Colorado River is drying faster than we can imagine threatening over 40M people depending on it: Scientists
Colorado River is drying faster than we can imagine threatening over 40M people depending on it: Scientists

The 1,450-mile waterway is losing 9.3% of its flow for every 1-degree-Celsius in temperature, says a new study

Coronavirus: Men more vulnerable to infection than women; scientists say smoking, poor immunity could be blamed
Coronavirus: Men more vulnerable to infection than women; scientists say smoking, poor immunity could be blamed

Some say women may have a stronger immune response owing to estrogen while others say it could be because men are less likely to seek early medical care

Coronavirus: Numbers dip sharply as China now excludes positive cases with no symptoms from confirmed tally
Coronavirus: Numbers dip sharply as China now excludes positive cases with no symptoms from confirmed tally

Scientists are unhappy and concerned with this changed criteria, stating it could mask the scale of the outbreak as the number of cases from 1,749 on Tuesday dramatically dropped to 394 on Wednesday

Use of common antibiotics like erythromycin in women may lead to heart and genital deformity in babies: Study
Use of common antibiotics like erythromycin in women may lead to heart and genital deformity in babies: Study

These effects apply to women in their first trimester only

Coronavirus: Scientists successfully map part of virus that hijacks human cells, might help with vaccines
Coronavirus: Scientists successfully map part of virus that hijacks human cells, might help with vaccines

The good news is now we know what it looks like, it will be easier to find the most suitable weapon against the virus, say experts

Coronavirus: People showing no signs of infection may carry same amount of virus as those with symptoms
Coronavirus: People showing no signs of infection may carry same amount of virus as those with symptoms

This new study suggests that asymptomatic patients, those showing no symptoms, are also capable of infecting others

Humans responsible for 25-40% more methane emissions from fossil fuels than previously thought: Study
Humans responsible for 25-40% more methane emissions from fossil fuels than previously thought: Study

Placing stricter methane emission regulations on the fossil fuel industry will have the potential to reduce future global warming to a larger extent, says an expert

Coronavirus attacks and damages lungs the same way SARS, MERS did, autopsy shows
Coronavirus attacks and damages lungs the same way SARS, MERS did, autopsy shows

Since doctors barely have access to autopsies or biopsies of the virus's victims, they do not fully understand how the virus attacks the lungs. A new study aims to bridge that gap and help doctors treat patients

Coronavirus: Airport screening tests may be ineffective at stopping infected passengers, say experts
Coronavirus: Airport screening tests may be ineffective at stopping infected passengers, say experts

Screening methods that are only based on checking for symptoms like fever or cough may not succeed at detecting the COVID-19 among travelers, says report

Coronavirus: Bogus sellers advertise healing energy, spells and religious remedies online to cure deadly disease
Coronavirus: Bogus sellers advertise healing energy, spells and religious remedies online to cure deadly disease

COVID-19 has no cure yet even as scientists are testing various approaches including use of HIV drugs

Coronavirus: China ropes in tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, uses drones and AI to track spread of disease
Coronavirus: China ropes in tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, uses drones and AI to track spread of disease

Tech giants are rolling out QR codes meant to collect information and track users

Coronavirus: China starts 'laundering its money', releases $86 billion in new banknotes to replace infected cash
Coronavirus: China starts 'laundering its money', releases $86 billion in new banknotes to replace infected cash

Before January 17 this year, the People’s Bank of China arranged to allocate nearly 600 billion yuan ($86 billion) of new banknotes to the country, said officials during a press conference

Coronavirus: The reasons behind the sudden spike in the number of people infected by the deadly disease in China
Coronavirus: The reasons behind the sudden spike in the number of people infected by the deadly disease in China

A sharp increase in the numbers, with 14,840 people diagnosed, does not mean the outbreak has taken a turn for the worse, says WHO. Most of this was down to Hubei using a broader definition to diagnose people, say experts

Coronavirus: Cambodia welcomes thousands stranded aboard cruise ship that was denied entry by 5 nations
Coronavirus: Cambodia welcomes thousands stranded aboard cruise ship that was denied entry by 5 nations

The passengers were unwelcome in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam, though none of them tested positive for the coronavirus disease

Coronavirus: China launches app to know whether users have come in 'close contact' with the infected
Coronavirus: China launches app to know whether users have come in 'close contact' with the infected

The app will monitor close contacts and alert people if a confirmed or suspected patient is in the vicinity

Coronavirus outbreak: Did a Chinese 'bat expert' actually release the virus from her laboratory in Wuhan?
Coronavirus outbreak: Did a Chinese 'bat expert' actually release the virus from her laboratory in Wuhan?

