Are people with Type A blood group more prone to severe Covid-19? Two studies suggest it is unlikely
Are people with Type A blood group more prone to severe Covid-19? Two studies suggest it is unlikely

These findings stand in contrast to preliminary research, which suggested that individuals with this blood type are more susceptible to the infection

Estrogen in menopausal hormone therapy could protect women over 50 from painful urinary infections, says study
Estrogen in menopausal hormone therapy could protect women over 50 from painful urinary infections, says study

The sex hormone estrogen could be boosting the growth of beneficial bacteria, thereby keeping harmful ones in check, suspect researchers

Human 'challenge trials' can speed up Covid-19 vaccines and save millions, say Nobel laureates and scientists
Human 'challenge trials' can speed up Covid-19 vaccines and save millions, say Nobel laureates and scientists

They wrote an open letter, urging public health bodies to adopt the approach of deliberately infecting young and healthy volunteers to accelerate vaccines

Drug overdose killed 71,000 Americans in 2019 and Covid-19 may make it a lot worse this year, fear experts
Drug overdose killed 71,000 Americans in 2019 and Covid-19 may make it a lot worse this year, fear experts

Of the 50 states, more than 30 have witnessed an increase in overdose deaths in 2019

Fish with ultra-black skin that can swim undetected could help design better cameras, telescopes, says study
Fish with ultra-black skin that can swim undetected could help design better cameras, telescopes, says study

When researchers tried to take the fishes' photos, the images failed to provide information on their features despite using sophisticated cameras and only showed up as black silhouettes

Avoid feeding babies food with added sugar to lower risk of obesity, new US advisory suggests
Avoid feeding babies food with added sugar to lower risk of obesity, new US advisory suggests

In addition to contributing to long-term health, they also play a crucial role in influencing taste preferences and food choices

Trump administration takes control of Covid-19 data from CDC, experts worry about limited info amid pandemic
Trump administration takes control of Covid-19 data from CDC, experts worry about limited info amid pandemic

The HHS has ordered US hospitals to upload daily Covid-19 data on testing, capacity and utilization and patient flows, into a central database, which is inaccessible to the public

White Dwarf star seen zooming across Milky Way after surviving partial supernova: Study
White Dwarf star seen zooming across Milky Way after surviving partial supernova: Study

Researchers from University of Warwick caught this strange star in action, raising the possibility that stellar objects may survive a blast

Covid-19 immunity may wane within months and so does vaccine efficacy, says study on long-term protection
Covid-19 immunity may wane within months and so does vaccine efficacy, says study on long-term protection

An expert thinks that people may need boosters and that a one-shot might not be sufficient

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will overtake those seen 3.3 million years ago by 2025, predicts study
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will overtake those seen 3.3 million years ago by 2025, predicts study

During the warmest phase of the Pliocene epoch, it had between 380 and 420 parts per million carbon dioxide circulating in the atmosphere, which is close to the current estimate of 415 parts per million

Odd gel-like green substance on far side of Moon most likely a rock that melted after meteorite impact: Study
Odd gel-like green substance on far side of Moon most likely a rock that melted after meteorite impact: Study

Scientists also identified the composition of the gel-like substance, thanks to the Visible and Near-Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (VNIS). It studied the light bouncing off the mystery object

People who refuse to follow social distancing or wear masks may have problems with working memory: Study
People who refuse to follow social distancing or wear masks may have problems with working memory: Study

Working memory helps people temporarily store and manage information. It plays a crucial role in carrying out tasks that require intelligence, comprehension, and learning, say experts

People who have episodes of delirium at risk of developing long-term decline in brain abilities, says study
People who have episodes of delirium at risk of developing long-term decline in brain abilities, says study

Delirium affects the brain, resulting in mental confusion and hallucinations and affects people struggling with critical diseases such as Covid-19

Warm North Atlantic Ocean temperatures could lead to increase in devastating hurricanes and forest fires: NASA
Warm North Atlantic Ocean temperatures could lead to increase in devastating hurricanes and forest fires: NASA

In 2005 and 2010, warm Atlantic sea surface temperatures spawned a series of severe hurricanes and triggered record droughts across the southern Amazon that led to widespread forest fires

One in three young adults can suffer from severe Covid-19 and smokers are at a much higher risk, says study
One in three young adults can suffer from severe Covid-19 and smokers are at a much higher risk, says study

Smoking might have a higher impact on studied individuals than other risk factors such as chronic disease or obesity

NASA clears Psyche mission design in major step to explore metal-rich asteroid for clues on Earth's origins
NASA clears Psyche mission design in major step to explore metal-rich asteroid for clues on Earth's origins

The mission, with an August 2022 deadline, will chase and explore an asteroid which scientists believe may be the core of an Earth-like planet

Scientists studying microbes in 'desert' waters of the South Pacific Ocean intrigued by how the organisms adapt
Scientists studying microbes in 'desert' waters of the South Pacific Ocean intrigued by how the organisms adapt

