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Today β€” April 1st 2020Science&Space

Fighting COVID-19 Is Like 'Whack-A-Mole,' Says Writer Who Warned Of Pandemic

By Terry Gross
A worker cleans an area along the Las Vegas Strip that

Atlantic writer Ed Yong warned of a global pandemic two years ago. He says scientists are still working to understand how COVID-19 travels through air — and whether more of us should be wearing masks.

(Image credit: John Locher/AP)

  • April 1st 2020 at 21:47

One of Europe’s Most Polluted Towns Stages a Noisy Revolt

By Adam Nossiter and Dmitry Kostyukov

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

By Sandra E. Garcia

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.

George Preti, 75, Dies; Studied Bodily Odors as Biological Clues

By Sam Roberts

In his “bizarre niche” of science, he sought to weaponize odors as a means to sniff out disease, even using dogs to do so.

Dr. James T. Goodrich, Who Operated on Conjoined Twins, Dies at 73

By Michael Gold and Daniel E. Slotnik

Dr. Goodrich led teams that did a series of celebrated surgeries. He was a victim of the coronavirus.

How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect Covid-19 Hot Spots Early

By David M. Halbfinger

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

By Katie Thomas

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.

'Dinosaurs walked through Antarctic rainforests'

'Dinosaurs walked through Antarctic rainforests'Sediments drilled off the coast of the ice continent reveal a time of great warmth and plant growth.


  • April 1st 2020 at 17:31

Oceans can be successfully restored by 2050, say scientists

Oceans can be successfully restored by 2050, say scientistsResearchers say there are good reasons to be optimistic about the future of our oceans.


  • April 1st 2020 at 17:28

Rolls-Royce and Airbus lobby UK in support of Virgin Atlantic bailout

Aerospace groups back virus-hit airline’s efforts to secure £500m package of loans and guarantees

  • April 1st 2020 at 16:05

Hungry black hole may be cosmic 'missing link'

Hungry black hole may be cosmic 'missing link'Astronomers say they have found the best evidence yet for an elusive class of black hole.


  • April 1st 2020 at 11:51

The Spiky Blob Seen Around the World

By Cara Giaimo

How C.D.C. medical illustrators created the coronavirus pandemic’s most iconic image.

Japanese astronaut joins the crew for SpaceX Dragon mission to space station

Japanese astronaut joins the crew for SpaceX Dragon mission to space stationThe first non-American to be added to the crew for a SpaceX Dragon flight to the International Space Station is Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Noguchi first visited the space station in 2005 during the first space shuttle flight following the 2003 Columbia shuttle tragedy, and rode a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a six-month orbital stay on the station in 2009-2010. For his next mission, Noguchi will be teaming up with NASA's Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover Jr. — plus Shannon Walker, who was also named today as a member of the first crew to begin a regular tour of duty… Read More


  • April 1st 2020 at 08:09

Coronavirus Live Updates: States Clamp Down After White House’s Dire Warning

Amid fears of “the mother of all financial crises,” Washington considers an infrastructure program to create jobs. The action comes after White House science advisers released models predicting 100,000 to 240,000 virus deaths.

Climate change: Warming clips the nightingale's wings

Climate change: Warming clips the nightingale's wingsRising temperatures may be having a profound impact on one of the world's favourite songbirds.


  • April 1st 2020 at 03:46

What Happened Today: New Model Projections, Coronavirus Task Force Speaks

By Mara Liasson

NPR politics and science correspondents answer listener questions about the federal government response to the coronavirus and the possibility that as many as 100,000 Americans could be killed by it.

  • April 1st 2020 at 02:43

Are Hospitals Seeing A Surge Of Coronavirus Patients? Some Officials Aren't Saying

By Lauren Sommer
A tent stands outside the emergency entrance of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, on Saturday.

With a lack of tests, epidemiologists say the next best way to monitor the pandemic is by tracking hospitalizations. But hotspots like California and Washington are releasing little information.

(Image credit: Elaine Thompson/AP)

  • March 31st 2020 at 23:58

April Dunn, Louisiana Fighter for Disability Rights, Dies at 33

By John Schwartz

Ms. Dunn, who succumbed to the coronavirus, successfully pushed for legislation that provided alternative ways to gain a high school degree.

To Stop The Pandemic, Seema Verma Is 'Getting Rid Of A Lot Of Regulations'

By Mary Louise Kelly
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, March 10th, 2020.

As head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Verma says she's working to ease safety rules and lighten licensing requirements, to expand the number of hospital beds and health workers.

(Image credit: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  • March 31st 2020 at 23:21
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