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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...
Donald Trump biggest driver of COVID-19 misinformation: study
by Issam Ahmed - October 2, 2020 - 7:50am
US President Donald Trump has been the world's biggest driver of COVID-19 misinformation during the pandemic, a study from Cornell University said Thursday.
US closes in on 200,000 virus deaths, weeks before election
by Issam Ahmed - September 22, 2020 - 7:29am
According to a rolling tally by Johns Hopkins University, 199,743 Americans have died and 6.8 million have been confirmed infected.
As wildfires rage, US voters still divided on climate
by Issam Ahmed - September 13, 2020 - 8:38am
So why isn't the threat of global warming dominating the election contest between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden?
Convalescent plasma: What you need to know
by Issam Ahmed - August 25, 2020 - 7:34am
Is it safe and effective? Has President Donald Trump's administration put political considerations ahead of the science? Here's what you need to know.
SpaceX brings NASA astronauts home safe in milestone mission
by Issam Ahmed - August 3, 2020 - 7:38am
America's first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returned safely to Earth on Sunday, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mystery solved: Scientists trace source of Stonehenge boulders
by Issam Ahmed - July 30, 2020 - 7:46am
Stonehenge, a Neolithic wonder in southern England, has vexed historians and archaeologists for centuries with its many mysteries: How was it built? What purpose did it serve? Where did its towering sandstone boulders...
US notches 4 million virus cases, Europe tops 3 million amid fresh outbreaks
by Issam Ahmed - July 24, 2020 - 8:06am
The European continent now accounts for a fifth of the world's more than 15 million cases and remains the hardest hit in terms of deaths, with 206,633 out of 627,307 worldwide.
Millions worldwide back in virus confinement, but hope on US vaccine
by Issam Ahmed - July 15, 2020 - 9:35am
Millions of people went into new lockdowns Tuesday as novel coronavirus cases surged, but in one sign of hope, a US firm said it would soon start final-stage human trials for a possible COVID-19 vacci...
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine enters final stage trial this month
by Issam Ahmed - July 15, 2020 - 7:41am
The Phase 3 trial will recruit 30,000 participants in the US, with half to receive the vaccine at 100 microgram dose levels, and the other half to receive a placebo.
A dog's life: Scientists find new formula for canine age
by Issam Ahmed - July 11, 2020 - 1:50pm
A well-known "rule of paw" holds that you can tell how old your pooch is in human terms by multiplying its age in years by seven.
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