U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Reflects Sun Belt Outbreaks
on August 13, 2020 at 7:13 am
With the exception of three anomalous days this summer, Wednesday’s U.S. total of more than 1,470 deaths was the highest since late May. Experts say the nation’s new coronavirus database creates problems for hospitals.
On Native American Land, Contact Tracing Is Saving Lives
by Gina Kolata and Tomás Karmelo Amaya on August 13, 2020 at 7:00 am
As the coronavirus spread on the Fort Apache reservation in Arizona, medical teams sought out residents who might have been exposed. The effort paid off in unexpected ways.
She Doesn’t Make Animals Cry, but She Collects Their Tears
by Katherine J. Wu on August 13, 2020 at 4:15 am
By studying the numerous ways animals keep their eyes wet and healthy, scientists hope to help address human vision problems.
5 NASA Science Projects That Can Help Teach Kids Astronomy
by email@example.com (Eric Betz) on August 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm
Kids and adults can get involved these citizen science experiments from NASA researchers. Each one comes with educational materials that can help you learn about everything from alien planets to finding asteroids.
With the Biden-Harris Ticket, Environmental Justice Is a Focus
by Lisa Friedman on August 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm
Climate change leaders said the choice of Harris signaled that Democrats will try to ensure that communities burdened by pollution would benefit from a transition to clean energy.
On the Shores of Cape Cod, Where the Oyster Is Their World
by Randy Harris on August 12, 2020 at 7:52 pm
Pollution, development and overharvesting have greatly diminished America’s natural oyster habitat. Aquaculture and adaptable farmers have changed the game.
He Doesn’t Mind Being Shared, Unless His Mates Try to Eat Each Other’s Eggs
by Katherine J. Wu on August 12, 2020 at 6:27 pm
A Brazilian frog species engages in reproductive behavior never seen in amphibians before.
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Learning
on August 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Lab rats can be taught to identify patterns and babies learn to recognize their mothers’ faces, but IBM’s Watson achieved that most impressive of feats: becoming a Jeopardy! champ.
Making Sense of ‘One of the Most Baffling Animals That Ever Lived’
by Asher Elbein on August 12, 2020 at 2:31 pm
Important mysteries have been solved about a reptile with a giraffe-like neck that hunted prey 242 million years ago.
Trying to Forecast Earthquakes Near the Salton Sea
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Erik Klemetti) on August 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm
A swarm of earthquakes near California’s Salton Sea has led the U.S. Geological Survey to issue a forecast on the potential for a large quake.
Texas Has Too Many Cases to Reopen, Governor Warns
on August 12, 2020 at 9:28 am
Russia approved a vaccine that has yet to complete clinical trials. The White House announced a deal to manufacture 100 million doses of its vaccine candidate. New Zealand returned to a partial lockdown.
Citrus Flavoring Is Weaponized Against Insect-Borne Diseases
by Donald G. McNeil Jr. on August 12, 2020 at 12:33 am
The E.P.A. has approved nootkatone, which is found in cedars and grapefruit. It repels ticks, mosquitoes and other dangerous bugs for hours, but is safe enough to eat.
A Honeybee’s Tongue Is More Swiss Army Knife Than Ladle
by James Gorman on August 11, 2020 at 11:25 pm
Once again, insects prove to be more complicated than scientists thought they were.
Russia Approves Coronavirus Vaccine Before Completing Tests
by Andrew E. Kramer on August 11, 2020 at 10:43 pm
The country became the first in the world to approve a possible vaccine against the virus, despite warnings from the global authorities against cutting corners.
Trump’s Order on Coronavirus Relief Alarms Governors as Stimulus Talks Stall
on August 11, 2020 at 7:15 pm
The Trump administration is ordering schools on Native American reservations to reopen. California’s chief health officer has resigned. The pandemic has now sickened more than 20 million people, according to a Times database.
Why Deaf People Oppose Using Gene Editing to “Cure” Deafness
on August 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Researchers have figured out how to use a gene-editing tool called CRISPR 2.0 to prevent and treat deafness. But many deaf people are happy the way they are.
In the Bird World, It Takes Big Brains or Big Guts to Survive in Extremes
by email@example.com (Geoffrey Giller) on August 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm
An ecologist brings his background to bear on bird brains.
11 Supposedly Fun Things We’ll Never Do the Same Way Again
by Bryan Pietsch on August 11, 2020 at 4:43 pm
The pandemic could change unexpected parts of our lives for years to come, experts say.
How a Fruit in Your Garden Gets Its Shiny Blue Color
by Veronique Greenwood on August 11, 2020 at 4:34 pm
Slabs of fat help give Viburnum tinus its gleam.
‘A Smoking Gun’: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved From Hospital Air
by Apoorva Mandavilli on August 11, 2020 at 4:24 pm
Airborne virus plays a significant role in community transmission, many experts believe. A new study fills in the missing piece: Floating virus can infect cells.
Congrats, Jellyfish, the Seas Are Yours! (Now, What Are You Going to Do with Them?)
on August 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm
In a future ravaged by climate change, one animal may come out on top: jellyfish.
Thursday, August 13, 2020