Is US heading towards another drug crisis? Meth-related deaths have increased five-fold in 7 years, says study
Is US heading towards another drug crisis? Meth-related deaths have increased five-fold in 7 years, says study

The sharpest rise in number of deaths has been among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Six asteroids will zip past Earth on Joe Biden's inauguration day, but none pose a threat
Six asteroids will zip past Earth on Joe Biden's inauguration day, but none pose a threat

At its closest point to Earth, 2021 BK1 could be roughly 297,600 miles away from Earth on January 20 

Are kids with autism at high risk for mental health conditions? Nearly 78% suffer from one, finds study
Are kids with autism at high risk for mental health conditions? Nearly 78% suffer from one, finds study

Co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety, attention, mood and behavior disorders are a part of this burden, but a population-based prevalence estimate has been lacking

What is TOI-561b? 50% larger than Earth, this Super-Earth is one of the oldest rocky planets yet discovered
What is TOI-561b? 50% larger than Earth, this Super-Earth is one of the oldest rocky planets yet discovered

It orbits the star, TOI-561, whose existence shows that the universe has been forming rocky planets almost since its inception 14 billion years ago

How dark is space? Universe may have fewer galaxies than scientists previously estimated, finds study
How dark is space? Universe may have fewer galaxies than scientists previously estimated, finds study

Analysis reveals that unseen galaxies are less plentiful than some theoretical studies suggested, numbering only in the hundreds of billions rather than the previously reported two trillion galaxies

Who is Rochelle Walensky? Incoming CDC chief warns of ‘dark weeks’ and 500,000 Covid-19 deaths in US by mid-Feb
Who is Rochelle Walensky? Incoming CDC chief warns of ‘dark weeks’ and 500,000 Covid-19 deaths in US by mid-Feb

Rochelle Walensky's projection comes even as experts have warned that the UK coronavirus variant will likely become the dominant strain in the US by March and worsen the pandemic

What happened to NASA’s ‘mole’? Mars digger intended to take planet’s temperature declared dead by scientists
What happened to NASA’s ‘mole’? Mars digger intended to take planet’s temperature declared dead by scientists

The probe was attempting to burrow into the Martian surface since February 28, 2019

How hot was 2020? Record-breaking heat is just the start as NASA warns it is ‘precursor of more to come’
How hot was 2020? Record-breaking heat is just the start as NASA warns it is ‘precursor of more to come’

Earth’s average temperature has risen by more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit or 1.2 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century

Why did SpaceX Dragon have 12 bottles of French wine and 320 grapevines in its cargo while returning to Earth?
Why did SpaceX Dragon have 12 bottles of French wine and 320 grapevines in its cargo while returning to Earth?

Scientists hope that their investigation will lead to discovering how to produce wine in harsher environments, and more importantly, how to adapt agriculture to the climate of tomorrow

Were ‘Game of Thrones' dire wolves real? Here's why the beasts went extinct and they looked way different
Were ‘Game of Thrones' dire wolves real? Here's why the beasts went extinct and they looked way different

Scientists suggest that dire wolves were so different from other canine species like coyotes and grey wolves that they were not able to breed with each other

What’s a quasar? Astronomical discovery could reveal how massive black holes, galaxies formed in early universe
What’s a quasar? Astronomical discovery could reveal how massive black holes, galaxies formed in early universe

Powered by the earliest known supermassive black hole, J0313-1806 dates back to 670 million years after the Big Bang

Is SLS NASA's most powerful rocket? Next-gen vehicle for manned Moon mission is taller than Statue of Liberty
Is SLS NASA's most powerful rocket? Next-gen vehicle for manned Moon mission is taller than Statue of Liberty

The agency is targeting January 16 for the final test in the testing series for the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket that will launch the Artemis I mission

Is Earth spinning faster than it has in decades? Planet recorded 28 fastest days in 2020, here's what it means
Is Earth spinning faster than it has in decades? Planet recorded 28 fastest days in 2020, here's what it means

Researchers who monitor the Earth's rotational speed also predict that 2021 could be even shorter

Did NASA’s Juno detect an FM signal from one of Jupiter’s moons? Scientists say electrons behind it, 'not ET'
Did NASA’s Juno detect an FM signal from one of Jupiter’s moons? Scientists say electrons behind it, 'not ET'

The agency extended Juno's mission after an independent review panel found that Juno has 'produced exceptional science' and recommended NASA continue it

Did 2020 shatter records for most number of disasters in US? Weather calamities caused $95 billion in damages
Did 2020 shatter records for most number of disasters in US? Weather calamities caused $95 billion in damages

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there were 22 separate weather and climate disasters, shattering the previous record of 16 events in 2017 and 2011

What is 'triple conjunction'? How to watch Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn aligned closest to each other this weekend
What is 'triple conjunction'? How to watch Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn aligned closest to each other this weekend

The spectacular trio of planets will be contained within a 5-degree circle from January 8 to January 11, appearing closest together on Sunday evening, January 10

