US could see 300,000 deaths by December but toll could fall by 49% if more Americans wore masks, predicts study
US could see 300,000 deaths by December but toll could fall by 49% if more Americans wore masks, predicts study

Covering the face could save as many as 66,000 lives, predicts the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Treating STD: Test can identify which gonorrhea patients are likely to benefit from common, cheap antibiotic
Treating STD: Test can identify which gonorrhea patients are likely to benefit from common, cheap antibiotic

By identifying people who are likely to benefit from a common and inexpensive antibiotic, the screening tool can fight against the spread of multidrug-resistant gonorrhea

Calcium in our bones and teeth likely came from special star explosions, scientists study how process happened
Calcium in our bones and teeth likely came from special star explosions, scientists study how process happened

Thanks to an amateur astronomer, 70 scientists from 15 countries were able to witness this calcium-spewing explosion or supernova in action and study it extensively

People without symptoms have same amount of coronavirus in their bodies as those with signs of disease: Study
People without symptoms have same amount of coronavirus in their bodies as those with signs of disease: Study

The study also supports the theory that patients showing no signs of infection may also transmit the disease but offers no evidence to justify it

Herbivores like rhinos and tortoises face greater risk of extinction than predators, reveals analysis
Herbivores like rhinos and tortoises face greater risk of extinction than predators, reveals analysis

Invasive animals, pollution, and habitat alteration take a higher toll on herbivores, say researchers

Humans outperform AI in identifying earthquakes and tremors from seismic recordings, finds study
Humans outperform AI in identifying earthquakes and tremors from seismic recordings, finds study

This opens up avenues for roping in more citizens to work with geologists

Destroying forests for farming and urban life can upset wildlife balance, trigger Covid-19-like pandemics: Study
Destroying forests for farming and urban life can upset wildlife balance, trigger Covid-19-like pandemics: Study

Researchers noted that animals that carry disease-causing viruses have a higher abundance in areas under human control

Microbes living hundreds of feet below seafloor and using minimal energy may answer whether Mars has life: Study
Microbes living hundreds of feet below seafloor and using minimal energy may answer whether Mars has life: Study

The findings could shed light on the origin of life on Earth and the potential for life elsewhere in the solar system

High levels of toxic pollutants found in stranded whales, dolphins in Florida and North Carolina: Study
High levels of toxic pollutants found in stranded whales, dolphins in Florida and North Carolina: Study

The highest-ever documented levels of toxins such as mercury and arsenic were present in the liver and fat tissue samples of these ocean giants, say researchers

UN chief warns of 'generational catastrophe' as schools across world had to close due to Covid-19 pandemic
UN chief warns of 'generational catastrophe' as schools across world had to close due to Covid-19 pandemic

Nations should prioritize opening up schools once they manage to bring local Covid-19 transmission under control

Did dinosaurs have cancer? Study finds proof of disease in a 77 million-year-old Centrosaurus fossil
Did dinosaurs have cancer? Study finds proof of disease in a 77 million-year-old Centrosaurus fossil

Researchers studied the animal's fossil — the lower leg bone or the fibula — belonged to a horned dinosaur named Centrosaurus apertus

Penis microbes may trigger vaginal infection in female partners, could predict who may develop it: Study
Penis microbes may trigger vaginal infection in female partners, could predict who may develop it: Study

It affects about 29% of American women aged between 14 and 49. If untreated, it can lead to complications during pregnancy and increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases

56% of Covid-19 survivors report mental disorders a month later, women more likely to suffer than men: Study
56% of Covid-19 survivors report mental disorders a month later, women more likely to suffer than men: Study

Of the 402 adults in the study, 28% had post-traumatic stress disorder, 31% had depression, 42% had anxiety, 20% had obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms and 40% had insomnia

Researchers propose turning PPE waste into liquid fuel to curb plastic pollution amid pandemic and save nature
Researchers propose turning PPE waste into liquid fuel to curb plastic pollution amid pandemic and save nature

These renewable liquid fuels are as good as fossil fuels in performance and provide a source of energy

Your hair can say a lot about your diet and socioeconomic status, can be used to assess community health risk
Your hair can say a lot about your diet and socioeconomic status, can be used to assess community health risk

People residing in lower socioeconomic regions appear to be getting their dose of proteins from corn-fed animals, say researchers

SpaceX makes history by transporting NASA astronauts to ISS and back, here's what we have learned so far
SpaceX makes history by transporting NASA astronauts to ISS and back, here's what we have learned so far

After successfully carrying astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS and back, the company now has its eyes set on Mars

This tiny aquatic creature breaks down plastic into nano-sized bits and may transfer them into food chain: Study
This tiny aquatic creature breaks down plastic into nano-sized bits and may transfer them into food chain: Study

They appear to be digesting and breaking down microplastics into nanoplastic which is about a thousand times smaller than a cell

