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It was a Friday afternoon in March 2013 when Andy Geall got the call. Three people in China had just become infected with a new strain of avian influenza. The global head of vaccines research at Novartis, Rino Rappuoli, wanted to know whether Geall and his colleagues were ready to put their new vaccine technology
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When microbiologist Christopher Rensing navigates Fuzhou’s busy streets on his mobility scooter, he finds many people in the Chinese city consider it a novelty vehicle rather than a medical necessity.Credit: Shutterstock The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented me from rejoining my research group at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in Fuzhou, China, where I work as
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A hospital worker and COVID patient in South Africa, where a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been identified.Credit: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty As concern grows over faster-spreading variants of coronavirus, labs worldwide are racing to unpick the biology of these viruses. Scientists want to understand why SARS-CoV-2 variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa seem
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Vaccine maker Novavax launched a late-stage trial of its shot last December and will face difficulty recruiting and maintaining participants.Credit: PA Images/Alamy Global health researchers breathed a collective sigh of relief last month after nations across Europe, North America and elsewhere issued emergency approvals of the first COVID-19 vaccines. But as the shots are rolled
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Astronomers have proposed a new explanation for the mysterious blue veil that surrounds Pluto. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI/SPL Planetary science 08 January 2021 Dwarf planet on the Solar System’s outer fringes might have particles of frozen organic matter in its atmosphere. An analysis suggests that Pluto’s atmosphere is rich in particles of frozen organic compounds, which might
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Scientists have mapped the interconnected brain regions involved in a mouse’s empathetic response to seeing a companion in distress. Credit: Alamy Neuroscience 07 January 2021 A mouse sharing a companion’s fear has different neural patterns to one sharing another animal’s pain. Mice witnessing another mouse in fear or pain, or even gaining relief from pain,
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The emission spectrum of helium. Laser pulses can expose quantum aspects of pairs of helium atoms. Credit: Dept. of Physics, Imperial College/SPL Atomic and molecular physics 06 January 2021 Zapping helium ‘dimers’ with lasers allows a glimpse into a fleeting relationship. Helium atoms are stand-offish, rarely interacting with atoms of other elements or with one
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Restaurants and pubs closed in London as part of an effort to halt a spike in COVID-19 cases.Credit: Kate Green/Anadolu Agency/Getty Stay-at-home orders do little to curb covid spread An analysis of COVID-19 data from 41 countries has identified 3 measures that each substantially cut viral transmission: school and university closures, restricting gatherings to no
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson — who campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union — signs the Brexit trade deal with the EU, struck on 24 December.Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Researchers reacted with relief to the news that the United Kingdom and the European Union had reached a last-minute trade deal on 24 December —
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As a wildlife ecologist, I study many species, but the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is my speciality. I’ve worked with these duck-billed monotremes, which are indigenous to eastern Australia, for 13 years. So much remains unknown about them — as solitary animals, they are very hard to capture. The males have a venomous spur on each
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As we stare into the dawn of 2021, children in the United States face a stark reality. Many have been out of classrooms since March 2020. Online educational alternatives are spotty. Grades and achievement scores are slumping, with the biggest losses for the most vulnerable students. An analysis by consultancy McKinsey & Company, based in
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The strangely bright star J005311 (artificially coloured X-ray image, pictured) will eventually collapse into a neutron star. Credit: XMM-Newton/ESA, L. Oskinova/Univ. Potsdam, Germany Astronomy and astrophysics 04 January 2021 A strange and unstable astronomical object seems to have formed from the merger of two white dwarfs. Unusual X-ray emissions from a star called J005311 suggest
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