Fossilized footprints that were found in Tanzania in the 1970s, dismissed for decades as having been made by bears, may have been left by an unidentified early human ancestor around 3.6 million years ago, new research suggests. The footprints were… Read More »Prints Long Thought to Be Bear Tracks May Have Been Made by Human Ancestor
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JOHANNESBURG — The detection of the Omicron variant in Africa signals the next stage of the battle against Covid-19: getting many more people inoculated in poorer nations where vaccines have been scarcest in order to deter new mutations from developing.… Read More »Vaccine Hesitancy Hurts Covid Fight in Poorer Countries
As the coronavirus pandemic put a spotlight on scientific research, people around the world gained trust in both science and scientists, according to a new survey released on Monday. Results from the public opinion poll, in a report published by… Read More »Trust in Science and Scientists Increased Globally, Poll Finds
At Craigmore Station in Canterbury, New Zealand, an ancient Maori painting decorates the limestone overhang of a cave. Thought to depict an extinct eagle, the painted raptor gives the cave its name: Te Ana Pouakai, or the Cave of the… Read More »This Extinct Eagle May Have Gulped Guts Like a Vulture
The heavily mutated new coronavirus variant was in Europe several days earlier than previously known, health officials said Tuesday, and the number of countries where it has been found increased to at least 20, raising questions about whether the pandemic… Read More »Omicron Variant, in 20 Nations, Spread Earlier Than Was Known
Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson, makers of vaccines approved for use in the United States, and AstraZeneca, which is widely used in Europe, have all said they were studying Omicron, and they expressed confidence in their ability to tailor… Read More »What We Know About the New Covid Variant, Omicron
No one really knew why some patients with a white blood cell cancer called chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or C.L.L., relapsed after treatment and got a second cancer. Were some cancer cells just resistant? An unexpected answer to this mystery has… Read More »Stamping Bar Codes on Cells to Solve Medical Mysteries
The domestic industry’s woes extend beyond the consumer mask market. In recent months, the medical supply giants that serve the country’s large hospital systems have eagerly resumed buying lower cost protective equipment from overseas. The companies, among them McKesson, Henry… Read More »Counterfeit Covid Masks Are Still Sold Everywhere
The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has alarmed many scientists because of the sheer number of genetic mutations it carries — about 50 in all, including at least 26 that are unique to it. But more does not necessarily mean… Read More »Omicron Has Scary Mutations. That Doesn’t Mean They Work Well Together
Still, the antiviral pills raise the stakes of a missed diagnosis, said Susan Butler-Wu, a clinical microbiologist at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. “It’s not just knowing my status,” she said. “It’s now like,… Read More »Antiviral Covid-19 Pills Are Coming. Will There Be Enough Tests?
MELBOURNE, Australia — Albatrosses usually mate for life, making them among the most monogamous creatures on the planet. But climate change may be driving more of the birds to “divorce,” a study published last week by New Zealand’s Royal Society… Read More »Climate Change Driving Some Albatrosses to ‘Divorce,’ Study Finds
TOKYO — With the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus late last week, countries across the globe rushed to close their borders to travelers from southern Africa, even in the absence of scientific information about whether such… Read More »As World Shuts Borders to Stop Omicron, Japan Offers a Cautionary Tale
That fear comes as China has started to experience a reverse brain drain. Over the last decade, a growing number of Chinese scientists have been lured back to the country by the promise of ample funding, impressive titles and national… Read More »As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash
Arctic. Atlantic. Long ago, the two oceans existed in harmony, with warm and salty Atlantic waters gently flowing into the Arctic. The layered nature of the Arctic — sea ice on top, cool freshwater in the middle and warm, salty… Read More »The Arctic Ocean Was Invaded by Its Neighbor Earlier Than Anyone Thought
To confirm that the fungus was actually doing what it appeared to be doing, Dr. Whitman’s lab grew pine seedlings in an atmosphere with carbon dioxide containing carbon-13, an isotope whose unusual weight makes it easy to trace, and then… Read More »This Fire-Loving Fungus Eats Charcoal, if It Must
Some of the better-known variants, such as Delta, rose to a variant of concern. Others in that category were named Alpha, Beta and Gamma. Others that emerged, which were variants of interest, were named Lambda and Mu. Other Greek letters… Read More »How Did the New Variant Get Its Name?
A Connecticut nursing home had planned to roll out Covid booster shots to residents at the beginning of this month. But before it could start the program, the coronavirus swept through the home, the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in… Read More »Booster Rollout for Nursing Homes Is Sluggish
For nearly 20 months, the roughly 1.3 million Americans living in nursing homes and their families grappled with strict visitation policies that, while designed to keep vulnerable residents safe from the coronavirus, caused distress for separated loved ones and had… Read More »Families Cheer, Some Doctors Worry as Nursing Homes Open Doors Wide to Visitors
WASHINGTON — The Interior Department on Friday recommended that the federal government raise the fees that oil and gas companies pay to drill on public lands — the first increase in those rent and royalty rates since 1920. The long-awaited… Read More »Interior Dept. Report on Drilling Is Mostly Silent on Climate Change
Brian Shelton’s life was ruled by Type 1 diabetes. When his blood sugar plummeted, he would lose consciousness without warning. He crashed his motorcycle into a wall. He passed out in a customer’s yard while delivering mail. Following that episode,… Read More »A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes? For One Man, It Seems to Have Worked.