New study spotlights influenza virus that could wreak havoc if it adapts to humans
News from ScienceA new finding that Chinese pigs are more and more frequently becoming infected with a strain of influenza that has the potential to jump to humans has infectious disease researchers worldwide taking serious notice.
Technology avoids obstacles by sensing air flow disruptions
News from ScienceSome mosquitoes are able to avoid running into walls, even in complete darkness. Now, researchers have figured out how these pesky insects do this, and they’ve used that information to build a sensor that may one day help keep helicopters safe: fcld.ly/oo0ioghpic.twitter.com/M9ifCsmmEA
Practice linked to royalty around the world found in massive Newgrange tomb
News from ScienceArchaeologists have assumed Newgrange was a ceremonial site and communal tomb—an expression of an egalitarian society.
Now, DNA from a middle-aged man buried in 3200 B.C.E. at the center of this mighty mound suggests otherwise.
Mimics might one day synthesize drug molecules, turbocharge natural photosynthesis
News from ScienceJust like mechanics cobble together old engine parts to build a new roadster, synthetic biologists have remade chloroplasts, the engine at the heart of photosynthesis. #WeekendReads
Company is using genetically modified cows to produce immune proteins that neutralize the pandemic coronavirus
News from ScienceA biotech company has coaxed genetically modified cows to pump out human antibodies that subdue SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen causing the deadly disease, and it plans to start clinical trials of them this summer.
News from ScienceGenetic and epidemiological sleuthing has shown that at least two farm workers in the Netherlands have caught the #coronavirus from mink—the only patients anywhere known to have become infected by animals.
Author partnership is “completely bizarre” and should have been a red flag, former journal editor says
News from ScienceThree unlikely collaborators are at the heart of the fast-moving #COVID19 research scandal, which led to retractions by two journals last week & the withdrawal of an online preprint, after the patient data they all relied on was challenged. fcld.ly/9ndb23i@pulitzercenter
Trust in scientists highest in Northern Europe, Wellcome Global Monitor finds
News from ScienceNearly three-quarters of people worldwide solidly trust scientists, a global survey from last year found, with trust in scientists being the highest in Northern Europe. #ScienceMagArchives
Data on prostate cancer patients, bald men suggest existing drugs could fight COVID-19
News from ScienceMen tend to get sicker from the novel #coronavirus than women, data has shown. Now, scientists investigating how the virus does its deadly work have zeroed in on a possible reason.
Genetic links hint at early migration from North America
News from ScienceAncient DNA suggests the deep history of the Caribbean includes complex tales of migration and mingling, including how descendants of the first waves of inhabitants interacted with newcomers who arrived beginning 2800 years ago.
Malformed spores suggest powerful storms drove ozone loss and led to sterilizing UV radiation
News from ScienceAt the end of the Devonian period 359 million years ago, a mass extinction struck—seemingly without reason. Now, spores from fernlike plants, preserved in ancient lake sediments from eastern Greenland, suggest a culprit—and it's not an asteroid or volcano.