What is SPHEREx? NASA’s ambitious mission to unravel Big Bang mystery scheduled to launch between 2024 and 2025
What is SPHEREx? NASA’s ambitious mission to unravel Big Bang mystery scheduled to launch between 2024 and 2025

SPHEREx will survey hundreds of millions of galaxies near and far, some so distant their light has taken 10 billion years to reach Earth

Do we live in a simulation? Here’s a look at what this means and what scientists have to say
Do we live in a simulation? Here’s a look at what this means and what scientists have to say

In 2003, a British philosopher put forth the notion that the universe we live in might be a computer simulation

What's 'hegemonic masculinity'? Here's why Donald Trump supporters believe men must be tough, dominant
What's 'hegemonic masculinity'? Here's why Donald Trump supporters believe men must be tough, dominant

The findings suggest that while the US may be ready for a female president, an active rejection of such an ideology may need to happen first

What are Near-Earth Objects? 5 asteroids set to zip past the planet on January 6 and two of them are massive
What are Near-Earth Objects? 5 asteroids set to zip past the planet on January 6 and two of them are massive

The bigger of the two, 2008 AF4, is estimated to be 310 meters to 680 meters in diameter. It is speeding through space at the astronomical speed of 10.98 kilometers per second

What’s CAL.20C? New Covid-19 strain in LA may be behind dramatic rise in Southern California cases: Study
What’s CAL.20C? New Covid-19 strain in LA may be behind dramatic rise in Southern California cases: Study

Researchers are yet to determine whether the local variant is more deadly than current forms of the coronavirus

Can fried food increase your risk of heart disease, stroke? Just 114g weekly serving can be bad, warns study
Can fried food increase your risk of heart disease, stroke? Just 114g weekly serving can be bad, warns study

Compared with the lowest category of weekly fried food consumption, the highest was associated with a 28% increased risk of major cardiovascular events

What is L452R? Here’s what we know about Covid-19 strain linked to several outbreaks in California
What is L452R? Here’s what we know about Covid-19 strain linked to several outbreaks in California

According to public health officials, it is too soon to know if this Covid-19 variant will spread more rapidly than others 

How did China and WHO fail to control Covid-19? Pandemic probe panel blames 'lost opportunities' in early stages
How did China and WHO fail to control Covid-19? Pandemic probe panel blames 'lost opportunities' in early stages

Public health measures could have been applied 'more forcefully' by local and national health authorities in China in January, suggest experts

Will Covid-19 reduce the life expectancy of Americans? Study projects it will be shortened by more than a year
Will Covid-19 reduce the life expectancy of Americans? Study projects it will be shortened by more than a year

Estimated reductions for the Black and Latino populations are 3 to 4 times that for Whites

Has the US run out of Covid-19 vaccines? Shocking report suggests stockpile with reserve doses no longer exists
Has the US run out of Covid-19 vaccines? Shocking report suggests stockpile with reserve doses no longer exists

Despite a previously stated strategy of holding back some vaccine doses to ensure people can get their second shot, the Trump administration started releasing its reserve doses in December 2020

Who is David Kessler? Joe Biden taps ex FDA chief to lead Covid vaccine program, will rename Operation Warp Speed
Who is David Kessler? Joe Biden taps ex FDA chief to lead Covid vaccine program, will rename Operation Warp Speed

Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the 'Operation Warp Speed' name will be retired, however, she did not say what the new name will be

Why injecting magic mushrooms can be fatal? Fungus grows in blood as man mainlines 'mushroom tea' into vein
Why injecting magic mushrooms can be fatal? Fungus grows in blood as man mainlines 'mushroom tea' into vein

Researchers said he boiled the mushrooms in water, filtered the liquid using a cotton swab before 'directly injecting' the solution into his veins

What is the 'Columbus strain'? New Covid-19 variant discovered in Ohio likely more infectious, says study
What is the 'Columbus strain'? New Covid-19 variant discovered in Ohio likely more infectious, says study

This variant has acquired three other gene mutations, which were not previously seen together in the novel coronavirus

Are colleges Covid-19 superspreaders? Cases went up by 56% in counties where classes were in person, says CDC
Are colleges Covid-19 superspreaders? Cases went up by 56% in counties where classes were in person, says CDC

A Stanford University analysis shows in 17 of the campuses monitored, outbreaks translated directly into peaks of infection within their home counties

Can oral sex at a young age give you mouth and throat cancer? Shocking new study issues warning
Can oral sex at a young age give you mouth and throat cancer? Shocking new study issues warning

Having more than 10 prior oral sex partners was also linked with a 4.3-times greater likelihood of having human papillomavirus-related cancer

How long do Covid-19 symptoms linger? People suffer from at least one of them even after 6 months, finds study
How long do Covid-19 symptoms linger? People suffer from at least one of them even after 6 months, finds study

Fatigue or muscle weakness is the most common symptom, with sleep difficulties and anxiety or depression also frequently reported

Gorillas at San Diego zoo test positive for Covid-19, here’s what’s known about first such case in great apes
Gorillas at San Diego zoo test positive for Covid-19, here’s what’s known about first such case in great apes

It is believed the gorillas may have been infected by a staff member who did not have symptoms of the virus

