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- To Study a Problem That’s Everywhere, They’re Getting Creative
Dimitri Deheyn’s lab has become a hub of novel research on the microfibers found in our waterways and even the air we breathe.
- A Bronx Zoo Tiger Is Sick With Coronavirus. Your Cats Are Probably OK
Scientists are still trying to understand which animals may be susceptible to the new coronavirus. Much is unknown, but there’s no evidence so far that pets can spread the virus to people.
- How Do You Make a Less Toxic Blue Dye? Start With Red Beets
Usually these root vegetables cause pink stains, but with a little bit of chemistry, Brazilian researchers found they could produce another hue.
- How an Eye Surgeon Got a Picture of This Rare Pastel Bird
The elusive South Philippine dwarf kingfisher is difficult to photograph, and there were no known photographs of its fledglings.
- Meet the Xenobots, Virtual Creatures Brought to Life
Computer scientists and biologists have teamed up to make a new class of living robotics that challenge the boundary between digital and biological.
- Skull Fossils in Cave Show Mix of Human Relatives Roamed South Africa
The excavation found the oldest known Homo erectus, a direct ancestor of our species, living around the same time as other extinct hominins.
- Scientists Find 2 Mating Flies Trapped in Prehistoric Amber
The discovery was part of a haul of unusual fossils recovered from sites across Australia and New Zealand.
- This Fireball Ignored the Solar System’s One-Way Signs
A meteoroid that grazed the night sky over Australia in 2017 took a very unusual path away from Earth.
- Coronavirus Live Updates: Boris Johnson Moved to I.C.U.; And an Early White House Warning
A senior White House official warned President Trump in January that a pandemic would cost millions of lives and trillions of dollars. Mr. Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, asked the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, to fill in “where necessary.”
- Quarantine and Coronavirus: A How-To Guide
Thousands who may have been exposed to the coronavirus have been asked to seclude themselves. It’s harder than it sounds.
- Great Barrier Reef Is Bleaching Again. It’s Getting More Widespread.
New data shows example after example of overheating and damage along the 1,500-mile natural wonder.
- E. Margaret Burbidge, Astronomer Who Blazed Trails on Earth, Dies at 100
She was denied access to a telescope because of her sex, but Dr. Burbidge forged ahead anyway, going on to make pathbreaking discoveries about the cosmos.
- What the Caribou Taught Me About Being Together, and Apart
Disappearing in the Arctic wilderness for half a year, a traveler discovered there is always a way forward.
- Should You Breastfeed if You Have the Coronavirus?
Here’s how to navigate the emerging guidance on breastfeeding in a pandemic.
- White House Adviser Warned of Risks of Pandemic; Trump Misleads on Testing
Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, has been moved to intensive care, and the Supreme Court rejected an extension of Wisconsin’s voting deadline.
- Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine
The president’s advocacy of the anti-malarial drug has created tensions in his administration, and fears among doctors that it could unnecessarily expose patients to risks.
- Trump Again Promotes Use of Unproven Anti-Malaria Drug; Deaths in Country May Be Undercounted
For the second straight day, the president pushed the use of hydroxychloroquine, which has not been proven to treat the coronavirus. Washington State is returning 400 ventilators to be redeployed to states in more dire need.
- The Rising Heroes of the Coronavirus Era? Nations’ Top Scientists
Scientists in Europe are becoming household names, fulfilling societies’ emotional and practical need for the truth.
- Coronavirus in Brooklyn: An I.C.U. Fights for Each Life
Nearly every patient was on a ventilator. Some were in their 80s, some in their 30s. Medical workers were falling fast and had to be resourceful — “the alternative,” one said, “is death.”
- A German Exception? Why the Country’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low
The pandemic has hit Germany hard, with more than 100,000 people infected. But the percentage of fatal cases has been remarkably low compared to those in many neighboring countries.
- In Italy, Going Back to Work May Depend on Having the Right Antibodies
Weighing an idea that might once have been relegated to science fiction, Italy once again finds itself in the unfortunate vanguard of Western democracies grappling with the coronavirus.
- Telemedicine Arrives in the U.K.: ‘10 Years of Change in One Week’
With the coronavirus pandemic turning doctors’ offices into no-go zones, family physicians are now doing many of their consultations online or by telephone.
- Trump Warns of ‘a Lot of Death’ While Also Revisiting Easter Sunday Services
President Trump warns of what could be “the toughest week,” while also saying he would like to consider relaxing social distancing rules for Easter services.
- FEMA, Racing to Provide Virus Relief, Is Running Short on Front-Line Staff
The agency leading the coronavirus response nationwide is facing a staffing crunch and has closed its training facilities to avoid spreading the virus, officials say.
- Can an Old Vaccine Stop the New Coronavirus?
A tuberculosis vaccine invented a century ago is cheap and safe, and seems to bolster the body’s immune system.
- China Pushes for Quiet Burials as Coronavirus Death Toll Is Questioned
Officials are trying to curb expressions of grief and control the narrative amid doubts about the official number of deaths in China.
- Gita Ramjee, a Leading AIDS Researcher, Dies at 63
Working in South Africa, she led studies and drug trials, hoping to overcome not only H.I.V. but also cultural barriers to stopping its spread. She died of the coronavirus.
- William Frankland, Pioneering Allergist, Dies at 108
One of the top allergists of the 20th century, Dr. Frankland, who died of the coronavirus, helped legions of hay fever sneezers by publicizing pollen counts. Among his patients was Saddam Hussein.