Shi Zhengli helped hunt the original animal source of SARS and she is being blamed for COVID-19

Coronavirus: US detects its 14th confirmed case as CDC finds that some of its diagnostic test kits are faulty
Coronavirus: US detects its 14th confirmed case as CDC finds that some of its diagnostic test kits are faulty

The CDC, which had earlier developed test kits to diagnose the infection, began dispatching about 200 testing kits to labs across the US and 200 more to over 30 other countries last week

Coronavirus outbreak: Ship of doom with 175 confirmed cases including 24 Americans trapped in Japan's waters
Coronavirus outbreak: Ship of doom with 175 confirmed cases including 24 Americans trapped in Japan's waters

Eight days after the Diamond Princess was quarantined, Japanese authorities have confirmed that 175 people, including 24 Americans, have the infection

Coronavirus outbreak: China reports a decline in cases but could this be due to change in the counting method?
Coronavirus outbreak: China reports a decline in cases but could this be due to change in the counting method?

Chinese authorities might have recently adopted a different method to count the confirmed cases, even though the authorities have asked to take the decline claims with a grain of salt

Coronavirus outbreak: Viral disease officially named Covid-19, but what does it mean and why was it chosen?
Coronavirus outbreak: Viral disease officially named Covid-19, but what does it mean and why was it chosen?

'We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease,' says WHO chief

Coronavirus can survive on ANY surface for nine days and you could get infected just by touching, shows study
Coronavirus can survive on ANY surface for nine days and you could get infected just by touching, shows study

Disinfectants such as alcohol and bleach may cut people's exposure to the virus

Coronavirus super-spreaders pose urgent threat and need to be tracked
Coronavirus super-spreaders pose urgent threat and need to be tracked

While most infected patients usually infect two or three people on an average, superspreaders could infect dozens

China braces for double hit as bird flu outbreaks reported in Shuangqing and Sichuan provinces
China braces for double hit as bird flu outbreaks reported in Shuangqing and Sichuan provinces

The outbreak was reported on a chicken farm in the Shuangqing district of Shaoyang City. Another strain of the virus was found in the Sichuan province as well

Coronavirus outbreak: WHO chief warns that this is just the 'tip of the iceberg' as virus spreads across globe
Coronavirus outbreak: WHO chief warns that this is just the 'tip of the iceberg' as virus spreads across globe

According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the outbreak outside China appeared to be slow at the moment but it could take a turn for the worse

Coronavirus: Pangolins could have transferred deadly Wuhan virus from bats to humans, suggests study
Coronavirus: Pangolins could have transferred deadly Wuhan virus from bats to humans, suggests study

When a team of scientists compared the genes of pangolin coronavirus with the new human coronavirus, they found a whopping 99% match

Coronavirus ground zero: Among first 138 patients, nearly half of infections might have spread in same hospital
Coronavirus ground zero: Among first 138 patients, nearly half of infections might have spread in same hospital

A study finds that over 41% of these patients may have contracted the infection in the hospital itself from another infected patient

Using viagra 100 mg for the first time might lead to 'visual disturbances' for 21 days, warns study
Using viagra 100 mg for the first time might lead to 'visual disturbances' for 21 days, warns study

The study conducted by Dr. Cüneyt Karaarslan in Turkey documents the experiences of 17 first-time users between August of 2017 and March of 2019, aged between 38 and 57 years

Coronavirus outbreak: People who have recovered might catch the infection again, warn Chinese doctors
Coronavirus outbreak: People who have recovered might catch the infection again, warn Chinese doctors

Because coronavirus is a new infection, our bodies do not produce antibodies strong enough to prevent patients from getting sick again, say doctors

Coronavirus outbreak: Chinese doc who was slammed for blowing the whistle on 'SARS-like' disease in December dies
Coronavirus outbreak: Chinese doc who was slammed for blowing the whistle on 'SARS-like' disease in December dies

Dr Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist who worked at the Wuhan Central Hospital, contracted the virus during his work in the fight against the epidemic

A warming planet is pushing bumblebees to extinction in North America and Europe, claims study
A warming planet is pushing bumblebees to extinction in North America and Europe, claims study

'Bumblebees are the best pollinators we have in wild landscapes and the most effective pollinators for crops like tomato, squash, and berries'

Ancient 'monster galaxy' that formed stars in 'huge frenzy' dies mysteriously, scientists baffled
Ancient 'monster galaxy' that formed stars in 'huge frenzy' dies mysteriously, scientists baffled

Named  XMM-2599, the galaxy hosted stars that formed at a high rate and then died. This has left astronomers puzzled as they are yet to understand the factors that led to its quick demise

Coronavirus: Doctors aren't sure newborn who tested positive was infected in the womb or after birth
Coronavirus: Doctors aren't sure newborn who tested positive was infected in the womb or after birth

Doctors speculate that coronavirus might share a common feature with HIV and Zika where pregnant mothers may be able to pass on infection to their babies

Coronavirus: WHO says the Wuhan outbreak is not a pandemic yet, but experts think it could be in the future
Coronavirus: WHO says the Wuhan outbreak is not a pandemic yet, but experts think it could be in the future

The virus is currently considered to be an epidemic with multiple locations. Experts are hoping to extinguish the transmission in each of these locations

Coronavirus: Study claiming people can spread virus without showing symptoms is inaccurate, say experts
Coronavirus: Study claiming people can spread virus without showing symptoms is inaccurate, say experts

Though the paper was flawed, experts think it's too early to write off the idea that people could spread the virus even without experiencing symptoms

