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5 vaccine experts told us what they'd need to know before they'd feel comfortable taking a coronavirus shot

Getty Business Insider asked five infectious-disease experts when they'd feel confident getting a coronavirus vaccine.  Their answers varied in terms of what data would convince them.  Richard Condit, a retired University of Florida virologist, said he'd trust the scientists making the critical regulatory decision. Ultimately, if they recommend people his age get the shot, he'd likely get it, he said.  Other experts wanted more. University of Pennsylvania's Dr. Paul Offit emphasized the n...
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Age restrictions for handguns make little difference in homicides

In the United States, individual state laws barring 18- to 20-year-olds from buying or possessing a handgun make little difference in the rate of homicides involving a gun by people in that age group, a new University of Washington study has found.
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Muslims, atheists more likely to face religious discrimination in US

A new study led by the University of Washington found that Muslims and atheists in the United States are more likely than those of Christian faiths to experience religious discrimination. Researchers focused on public schools and tested how principals responded to an individual's expression of religious belief.
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A Chinese virologist claimed the coronavirus was 'intentionally' released. Turns out, she works for a group led by Steve Bannon.

A laboratory technician works with samples being tested for coronavirus at "Fire Eye" laboratory in Wuhan, China. Getty A group of Chinese virologists released a strange new paper on Monday that claims the new coronavirus was engineered in a Chinese lab. One of the virologists, Li-Meng Yan, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson it's a "man-made virus" that the Chinese government released "intentionally." Yan and her co-authors work for groups co-founded by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon,...
Tags: Health, New York, Science, News, Cdc, White House, China, New York City, US, Trends, Fox, World Health Organization, Fox News, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Wuhan


Marine animals live where ocean is most breathable, ranges may shrink with climate change

New research from the University of Washington shows that a wide variety of marine animals -- from vertebrates to crustaceans to mollusks -- already inhabit the maximum range of breathable ocean that their physiology will allow. The findings provide a warning about climate change: Since warmer waters will harbor less oxygen, some stretches of ocean that are breathable today for a given species may not be in the future.
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Black scientists call out racism in the field and counter it

University of Washington ecologist Christopher Schell is studying how coronavirus shutdowns have affected wildlife in Seattle and other cities. “I wear the nerdiest glasses I have and often a jacket that has my college logo, so that people don’t mistake me for what they think is a thug or hooligan,” said Schell, who is African American. Tanisha Williams, a botanist at Bucknell University, knows exactly which plants she's looking for.
Tags: Science, Seattle, University of Washington, Bucknell University, Schell, Christopher Schell, Tanisha Williams


Here are the 9 most promising coronavirus treatments that could help curb the pandemic, even without a vaccine

Yuqing Liu/Business Insider Hundreds of experimental COVID-19 treatments have entered clinical testing in the past several months. Two treatments — remdesivir and convalescent plasma — have gotten emergency authorization from the FDA. We've rounded up the nine candidates that the scientific community finds most promising, including antibody therapeutics, plasma, and interferon drugs. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The world has eradicated only one human infection: sma...
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How birth control, girls' education can slow population growth

Education and family planning have long been tied to lower fertility trends. But new research from the University of Washington analyzes those factors to determine, what accelerates a decline in otherwise high-fertility countries.
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Delayed immune responses may drive COVID-19 mortality rates among men and the elderly

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infections tend to be more severe among older adults and males, yet the mechanisms underlying increased mortality in these two demographics are unknown. A study published in the open access journal PLOS Biology on September 8, 2020 by Nicole Lieberman and Alexander Greninger at University of Washington and colleagues suggests that varying immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 due to age and sex may depend on viral load and the time-course of infection.
Tags: Science, University of Washington, PLOS Biology, Nicole Lieberman, Alexander Greninger


Your coronavirus risk comes down to these 6 C's, according to the CDC's infectious-disease leader

People participate in a morning yoga session on August 22, 2020, at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Mark Makela/Getty Images Japan successfully curbed coronavirus transmission by encouraging people to avoid three C's: closed spaces, crowded places, and close contacts.The CDC's Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, Jay Butler, added three more C's to that list on Wednesday: continuous exposure, coverings, and cold.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.In the...
Tags: Japan, Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, Public Health, University Of Alabama, University of Washington, Butler, Tuscaloosa, Venice California, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Amanda Edwards Getty, Face Masks


Evidence of hibernation-like state in Antarctic animal

Among the many winter survival strategies in the animal world, hibernation is one of the most common. According to new research, this type of adaptation has a long history. In a paper published in the journal Communications Biology, scientists at Harvard University and the University of Washington report evidence of a hibernation-like state in an animal that lived in Antarctica during the Early Triassic, some 250 million years ago.
Tags: Science, Harvard University, Antarctica, Antarctic, University of Washington, Communications Biology


Fossil evidence of 'hibernation-like' state in 250-million-year-old Antarctic animal

University of Washington scientists report evidence of a hibernation-like state in Lystrosaurus, an animal that lived in Antarctica during the Early Triassic, some 250 million years ago. The fossils are the oldest evidence of a hibernation-like state in a vertebrate, and indicate that torpor -- a general term for hibernation and similar states in which animals temporarily lower their metabolic rate to get through a tough season -- arose in vertebrates even before mammals and dinosaurs evolved.
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Mount Everest summit success rates double, death rate stays the same over last 30 years