Did meteorites wipe out mammoths? Clues from Texas cave suggest volcanic eruptions may have caused extinction
Did meteorites wipe out mammoths? Clues from Texas cave suggest volcanic eruptions may have caused extinction

Researches claim that volcanic eruptions, along with cooling of the oceans and more snow cover, were the likely culprits

Georgia children's camp that led to 260 positive Covid-19 cases suggests kids likely to spread infection: CDC
Georgia children's camp that led to 260 positive Covid-19 cases suggests kids likely to spread infection: CDC

The incident at the camp, which was held in June, suggests that Covid-19 can 'spread efficiently in a youth-centric overnight setting' despite organizers implementing some protective measures

Sperms don't use eel-like swimming strategy to reach egg, says study that might help diagnose infertility
Sperms don't use eel-like swimming strategy to reach egg, says study that might help diagnose infertility

'This discovery will revolutionize our understanding of sperm motility and its impact on natural fertilization'

NASA Mars 2020 Mission successfully lifts off, rover experiences minor glitches but it's back online now
NASA Mars 2020 Mission successfully lifts off, rover experiences minor glitches but it's back online now

With this, the US has become the third country, after the UAE and China, to set off to the Red Planet this year

First dog to test positive for Covid-19 in US dies, doctors unsure if infection caused German Shepherd's death
First dog to test positive for Covid-19 in US dies, doctors unsure if infection caused German Shepherd's death

On the day of his death, his family learned that he had lymphoma — a type of cancer that affects the immune system's white blood cells

USC fraternity row outbreak: 40 infected with Covid-19 even as universities plan to reopen in the fall
USC fraternity row outbreak: 40 infected with Covid-19 even as universities plan to reopen in the fall

The incident comes after the virus caused similar breakouts across fraternity groups of other universities, raising questions on whether it is possible to keep campuses open and safe

Air pollution poses the biggest risk to human health, could lower life expectancy by nearly two years: Report
Air pollution poses the biggest risk to human health, could lower life expectancy by nearly two years: Report

The effects of pollutants on life expectancy, the researchers said, are much worse than HIV, smoking and even war

NASA plans to send football stadium-sized balloon to the edge of space to study stars, aims for 2023 launch
NASA plans to send football stadium-sized balloon to the edge of space to study stars, aims for 2023 launch

It will carry an 8.4-foot telescope, allowing astronomers back home to study newly-formed stars

Scientists design unproven DIY nasal Covid-19 vaccine and test it on themselves, experts concerned over safety
Scientists design unproven DIY nasal Covid-19 vaccine and test it on themselves, experts concerned over safety

The approach, they believe, is safe and simple. But other experts have expressed their reservations

Gum disease can increase chances of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, says study
Gum disease can increase chances of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, says study

People with the most severe gum disease at the start of the study had about twice the risk after 20 years, say researchers

Revival of marine microbes inactive for over 100 million years questions limits of Earth's habitable space: Study
Revival of marine microbes inactive for over 100 million years questions limits of Earth's habitable space: Study

About 99% of the microbes trapped in sediment deposited 101.5 million years ago were still alive and were ready to eat and multiply, say experts involved in the study

Coronavirus may continue to damage heart even after recovery and its long-term impact must be probed: Study
Coronavirus may continue to damage heart even after recovery and its long-term impact must be probed: Study

Another study found traces of the new coronavirus in the hearts of patients who died of Covid-19

'Boring' volcanoes hide explosive chemicals underground and may cause dangerous eruptions in future: Study
'Boring' volcanoes hide explosive chemicals underground and may cause dangerous eruptions in future: Study

In the future, researchers suspect that these might turn explosive like Washington's Mount St Helens, which is known to explode and spew ash miles away

Why do armpits stink? Study on bacteria that causes pungent body odor could help design effective deodorants
Why do armpits stink? Study on bacteria that causes pungent body odor could help design effective deodorants

Staphylococcus hominis eats a sweat gland compound produced by humans, called Cys-Gly-3M3SH, and releases the foul-smelling thioalcohols as a byproduct

Moderna begins phase 3 trials of potential Covid-19 vaccine, study finds US vaccines to be remarkably safe
Moderna begins phase 3 trials of potential Covid-19 vaccine, study finds US vaccines to be remarkably safe

After showing promising results in the earlier stages of the trial, experts will now test the vaccine, named mRNA-1273, on 30,000 participants

Humans have more than 6,000 thoughts a day, tracking them might help diagnose early signs of ADHD, mania: Study
Humans have more than 6,000 thoughts a day, tracking them might help diagnose early signs of ADHD, mania: Study

Researchers peek into the brains to measure how thoughts jump from one topic to another

Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in coronavirus-hit Texas, two other storms expected in Hawai and the Caribbean
Hurricane Hanna makes landfall in coronavirus-hit Texas, two other storms expected in Hawai and the Caribbean

