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09/21/2020   Wired Science
A trial in Greece shows a long-used tuberculosis vaccine may cut respiratory infections, raising hopes for similar protection against Covid-19.
09/21/2020   Yahoo! Science

U.S. corporate board diversity lags as few minority executives get top jobs - studyPublicly traded U.S. companies have been slow to add minority directors over the past five years even as women grabbed a greater share of board seats during that period, a comprehensive study to be released on Monday shows. Across the Russell 3000, a broad index of U.S. companies, 29% now have two or more ethnically diverse directors, 7 percentage points more than in 2016, according to the new data from ISS ESG, an arm of Institutional Shareholder Services, scheduled to be presented at a conference on Monday. By contrast 66% of those boards now have 2 or more women, 27 percentage points more than in 2016, ISS found.


09/21/2020   Yahoo! Science

U.S. corporate board diversity lags as few minority execs get top jobs: studyPublicly traded U.S. companies have been slow to add minority directors over the past five years even as women grabbed a greater share of board seats during that period, a comprehensive study to be released on Monday shows. Across the Russell 3000, a broad index of U.S. companies, 29% now have two or more ethnically diverse directors, 7 percentage points more than in 2016, according to the new data from ISS ESG, an arm of Institutional Shareholder Services, scheduled to be presented at a conference on Monday. By contrast 66% of those boards now have 2 or more women, 27 percentage points more than in 2016, ISS found.


09/21/2020   Wired Science
The return of non-Covid respiratory illnesses is putting a new strain on testing supplies around the world—and is a preview of what’s in store for the US.
09/21/2020   Yahoo! Science

Taiwan plant hunters race to collect rare species before they're goneIn the forests and on remote offshore islands of Taiwan, a group of conservationists are racing to collect as many rare plant species as they can before they are lost to climate change and human encroachment. Overseen by the Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Centre, the plant hunters are scouring sub-tropical Taiwan for as many rare plant samples as they can find, from the rugged eastern coast around Taitung to Dongyin, in the Matsu archipelago. Industrialised Taiwan is best known for its mass production of technological goods.


09/21/2020   Yahoo! Science

Wider Image: Taiwan plant hunters race to collect rare species before they're goneIn the forests and on remote offshore islands of Taiwan, a group of conservationists are racing to collect as many rare plant species as they can before they are lost to climate change and human encroachment. Overseen by the Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Centre, the plant hunters are scouring sub-tropical Taiwan for as many rare plant samples as they can find, from the rugged eastern coast around Taitung to Dongyin, in the Matsu archipelago. Industrialised Taiwan is best known for its mass production of technological goods.


09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

Climate Week: World split on urgency of tackling rising temperatures, poll suggestsConcern about climate change is growing, but there are big differences about the need for rapid action.


09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

Whale swims free of Australian river as 270 are strandedA humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after getting lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia, while an estimated 270 pilot whales became stranded in the country's south. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in remote East Alligator River in the Northern Territory’s World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, and no one can explain why at least three of the blue water mammals ventured so deep inland in a river with little visibility. In a more common phenomenon, about 270 pilot whales were reported stranded Monday on sandbars off Australia’s southern island of Tasmania state.


09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

Satellite achieves sharp-eyed view of methaneA Canadian company debuts a powerful new capability to monitor the potent greenhouse gas.


09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

Engagement with anti-vaxx Facebook pages more than trebled from July to August, analysis showsThe Guardian's research was based on monitoring six popular pages that posted anti-vaccine messages.


09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

Why thousands of starfish washed up on Florida's Navarre Beach after Hurricane SallyThousands of starfish washed up on Navarre Beach after Hurricane Sally, a grim parting gift from the tropical cyclone that devastated the Florida Panhandle earlier this week.


09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

The fall equinox comes on Tuesday. A planetary scientist's simple animation explains what equinoxes are and how they work.The fall equinox happens on Tuesday. Here's how the equinox works, according to a planetary scientist.


09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

Efforts afoot to save South's disappearing grasslandsOnce sunlight hit the ground, the seeds and rootstock of native grasses and wildflowers that had lain dormant for decades began to spring to life. The area was originally part of vast patchwork of Southern grasslands that today hang on only in tiny remnants, many times in rights-of-way next to roads or under power lines. In Tennessee, where the pine trees were cleared, wildlife officials now maintain about 4,000 acres of grassland in the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area with controlled low-temperature burns.


09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

Amgen drug shrinks tumors in lung cancer patients with KRAS gene mutation - studyThe median length of time that patients given the drug sotorasib lived before their disease worsened was 6.3 months for lung cancer patients and 4 months for colorectal cancer patients, the company said. Patients in the Phase I trial involving several types of cancer were treated with once daily sotorasib. The oral medication is designed to target a mutated form of a gene known as KRAS that occurs in about 13% of non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC), the most common type of lung cancer.


09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

New types of polar lights are upending what we know about the aurora. Amateur scientists and interns made the latest discoveries.Aurorae happen on other planets, too, as charged particles from the sun surge through the solar system.