A new study led by researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, Davis, finds that the success rate of summiting Mount Everest has doubled in the last three decades, even though the number of climbers has greatly increased, crowding the narrow route through the dangerous "death zone" near the summit. However, the death rate for climbers has hovered unchanged at around 1% since 1990.
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Terms in Seattle-area rental ads reinforce neighborhood segregation

A new University of Washington study of Seattle-area rental ads shows how certain words and phrases are common to different neighborhoods, helping to reinforce residential segregation.
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Failure to 'flatten the curve' may kill more people than we thought

New research by the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington finds that every six additional ICU beds or seven additional non-ICU beds filled by COVID-19 patients leads to one additional COVID-19 death over the following week.
Tags: Science, University of Washington, University of Minnesota, COVID


Systemic racism has consequences for all life in cities

Social inequalities, specifically racism and classism, are impacting the biodiversity, evolutionary shifts and ecological health of plants and animals in our cities. That's the main finding of a review paper published Aug. 13 in Science led by the University of Washington, with co-authors at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Michigan.
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Immune functions traded in for reproductive success

Researchers at the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany, and the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, for the first time, investigate the phenomenon of sexual parasitism in deep-sea anglerfish. The scientists show that this very rare mode of reproduction is associated with the loss of adaptive immunity. In the course of evolution, however, the animals have reorganized their immune systems and only survive with the help of their innate immunity.
Tags: Science, University of Washington, Freiburg Germany, MPI, Seattle USA


Researchers Created Tiny Camera Backpacks for Beetles

Every year, companies like GoPro manage to pack more and more functionality into smaller and smaller action cameras that are less obtrusive to wear. But a team of researchers from the University of Washington has managed to build a live-streaming wireless camera that’s so small even an insect can wear it.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Science, Cameras, Robots, Insects, Action Cameras, University of Washington


Laser allows solid-state refrigeration of a semiconductor material

A team from the University of Washington used an infrared laser to cool a solid semiconductor by at least 20 degrees C, or 36 F, below room temperature, as they report in a paper published June 23 in Nature Communications.
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75% of US workers can't work exclusively from home, face greater risks during pandemic

About three-quarters of US workers, or 108 million people, are in jobs that cannot be done from home during a pandemic, putting these workers at increased risk of exposure to disease. This majority of workers are also at higher risk for other job disruptions such as layoffs, furloughs or hours reductions, a University of Washington study shows.
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Fred Hutch and University of Washington experts: Treat COVID-19 earlier to save lives

Infectious disease experts from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine are advocating for earlier actions to reduce hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.
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Coronavirus live news: global Covid-19 cases pass 8 million as Beijing closes sports halls

China reimposes partial lockdown in capital to tackle new cluster; US authorities revoke emergency use of hydroxychloroquine; 2021 Oscars delayed. Follow the latest updates Only three out of 53 countries say US has handled coronavirus better than ChinaCovid-19 can damage lungs of victims beyond recognition, expert saysSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.16am BST All indoor sports and entertainment venues were shut down in China’s capital on Monday as authorities raced to contain a coronavirus...
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A rising tide of marine disease? How parasites respond to a warming world

A recent study from the University of Washington explores the ways parasitism will respond to climate change, providing researchers new insights into disease transmission. The paper was published May 18 in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.
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Millions of historic newspaper images get the machine learning treatment at the Library of Congress

Historians interested in the way events and people were chronicled in the old days once had to sort through card catalogs for old papers, then microfiche scans, then digital listings — but modern advances can index them down to each individual word and photo. A new effort from the Library of Congress has digitized and organized photos and illustrations from centuries of news using state of the art machine learning. Led by Ben Lee, a researcher from the University of Washington occupying th...
Tags: TC, Science, Congress, Government, America, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Madonna, Library Of Congress, OCR, Lee, University of Washington, Ben Lee, America Lee, Chronicling America


Sleep difficulties linked to altered brain development in infants who later develop autism

New research led by the University of Washington finds that sleep problems in a baby's first 12 months may not only precede an autism diagnosis, but also may be associated with altered growth trajectory in a key part of the brain, the hippocampus.
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Sleep difficulties linked to altered brain development in infants who late

New research led by the University of Washington finds that sleep problems in a baby's first 12 months may not only precede an autism diagnosis, but also may be associated with altered growth trajectory in a key part of the brain, the hippocampus.
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Pacific oysters may not contain as many microplastics as previously thought

University of Washington researchers have discovered that the abundance of tiny microplastic contaminants in Pacific oysters from the Salish Sea is much lower than previously thought.
Tags: Science, Pacific, University of Washington, Salish Sea


Millions of US workers at risk of infections on the job

A University of Washington researcher calculates that 14.4 million workers face exposure to infection once a week and 26.7 million at least once a month in the workplace, pointing to an important population needing protection as the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, continues to break out across the US.
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'Ethnic spaces' make minority students feel at home on campus

New research by the University of Washington and the University of Exeter examined the value that college students -- of many races -- place on ethnic cultural centers.
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Antibiotic exposure can 'prime' single-resistant bacteria to become multidrug-resistant

Researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Idaho report that, for a bacterial pathogen already resistant to an antibiotic, prolonged exposure to that antibiotic not only boosted its ability to retain its resistance gene, but also made the pathogen more readily pick up and maintain resistance to a second antibiotic and become a dangerous, multidrug-resistant strain.
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