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Election Science Stakes: Medicine and Public Health

[ad_1] For this installment of our pre-election podcast series I spoke to Scientific American’s senior medicine editor, Josh Fischman. Steve Mirsky: So Josh, tell me about the issues in medicine and public health that are going to be affected by this election. Obviously, the first one is the coronavirus pandemic. Josh Fischman: Yeah. COVID is […]

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Double Whammy of Warming, Overfishing Could Spell Disaster for Antarctic Krill

[ad_1] The icy ocean around Antarctica may seem like a cold and foreboding place. But it’s actually brimming with life. Penguins and seals build their colonies on its rocky shores. Orcas, whales and a variety of fish zip through its gray waters. Seabirds glide overhead. The Antarctic Peninsula, the continent’s northernmost spit of land, is […]

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A Flu Shot Might Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Early Research Suggests

[ad_1] U.S. health officials are urging Americans to get their flu shots this year in the hopes of thwarting a winter “twindemic”—a situation in which both influenza and COVID-19 spread and sicken the public. But a new study suggests that there could be another key reason to get a flu jab this year: it might […]

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How Indigenous Communities in Canada Organized an Exemplary Public Health Response to COVID

[ad_1] The unequal impact of COVID-19 on the health of certain groups, including Black, Latinx and Native Americans, became clear from the outset of the pandemic. The Navajo Nation, Diné Bikéyah, made headlines throughout May 2020 when its per capita COVID-19 infection rate surpassed that of every U.S. state. But although COVID-19’s rates in Canada […]

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How Indigenous Communities in Canada Organized an Exemplary COVID Public Health Response

[ad_1] The unequal impact of COVID-19 on the health of certain groups, including Black, Latinx and Native Americans, became clear from the outset of the pandemic. The Navajo Nation, Diné Bikéyah, made headlines throughout May 2020 when its per capita COVID-19 infection rate surpassed that of every U.S. state. But although COVID-19’s rates in Canada […]

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New Bio-Inspired Molecule Helps Concrete Resist Freeze Damage

[ad_1] Daily temperature swings can make water freeze and expand, then thaw and contract. Because concrete is porous and absorbs liquid, these changes often make its surface flake and peel. But researchers say a new process can help prevent such deterioration. “The primary way in which we have resisted this freeze-thaw damage in the past […]

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Living near a White Dwarf

[ad_1] Recently, the first planet to orbit a white dwarf—the latter named WD 1856+534—was discovered through its transit in front of the tiny star once every 1.4 days. Remarkably, this giant planet, WD 1856b, is seven times bigger than the stellar remnant it transits. Most likely, there are rocky, Earth-size planets at similar distances from […]

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Election 2020: The Stakes for Science

[ad_1] Steve Mirsky: Election Day is November 3rd. In this week before the election we’re rolling out a special series of short podcasts in which we’ll look at how the election could affect some major areas of science. To set up what you’ll hear the rest of the week I spoke to Scientific American’s editor-in-chief, […]

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Colorado Contends with Record-Setting Wildfires

[ad_1] DENVER—A weather drama is playing out in the forests of north-central Colorado as two record wildfires—supercharged as the result of climate change—meet the first large snowstorm of the winter. One possible outcome is that the snowstorm dampens the two fires so the 3,500 firefighters struggling to contain them can protect surrounding areas. Another is […]