Erin Garcia de Jesus is a staff writer at Science News. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington, where she studied virus/host co-evolution. After deciding science as a whole was too fascinating to spend a career studying one topic, she went on to earn a master’s in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writing has appeared in Nature News, Science, Eos, Smithsonian Voices and more, and she was the winter 2019 science writing intern at Science News.

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  1. older man wearing a mask receiving a shot
    Health & Medicine

    Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective

    Another coronavirus vaccine appears to be very effective in preventing people from developing COVID-19 symptoms.

  2. chili peppers
    Chemistry

    A new portable device can reveal a chili pepper’s heat

    The “Chilica-pod” measures levels of the fiery capsaicin compound in peppers.

  3. volunteer receives vaccine in Pfizer and BioNTech’s trial
    Health & Medicine

    Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective, preliminary trial data show

    An analysis of 94 COVID-19 cases shows that the mRNA-based vaccine can protect people from getting sick, though the trial is ongoing.

  4. illustration of blood clot
    Health & Medicine

    How COVID-19 may trigger dangerous blood clots

    Clots may stem from net-casting immune cells that, instead of fighting a coronavirus infection, capture red blood cells and platelets.

  5. Plasmodium falciparum
    Microbes

    How malaria parasites hide from the human immune system

    By turning genes on or off, the parasite keeps blood levels low but persistent, so infection doesn’t set off alarm bells for the immune system.

  6. people wearing masks
    Humans

    We still don’t know what COVID-19 immunity means or how long it lasts

    Without knowing how long immunity lasts, it may be impossible to reach herd immunity without a vaccine or an extremely high death toll.

  7. zebrafish
    Life

    A glowing zebrafish wins the 2020 Nikon Small World photography contest

    The annual competition features snapshots that use microscopy to reveal some of Earth’s smallest hidden marvels.

  8. Star-nosed mole
    Science & Society

    ‘Great Adaptations’ unravels mysteries of amazing animal abilities

    Kenneth Catania has resorted to some unusual experiments to understand the lives of star-nosed moles, electric eels and other remarkable animals.

  9. President Trump arriving at Walter Reed
    Health & Medicine

    How will Trump’s COVID-19 treatments work together?

    Remdesivir, dexamethasone and monoclonal antibodies have individually shown success in clinical trials, but combining them is untested.

  10. small-banded kukri snake tearing open toad stomach
    Animals

    This snake rips a hole in living toads’ stomachs to feast on their organs

    A particularly gruesome way to kill may help small-banded kukri snakes avoid toxins secreted from the neck and backs of some toads.

  11. COVID-19 patient in the ICU
    Health & Medicine

    Defects in early immune responses underlie some severe COVID-19 cases

    Scientists are finding that strong early immune responses to the coronavirus are crucial to protect some people from developing life-threatening symptoms.

  12. Cuvier's beaked whales
    Animals

    A beaked whale’s nearly four-hour-long dive sets a new record

    The animals may rely on large stores of oxygen, a slow metabolism and the ability to tolerate lactic acid to go for hours without surfacing for air.