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Study Shows COVID-19 Vaccines are Safe for Pregnant and Lactating Women
Research
Study Shows COVID-19 Vaccines are Safe for Pregnant and Lactating Women
2021-08-25 14:28:18
by Alexa Hornbeck

A recent study from researchers at the University of Washington shows that COVID-19 vaccines are well-tolerated among individuals who are pregnant, lactating, or planning pregnancy. “I think pregnant individuals are hardwired to try to protect their baby, and when there... Read More

Audio Recordings that Reliably Detect COVID-19 not Quite Ready for Use
Research
Audio Recordings that Reliably Detect COVID-19 not Quite Ready for Use
2021-08-11 20:43:57
by Daniel Mollenkamp

The underlying algorithms for an app that can mass detect COVID-19 through audio are not quite ready yet, researchers say. COVID-19 has a distinct effect on the audio produced by infected people, which has enticed researchers to explore using it... Read More

Storytelling Increases Oxytocin in Children Admitted to ICU
Mental Health
Storytelling Increases Oxytocin in Children Admitted to ICU
2021-05-26 20:24:12
by Alexa Hornbeck

A study published this week indicates that just one session of storytelling can increase oxytocin, reduce cortisol and pain, and promote positive emotional shifts in children admitted into an intensive care unit. “As a storyteller myself I decided to investigate... Read More

New Research Recommends Lowering Screening Age for Colorectal Cancer
Health
New Research Recommends Lowering Screening Age for Colorectal Cancer
2021-05-26 12:07:51
by Alexa Hornbeck

Researchers at Envision Healthcare and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai recommend lowering the screening age for colorectal cancer from 50 to 45 years old based on new research.  The Mount Sinai team analyzed approximately 3 million colonoscopies performed... Read More

New White House Panel Aims to Separate Science, Politics
Science
New White House Panel Aims to Separate Science, Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to the turn the page on the Trump years, the Biden White House is launching an effort to unearth past problems with the politicization of science within government and to tighten scientific integrity rules for the... Read More

Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
Science
Sensor Tool Lights the Way For Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
2021-05-05 14:02:37
by Alexa Hornbeck

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable of detecting hallucinogenic compounds in the brain of mice, and how those compounds bind to receptors.  “The most shocking thing... Read More

Endless Frontier Act Seeks to Bolster US Position in Science, Technology
Congress
Endless Frontier Act Seeks to Bolster US Position in Science, Technology
2021-04-22 20:11:33
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill with support in both chambers of Congress aims to bolster the nation’s leadership in scientific and technological innovation through greater investment in research that will translate into new industries and create new high-tech jobs. The... Read More

DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
Transportation
DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
2021-04-21 17:17:07
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades as part of a comprehensive effort to fulfill the White House's commitment to addressing climate change. In a related move,... Read More

America’s Bald Eagle Population Continues to Soar
Environment
America’s Bald Eagle Population Continues to Soar
2021-03-25 20:18:14
by TWN Staff

Populations of the American bald eagle — the bold national symbol of the United States — have quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners. Bald eagles once teetered on the brink of extinction, reaching... Read More

Weather Service Upgrades Models to Better Forecast Extreme Events
Weather
Weather Service Upgrades Models to Better Forecast Extreme Events
2021-03-23 19:50:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Weather Service has significantly upgraded its longstanding forecast model to better predict extreme weather events such as hurricanes, blizzards and downpours, as well as day-to-day weather across the U.S. While it is easy to get bogged... Read More

For US to Remain Competitive Requires ‘Taking the Quantum Leap’
Education
For US to Remain Competitive Requires ‘Taking the Quantum Leap’
2021-03-05 16:34:42
by Victoria Turner

If the United States wants to remain competitive in the global marketplace for the rest of this century and beyond, it needs to foster education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, said a group of experts on... Read More

If You've Resisted COVID So Far, You May Have Your Caveman Ancestors to Thank
In The News
If You've Resisted COVID So Far, You May Have Your Caveman Ancestors to Thank
2021-02-16 21:18:44
by TWN Staff

A new study suggests that a genetic variant associated with reduced COVID-19 severity is inherited from Neanderthals. Previously, a genetic factor associated with increased risk of contracting severe COVID-19 was shown to be inherited from Neanderthals. Hugo Zeberg and Svante... Read More

New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
Science
New Studies Stress Importance of Environment in Cognitive Performance
2021-02-04 15:39:57
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Two new studies paint a clear picture of the long-lasting, corrosive effects of poor sleep on the brain by linking neighborhood conditions to memory loss and cognitive performance in adolescents.  The first study found that persistent loud noises and other... Read More

Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics
Opinions
Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy considerations, political debate, and media attention. But, lamentably, it is often at the center for all the wrong reasons. Against... Read More

Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful
Research
Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America. But that forecast... Read More

US Honeybees Are Doing Better After Bad Year, Survey Shows
Science
US Honeybees Are Doing Better After Bad Year, Survey Shows

American honeybee colonies have bounced back after a bad year, the annual beekeeping survey finds. Beekeepers only lost 22.2% of their colonies this past winter, from Oct. 1 to March 31, which is lower than the average of 28.6%, according... Read More

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