According to the forecast, Southern Texas and northeastern Mexico could see heavy rainfall. Parts of the lower to middle Texas coastal plain might witness tornadoes

Why are slaughterhouses becoming Covid-19 hotspots? Low temperatures, poor ventilation may aid virus spread
Why are slaughterhouses becoming Covid-19 hotspots? Low temperatures, poor ventilation may aid virus spread

A new report explains why slaughterhouses have become Covid-19 hotspots and suggests that maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet is unlikely to protect people in these spaces

Alien germs in outer space may pose threat to human immune system, create risk for future missions: Study
Alien germs in outer space may pose threat to human immune system, create risk for future missions: Study

The study was conducted on mice cells. Although they are often comparable to what would happen in humans, we can only speculate that human cells would behave in the same way, say experts

Dense human population and dry climate drove mosquitoes to develop an appetite for human blood: Study
Dense human population and dry climate drove mosquitoes to develop an appetite for human blood: Study

By 2050, scientists expect mosquitoes to evolve to bite humans in many big cities

World needs to set apart $30 billion a year to prevent the next pandemic and $15 trillion economic loss: Study
World needs to set apart $30 billion a year to prevent the next pandemic and $15 trillion economic loss: Study

Researchers in a new analysis have called for an investment of about $30 billion every year to protect and monitor our forests and wildlife trade — factors that are driving outbreaks

Scientists spot rare ultraviolet flash that may help unravel how white dwarfs explode and other mysteries
Scientists spot rare ultraviolet flash that may help unravel how white dwarfs explode and other mysteries

The discovery has provided a unique opportunity to uncover how the dark energy shapes the cosmos

Dogs may be using magnetic field to navigate and find their way back home, suggests study
Dogs may be using magnetic field to navigate and find their way back home, suggests study

Researchers have long suspected that dogs carried magnetic compasses in their bodies and they also found that the animals poop in the north-south axis of the magnetic field

US signs $1.95 billion deal with Pfizer to manufacturer 100 million doses of potential Covid-19 vaccine
US signs $1.95 billion deal with Pfizer to manufacturer 100 million doses of potential Covid-19 vaccine

However, the vaccine will have to clear phase 3 trials and obtain emergency approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it is delivered to the public

Melting of Antarctica's Wilkes Basin may cause 4m sea-level rise, akin to ice loss 400,000 years ago: Study
Melting of Antarctica's Wilkes Basin may cause 4m sea-level rise, akin to ice loss 400,000 years ago: Study

A rise in sea level could threaten to submerge coastlines and some cities. The study opens the possibility that sea level may rise more than previously thought

One in 100 women feels less pain during childbirth thanks to a rare gene variant acting as anesthesia: Study
One in 100 women feels less pain during childbirth thanks to a rare gene variant acting as anesthesia: Study

The rare variant of the gene called KCNG4 limits the flow of signals to the brain, thereby reducing pain

Covid-19 measures like social distancing, hand hygiene may reduce polio-like illness among kids in 2020: CDC
Covid-19 measures like social distancing, hand hygiene may reduce polio-like illness among kids in 2020: CDC

Called Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), it weakens the muscles of the body and is believed to be triggered by a common virus

Lunar craters suggest Earth, Moon may have witnessed asteroid shower 800 million years ago: Study
Lunar craters suggest Earth, Moon may have witnessed asteroid shower 800 million years ago: Study

A parent asteroid of 100km diameter may have disintegrated after a collision, triggering the shower which may have brought the crucial life-forming element to Earth

New volcano alert system can predict eruptions 16 hours ahead, give people time to evacuate and help save lives
New volcano alert system can predict eruptions 16 hours ahead, give people time to evacuate and help save lives

The new alert system could have averted the 2019 disaster in New Zealand that killed 21 tourists, researchers said

Three Covid-19 clinical trials show promising preliminary results, increase hope for effective vaccines
Three Covid-19 clinical trials show promising preliminary results, increase hope for effective vaccines

A Phase 3 program is still needed to assess the ability of the vaccine to protect people from Covid-19, say experts

About 60% of American children are not aerobically fit and this can cause long-term health problems: Experts
About 60% of American children are not aerobically fit and this can cause long-term health problems: Experts

Aerobic fitness or cardiorespiratory fitness is the body's ability to provide oxygen to muscles during physical activity

Glue used to hold roads together can release toxins that may harm humans when exposed to sun and rain: Study
Glue used to hold roads together can release toxins that may harm humans when exposed to sun and rain: Study

Researchers hope that engineers will use this information to find a better alternative during paving of roads

Women-led nations saw 6 times fewer Covid-19 deaths as they prioritized 'public health over economic concerns'
Women-led nations saw 6 times fewer Covid-19 deaths as they prioritized 'public health over economic concerns'

Countries with women in command were more successful because they swiftly implemented control measures such as lockdowns and took their people into confidence

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