What do 'hot Jupiters' look like? Scientists say exoplanets may have clouds made of titanium or molten sand
What do 'hot Jupiters' look like? Scientists say exoplanets may have clouds made of titanium or molten sand

For comparison, Earth has water vapor, and Venus has sulfuric acid and carbon dioxide

Climate change transforming forests worldwide, leading to increase in shorter and younger trees: Study
Climate change transforming forests worldwide, leading to increase in shorter and younger trees: Study

This trend is likely to continue with climate warming. A future planet with fewer large, old forests will be very different than what we have grown accustomed to, says an expert

Sixth mass extinction picks up pace, threatening to wipe out over 500 species in next 20 years
Sixth mass extinction picks up pace, threatening to wipe out over 500 species in next 20 years

Human-induced actions such as climate change, wildlife trade, pollution, habitat loss and the use of toxic substances have brought many species to the brink of extinction

Mars had a bigger moon that formed a ring around the Red Planet billions of years ago, suggests new evidence
Mars had a bigger moon that formed a ring around the Red Planet billions of years ago, suggests new evidence

The study supports a 2017 theory: generations of Martian moons were destroyed into rings which would then give rise to a new, smaller moon to repeat the cycle all over again

Scientists claim they have identified the cleanest air on Earth over the Southern Ocean near Antarctica
Scientists claim they have identified the cleanest air on Earth over the Southern Ocean near Antarctica

In a new study, scientists have detected an atmospheric region over the Southern Ocean that's free of human-induced pollutants or aerosols: tiny particles that escape into the air when fossil fuel is burned

Space X's Crew Dragon successfully docks at ISS as astronauts Doug and Bob name spacecraft Endeavour
Space X's Crew Dragon successfully docks at ISS as astronauts Doug and Bob name spacecraft Endeavour

American astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken made it to the space station at 10.16 am EDT on May 31 in just over 19 hours after blasting off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Humans may have to modify their DNA to survive hostile conditions on Mars, say experts
Humans may have to modify their DNA to survive hostile conditions on Mars, say experts

The subject is controversial as it raises a lot of ethical concerns. Researchers will have to spend decades studying the effects of gene editing before applying it to humans, they say.

Dr Fauci to go hiking on Memorial Day as he urges Americans to 'go out' while maintaining social distancing
Dr Fauci to go hiking on Memorial Day as he urges Americans to 'go out' while maintaining social distancing

Dr Anthony Fauci advised Americans to wear face masks and maintain a six-feet distance while staying outdoors

Trump says he won't close the country even if there is a second wave of Covid-19: 'We can put out the fires'
Trump says he won't close the country even if there is a second wave of Covid-19: 'We can put out the fires'

Trump's remarks come even as experts express caution over the reopening of all 50 states, which they feel can ignite the second wave

Newborns should be tested if mothers are Covid-19 positive or suspected to be infected: CDC
Newborns should be tested if mothers are Covid-19 positive or suspected to be infected: CDC

The advisory follows a few case reports which suggest that infants are at higher risk of suffering from severe forms of infections than older children

People in social isolation face 40% more risk of stroke or heart attack, says report
People in social isolation face 40% more risk of stroke or heart attack, says report

Studies have linked loneliness with about 50% increased risk of dementia. It is also associated with poorer mental health

USS Theodore Roosevelt: Study finds 60% of  sailors have antibodies against Covid-19, hinting at short-term immunity
USS Theodore Roosevelt: Study finds 60% of sailors have antibodies against Covid-19, hinting at short-term immunity

The report on Covid-19 outbreak on USS Theodore Roosevelt shows how Covid-19 affects the young and healthy

Mining sites in 18 countries hit hard by Covid-19 after they were deemed essential by governments: Report
Mining sites in 18 countries hit hard by Covid-19 after they were deemed essential by governments: Report

Experts reject the central claim that mining represents an essential service either now or for the period of economic recovery

Social bubbles can delay spread of Covid-19 and be effective during post-lockdown era, says study
Social bubbles can delay spread of Covid-19 and be effective during post-lockdown era, says study

Social bubbles aka pods or Quaran-teams allow people to bond in groups but reduce contact outside it

Persistent negative thoughts may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease but meditation may help, new study shows
Persistent negative thoughts may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease but meditation may help, new study shows

As per the study, repetitive negative thoughts were linked with two Alzheimer's features: a decline in mental abilities and an increase in harmful brain proteins that causes the degenerative disease

California braces for tough wildfire season as Covid-19 pandemic causes $54-billion budget deficit
California braces for tough wildfire season as Covid-19 pandemic causes $54-billion budget deficit

Many programs designed to safeguard communities and homes to wildfire incidents have been put on hold as the state faces a $54-billion budget deficit due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis

Critically-sick Covid-19 patients have blood 95% thicker than normal increasing chances of blood clots: Study
Critically-sick Covid-19 patients have blood 95% thicker than normal increasing chances of blood clots: Study

