An engineer holds an experimental vaccine for COVID-19 at Sinovac Biotech in Beijing. The Chinese company’s vaccine has advanced to human trials. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Medicine Pro Publica Science

How — and when — can the coronavirus vaccine become a reality?

It is likely we’ll eventually have a coronavirus vaccine — but perhaps not as quickly as some expect. From development, to clinical trials and distribution, ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen explains the tremendous challenges that lie ahead….

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Justice

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

In Minneapolis, the memorial near the spot where George Floyd died while in police custody. Getty Images / Kerem Yucel by April Thames, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The…

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Posted in Environment News Water

Decades-long campaign forces Nevada Board to kill huge Las Vegas groundwater pipeline

by Meteor staff The Center for Biological Diversity announced late last week that a 31-year struggle to stop a massive groundwater pipeline development came to a stunning conclusion when the Southern Nevada Water Authority board voted…

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An electron microscope photograph from Elizabeth Fischer shows viral particles being released from a dying cell infected with the coronavirus. The dozens of small, blue spheres emerging from the surface of a kidney cell are the virus particles themselves. The images produced by the electron microscopes are black-and-white; a visual artist colorizes them. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fischer)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Science

Scientist has ‘Invisible Enemy’ in sights with microscopic portraits of coronavirus

by  Markian Hawryluk May 21, 2020 From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they’re up against in COVID-19. Over the past three decades, Fischer,…

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Posted in Nature News The Conversation Wildlife

COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

Collecting data on invasive plants, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California. Connar L’Ecuyer/NPS   by  Richard B. Primack, Boston University and Casey Setash, Colorado State University Editor’s note: Summer is prime time across much of…

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Posted in Coronavirus News The Conversation

What is the ACE2 receptor, how is it connected to coronavirus and why might it be key to treating COVID-19? The experts explain

A molecular model of the spike proteins (red) of SARS-CoV-2 binding to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) protein, the receptor (blue) which is its the entry route to the target cell. Juan Gaertner/Science Photo Library  …

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Posted in Community Nature The Conversation

You’re not going far from home – and neither are the animals you spy out your window

Is it that same busy squirrel you’re watching every day? Julian Avery, CC BY-ND Julian Avery, Pennsylvania State University Watching the wildlife outside your window can boost your mental well-being, and it’s something lots of people…

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Posted in Air Polution Coronavirus EPA News The Conversation

EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard

Diesel emissions are a major source of fine particle pollution by H. Christopher Frey, North Carolina State University May 1, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown have temporarily produced clearer skies across the U.S. Meanwhile,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News

Mysterious heart damage, not just lung troubles, befalling COVID-19 patients

In addition to lung damage, many COVID-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest. by Markian Hawryluk April 6, 2020 While the focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on respiratory…

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Posted in Analysis Op/Ed The Conversation

The ‘first scientist’s’ 800-year-old tonic for what ails us: the truth

English scientist Roger Bacon believed everyone has a responsibility to think for themselves. Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de santé, CC BY by Richard Gunderman, Indiana University It seems that science has been taking a beating lately. From decades…

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Eugene Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912. "I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity," the famous socialist leader once said. "The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come to their own." (Photo: Wikipedia)
Posted in Op/Ed

Romance is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

In this pandemic-era, it has become increasingly clear that we are only as healthy as the least insured—hence the poorest—in our society. by Danny Sjursen May 1, 2020 I was first exposed to Eugene Victor Debs…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News The Conversation Waste Water

Climate change threatens drinking water quality across the Great Lakes

Harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie, Sept. 4, 2009. NOAA/Flickr by  Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI and Joseph D. Ortiz, Kent State University This story is part of the Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Common Dreams Robert Reich

The solutions to the climate crisis no one is talking about

Make no mistake: the simultaneous crisis of inequality and climate is no fluke. Both are the result of decades of deliberate choices made, and policies enacted, by ultra-wealthy and powerful corporations.   by Robert Reich Saturday,…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Environment EPA Reveal Toxic Chemicals

EPA science panel plows ahead with toxic chemical’s review, despite coronavirus crisis

TCE is used by dry cleaners, auto brake shops, parts manufacturing factories, paper mills, refineries and many other businesses large and small. On those job sites, tens of thousands of workers are exposed to amounts of…

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Posted in Health Public Health Science The Conversation

On the front lines of developing a test for the coronavirus

By David Pride, University of California San Diego March 16, 2020 “That escalated quickly!” is a common trope used in popular culture to describe when a situation gets out of hand before you’ve even had a…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News The Conversation

What really works to keep coronavirus away? 4 questions answered by a public health professional

Brian Labus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Editor’s note: The World Health Organization has declared that COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has a higher fatality rate than the flu. As of March 4,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Science The Conversation

Concerned about coronavirus? Here’s some simple advice. It’s easy. Why hand-washing really is as important as doctors say

Michelle Sconce Massaquoi, University of Oregon As the threat from the coronavirus grows, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health officials are stressing the importance of hand-washing. Prevention becomes essential to stopping…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Public Health The Conversation

Why public health officials sound more worried about the coronavirus than the seasonal flu

Tom Duszynski, Indiana University The spread of the new coronavirus, which has infected over 80,000 people worldwide and resulted in the death of more than 3,000, has raised alarms around the world. At the same time,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Public Health Public Policy

Key missteps at the CDC have set back its ability to detect the potential spread of Coronavirus

The CDC designed a flawed test for COVID-19, then took weeks to figure out a fix so state and local labs could use it. New York still doesn’t trust the test’s accuracy. by Caroline Chen, Marshall…

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Posted in Business Climate Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Science

Temperature in Antarctica soars past 69°F as NOAA reports last month was world’s hottest January on record

While the reading in Antarctica still needs to be confirmed, the Brazilian scientists who logged it called the new record “incredible and abnormal.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Environmental Justice Health Mining Public Lands Science The Revelator The West Water

Report: ‘No Evidence That Fracking Can Operate Without Threatening Public Health’

More than 1,500 scientific studies on the health and climate impacts of fracking prove its dangerous effect on communities, wildlife and nature. By Tara Lohan, The Revelator In 2010 when I first started writing about hydraulic…

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The Trump administration on Thursday released its final management plans for a lands previously protected as national monuments. (Photo: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Colorado Plateau Common Dreams Energy Environment Mining News Off the wire Public Lands Science Water

Trump’s final plan to open treasured public lands in Utah called ‘Sellout’ to big oil

The administration’s new managment plans “are the latest in a series of insults… that began when Trump illegally dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase at the behest of corporate interests two years ago.” By Jessica Corbett,…

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Tongass National Forest. Forest Service photo by Adam DiPietro.
Posted in Conservation Environment Environmental Justice Opinion The Revelator Wildlife

Last Chance to Voice Support for Key Environmental Law

The Trump administration wants to gut the National Environmental Policy Act, a move that would silence community criticism of destructive projects and give more power to industry. March 4, 2020 – by Tim Lydon   One…

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Posted in Food Off the wire Science

Modern tomatoes are very different from their wild ancestors – and these researchers found missing links in their evolution

The tomato’s path from wild plant to household staple is much more complex than researchers have long thought. For many years, scientists believed that humans domesticated the tomato in two major phases. Tomatoes’ ancestors looked very…

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