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Watch: 'Fierce Looks' Earn Australian Fly Species a RuPaul-Derived Name

Watch: 'Fierce Looks' Earn Australian Fly Species a RuPaul-Derived Name

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 15, 2021

An Australian entomologist has given the name Opaluma rupaul to a newly discovered species of soldier fly, a metallic-looking, rainbow insect he says earned the name for "serving fierce looks."

Efforts Grow to Stamp Out Use of Parasite Drug for COVID-19

Efforts Grow to Stamp Out Use of Parasite Drug for COVID-19

By Matthew Perrone | Sep 4, 2021

Health experts and medical groups are pushing to stamp out the growing use of a decades-old parasite drug to treat COVID-19, warning that it can cause harmful side effects and that there's little evidence it helps.

Booster Shots Hitch: Some May Miss the Sept. 20 Start

Booster Shots Hitch: Some May Miss the Sept. 20 Start

By Zeke Miller | Sep 4, 2021

President Joe Biden's plans to start delivery of booster shots by Sept. 20 for most Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccines are facing new complications that could delay the availability of third doses for those who received the Moderna vaccine.

Rocket 'Terminated' in Fiery Explosion Over Pacific Ocean

Rocket 'Terminated' in Fiery Explosion Over Pacific Ocean

Sep 4, 2021

A privately designed, unmanned rocket built to carry satellites was destroyed in an explosive fireball after suffering an "anomaly" off the California coast during its first attempt at reaching Earth's orbit.

COVID Variants and the Experts Designing a Single Vaccine to Defeat Them All

COVID Variants and the Experts Designing a Single Vaccine to Defeat Them All

Sep 1, 2021

Given the difficulties encountered in creating a universal flu vaccine, this may seem a tall order. But a number of scientists believe it is possible based on the rapid development of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

J&J: Potential HIV Vaccine Falls Short in Mid-Stage Study

J&J: Potential HIV Vaccine Falls Short in Mid-Stage Study

Aug 31, 2021

A potential HIV vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson did not provide protection against the virus in a mid-stage study, the drugmaker said Tuesday.

Microbiome Startups Promise to Improve Your Gut Health, but Is the Science Solid?

Microbiome Startups Promise to Improve Your Gut Health, but Is the Science Solid?

By Hanna Norman | Aug 26, 2021

Viome's troubles provide a cautionary tale for consumers in the wild west of microbiome startups, which have been alternately hailed for health breakthroughs and indicted for fraud.

Hot Spots Where Covid Vaccination Lags Push Experimental Antibody Treatment

Hot Spots Where Covid Vaccination Lags Push Experimental Antibody Treatment

By JoNel Aleccia | Aug 25, 2021

"It's a backwards strategy," says Dr. Christian Ramers. "It's so much better to prevent a disease than to use an expensive, cumbersome and difficult-to-use therapy."

'We Sent a Terrible Message': Scientists Say Biden Jumped the Gun With Vaccine Booster Plan

'We Sent a Terrible Message': Scientists Say Biden Jumped the Gun With Vaccine Booster Plan

By Rachana Pradhan | Aug 23, 2021

The Biden administration's plans to make COVID-19 booster shots available next month has drawn a collective scream of protest from the scientific community.

China's Mars Rover Soldiers on after Completing Program

China's Mars Rover Soldiers on after Completing Program

Aug 21, 2021

China's Zhurong Mars rover is soldiering on after completing its initial program to explore the red planet and search for frozen water that could provide clues as to whether it once supported life.

Pfizer CEO to Public: Just Trust Us on the Covid Booster

Pfizer CEO to Public: Just Trust Us on the Covid Booster

By Sarah Jane Tribble | Aug 16, 2021

Pfizer announced its global phase 3 trial on a third dose in mid-July. That trial's completion date is in 2022. Phase 3 results generally are required before regulatory approval.

Global Sizzling: July Was Hottest Month On Record, NOAA Says

Global Sizzling: July Was Hottest Month On Record, NOAA Says

By Seth Borenstein | Aug 14, 2021

Earth sizzled in July and became the hottest month in 142 years of record keeping, U.S. weather officials announced.

Unraveling the Mysterious Mutations That Make Delta the Most Transmissible Covid Virus Yet

Unraveling the Mysterious Mutations That Make Delta the Most Transmissible Covid Virus Yet

By Liz Szabo | Jul 30, 2021

Delta has kept some of the most successful mutations found in earlier variants, but also contains new genetic changes that enable it to spread twice as fast.

New Russian Lab Briefly Knocks Space Station out of Position

New Russian Lab Briefly Knocks Space Station out of Position

By Seth Borenstein | Jul 30, 2021

A newly arrived Russian science lab briefly knocked the International Space Station out of position Thursday when it accidentally fired its thrusters.

Russian Lab Module Docks with Space Station after 8-Day Trip

Russian Lab Module Docks with Space Station after 8-Day Trip

Jul 29, 2021

Russia's long-delayed lab module successfully docked with the International Space Station on Thursday, eight days after it was launched from the Russian space launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Oldest Fossils of Animals May be in Canada Rocks, Study Says

Oldest Fossils of Animals May be in Canada Rocks, Study Says

By Christina Larson | Jul 29, 2021

A Canadian geologist may have found the earliest fossil record of animal life on Earth, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

New Research Reveals Cognition Disparities Among Transgender and Non-Binary Adults

New Research Reveals Cognition Disparities Among Transgender and Non-Binary Adults

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 28, 2021

New research presented at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference suggests that trans and non-binary people suffer higher rates of subjective cognitive decline

Keen to Sign Up for Space Tourism? 6 Things To Consider (Besides the Price Tag)

Keen to Sign Up for Space Tourism? 6 Things To Consider (Besides the Price Tag)

Jul 28, 2021

Suborbital "space" flights have the potential to be less eye-wateringly expensive than going into orbital outer space and beyond. But before you sign up here are a few things to consider.

Large Meteor Lights Up Skies in Norway

Large Meteor Lights Up Skies in Norway

Jul 27, 2021

Norwegian experts say an unusually large meteor was visible over large parts of southern Scandinavia and illuminated southeast Norway with a powerful flash of light.

Amid Allegations of Anti-LGBTQ Gov't Purge, a Push to Rename the James Webb Space Telescope

Amid Allegations of Anti-LGBTQ Gov't Purge, a Push to Rename the James Webb Space Telescope

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 26, 2021

James Webb, who headed NASA in the 1960s, helped perpetuate a purge of LGBTQ civil servants, activists allege, pushing to rename a high-tech space telescope named in his honor.

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