Humans

  1. photo of a gibbon looking at the camera
    Anthropology

    A stray molar is the oldest known fossil from an ancient gibbon

    A newly described tooth puts ancestors of these small-bodied apes in India roughly 13 million years ago.

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  2. dexamethasone steroid in syringe
    Health & Medicine

    Steroids reduce deaths of critically ill COVID-19 patients, WHO confirms

    The finding strengthens evidence that clinicians should give the drugs to people who are severely sick from the coronavirus.

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  3. electric car charging
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, scientists were trying to develop a low-emission car

    Electric cars have surged in popularity, but the vehicles still contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

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  4. Stonehenge model
    Archaeology

    Stonehenge enhanced sounds like voices or music for people inside the monument

    Scientists created a scale model one-twelfth the size of the ancient stone circle to study its acoustics.

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  5. A finger pointing at the screen of a black and blue medical device
    Health & Medicine

    New coronavirus tests promise to be faster, cheaper and easier

    Researchers are developing a smorgasbord of tests to detect RNA and proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19.

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  6. group of children at camp running along a path
    Health & Medicine

    How four summer camps in Maine prevented COVID-19 outbreaks

    More than 1,000 kids and staff members from all over the country attended the camps, but only three people ended up testing positive for the virus.

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  7. an illustration of a girl erasing a scary shadow looming over a sitting girl
    Humans

    Puberty can repair the brain’s stress responses after hardship early in life

    Puberty may erase the shadow of trauma for children who had a difficult start.

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  8. false-color microscope image of HIV on a human cell
    Health & Medicine

    In a first, a person’s immune system fought HIV — and won

    Some rare people may purge most HIV from their bodies, leaving only broken copies of the virus or copies locked in molecular prisons, from which there is no escape.

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  9. man donating COVID-19 plasma
    Health & Medicine

    COVID-19 plasma treatments may be safe, but we don’t know if they work

    Blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors can be used to treat hospitalized patients, FDA says, but researchers question how well it works.

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  10. Black person holding Black baby
    Health & Medicine

    What we can learn from how a doctor’s race can affect Black newborns’ survival

    When Black physicians attended Black newborns after a hospital birth, it reduced the mortality gap between Black and white babies.

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  11. coronavirus illustration
    Health & Medicine

    A man in Hong Kong is the first confirmed case of coronavirus reinfection

    During a 33-year-old man’s first round with the virus, he had symptoms, but not the second time — a hint his immune system protected him from disease.

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  12. Sick woman at home
    Health & Medicine

    New treatments aim to treat COVID-19 early, before it gets serious

    Some new drugs that may stop the coronavirus from getting into cells, or from reproducing itself, may treat the illness as soon as it’s diagnosed.

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