09/20/2020   Wired Science
Renormalization, a technique that helps bridge the big and the small, has become perhaps the single most important advance in theoretical physics in 50 years.
09/20/2020   Yahoo! Science

Far-right conspiracy theorists say 94% of US COVID-19 deaths don't count because those Americans had underlying conditions. That's bogus.In August, the CDC reported that 94% of Americans who died of COVID-19 had underlying conditions. But that doesn't mean the virus only killed 6%.


09/19/2020   Wired Science
An NYU team thinks it's finally unlocked the secret to how these mysterious landforms get their interesting shape.
09/19/2020   Yahoo! Science

Russia's top space official tried to claim that the planet Venus belongs to the KremlinThe head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, also said the country plans to send its own mission to Venus.


09/19/2020   Yahoo! Science

Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremesAmerica's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps getting drenched in mega-rainfall events, some hurricane related and others not. Climate change is magnifying both extremes, but it may not be the only factor, several scientists told The Associated Press.


09/19/2020   Yahoo! Science

The world's first reality show in space plans to send one winner on a 10-day trip to the space station, filming the whole timeSpace Hero, Inc., a US-based production company, has announced plans to produce a reality show that would send one person into space in 2023.


09/19/2020   Wired Science
Thousands of migrating birds have died, perhaps starved by drier conditions related to climate change or by having to fly inland to avoid wildfire smoke.
09/19/2020   Wired Science
Scientists want public confidence. The White House wants an October Surprise. The FDA wants to avoid looking political. Big Pharma wants a win. You’re in the middle.
09/18/2020   Yahoo! Science

Bristol Myers' Opdivo with Exelixis drug cuts kidney cancer death risk - studyBristol Myers Squibb Co's cancer immunotherapy Opdivo in combination with Exelixis Inc's Cabometyx reduced the risk of death by 40% in previously untreated patients with advanced kidney cancer, according to data from a late-stage study to be presented on Saturday. The drug combination also doubled patients' median length of time before their cancer began to worsen to 16.6 months compared to progression-free survival of 8.3 months for patients treated with the chemotherapy sunitinib, an older Pfizer Inc drug sold under the brand name Sutent. "There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a major player" as an initial treatment for advanced kidney cancer, said lead researcher Dr. Toni Choueiri from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.


09/18/2020   Yahoo! Science

Bristol Myers' Opdivo with Exelixis drug cuts kidney cancer death risk: studyBristol Myers Squibb Co's cancer immunotherapy Opdivo in combination with Exelixis Inc's Cabometyx reduced the risk of death by 40% in previously untreated patients with advanced kidney cancer, according to data from a late-stage study to be presented on Saturday. The drug combination also doubled patients' median length of time before their cancer began to worsen to 16.6 months compared to progression-free survival of 8.3 months for patients treated with the chemotherapy sunitinib, an older Pfizer Inc drug sold under the brand name Sutent. "There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a major player" as an initial treatment for advanced kidney cancer, said lead researcher Dr. Toni Choueiri from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.


09/18/2020   Yahoo! Science

Thousands of people say they are suffering from lingering symptoms of COVID-19 months after testing positiveCoronavirus "long-haulers" are still experiencing symptoms like fevers, brain fog, memory loss, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, and blurry vision.


09/18/2020   Wired Science
Blazes on the West Coast are spewing a haze clear across the country. Along the way, the complex chemistry of what we inhale gets even more complex.
09/18/2020   Wired Science
After years of neglect, Earth’s other neighbor is back in the spotlight following a major discovery. A private rocket company may be the first to visit.
09/17/2020   Wired Science
It’s a reversal for an administration that’s been loath to prepare for pandemics or cooperate with China, where Covid-19 jumped from wildlife to people.
09/17/2020   Wired Science
A clever new system called Whale Safe listens for the cetacean chorus to alert vessels to slow down, potentially preventing deadly ship strikes.
09/17/2020   Wired Science
Obviously this situation sucks for everyone, but I have a few tips to help you make the most of a bad situation. (Also, don't cheat.)
09/16/2020   Wired Science
A new four-part documentary about the ill-fated Challenger mission highlights the risk of putting bureaucracy before science in human spaceflight
09/16/2020   Wired Science
Blyncsy wants states using Apple and Google technology to pay it $1 per resident. It may not win, but the patent tussle could deter others from adopting apps.
09/16/2020   Wired Science
The editor of Science has abandoned staid academic-speak to take on falsehoods in the White House—decorum be damned.
09/15/2020   Wired Science
A former astronaut explains what it’s like to pilot the Space Shuttle onto the runway … and boink back down to the ground on the Soyuz.
09/15/2020   Wired Science
A growing number of studies are raising concerns about the coronavirus’ long-term effects on the heart. Athletes especially need to heed the warnings.
09/15/2020   Wired Science
A breath test would offer advantages over throat and nose swabs, but the technology is novel, and early trials with volunteers are still ongoing.
09/14/2020   Wired Science
New studies show fractures on surface ice and warm seawater melting the ice from underneath. That’s a harbinger of a coming collapse—and sea level rise.
09/14/2020   Wired Science
On the show The Boys, a speedboat smashes into a cetacean and the humans emerge unscathed. Could this happen in real life?
09/14/2020   Wired Science
Climate change is making wildfires bigger, fiercer, and deadlier, fueling a new kind of despair on the West Coast—and beyond.

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