- E.P.A. Threatens Legal Action Against Sellers of Fake Coronavirus Cleaners
The federal government is asking online retailers to take unregistered products that falsely claim protection from coronavirus off the market.
- How O.C.D. and Hand-Washing and Coronavirus Collide
For people who have been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the coronavirus pandemic creates blurry lines between safety and compulsion.
- The Bronx Zoo Is Also Empty, but the Animals Don’t Mind
The zoo is closed, but essential staff still arrive to care for the roughly 6,000 animals. They don’t seem too upset by the privacy.
- Coronavirus Live Updates: C.D.C. Recommends Wearing Masks
Alabama became the 41st state to issue a stay-at-home order, and the attorney general expanded the pool of prisoners eligible for early release from federal prisons.
- Trump Administration Officials Weigh How Far to Go on Recommending Masks
The expected change in position reflects concern over a worrisome rate of infection spread by people with no symptoms.
- Coronavirus vs Flu vs Allergies: Which One is It?
Seasonal allergy symptoms differ from those caused by viral infections like influenza or the coronavirus.
- Essential Drug Supplies for Virus Patients Are Running Low
Medicines to alleviate breathing difficulty, relieve pain and sedate coronavirus patients are in very high demand, depleting stock around the country.
- What Pregnant Women Should Know About Coronavirus
The risks, so far, seem no greater than for anyone else, but the research is thin and only applies to later stage of pregnancy.
- F.D.A. Approves First Coronavirus Antibody Test in U.S.
Such a test may help scientists learn how widespread the infection is, and how long people remain immune after recovering.
- Dr. John Murray, Pioneering Lung Expert, Dies at 92
Internationally recognized in pulmonology, he helped define acute respiratory distress syndrome, a condition that led to his death, attributed to the coronavirus.
- Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star
How Dr. Vladimir Zelenko’s claims for his coronavirus treatment spread from a New York village all the way to President Trump.
- Unproven Stem Cell Therapy Gets OK for Testing in Coronavirus Patients
The treatment, which has been promoted by President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, will begin early-stage clinical trials.
- White House Debates How Far to Go on Face Mask Guidelines
The coordinator of the coronavirus response emphasized that social distancing was still the most important step people could take. Critical medicines are running low, and nearly 10 million Americans have lost their jobs.
- Coronavirus Delays Key Global Climate Talks
This year’s United Nations-sponsored climate talks, widely regarded as the most important climate meeting of the last four years, were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- One of Europe’s Most Polluted Towns Stages a Noisy Revolt
Residents of Fos-sur-Mer accepted a trade-off for decades: good jobs for foul air. But when the health costs became impossible to ignore, they went to court, a groundbreaking move in France.
- When Humans Are Sheltered in Place, Wild Animals Will Play
Goats in Wales; coyotes in San Francisco; rats, rats, everywhere: With much of the world staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, animals have ventured out where normally the presence of people would keep them away.
- Dr. James T. Goodrich, Who Operated on Conjoined Twins, Dies at 73
Dr. Goodrich led teams that did a series of celebrated surgeries. He was a victim of the coronavirus.
- George Preti, 75, Dies; Studied Bodily Odors as Biological Clues
In his “bizarre niche” of science, he sought to weaponize odors as a means to sniff out disease, even using dogs to do so.
- How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect Covid-19 Hot Spots Early
Scientists have persuaded Britons and Israelis to fill out questionnaires about their health, to get ahead of the coronavirus by getting resources to the right place. The U.S. is next.
- Zantac Products Should Not Be Sold or Used, F.D.A. Warns, Citing Cancer Danger
Although most drugmakers had already pulled the heartburn products months ago, the agency told consumers they should throw out any over-the-counter medications they still had.
- How C.D.C. Illustrators Designed That Iconic Coronavirus Image
How C.D.C. medical illustrators created the coronavirus pandemic’s most iconic image.
- Covid-19 Changed How the World Does Science, Together
Never before, scientists say, have so many of the world’s researchers focused so urgently on a single topic. Nearly all other research has ground to a halt.
- Coronavirus Spreads Amid Supply Shortages, Stay-at-Home Orders and Sobering Economics
Florida’s governor belatedly directed residents to stay home, but only after a call with President Trump. States raised new concerns about medical supplies, and fears grew about a prolonged global downturn.
- Trump Calls New Fuel Economy Rule a Boon. Some Experts See Steep Costs.
The president said the measure, announced Tuesday, would lift the economy, but outside analysts said the administration's rosy numbers did not represent an accurate accounting of its costs.
- April Dunn, Louisiana Fighter for Disability Rights, Dies at 33
Ms. Dunn, who succumbed to the coronavirus, successfully pushed for legislation that provided alternative ways to gain a high school degree.
- C.D.C. Weighs Advising Everyone to Wear a Mask
Widespread use of nonmedical masks could reduce community transmission. But recommending their broad use could also cause a run on the kind of masks that health care workers desperately need.
- A Forest Submerged 60,000 Years Ago Could Save Your Life One Day
Before this underwater forest disappears, scientists recently raced to search for shipworms and other sea life that might conceal medicine of the future.
- D.I.Y. Coronavirus Solutions Are Gaining Steam
From Ireland to Seattle, makers and engineers are creating open-source versions of much-needed medical equipment.