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Global Food Supply-Chain Issues Call for Solutions

Global supply issues related to the pandemic and war in Ukraine have highlighted yet another global vulnerability — food availability. While international trade allows countries to buffer against domestic food shortfalls and gain access to larger markets, what happens when supplies run short, or the global supply chain slows or even breaks down like it […]

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New fire shelter prototypes could buy time for wildfire firefighters

North Carolina State University researchers found that four new designs for shelters to protect firefighters trapped in wildfires could increase the survival time inside the shelter compared with the current industry standard. In lab simulations of wildfire burn-overs – where a wildfire sweeps over a group of trapped firefighters or equipment – temperatures inside the […]

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Forever chemicals linked to hypertension in middle-aged women

DALLAS, June 13, 2022 — Middle-aged women with higher blood concentrations of common synthetic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also called “forever chemicals” and found in water, soil, air and food, were at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, compared to their peers who had lower levels of these substances, according to new […]

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Future COVID-19 booster shots will likely need fresh formulations as new coronavirus variants of concern continue to emerge

Viral surveillance and prediction may be key parts of figuring out what goes into a vaccine. Pexels Cover/500px via Getty Images David R. Martinez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Being up to date on COVID-19 vaccines means having had three or four doses of the same shot at this point. Current boosters are […]

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Planetary Defense Exercise Uses Apophis as Hazardous Asteroid Stand-In

Over 100 participants from 18 countries – including NASA scientists and the agency’s NEOWISE mission – took part in the international exercise. Watching the skies for large asteroids that could pose a hazard to the Earth is a global endeavor. So, to test their operational readiness, the international planetary defense community will sometimes use a […]

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Most COVID-19 Long-Haulers Continue to Experience Neurologic Symptoms, Fatigue & Compromised Quality of Life 15 Months After Initial Infection

A new study published in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology looked at the evolution of neurologic symptoms in non-hospitalized COVID-19 long-haulers at the Northwestern Medicine Neuro COVID-19 Clinic and discovered most long-haulers continue to experience symptoms such as brain fog, numbness/tingling, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus and fatigue on average of 15 months after disease onset. Researchers analyzed […]

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NOAA predicts above-normal 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, are predicting above-average hurricane activity this year — which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. NOAA’s outlook for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, […]

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“Natural Immunity” from Omicron is Weak and Limited, Study Finds

In unvaccinated people, infection with the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 provides little long-term immunity against other variants, according to a new study by researchers at Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco (UCSF), published today in the journal Nature. In experiments using mice and blood samples from donors who were infected with Omicron, the team found that the Omicron […]

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Strange dreams might help your brain learn better, according to research by HBP scientists

A new study by researchers from the University of Bern, Switzerland suggests that dreams – especially those that simultaneously appear realistic, but, upon a closer look, bizarre – help our brain learn and extract generic concepts from previous experiences. The study, carried out within the Human Brain Project and published in eLife, offers a new theory […]

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Dynamic rivers contribute to Amazon’s rich bird diversity

One of the most contentious questions in evolutionary biology is: how did the Amazon become so rich in species? A new study focused on birds examines how the movements of rivers in the Amazon have contributed to the area’s exceptional biological diversity. The U.S. National Science Foundation-funded team, led by American Museum of Natural History scientists, found that […]

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We got it! Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy

Washington, D.C.  –  During a press conference hosted by the U.S. National Science Foundation with the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration in Washington, D.C. today, astronomers unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole […]

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