The South Pacific Gyre, which covers 10% of the ocean’s surface, is one of Earth's remotest and least-studied places. The region carries some of the cleanest waters on Earth

Exponential rise in Covid-19 cases pushing US towards 'one of the most unstable times in history', says expert
Exponential rise in Covid-19 cases pushing US towards 'one of the most unstable times in history', says expert

On June 10, the country reported nearly 70,000 new cases, breaking the previous record of more than 46,500 new cases on July 7

NASA updates rules for Moon, Mars missions to ensure Earth's microbes don't hitch a ride with robots, humans
NASA updates rules for Moon, Mars missions to ensure Earth's microbes don't hitch a ride with robots, humans

NASA has reworked its plans to protect the Moon and Mars from microbes and other substances that usually hitch a ride on missions

Cut your chances of type-2 diabetes by eating fruits, veggies and whole grain-rich meals, suggest studies
Cut your chances of type-2 diabetes by eating fruits, veggies and whole grain-rich meals, suggest studies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 34 million Americans are battling the disease and nearly 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes

Humans owe the origins of their teeth to extinct fish that roamed the oceans 400 million years ago: Study
Humans owe the origins of their teeth to extinct fish that roamed the oceans 400 million years ago: Study

The prehistoric organism is named acanthothoracid, a type of armored fish, which gets its name from its appearance: heavy armor wrapping the creature's head and neck

Investing in protecting 30% of world's lands and oceans could reap great economic benefits in future: Report
Investing in protecting 30% of world's lands and oceans could reap great economic benefits in future: Report

The benefits of conserving 30% of world's lands and oceans outweigh the costs at least 5-to-1, say experts

Covid-19 patients with no respiratory symptoms may develop brain complications like delirium and stroke: Study
Covid-19 patients with no respiratory symptoms may develop brain complications like delirium and stroke: Study

Scientists also detected a fatal neurological condition called ADEM, which stands for acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. The study raises concerns over long-term brain damage

Some animals learn how to 'mimic and sound' bigger to increase their chances of attracting mates, finds study
Some animals learn how to 'mimic and sound' bigger to increase their chances of attracting mates, finds study

By sounding louder, they can make themselves appear bigger to others. A new theory suggests that these organisms do so by mimicking other individuals, making them skilled learners

'Fluffy' galaxy 67 million light years from Earth is no longer witnessing star birth at its center, says NASA
'Fluffy' galaxy 67 million light years from Earth is no longer witnessing star birth at its center, says NASA

The galaxy NGC 2775 is classified as a flocculent galaxy, which is a type of spiral galaxy

WHO says bubonic plague situation in China is not 'high risk', here's all you need to know about the disease
WHO says bubonic plague situation in China is not 'high risk', here's all you need to know about the disease

The plague is caused by a bacteria named Yersinia pestis and it spreads through flea and contact with infected animals such as mice, rats, rabbits, marmots and squirrels

Microalgae rich in omega-3 fatty acids could act as an environment-friendly alternative to fish: Study
Microalgae rich in omega-3 fatty acids could act as an environment-friendly alternative to fish: Study

Wild salmon numbers have dropped dramatically in the North Atlantic and the Pacific Northwest, since the late 1980s and these concerns have ignited interest in microalgae

Why are parts of Italian Alps pink? It could be due to ice-melting algae and that's not good, say scientists
Why are parts of Italian Alps pink? It could be due to ice-melting algae and that's not good, say scientists

Scientists are trying to study how they came to colonize the region and also understand their connection with climate change

Anthony Fauci says Covid-19 vaccines likely to offer only 'finite' protection and Americans may need boosters
Anthony Fauci says Covid-19 vaccines likely to offer only 'finite' protection and Americans may need boosters

The US is still knee-deep in the first wave, and a vaccine is likely to provide enough protection to at least take us through that, Fauci said during a live chat with Dr Francis Collins, director of NIH

Pet dogs may help preschoolers develop better social and emotional skills, boost physical activity: Study
Pet dogs may help preschoolers develop better social and emotional skills, boost physical activity: Study

The findings come as the Covid-19 pandemic has upended the lives of toddlers, and experts and parents worry about the costs of losing out on physical activities

Astronomers capture stunning images of cosmic fireworks in our galaxy marking the birth of new stars
Astronomers capture stunning images of cosmic fireworks in our galaxy marking the birth of new stars

Astronomers caught the fireworks in action in a cluster located in the Carina region of the Milky Way using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

FDA chief Stephen Hahn refuses to comment on Trump's claim that 99% Covid-19 cases are 'harmless'
FDA chief Stephen Hahn refuses to comment on Trump's claim that 99% Covid-19 cases are 'harmless'

But he added that by not following local, state, CDC and White House task force guidelines, Americans are putting themselves and their loved ones at risk

Humpback whales' swimming speed, feeding and resting behaviors disrupted by loud tourist boats: Study
Humpback whales' swimming speed, feeding and resting behaviors disrupted by loud tourist boats: Study

Behavioral biologist Dr. David Lusseau told MEAWW that the only way towards 'sustainable tourism' is to ensure boats make less noise