Why are Americans still unsure about Covid-19 vaccine? Rural residents among most hesitant to get shots: Poll
Why are Americans still unsure about Covid-19 vaccine? Rural residents among most hesitant to get shots: Poll

About a third or 35% of Americans living in rural areas say they probably or definitely would not get a Covid-19 shot, compared to about a quarter of suburban (27%) and urban residents (26%)

Does the US have a new fast-spreading and highly infectious Covid-19 variant? Here’s what the CDC has to say
Does the US have a new fast-spreading and highly infectious Covid-19 variant? Here’s what the CDC has to say

'This fall/winter surge has been at nearly twice the rate of rise of cases as the spring/ summer surges. This acceleration suggests there may be a US variant,' the WH task force document said

Can opioid usage lead to pancreatic cancer? Study suggests drug consumption may be a risk factor
Can opioid usage lead to pancreatic cancer? Study suggests drug consumption may be a risk factor

Opioid usage, estimated by opioid death rates, may partially explain the uptrend of pancreatic cancer rates in the US at the national as well as the state levels over time, says the research team

What are pandemic pods? 'Social bubbles’ may offer relief from loneliness but there are risks, warn scientists
What are pandemic pods? 'Social bubbles’ may offer relief from loneliness but there are risks, warn scientists

If a pod is small and contained, then you should have less likelihood of infection and a greater ability to respond quickly to reduce spread

How do allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccine in the US compare with those from flu shots? CDC has an answer
How do allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccine in the US compare with those from flu shots? CDC has an answer

The rate of such reactions for coronavirus vaccine is 11.1 cases per million doses given, while it is 1.3 per million for flu vaccines

What is brown fat? Study suggests people who have it are less likely to suffer from many health conditions
What is brown fat? Study suggests people who have it are less likely to suffer from many health conditions

The analysis, for example, shows that 4.6% had type 2 diabetes, compared with 9.5% of people who did not have detectable brown fat

What is a Covid-19 vaccine passport? Here's how these health passes will help facilitate international travel
What is a Covid-19 vaccine passport? Here's how these health passes will help facilitate international travel

They are currently in development, and have, so far, taken the form of mobile apps

Are there diseases deadlier than Covid-19? Here are 10 that may cause the next pandemic, warn experts
Are there diseases deadlier than Covid-19? Here are 10 that may cause the next pandemic, warn experts

Scientists warn that even after the current pandemic is under control, the potential for others is ‘very real’

Urinary tract infection: All you need to know about risk factors, symptoms of a UTI and when to seek medical help
Urinary tract infection: All you need to know about risk factors, symptoms of a UTI and when to seek medical help

Your age, habits or health conditions can make a UTI occurrence more likely, and women are at higher risk than men

What is ephebophilia? Allegations against Carson King shed light on condition that often flies under the radar
What is ephebophilia? Allegations against Carson King shed light on condition that often flies under the radar

A 2008 analysis had found significant differences between pedophile and ephebophile offenders regarding their personal history and offending behaviors

Did the Covid-19 pandemic impact climate change? NASA images capture all the extreme weather events of 2020
Did the Covid-19 pandemic impact climate change? NASA images capture all the extreme weather events of 2020

Heatwaves, hurricanes, wildfires, droughts and floods continued to disrupt life for people across the globe, besides the challenges brought by Covid-19

How dangerous is the UK Covid-19 strain? Here’s a full list of US states where it has been found so far
How dangerous is the UK Covid-19 strain? Here’s a full list of US states where it has been found so far

New York has become the fourth state to identify the highly-contagious UK Covid-19 strain and this variant was found in a man in his 60s with no travel history

Who is Dr Moncef Slaoui? Here's why Operation Warp Speed advisor wants to cut Covid-19 vaccines doses in half
Who is Dr Moncef Slaoui? Here's why Operation Warp Speed advisor wants to cut Covid-19 vaccines doses in half

On May 15, he was named chief advisor of Operation Warp Speed, which is designed to accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of coronavirus vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics

Why are America’s rivers turning yellow? Shocking new study sheds light on the slow death of country's waterways
Why are America’s rivers turning yellow? Shocking new study sheds light on the slow death of country's waterways

One-third of rivers had significant color shifts over the last 35 years

What is the Quadrantid meteor shower? Here's how you can view the celestial light show
What is the Quadrantid meteor shower? Here's how you can view the celestial light show

Unlike most meteor showers which originate from comets, the Quadrantids originate from an asteroid: asteroid 2003 EH1. Asteroid 2003 EH1 takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once

Can cheese and wine help reduce cognitive decline? Study suggests it may be possible
Can cheese and wine help reduce cognitive decline? Study suggests it may be possible

Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating or making decisions that affect their everyday life

How many Americans have got Covid-19 vaccine? Just 1M instead of 20M goal for December: 'Slower than we thought'
How many Americans have got Covid-19 vaccine? Just 1M instead of 20M goal for December: 'Slower than we thought'

It is unlikely that the US will meet the original goal of having 20M people vaccinated by December 2020-end

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