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British Health Minister Matt Hancock has announced that the UK will begin human trials of a coronavirus vaccine on Thursday. He did so during the British government's daily press conference on COVID-19, where he said that developing a vaccine...
A total of 533 employees at a fish processing factory located in the coastal city of Tema, 25 kilometers (15 miles) east of Ghana's capital, Accra, have contracted the coronavirus in their workplace, according to President Nana Akufo-Addo. The...
While some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth’s surface to preserve most of its species, new research indicates that quality, not just quantity, is vital for effective conservation efforts. “There’s a lot of discussion about protecting...
Even though the English language hasn’t been subject to regulation or governing over the centuries, it has organized itself, say researchers. A study on the history and spelling of English suffixes demonstrates that the spelling of English words is more...
The coronavirus can also affect cells in the kidneys, heart and brain, according to a study by Hamburg Eppendorf University Hospital. After about 30 autopsies, it has been shown that the virus does not only attack the lungs of...
A new food web highlights which birds, fish, insects, and other animals affected by the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 should receive top priority for conservation, protection, and research. Until now scientists didn’t know which kinds of animals the spill affect...
Scientists have made the first real-space images of exciton-polaritons, which are a combination of light and matter. The nano-image, explains Zhe Fei, shows the waves associated with one of these quasiparticles moving inside a semiconductor. “These are waves just like water...
Diet, not social life, may be the driver of brain size evolution, a new study suggests. The findings call into question “the social brain hypothesis,” which argues that humans and other primates are big-brained because of their sociality. The findings, which...
Researchers have uncovered 300,000-year-old fossil bones of Homo sapiens—the oldest reliably dated fossil evidence of our species. The unearthing, reported in two papers in the journal Nature (one, two), significantly pushes back the origins of our species: the find is...
Try standing on one leg for any length of time and most of us would at least wobble. New research shows how flamingos bear all that weight for seemingly endless periods of time. “Anytime I go to the zoo, I...