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Science news and technology updates from Scientific American

Heat Wave Death Toll Will Rise with Thorough Count

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 16:00:00 GMT

The 117 fatalities recorded in the Pacific Northwest so far include only those directly attributed to heat

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At Least Two Million Children Have Lost a Parent or Grandparent Caregiver to COVID

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:30:00 GMT

That’s at a minimum. The real number could be significantly higher

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Deaf Children in Developing Countries Are Getting Inferior Cochlear Implants

Tue, 03 Aug 2021 13:00:00 GMT

The technology they receive is often obsolete or has never been used in wealthier nations

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Flu Has Disappeared for More Than a Year

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Mask wearing, social distancing and other steps to stop COVID-19 have also curtailed influenza

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The Crucial Vaccine Benefit We're Not Talking about Enough

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 18:00:00 GMT

The vaccines not only prevent people from getting sick; they also cut down on transmission by those who get infected after immunization

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This Formula Calculates How Many Calories You Burn If You're Doing Absolutely Nothing

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:45:00 GMT

When it comes to dieting, here’s how to tally the so-called basal metabolic rate

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Wildfire Smoke Drives People Indoors, Raising COVID Risk

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT

The particulates in smoke also cause lung inflammation that may make people more susceptible to the virus

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Canada's Residential Schools Were a Horror

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Founded to carry out the genocide of Indigenous people, they created conditions that killed thousands of children

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The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding Touch [Sponsored]

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:00:00 GMT

Ardem Patapoutian shared the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience in 2020 for answering a basic question: How does touch actually work?

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'Breakthrough' Infections Do Not Mean COVID Vaccines Are Failing

Wed, 04 Aug 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Getting flu again postinoculation is more common than a return case after a COVID shot

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A Few Days on Antibiotics Are Often as Good as Weeks, Research Shows

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 17:35:00 GMT

Shorter courses cause fewer side effects and breed fewer antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”

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Weed Shouldn't Be Banned for Elite Athletes, Some Experts Say

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:45:00 GMT

The disqualification of a leading U.S. Olympics candidate has brought the World Anti-Doping Agency’s marijuana prohibition under fire

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Why Extreme Heat Is So Deadly

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Heat waves kill more people than any other type of severe weather in the U.S. And climate change is making them more frequent and unpredictable

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Why Do Variants Such as Delta Become Dominant?

Fri, 30 Jul 2021 10:45:00 GMT

Mutations that make a virus more transmissible are only part of the equation

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COVID, Quickly, Episode 12: Masking Up Again and Why People Refuse Shots

Fri, 30 Jul 2021 17:00:00 GMT

Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the...

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People with COVID Often Infect Their Pets

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 12:00:00 GMT

New unpublished studies show that dogs and cats with COVID-positive owners frequently have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies

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COVID Risks at the Tokyo Olympics Aren't Being Managed, Experts Say

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 16:00:00 GMT

Current prevention measures may not be enough to prevent an outbreak

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How Designer DNA Is Changing Medicine

Sat, 17 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT

A genomic revolution is poised to cure sickle cell and other genetic diseases

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Should Children Get COVID Vaccines? What the Science Says

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 21:00:00 GMT

With vaccination campaigns underway in some countries while others weigh the options, Nature looks at the evidence for vaccinating younger people

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My Stupid Elbow and the Crisis in Health Care

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:00:00 GMT

A lingering hockey injury forces a science writer to reconsider his criticism of American medicine

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How the Delta Variant Spreads So Quickly

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:00:00 GMT

Viral load is roughly 1,000 times higher in people infected with the Delta variant than those infected with the original coronavirus strain, according to a study in China

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How a Remote Indigenous Community Fought the Pandemic

Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Thanks to a response based on local culture and values, India’s Nicobar islanders haven’t had a single infection during the nation’s horrific second wave

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Governor Makes Personal Plea to Reluctant Arkansans to Get Vaccinated

Wed, 04 Aug 2021 16:15:00 GMT

The Republican went to Blytheville, Texarkana and other municipalities in the state to allay people’s fears

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Trans and Queer People in India Should Demand Better Health Care

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:00:00 GMT

The country’s gender and sexual minorities are in urgent need of a supportive public health system

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Fauci on COVID Drugs, Vaccines and Getting Back to Normal

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:45:00 GMT

The U.S.’s top infectious disease specialist describes a new Biden administration program to develop and test antivirals—and what he’s most worried about as the nation reopens

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