Climate change: Greenland's ice sheet melting from below due to Atlantic warm waters, finds study
Climate change: Greenland's ice sheet melting from below due to Atlantic warm waters, finds study

Over the past 50 years, the ice sheet has already lost enough mass to add about half an inch of water to the world’s oceans

Coronavirus outbreak: Drug used to treat first US patient enters human trials in Wuhan
Coronavirus outbreak: Drug used to treat first US patient enters human trials in Wuhan

Reports suggest that about 270 patients with mild and moderate pneumonia caused by the virus will be included in the study

Coronavirus outbreak: China asks world for help as over 20,000 confirmed infections now reported
Coronavirus outbreak: China asks world for help as over 20,000 confirmed infections now reported

China urgently needs medical masks, protective suits and safety goggles, according to authorities

Coronavirus outbreak: Thai doctors use cocktail of HIV and anti-flu drugs to treat patients 'successfully'
Coronavirus outbreak: Thai doctors use cocktail of HIV and anti-flu drugs to treat patients 'successfully'

This is not the cure, but the patient's condition has vastly improved, say experts. From testing positive for 10 days under our care, after applying this combination of medicine, the test result became negative within 48 hours, say doctors

Coronavirus outbreak: WHO, health experts fight 'infodemic' as rumors and myths spiral out of control
Coronavirus outbreak: WHO, health experts fight 'infodemic' as rumors and myths spiral out of control

According to the agency, myths and rumors propagate false prevention measures or cures, which could potentially cause more harm to the public

Coronavirus outbreak: Over 75,800 people may be infected with the deadly virus in Wuhan alone, claims study
Coronavirus outbreak: Over 75,800 people may be infected with the deadly virus in Wuhan alone, claims study

The discrepancy between these estimates of coronavirus infections and reported cases by Chinese authorities could be due to a time lag between infection and appearance of symptoms, delays in infected persons getting medical attention and time taken to confirm cases

US ranks behind Russia in maternal mortality rate, black women fare the worst, show latest estimates
US ranks behind Russia in maternal mortality rate, black women fare the worst, show latest estimates

The maternal mortality rate was 17.4 per 100,000 live births in 2018, indicating that the US would rank 55th among countries listed on WHO's most-recent ranking

Wuhan coronavirus: Human-to-human transmission in China started as early as mid-December, says new study
Wuhan coronavirus: Human-to-human transmission in China started as early as mid-December, says new study

The study suggests that coronavirus began spreading between closely-related people from the middle of December, while Chinese authorities had confirmed this on January 20, almost a month later

Wuhan coronavirus pandemic? WHO declares its 6th global public health emergency, but what does it mean?
Wuhan coronavirus pandemic? WHO declares its 6th global public health emergency, but what does it mean?

What was lacking for them to declare an international emergency were deaths abroad and human-to-human transmission outside of China, occurrences which have been both confirmed. Over 100 cases have been detected across 20 countries so far

Telescope captures the most detailed, turbulent image yet of our Sun:  'Texas-sized cells of boiling plasma'
Telescope captures the most detailed, turbulent image yet of our Sun: 'Texas-sized cells of boiling plasma'

National Science Foundation's Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope will work with NASA/ESA missions and will help scientists uncover the Sun's secrets and predict space weather

Coronavirus: Experts unsure whether current efforts enough to contain the mysterious outbreak successfully
Coronavirus: Experts unsure whether current efforts enough to contain the mysterious outbreak successfully

The more we learn about it, the greater the possibility that the transmission will not be able to be controlled with public health measures, say experts

Coronavirus: Bats likely the source, but other animals may have helped transfer disease to humans, says study
Coronavirus: Bats likely the source, but other animals may have helped transfer disease to humans, says study

Figuring out the animal source could help health experts contain the infection that has sickened over 7,711 people and killed over 170 in China

Psilocybin in magic mushrooms may help reduce depression and anxiety among  cancer patients, finds study
Psilocybin in magic mushrooms may help reduce depression and anxiety among cancer patients, finds study

About 60 to 80 % of participants in the study showed significant reductions in depression or anxiety and improvements in quality of life

Wuhan coronavirus: Did Chinese officials downplay the extent of deadly outbreak in its early stages?
Wuhan coronavirus: Did Chinese officials downplay the extent of deadly outbreak in its early stages?

If reports are to be believed, the officials allegedly told doctors that they were not allowed to report about the new virus

Coronavirus: Australia lab first to grow Wuhan virus outside China, 'breakthrough' in fight against disease
Coronavirus: Australia lab first to grow Wuhan virus outside China, 'breakthrough' in fight against disease

'The discovery will become a critical part of the toolkit to show if vaccines work, as scientists will be able to test any potential vaccine against a lab-grown version of the disease'

Individuals have their own 'normal' heart rate that may vary from others by up to 70 beats per minute: Study
Individuals have their own 'normal' heart rate that may vary from others by up to 70 beats per minute: Study

Healthy people have their heart rates that fall in the range of 60 and 100 bpm. And a value above 100  bpm could signal heart ailments. Experts instead say a sudden change in a person's otherwise consistent heart rate might indicate a health condition

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