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First successful phase III trial of a COVID-19 vaccine

    10th November 2020 First successful phase III trial of a COVID-19 vaccine The first successful phase III trial of a possible COVID-19 vaccine – BNT162b2 – has been announced by drug companies Pfizer and BioNTech, which is able to prevent 90% of infections. The mRNA-based vaccine candidate demonstrated high efficacy against COVID-19 in participants without prior evidence of …

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Parents: More TV for kids can amp up your stress

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. There’s bad news for parents who frequently plop their kids in front of the TV to give themselves a break: It might actually end up leaving moms and dads more stressed, according to new research. Why? Because the more television that kids watch, the …

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We Should Vaccinate Social Butterflies Before the Vulnerable

When a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 finally becomes available to the public, it’s almost guaranteed that supplies will initially be limited. Therefore, officials will need to make tough calls about who to inoculate against the coronavirus first, with at-risk groups and frontline workers often being named as frontrunners. But, Wired reports, some experts argue that a different group …

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Technology Disruption Will Trillions in Value in Oil Related Industries

Ark Invest has a report on Bad Ideas for investing during the 2020s. Ark Invest manages invest ETFs of about $20 billion. ARK’s Invest believes in Autonomous Technology and Robotics, Next Generation Internet, Genomic Revolution, Fintech Innovation, 3D Printing, Israel Innovative Technology, and the overall Disruptive Innovation. Self-driving trucks will be cheaper per ton-mile than railroads. Railroad companies will get …

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The International Space Station Is Ailing. Its Replacement Will Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Humans have now had a continuous presence in space for 20 years thanks to the International Space Station (ISS), but the facility is unlikely to survive into the next decade. What comes next could shape the future of space exploration. Unsurprisingly, the ISS is starting to show its age. Earlier this month, astronauts finally fixed an air leak that had …

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Free birth control cut unintended pregnancy income gap

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Research links the Affordable Care Act’s elimination of out-of-pocket costs for contraception with fewer births, especially among low-income families. Nearly half of pregnancies in the US are unplanned, and there’s a wide gap between the most affluent women who are likely to have access …

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There Could Be 300 Million (or More) Earth-Like Planets in Our Galaxy

The first planets discovered outside our solar system were strange, unfamiliar worlds. These were giants like Jupiter, hotter than Venus, tearing around their suns inside the orbit of Mercury. Astronomers have since discovered planets where 10,000 mile-per-hour winds whip up metallic storm clouds that rain molten iron. The diversity of extremes is captivating, and also somewhat beside the point. What …

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Monkeys in Zoo Prefer Traffic Noise to Nature Sounds

City Slickers A team of scientists started out with a noble goal: making life more comfortable for monkeys living in a Finnish zoo by letting them control the music for the first time. But they walked away with a shocking revelation, Agence France-Press reports. Given the choice, the white-faced saki monkeys preferred the sounds of automotive traffic over nature noises …

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Explore Your Health at a Cellular Level With Viome’s Health Intelligence Test

In the past, people used to fantasize about being able to see what’s going on inside our bodies at the cellular level. Movies like 1966’s Fantastic Voyage and 1987’s Innerspace imagined what it would be like to shrink submarines down to microscopic size, and explore the inside of a human body. But as of 2020, such fantasies might no be …