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Iowa State researchers discover why COVID-19 is difficult to treat

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers think they've discovered what makes COVID-19 so tough to treat. Most traditional anti-viral treatments don't work on COVID-19. Iowa State researchers found COVID-19 has an enzyme that renders most anti-viral medications ineffective. Those researchers now said their goal is to find a way...
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Kensico Dam Plaza Westchester: Free Gym, Hiking Trail, & Nature for Adventure.1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY10595

An open space for your weekend relaxation, family picnic, biking, and exercise. The Kensico Dam Plaza is admission-free. And free parking all day. 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, NY 10595. Hours: Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 914. 231.4033. A short drive from White Plains city center and a stroll from Valhalla, NY train station.
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Startling Discovery Suggests 40% of Wild Deer in The US Have Had The Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus appears to have somehow jumped from humans to wild deer in some parts of the United States. In the northeast corner of the nation, a recent federal survey found neutralizing antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 in 40 percent of all white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) that were sampled. In the state of Michigan alone, 67 percent of free-ranging deer showed immune markers for the coronavirus in their bloodwork. It's the first evidence of widespread exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in wild animals, and while the preprint study still needs to be verified and peer-reviewed, the findings are cause for concern. While none of the deer showed...

Researchers identify new genes linked to longer reproductive lifespan in women

The age at which women go through menopause is critical for fertility and impacts healthy aging in women, but reproductive aging has been difficult for scientists to study and insights into the underlying biology are limited. Now, scientists have identified nearly 300 gene variations that influence reproductive lifespan in women....
Grafton, MAthegraftonnews.com

Town blasts delay in building pot facility, holds off on transfer

GRAFTON – After five years of empty promises from Nature’s Remedy to construct a marijuana facility at its 10-acre site on Millennium Drive, the Select Board on Aug. 3 showed its frustration by delaying the critical transfer of the host community agreement from Nature’s Remedy to its future owner, Jushi Holdings Inc.

The Amazon Rainforest Has Reached the Point of No Return | Opinion

The Amazon, the largest rainforest on Earth—accounting for nearly a third of the world's primary forest—was once one of our greatest carbon sinks. As we recently celebrated World Nature Conservation Day on July 28, we must face the grim consequences of our actions. The Amazon now pumps carbon into the atmosphere.

Study reveals how smell receptors work

All senses must reckon with the richness of the world, but nothing matches the challenge faced by the olfactory system that underlies our sense of smell. We need only three receptors in our eyes to sense all the colors of the rainbow—that's because different hues emerge as light-waves that vary across just one dimension, their frequency. The vibrant colorful world, however, pales in comparison to the complexity of the chemical world, with its many millions of odors, each composed of hundreds of molecules, all varying greatly in shape, size and properties. The smell of coffee, for instance, emerges from a combination of more than 200 chemical components, each of which are structurally diverse, and none of which actually smells like coffee on its own.
EnvironmentMIT Technology Review

New global map shows populations are growing faster in flood-prone areas

Even as climate change and urbanization make floods more frequent and their consequences more severe, a higher proportion of people are living in areas that experience them. In a new study published today in Nature, researchers used satellite images to map over 900 flood events that occurred between 2000 and 2018, affecting between 255 million and 290 million people.
Computer SciencePhys.org

Can AI make democracy fairer?

Democracy in ancient Athens looked quite different from democracies today. Instead of elections, most offices—including those in the legislature, governing councils, and magistrates—were filled by citizen volunteers, selected by random lottery. These citizens' assemblies drafted, debated, and passed laws; made major foreign policy decisions; and controlled military budgets. Today, citizens'...

Pesticide threat to bees likely 'underestimated': study

Exposure to a cocktail of agrochemicals significantly increases bee mortality, according to research Wednesday that said regulators may be underestimating the dangers of pesticides in combination. Bees and other pollinators are crucial for crops and wild habitats and evidence of steep drops in insect populations worldwide has prompted fears of...

Space scientists reveal secret behind Jupiter’s ‘energy crisis’

New research published in Nature has revealed the solution to Jupiter’s ‘energy crisis’, which has puzzled astronomers for decades. Space scientists at the University of Leicester worked with colleagues from the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA), Boston University, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) to reveal the mechanism behind Jupiter’s atmospheric heating.
Mental HealthFast Company

Why you love setting goals more than pursuing them, according to science

A recent paper published in the journal Frontiers In Psychology said it best: COVID-19 caused many people to experience grief over the loss of their normal routines, and in some cases these feelings snowballed into a loss of meaning in life. The researchers go on to propose a new buzzphrase, “life crafting,” as a way to renew meaning and proactively create the future we want for ourselves and our families.
EnvironmentThe Verge

Floods endanger millions more people than previously estimated

Flooding poses a grave risk to tens of millions more people than researchers previously estimated. Up to 86 million more people lived in flood-prone areas around the world in 2015 compared to 2000, according to a new study published today in the journal Nature. Thanks to satellite remote sensing, researchers...
WildlifeNew York Post

COVID antibodies found in up to 40% of US deer population, study finds

Oh, deer — Bambi never had these problems. There’s new evidence that wildlife are a potential breeding ground for COVID-19, where it could continue to evolve despite control efforts in humans. Between January and March 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tested 385 white-tailed deer found throughout the states of...