Moon has higher reserves of iron, titanium and other metals than Earth, raises questions on its formation
Moon has higher reserves of iron, titanium and other metals than Earth, raises questions on its formation

Scientists stumbled upon the metal reserves while looking for ice buried in the moon's craters

62-year-old Covid-19 patient has an erection for four hours, doctors suspect blood clots are to blame
62-year-old Covid-19 patient has an erection for four hours, doctors suspect blood clots are to blame

The erection was painful and unrelated to sexual interest or stimulation. It was, rather, a medical condition called priapism which could lead to erectile dysfunction if untreated

Amazon rainforest fires rage at 13-year record high in June, likely to worsen in next 3 months
Amazon rainforest fires rage at 13-year record high in June, likely to worsen in next 3 months

According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have given some people a free pass as the first five months of 2020 saw 34% higher deforestation

Mars 2020: NASA's ambitious mission delayed again, launch expected before window closes for 2 years on August 15
Mars 2020: NASA's ambitious mission delayed again, launch expected before window closes for 2 years on August 15

A technical snag forced the US space agency to re-schedule the launch between July 30 and August 15

Americans who stayed home before lockdown orders kicked in may have helped save lives, says study
Americans who stayed home before lockdown orders kicked in may have helped save lives, says study

The study, however, suffers from a few limitations, including the fact that it could not differentiate if people stepped out to visit a park, which is a low-risk setting or a high-risk grocery store

Drugs, medical devices can contain harmful chemicals linked to cancer and other health issues: Experts
Drugs, medical devices can contain harmful chemicals linked to cancer and other health issues: Experts

Experts worry that endocrine-disrupting chemicals might nullify the benefits of drugs by lowering their efficiency or increasing their side effects

Over 350 elephants die mysteriously in Africa's Botswana, poisoning or an unknown pathogen could be culprits
Over 350 elephants die mysteriously in Africa's Botswana, poisoning or an unknown pathogen could be culprits

Trafficking may not be behind the mass deaths because their tusks stayed intact, said an official

US buys full 3-month global stock of Covid-19 drug remdesivir, leaves almost nothing for rest of the world
US buys full 3-month global stock of Covid-19 drug remdesivir, leaves almost nothing for rest of the world

However, a potential Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTechs has also shown promise in its early human trials

National face mask mandate for Covid-19 can replace lockdown and save economy from 5% GDP loss, economists say
National face mask mandate for Covid-19 can replace lockdown and save economy from 5% GDP loss, economists say

Goldman Sachs analyzed that official orders could raise the fraction of Americans using protective gear by 15% and reduce Covid-19 growth rate by 1%

Monster star mysteriously disappears, scientists suspect it turned into black hole without going supernova
Monster star mysteriously disappears, scientists suspect it turned into black hole without going supernova

It would be highly unusual for such a massive star, 2.5 million times brighter than the Sun, to disappear without producing a bright supernova explosion, say the authors

Fauci warns US could report 100k Covid-19 cases a day if country doesn't take necessary steps to curb spread
Fauci warns US could report 100k Covid-19 cases a day if country doesn't take necessary steps to curb spread

Before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Dr Anthony Fauci said he was not satisfied with what’s going on, adding that the country is not in total control

Moderate consumption of alcohol can lead to better mental status, word recall and vocabulary, study shows
Moderate consumption of alcohol can lead to better mental status, word recall and vocabulary, study shows

Researchers also linked light to moderate drinking to slower decline in brain functions and lower risk of developing heart disease

What's going on with giant star Betelgeuse? Scientists play down supernova fears
What's going on with giant star Betelgeuse? Scientists play down supernova fears

These features are similar to sunspots, which appear as dark regions on our Sun's surface

How much does Gilead's Covid-19 drug remdesivir cost? Priced at $3,120 for US patients with insurance
How much does Gilead's Covid-19 drug remdesivir cost? Priced at $3,120 for US patients with insurance

For government programs in the US such as Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense hospitals, the cost stands at $2,340

Scientists have mapped a fifth of Earth's ocean floor, here's how it may help in understanding climate change
Scientists have mapped a fifth of Earth's ocean floor, here's how it may help in understanding climate change

Mapping the seafloor has applications that stretch far beyond avoiding accidents, from understanding tsunamis to the management of fisheries

Eating one or two servings of fish a week may protect older women from brain-damaging effects of air pollution
Eating one or two servings of fish a week may protect older women from brain-damaging effects of air pollution

Since environmental pollution is unavoidable, the study reveals how a healthy diet could reduce the adverse effects of air pollution on cognitive decline and neurodegeneration, an expert told MEAWW

Pregnant women might be able to pass on Covid-19 to their fetus, but such transmission is still rare: Study
Pregnant women might be able to pass on Covid-19 to their fetus, but such transmission is still rare: Study

The researchers from Italy found traces of the new coronavirus in samples of umbilical cord blood, the placenta and breast milk. But they do not know if the virus was infectious

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