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A new Covid-19 variant with high number of mutations sparks travel bans and worries scientists
Alissa Eckert/Dan Higgins/CDC

A new Covid-19 variant with high number of mutations sparks travel bans and worries scientists

The discovery of a new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant by South African health authorities has sparked a forceful reaction across the world with a number of countries banning travelers from several southern African countries. The newly identified variant, currently known as B.1.1.529, appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of South Africa and…MORE

How US gun culture stacks up with the world
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Small Arms Survey, CNN

How US gun culture stacks up with the world

Atlanta. Orlando. Las Vegas. Newtown. Parkland. San Bernardino. Ubiquitous gun violence in the United States has left few places unscathed over the decades. Still, many Americans hold their right to bear arms, enshrined in the US Constitution, as sacrosanct. But critics of the Second Amendment say that right threatens another: The right to life. America’s…MORE

Amber captures rare plant behavior in an ancient, extinct pine cone
George Poinar, Jr.

Amber captures rare plant behavior in an ancient, extinct pine cone

The first fossil evidence of a pine cone sprouting seeds has been preserved in 40 million-year-old amber. Seed germination typically occurs in the ground after a seed has fallen, but several embryonic stems were captured emerging from the ancient pine cone in a rare botanical feat known as precocious germination, or viviparity, in which seeds…MORE

A new Covid-19 variant could show immune evasion and enhanced transmissibility, South African scientists warn
Alissa Eckert/Dan Higgins/CDC

A new Covid-19 variant could show immune evasion and enhanced transmissibility, South African scientists warn

South Africa’s health minister announced Thursday the discovery of a new coronavirus variant that appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of the country. “Initially it looked like some cluster outbreaks, but from yesterday, the indication came from our scientists from the Network of Genomic Surveillance that they were observing a new variant,” Minister of…MORE

Politicians are failing to deliver climate justice. Lawyers and scientists could do it in court
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Politicians are failing to deliver climate justice. Lawyers and scientists could do it in court

There were few memorable moments at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow earlier this month, but a video address by the foreign minister of Tuvalu, speaking in a suit while knee-deep in tropical waters, is a hard one to forget. It was simple but strong message — while negotiators made agreements to delay action, island…MORE

This is how astronauts celebrate Thanksgiving in space
NASA

This is how astronauts celebrate Thanksgiving in space

The holidays still happen in space, they just look a little bit different. But the sentiments are the same. “I’m going to do whatever I can to show how thankful I am for my crewmates,” said NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei in a NASA video shared from the International Space Station Monday. “It’s wonderful having…MORE

Missouri dig site is home to at least 4 rare dinosaurs, and there could be more
Courtesy Carol A. Schwent

Missouri dig site is home to at least 4 rare dinosaurs, and there could be more

The first tracings of dinosaurs in Missouri were found in the 1940s on the Chronister family’s property when they were digging a well. In October, nearly 60 years later, another set of fossils from the same species were uncovered about 50 feet (15 meters) away. After comparing and matching the tail vertebrates of these discoveries,…MORE

Europe is facing 700,000 more Covid deaths — but masks could prevent many of them, WHO says
CDC

Europe is facing 700,000 more Covid deaths — but masks could prevent many of them, WHO says

Europe could suffer another 700,000 Covid-19 deaths by March, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. It’s the latest in a series of dire warnings for the region, which is in the grip of a devastating fourth wave of cases that has plunged several countries back into lockdown. More than 1.5 million people in Europe…MORE

NASA launches mission to crash into a near-Earth asteroid to try to change its motion in space
Steve Gribben/Johns Hopkins APL/NASA

NASA launches mission to crash into a near-Earth asteroid to try to change its motion in space

A NASA spacecraft that will deliberately crash into an asteroid has successfully launched. The DART mission, or the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, lifted off at 10:21 p.m. PT on November 23 (1:21 a.m. ET November 24) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Live coverage of the event aired…MORE

Ancient human relative walked like a human but climbed like an ape, new fossils suggest
University of Witwatersrand

Ancient human relative walked like a human but climbed like an ape, new fossils suggest

An ancient human relative was able to walk the ground on two legs and use their upper limbs to climb and swing like apes, according to a new study of 2 million-year-old vertebrae fossils. An international team of scientists from New York University, the University of the Witwatersrand and 15 other institutions studied lower back…MORE

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