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Covid Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson's shot authorized by F.D.A.

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 17:19
The authorization of a third Covid-19 vaccine will bring millions more doses within days. But health officials worry that some people will see the vaccine as the inferior choice.

Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Rages

Sat, 02/27/2021 - 10:58
At a federal compound in Connecticut, inmates in precarious health “are like sitting ducks,” one lawyer said.

F.D.A. Expert Panel Endorses Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 15:25
With this last hurdle cleared, formal authorization of the one-dose vaccine is expected on Saturday and distribution within days.

Want to Buy a Scrunchie Mask? Great. But Forget About That N95.

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 13:43
Scientists are urging Americans to upgrade their face coverings. But Amazon, Google and Facebook restrict the sale of medical-grade masks. Critics say the rules are outdated.

Recluse Spiders at University of Michigan Cause Brief Library Closure

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 05:06
The discovery of Mediterranean recluse spiders at the University of Michigan prompted a two-day closure of one of its libraries.

Global Action Is ‘Very Far’ From What’s Needed to Avert Climate Chaos

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 05:00
New climate pledges submitted to the United Nations would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than 1 percent, the world body announced.

Hunting for a Giant Black Hole, Astronomers Found a Nest of Darkness

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 02:00
No Gargantua dwells at the heart of stellar cluster NGC 6397. Instead, a few dozen smaller black holes seem to be swarming around in there, throwing their considerable masses around.

The Coronavirus Is Plotting a Comeback. Here’s Our Chance to Stop It for Good.

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 15:30
Many scientists are expecting another rise in infections. But this time the surge will be blunted by vaccines and, hopefully, widespread caution. By summer, Americans may be looking at a return to normal life.

The Outsized Influence of Teen T. Rex and Other Young Dinosaurs

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:00
A deep dive into dinosaur data suggests that teenage T. rexes and other juvenile carnivores shaped their ecosystems.

Children Are Consuming Hand Sanitizer. Here’s How to Keep Them Safe.

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 09:01
During the pandemic, there was a dramatic increase in exposures to hand sanitizer reported among kids under 6, U.S. poison center data shows.

Manatees May Carry Half a Million Microscopic Hitchhikers

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 08:00
Unexpected species of nematodes, some of them new to science, were found living on the skin of the marine mammals.

For Travel, a Sustainable Comeback?

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 02:00
From a newly certified Whale Heritage Site to scenic byways for electric cars, five new initiatives suggest the travel industry may be envisioning a more responsible future.

For Shielding Endangered Neighbors, Pandas Make Flimsy Umbrellas

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 02:00
A new study challenges a common hypothesis about how protecting charismatic species also conserves animals that are less well known.

Haaland, With a Key Vote in Her Column, Appears Headed for Confirmation

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 16:07
Senator Joe Manchin III, who oversees the confirmation hearing, said he would support Representative Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department.

Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine Works Well and May Curb Virus Spread

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 15:50
F.D.A. studies show the shot strongly protects against severe illness and may reduce spread of the virus. But the drugmaker has fallen short of initial production goals.

A New Coronavirus Variant Is Spreading in New York, Researchers Report

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 15:23
The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists said.

C.D.C. Traces Covid Outbreaks in Gyms, Urging Stricter Precautions

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 14:46
Coronavirus cases at fitness centers in Chicago and Honolulu were linked to carelessness about masks and symptoms, federal health officials found.

NASA's Mars Parachute Had a Hidden Code. Meet the People Who Cracked It.

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 10:48
Engineers hinted they had hidden a code in the parachute that landed the Perseverance rover. Within hours, puzzle enthusiasts cracked it.

Transplant Patient Dies After Receiving Lungs Infected With Coronavirus

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 10:21
In what appears to be the first case of its kind, a pair of donated lungs led to Covid-19 in an organ recipient, according to doctors at the University of Michigan.

F.D.A. Analyses Find Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Works Well

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 09:42
F.D.A. studies show the shot strongly protects against severe illness and may reduce spread of the virus. But the drugmaker has fallen short of initial production goals.