Blood clotting could also explain why some people have low levels of oxygen in the blood and why mechanical ventilators do not help them

WHO advises fabric face masks for general public, but warns not to neglect hand hygiene and social distancing
WHO advises fabric face masks for general public, but warns not to neglect hand hygiene and social distancing

WHO recommends masking up while using public transport, in shops or other confined or crowded environment

From gargling bleach to putting it in food, survey shows a third of Americans misuse the chemical amid pandemic
From gargling bleach to putting it in food, survey shows a third of Americans misuse the chemical amid pandemic

Researchers surveyed 502 adults on May 4, soon after Trump suggested research on injecting disinfectants to ward off the disease

20,000 tonnes of oil spills into Arctic river, experts warn recovery could take years
20,000 tonnes of oil spills into Arctic river, experts warn recovery could take years

The Russian Investigative Committee (SK) has launched a criminal case over the pollution and alleged negligence

Restricting superspreading events important to slow down spread of coronavirus: Study
Restricting superspreading events important to slow down spread of coronavirus: Study

Superspreading events are happening more than we expected, more than what could be explained by chance

Nicotine patches and gum meant to help quit smoking may promote brain tumors in lung cancer patients: Study
Nicotine patches and gum meant to help quit smoking may promote brain tumors in lung cancer patients: Study

A compound named parthenolide, found in at high levels in the medicinal herb Feverfew, may keep lung cancer cells from migrating to the brain

Emergency room visits drop by 42% in US amid pandemic, CDC warns it may lead to complications and death
Emergency room visits drop by 42% in US amid pandemic, CDC warns it may lead to complications and death

They recommend that people seek medical care virtually or dial helplines whenever needed to minimize the chances of catching or spreading the disease

Trump administration shortlists five potential coronavirus vaccines as part of Operation Warp Speed
Trump administration shortlists five potential coronavirus vaccines as part of Operation Warp Speed

The five vaccines on the list are reportedly from US-based Moderna, a combined effort of Oxford University and AstraZeneca, and three big pharma companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Pfizer

FDA to allow small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals in sanitizers to meet demand amid coronavirus pandemic
FDA to allow small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals in sanitizers to meet demand amid coronavirus pandemic

FDA introduced new regulations to provide clarity on impurity limits for manufacturers. They will specify interim levels of certain impurities that can be tolerated for a relatively short period of time

Coronavirus testing sites shut across several US states as protests over George Floyd's death rage on
Coronavirus testing sites shut across several US states as protests over George Floyd's death rage on

A pause on testing could nullify some of the progress the country has made in controlling the coronavirus, fear experts

Single 'magic bullet' treatment for Covid-19 unlikely as FDA proposes cocktail of drugs to fight disease
Single 'magic bullet' treatment for Covid-19 unlikely as FDA proposes cocktail of drugs to fight disease

Drugs that block the virus from entering or multiplying could come in handy for patients with mild disease. For severe conditions, experts could use medications that tone down harmful immune reactions

George Floyd protests could increase US coronavirus cases as thousands ignore social distancing: Officials
George Floyd protests could increase US coronavirus cases as thousands ignore social distancing: Officials

With people on the streets, clashing with the police and even looting stores, authorities decided to shut down testing centers in Los Angeles on May 30

Coronavirus infections among young in Washington did not decline, study blames absence of messaging
Coronavirus infections among young in Washington did not decline, study blames absence of messaging

From March 1 to April 19, 2020, the number of new coronavirus cases began showing a dramatic shift: a 10% decrease in cases among age 60 years and older, and a 20% increase in people under 40

Human noses play host to beneficial bacteria, experts consider using them to make probiotics
Human noses play host to beneficial bacteria, experts consider using them to make probiotics

These microorganisms may guard against allergies and chronic rhinosinusitis – a condition that causes pain and swelling in the sinuses and nasal cavity, the researchers said

About 10% of Covid-19 patients with diabetes died and 20% required ventilator support: Study
About 10% of Covid-19 patients with diabetes died and 20% required ventilator support: Study

The team also investigated whether drugs for diabetes or other complications resulting from abnormal blood sugar levels placed people at higher risk of severe infection and death

Blood plasma therapy may reduce need for oxygen support in Covid-19 patients, suggests study
Blood plasma therapy may reduce need for oxygen support in Covid-19 patients, suggests study

Plasma therapy otherwise called Convalescent plasma transfusion uses antibodies extracted from the survivors' blood to target the new coronavirus

US money funding website that claims Covid-19 pandemic is fake and vaccines are bioweapons, says report
US money funding website that claims Covid-19 pandemic is fake and vaccines are bioweapons, says report

The US state department funded the initiative to encourage democracy in the former Soviet Republic. Instead, it is spinning a false and dangerous narrative around the pandemic

Americans could suffer a second wave of anxiety called 'adjustment disorder' as states reopen, warn experts
Americans could suffer a second wave of anxiety called 'adjustment disorder' as states reopen, warn experts

