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'The war has changed': US documents sound alarm on Delta variant
by Issam Ahmed - July 31, 2021 - 8:56am
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox, probably causes more severe disease than past strains, and breakthrough cases in vaccinated individuals may be as transmissible as unvaccinated...
World's richest man Jeff Bezos blasts into space
by Issam Ahmed - July 21, 2021 - 9:34am
Earth's wealthiest man Jeff Bezos spent a few minutes outside the planet's atmosphere Tuesday on Blue Origin's first crewed space mission -- a breakthrough moment for the space tourism sector that after years of...
Earth's richest man Bezos to blast off into space
by Issam Ahmed - July 18, 2021 - 9:30am
Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, is set to join the astronaut club Tuesday on the first crewed launch by Blue Origin, another key moment in a big month for the fledgling space tourism industry.
US to add heart inflammation warning for COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for teens
by Issam Ahmed - June 24, 2021 - 12:47pm
US health authorities plan to update official guidance about administering mRNA COVID vaccines to adolescents and young adults after finding a likely link to rare cases of heart inflammation, but say the overall...
Born social: Puppies' genes guide them in human interactions
by Issam Ahmed - June 9, 2021 - 12:48pm
A new study published Thursday in Current Biology found that genetics play an outsized role in canines' interactive skills with people, and some start out life at a more advanced stage than others.
Seeking a pill to cure COVID-19: Drugmakers eye alternative to vaccines
by Issam Ahmed - May 27, 2021 - 10:09am
Prevention is better than cure -- but when it comes to COVID-19, what happens when people can't get the vaccine, don't want it, or they're immune suppressed and it fails to stop infection?
In pandemic milestone, US lifts indoor mask guidance for vaccinated people
by Issam Ahmed - May 14, 2021 - 9:33am
The top US health agency on Thursday said it was lifting mask-wearing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a watershed moment that President Joe Biden called "a great day" in the long pandemic...
Touchdown! SpaceX successfully lands Starship rocket
by Issam Ahmed - May 6, 2021 - 9:00am
SpaceX managed to land its prototype Starship rocket at its Texas base without blowing it up on Wednesday, the first time it has succeeded in doing so in five attempts.
Amid criticism, US to export up to 60 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses
by Issam Ahmed - April 27, 2021 - 7:28am
The United States will send up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine abroad, officials announced Monday, as President Joe Biden pledged to "be there" for India in its hour of need.
Do we need face masks outdoors? Experts weigh in
by Issam Ahmed - April 19, 2021 - 12:17pm
"Because masks have become so infused with politics, they have become something where people go around and 'mask shame' other individuals,  and I think that's counterproductive."
US pauses J&J vaccine in blow to global immunization drive
by Issam Ahmed - April 14, 2021 - 7:32am
Out of nearly seven million Americans who have so far received the single dose vaccine, six women between age 18 and 48 developed a rare type of clot in the brain along with low platelets, officials said.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine highly effective against severe COVID-19
by Issam Ahmed - February 25, 2021 - 9:22am
In large clinical trials, the J&J vaccine's efficacy against severe disease was 85.9 percent in the United States, 81.7 percent in South Africa, and 87.6 percent in Brazil.
Touchdown: NASA's Perseverance rover ready to search for life on Mars
by Issam Ahmed - February 19, 2021 - 7:05am
Over the course of several years, Perseverance will attempt to collect 30 rock and soil samples in sealed tubes, to be eventually sent back to Earth sometime in the 2030s for lab analysis.
J&J COVID-19 vaccine moderately effective, less against S. Africa variant
by Issam Ahmed - January 30, 2021 - 11:18am
Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine has an overall efficacy of 66%, the company said Friday after a huge multi-continent trial, but the shot does not protect as well against a variant first...
Catnip leaves kitties feline groovy, wards off mosquitoes — study
by Issam Ahmed - January 21, 2021 - 9:58am
Catnip is known to hold a special place in the hearts of felines, who often respond by rubbing their face and head in the plant, rolling around on the ground, then zoning out in a state of intoxicated repose.&n...
US authorizes Moderna as second COVID-19 vaccine
by Issam Ahmed - December 19, 2020 - 1:40pm
The United States on Friday authorized Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, as the country grapples with a brutal winter surge that is killing over 2,500 people a day.
US set for mass vaccine campaign as world virus toll nears 1.6 million
by Issam Ahmed - December 13, 2020 - 5:11pm
As the world was shortly expected to reach 1.6 million deaths, infections in the United States were soaring, with 1.1 million new cases confirmed in the past five days and the death toll nearing 300,000.
Moderna vaccine 94.5% effective in second breakthrough
by Issam Ahmed - November 16, 2020 - 9:06pm
Moderna released early results from a clinical trial with more than 30,000 participants, after US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech last week said their vaccine was 90% effective.&nb...
SpaceX launches four astronauts to ISS
by Issam Ahmed - November 16, 2020 - 1:00pm
Three Americans — Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker — and Japan's Soichi Noguchi blasted off at 7:27 pm (0027 GMT Monday) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, thus ending almost a...
US formally quits Paris agreement as election hangs in balance
by Issam Ahmed - November 4, 2020 - 4:52pm
It may prove to be a temporary blip before Democrat Joe Biden's administration rejoins the agreement. Otherwise, the global effort to rein in the Earth's warming will have to proceed without the government of...
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