U.K. Virus Variant Is Probably Deadlier, Scientists Say

LONDON — British government scientists are increasingly finding the coronavirus variant first detected in Britain to be deadlier than the original virus, a devastating trend that highlights the serious risks of this new phase of the pandemic. The scientists said last month that there was a “realistic possibility” that the variant was more lethal. Now, […]

Trump’s environment policies killed thousands, scientists say

The Trump administration deliberately harnessed racism and class animosity to push policies that caused hundreds of thousands of U.S. deaths, according to a scathing new report in the British medical journal The Lancet. After undertaking a comprehensive assessment of the health and environment impacts of Donald Trump’s presidency, the 33 scientists who co-authored the article […]

Iran: Armed forces member involved in nuclear scientist’s killing

Revelation by intelligence minister comes after Tehran had initially blamed Israel for the assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Tehran, Iran – A member of Iran’s armed forces was involved in the November assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, according to the intelligence ministry. “Martyr Fakhrizadeh was a member of […]

Experimental cancer pill could fight COVID-19: UK scientists

Author:  Zaynab Khojji article author:  Arab News ID:  1612358783378914100 Wed, 2021-02-03 16:27 LONDON: Researchers from Britain’s Nottingham University believe that an experimental cancer drug taken from a poisonous plant could halt COVID-19.  Thapsigargin is being touted as an alternative remedy to COVID-19 and other viruses, such as the common cold and seasonal flu. The drug […]

WHO team meets Chinese scientists as COVID investigation begins

Experts are in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, to piece together what happened in the initial outbreak. A team of experts from the World Health Organization began its long-awaited investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, meeting a group of Chinese scientists in Wuhan ahead of a series of field visits […]

Global ice sheets melting at ‘worst-case’ rates: UK scientists

Rate of loss rose from 0.8 trillion tonnes per year in the 1990s to 1.3 trillion tonnes per year by 2017, with potentially disastrous consequences. The rate at which ice is disappearing across the world matches “worst-case climate warming scenarios”, UK scientists have warned in new research. A team from the universities of Edinburgh, Leeds […]

Thai Caves Attract Millions of Bats — and Now Scientists Too

PHOTHARAM, Thailand — The bat caves reeked of bat. In the murk of the grottoes, in a cave complex west of Bangkok, Thais in headlamps and with flashlights went about their business. Pilgrims to the temple that owns the complex prayed to Buddha figurines in one of the caves, the statues’ carved expressions betraying no […]

This is how U.K. scientists found the variant.

All at once, the coronavirus seemed to change. For months, Dr. Steven Kemp, an infectious disease expert, had been scanning a global library of coronavirus genomes. He was studying how the virus had mutated in the lungs of a patient struggling to shake a raging infection in a nearby Cambridge hospital, and wanted to know […]

South Africa coronavirus strain could resist vaccines: Scientists

LONDON: UK scientists have warned that the South African strain of COVID-19 might prove resistant to current vaccines, the Daily Telegraph reported. It is known to carry three separate mutations, one of which — called N501Y — has also been found in a UK strain known as the Kent variant. But the South African strain […]

As Rollout Falters, Scientists Debate New Vaccination Tactics

As governments around the world rush to vaccinate their citizens against the surging coronavirus, scientists are locked in a heated debate over a surprising question: Is it wisest to hold back the second doses everyone will need, or to give as many people as possible an inoculation now — and push back the second doses […]

African genomics: The scientists unlocking cures encoded in DNA

Dr Ambroise Wonkam carries hundreds of thousands of years of history in his blood. The impacts of pathogens, migration, environment and geography are written into the braids of DNA he inherited from tens of thousands of generations of ancestors. This richness, he remarks, is not unique. It is a shared legacy for more than one […]

How Does the Coronavirus Variant Spread? Here’s What Scientists Know

A more contagious form of the coronavirus has begun circulating in the United States. In Britain, where it was first identified, the new variant became the predominant form of the coronavirus in just three months, accelerating that nation’s surge and filling its hospitals. It may do the same in the United States, exacerbating an unrelenting […]

‘Grim’ Virus Discoveries in Colorado and California Alarm Scientists

“I would expect a similar trajectory” in the United States, said Trevor Bedford, an evolutionary biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The variant probably accounts for fewer than 1 percent of cases now, he estimated, but might constitute the majority of cases by March. The variant has 23 mutations, compared with […]

UK scientists trialing drug to prevent infection that leads to COVID-19

ROME: A source in the Guardia di Finanza, the Italian finance police, in Salerno has told Arab News that 15 tons of Captagon amphetamine seized in July in Naples “came from Syria and could be linked to Lebanese group Hezbollah, even though we are still investigating the case.” On July 1, the Guardia di Finanza […]

Amid Pandemic, Scientists Reassess Routine Medical Care

Now the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, a federally funded research group, is prospectively collecting data during the pandemic from more than 800,000 women and nearly 100 mammography centers across the country. Millions of women missed their regular mammograms in the first wave of the pandemic. Before the pandemic, about 100,000 women had screening mammograms each […]

Shift to a Not-So-Frozen North Is Well Underway, Scientists Warn

The Arctic continued its unwavering shift toward a new climate in 2020, as the effects of near-record warming surged across the region, shrinking ice and snow cover and fueling extreme wildfires, scientists said Tuesday in an annual assessment of the region. Rick Thoman, a climate specialist at the University of Alaska and one of the […]

How Scientists Tracked Down a Mass Killer (of Salmon)

The salmon were dying and nobody knew why. About 20 years ago, ambitious restoration projects had brought coho salmon back to urban creeks in the Seattle area. But after it rained, the fish would display strange behaviors: listing to one side, rolling over, swimming in circles. Within hours they would die — before spawning, taking […]

How Iranian scientist’s killing could derail future US-Iran talks

The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist will make United States President-elect Joe Biden’s ability to restart diplomacy between Washington and Tehran even more difficult, US-based analysts said on Friday, just hours after Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed. Biden, who will take office on January 20, has said he wants to return to a 2015 […]

Confused About Masks? Here’s What Scientists Know #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

With the coronavirus on the march through much of the United States, scientists are urging Americans to adopt the few health measures shown to slow the virus: universal mask use, social distancing, good ventilation indoors and hand hygiene. Mask-wearing has become a particularly divisive — and partisan — issue over the past few months. Still, […]

Confused About Masks? Here’s What Scientists Know #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

With the coronavirus on the march through much of the United States, scientists are urging Americans to adopt the few health measures shown to slow the virus: universal mask use, social distancing, good ventilation indoors and hand hygiene. Mask-wearing has become a particularly divisive — and partisan — issue over the past few months. Still, […]