Adjustment disorder stems from high-stress levels triggered by a sudden change such as loss of work, and being thrust into or out of a lockdown fits the bill too

Effective testing and tracing Covid-19 cases can reduce lost working hours by almost 50%, says ILO report
Effective testing and tracing Covid-19 cases can reduce lost working hours by almost 50%, says ILO report

The ILO study estimates that countries with a robust testing and tracking system in place have lost only 7% working hours, compared to 14% in countries on the other end of the spectrum

Republicans 10 times more likely to say Covid-19 death count is overestimated, shows survey
Republicans 10 times more likely to say Covid-19 death count is overestimated, shows survey

The flu kills 0.1% of those infected, meaning one out of 1,000 patients dies from the disease. Covid-19 is far deadlier: it has a death rate of 5.9% in the US

Boeing and Airbus to study how Covid-19 moves onboard and if UV light, self-cleaning material can stop spread
Boeing and Airbus to study how Covid-19 moves onboard and if UV light, self-cleaning material can stop spread

The two giants are teaming up with academics, engineers and medical experts to better understand potential risks

US pharmacies push for flu vaccines after several experts predict there may be second Covid-19 wave in fall
US pharmacies push for flu vaccines after several experts predict there may be second Covid-19 wave in fall

This comes after a poll found that about 60% of Americans are willing to get flu shots in fall

US in early stages of Covid-19 outbreak, says expert as death toll nears 100,000: 'We're not anywhere near done'
US in early stages of Covid-19 outbreak, says expert as death toll nears 100,000: 'We're not anywhere near done'

Dr Ashish Jha said that the projections show that the US might witness 70,000 to 100,000 fatalities between now and the end of the summer

Covid-19 has infected over 62,000 US healthcare workers and 291 have died but CDC warns numbers are higher
Covid-19 has infected over 62,000 US healthcare workers and 291 have died but CDC warns numbers are higher

The analysis is based on only 21.3% who said they have treated patients on the frontlines. Fatalities could be higher because CDC had access to the death status of only 56.9 % of the 62,000 infections

How contaminated stethoscopes, thermometers led to 119 Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths at a hospital
How contaminated stethoscopes, thermometers led to 119 Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths at a hospital

To prevent future outbreaks, the researchers call for measures such as sanitizing objects like medical instruments after every use and minimizing the non-essential movement of people

Face shields are more safer and effective than cloth masks against coronavirus, say experts
Face shields are more safer and effective than cloth masks against coronavirus, say experts

Previous research suggests that face shields effectively stopped the flu virus from entering the body.

Arkansas pool party sparks surge in Covid-19 cases, other states also record spike after Memorial Day weekend
Arkansas pool party sparks surge in Covid-19 cases, other states also record spike after Memorial Day weekend

Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Nebraska and Illinois are recording a high number of infections. States such as North Carolina and Arkansas are also witnessing a major spike

US accepted Russian ventilators linked to hospital fires without FDA approval, models under investigation
US accepted Russian ventilators linked to hospital fires without FDA approval, models under investigation

The development highlights the consequences of fast-tracking products without vetting. The US, in its defense, said they had stockpiled them and had not out any of them to use

Remdesivir most beneficial for Covid-19 patients who require oxygen support but not ventilator, NIH study shows
Remdesivir most beneficial for Covid-19 patients who require oxygen support but not ventilator, NIH study shows

The study enrolled 1,063 patients from 10 countries, including the US, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Greece, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Japan, and Singapore

2 Missouri hairstylists work despite Covid-19 symptoms, expose 140 customers to virus
2 Missouri hairstylists work despite Covid-19 symptoms, expose 140 customers to virus

In early May, Missouri opened its doors to business, including concerts and movie theaters, to operate with social distancing measures

CDC's worst case estimate of ONLY 1% coronavirus patients dying doesn't reflect ground reality, says expert
CDC's worst case estimate of ONLY 1% coronavirus patients dying doesn't reflect ground reality, says expert

The current numbers released by the CDC underestimate fatality by a substantial margin compared to current scientific consensus, they say

Study find traces of coronavirus in breast milk, raises questions on how virus spreads to newborns
Study find traces of coronavirus in breast milk, raises questions on how virus spreads to newborns

It remains unclear whether severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can be shed into breastmilk and transmitted to a child through breastfeeding, the expert says

Is it safe to swim in pools amid Covid-19 pandemic? CDC says yes, but only if these guidelines are followed
Is it safe to swim in pools amid Covid-19 pandemic? CDC says yes, but only if these guidelines are followed

Although there is no evidence to suggest Covid-19 spreads through pools, hot tubs or spas, CDC recommends maintaining social distancing and other safety measures

Covid-19 appears to cause injury in placenta during pregnancy, experts call for additional monitoring
Covid-19 appears to cause injury in placenta during pregnancy, experts call for additional monitoring

The injury recorded in the study leads to insufficient blood flow between the mother and the fetus, which may hamper its functioning, fear experts

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