the protests. They began after the death of George Floyd in May while in the custody of Minneapolis police. A man holds a picture of George Floyd during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 18, 2020 in New York City. Protesters plan to mark Juneteenth with demonstrations against racism and police brutality planned in cities across the country. (Photo...
    People walk along Broadway as the coronavirus keeps financial markets and businesses mostly closed on May 08, 2020 in New York City. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday that the US economy lost 20.5 million jobs in April. This is the largest decline in jobs since the government began tracking the data in 1939. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)Spencer Platt The latest projections from economists for the shape of the recovery have quickly turned into an alphabet soup (V, U, W?), and the rising uncertainty about a coronavirus resurgence is making the task even harder.  One research group with some unusual methods it used to predict the current recession is out with a new outlook.  New research from...
    Coronavirus — Surviving covid-19, a second chance 4:51 . – Despite warnings from public health officials, new research suggests that Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to a rapid increase in coronavirus cases. A new study, released this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, used data from protests in more than 300 of the largest cities in the United States and found no evidence that coronavirus cases increased in the weeks after the start of the protests. In fact, the researchers found that social distancing behaviors actually increased after the protests, as people tried to avoid them entirely. But obviously, during the demonstrations there was a decrease in the social distancing between...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California schools will be taking a closer look at the impact of law enforcement on campuses. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond is set to announce the effort in a virtual press conference Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.We'll be streaming the press conference live here, on Facebook and YouTube.RELATED: Warriors coach Steve Kerr joins protest to end Oakland School Police Department, vote expected tonightThe San Francisco School Board voted Tuesday night to sever its relationship with the police department, Mission Local reported. There are similar proposals under consideration in Oakland and San Jose.The California Department of Education will "accelerate research" into the potential harms caused by police intervention in schools."As communities across the nation call for police reforms in...
    (CNN) — Despite warnings from public health officials, new research suggests Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to a jump in coronavirus cases. A new study, published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, used data on protests from more than 300 of the largest US cities, and found no evidence that coronavirus cases grew in the weeks following the beginning of the protests. In fact, researchers determined that social distancing behaviors actually went up after the protests — as people tried to avoid the protests altogether. But obviously, these demonstrations caused a decrease in social distancing among actual protesters. “Our findings suggest that any direct decrease in social distancing among the subset of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California schools will be taking a closer look at the impact of law enforcement on campuses. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond is set to announce the effort in a virtual press conference Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.We'll be streaming the press conference live here, on Facebook and YouTube.RELATED: Warriors coach Steve Kerr joins protest to end Oakland School Police Department, vote expected tonightThe San Francisco School Board voted Tuesday night to sever its relationship with the police department, Mission Local reported. There are similar proposals under consideration in Oakland and San Jose.The California Department of Education will "accelerate research" into the potential harms caused by police intervention in schools."As communities across the nation call for police reforms in...
    A coalition of AI researchers, data scientists, and sociologists has called on the academic world to stop publishing studies that claim to predict an individual’s criminality using algorithms trained on data like facial scans and criminal statistics. Such work is not only scientifically illiterate, says the Coalition for Critical Technology, but perpetuates a cycle of prejudice against Black people and people of color. Numerous studies show the justice system treats these groups more harshly than white people, so any software trained on this data simply amplifies and entrenches societal bias and racism. Algorithms trained on racist data produce racist results “Let’s be clear: there is no way to develop a system that can predict or identify ‘criminality’ that is...
    (CNN)Despite warnings from public health officials, new research suggests Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to a jump in coronavirus cases.A new study, published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, used data on protests from more than 300 of the largest US cities, and found no evidence that coronavirus cases grew in the weeks following the beginning of the protests.In fact, researchers determined that social distancing behaviors actually went up after the protests -- as people tried to avoid the protests altogether. But obviously, these demonstrations caused a decrease in social distancing among actual protesters. "Our findings suggest that any direct decrease in social distancing among the subset of the population participating in...
    Being obese in your fifties could significantly raise the risk of developing dementia, a study has found. Obesity increased the chances of developing the disease by almost a third compared to those of a healthy weight. The risk was even higher for women with bulging waistlines, according to researchers from University College London. Experts have warned the UK is facing a dementia timebomb unless we do more to tackle obesity.  Britain’s spiralling obesity crisis means two in three adults and one in three children are now overweight or obese (file photo) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Having a genetic mutation linked to dementia may DOUBLE the... Revealed, the reason why obese people may...