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ST. LOUIS (NPR) — All evidence points to the fact that Mars once had flowing water, but numerous flybys, orbiters, landers and rovers have confirmed one undeniable fact — any liquid water that was once on its surface is now long gone. A study out of Washington University in St. Louis might have found the… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Americans may be able to breathe a tentative sigh of relief soon, according to researchers studying the trajectory of the pandemic. The delta surge appears to be peaking nationally, and cases and deaths will likely decline steadily now through the spring without a significant winter surge, according to a new analysis… Read More
NEW YORK CITY (NPR) — Two more victims of the 9/11 terror attacks at the World Trade Center have been identified in New York City–just days before the nation marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. Dorothy Morgan of Hempstead, New York, is the 1,646th victim to be identified through ongoing DNA analysis of unidentified… Read More
The unprecedented study involves using the gene-editing technique CRISPR to edit a gene while it’s still inside a patient’s body. In exclusive interviews, NPR talks with two of the first participants.
Perseverance landed safely on the red planet on Thursday, immediately getting to work with a first photo of the rover’s “forever home.”
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — In the race to defeat COVID-19, much of the focus has been on vaccines that stimulate the body’s immune system to prepare for an attack. But a research team at Ohio University is focused on another approach: Shut down the genetic machinery that allows the virus to replicate. The team is… Read More
NASA is getting ready to collect its first sample from an asteroid ever. The rocks and dust could help us understand potentially dangerous space rocks and the history of the solar system.
The Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery will host its first Virtual Teen Science Café on Monday, October 19 from 6-7pm EST. This is a free event, which is run by teens, and open to all teens. This event, and future Teen Science Cafés, will provide an opportunity for teens to discuss and participate in hands-on… Read More
A Senate hearing on the coronavirus pandemic follows the day after the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 200,000 people. The session is underway now.
None of us is perfect, and sometimes the Hubble Space Telescope just flat-out points to the wrong spot in the sky. This has been happening more than ever in the last couple of years.
Several COVID-19 vaccine candidates are being tested now. But why does it take 30,000 volunteers to know if one is safe and effective? And what does it mean to say a vaccine candidate is working?
That’s a question that is fairly new to science. Researchers are now looking at the possible links.
Adjuvants play a crucial role in many vaccines’ effectiveness. Some scientists say there needs to be more research into developing a wider variety of adjuvants because of how important they are.
Given the choice between an animal and a human, the Aedes aegypti species prefers … us. A new study explains how that happened.
A drop in shipping traffic is reducing underwater noise, so scientists are listening for how whales and other marine life are responding.
A low-cost anti-inflammatory drug appears to reduce the risk of death in patients with COVID-19. The promising result comes from a large study of therapies being conducted in the U.K.
A young woman in her 20s was healthy before the coronavirus struck her. After two months on a ventilator and ECMO device, her transplanted lungs are now working.
Many people are struggling with insomnia like never before. Specialists explain why these times put an extra strain on our ability to get needed rest — and what to do about it.
Later this week, NASA and SpaceX will launch the first rocket carrying astronauts from U.S. soil since the end of the space shuttle era. But COVID-19 has forced some changes to their plans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (PBS NewsHour) — NASA researchers and scientists are familiar with working “remotely” from millions of miles away, literally, and the global pandemic has now forced most to adapt to working from home. But how are NASA employees who are monitoring the Mars Rover Mission handling the new challenges? Carrie Bridge, science operations team chief… Read More
There are various studies looking at changes to the virus genome — and the possible impact on how the virus affects humans. Here’s what we know (and don’t yet know) about mutations.
It’s not just a fever and dry cough. For milder cases of COVID-19, the array of symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, loss of smell and even lesions on the feet known as “COVID toes.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Deirdre Barrett is a Harvard University professor and an expert on dreaming who has studied the science of dreams for three decades. And with societal anxieties heightened by the global pandemic, she is now collecting accounts of COVID-19 dreams with the hopes of learning how they are influenced by big events. NewsHour… Read More
Experts consider the effect of humidity on the virus and the method of transmission as they keep an eye on where the disease spikes next.
A scientific brief from the World Health Organization says “current evidence” points to infectious respiratory droplets passed in “close contact” situations, but some say it’s too soon to be sure