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HOW THE SUBURBS COULD HELP SAVE BIODIVERSITY

The first step is to redefine our concept of what a garden should be

BIDEN NAMES TOP GENETICIST ERIC LANDER AS SCIENCE ADVISER

U.S. president-elect also elevates the position to the cabinet for the first time

 
 
 

MYSTERIOUS HEAT SPIKES INSIDE CELLS ARE PROBED WITH TINY DIAMONDS

A new type of sensor may help solve a puzzling cellular phenomenon

CORONAVIRUS NEWS ROUNDUP, JANUARY 9-JANUARY 15

Pandemic highlights for the week

 
 
 

UNRIVALED VIEW OF BRILLIANT 'PLANETARY NEBULA' NGC 2899

Its distinctive butterfly shape is caused by one star interfering with the gas expulsion pattern of another

TELESCOPES ON FAR SIDE OF THE MOON COULD ILLUMINATE THE COSMIC DARK AGES

Instruments deployed on missions to the lunar far side might give us an unprecedented view of the early universe

 
 
 

SCIENTISTS WEIGH IN ON INDIA'S CITIZENSHIP DEBATE

Repressive measures by India's government are sparking a backlash in the nation's scientific community

COVID IS ON TRACK TO BECOME THE U.S.'S LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH-YET AGAIN

This winter the novel coronavirus may kill more people than heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's or diabetes

 
 
 

THE REMAINING COVID-19 JOURNEY

With a vaccine in limited availability, many still need medicines to keep the virus at bay

SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION IN A DIVIDED WORLD

An initiative in Arctic bird conservation shows the value of cooperation across geographic and political boundaries

 
 
 

SHOULD WE CHANGE COVID VACCINE DOSES TO REACH MORE PEOPLE? WHAT THE DATA SAY

Scientists are debating whether to delay, skip or halve doses. But untested tweaks could shake public confidence

VIRGIN ORBIT'S FIRST LAUNCH OF 2021 IS IMMINENT

The company is targeting Sunday, January 17 for sending its LauncherOne rocket to space from the belly of a 747 jet

 
 
 

DIRE WOLVES WERE NOT REALLY WOLVES, NEW GENETIC CLUES REVEAL

The extinct giant canids were a remarkable example of convergent evolution

COVID IS ON TRACK TO BECOME THE U.S.'S LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH-YET AGAIN

This winter the novel coronavirus may kill more people than heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's or diabetes

 
 
 

'NANOLITES' CAN TRIGGER DANGEROUS VOLCANIC EXPLOSIONS

Tiny crystals play a big role in unexpectedly violent eruptions

WHAT IS CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND HOW MIGHT IT AFFECT YOU?

In the U.S., a third of Americans are at risk of chronic kidney disease, and age is a major factor. More than half of Americans over...

 
 
 

NOW IS THE TIME TO REESTABLISH REALITY

We need to agree on the evidence-so we can disagree on what to do in light of it

THE FOUR MOST PRESSING SCIENCE PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT

 
 
 

DID WE RECEIVE A MESSAGE FROM A PLANET ORBITING THE NEAREST STAR?

A radio blip, seemingly from Proxima Centauri, where an Earth-size planet world orbits in the habitable zone, is tantalizing-but it's...

BROWN TREE SNAKES TWIST THEMSELVES INTO 'LASSOS' TO CLIMB

The reptiles scale trees with a technique never before observed in any snake

 
 
 



Biden taps Warren ally Chopra to lead Consumer Bureau

Biden taps Warren ally Chopra to lead Consumer Bureau

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to four sources familiar with the decision... Read more ...

Should Drew Brees retire from Saints? Why losing to Tom Brady, Buccaneers in...

Should Drew Brees retire from Saints? Why losing to Tom Brady, Buccaneers in NFC playoffs can inspire return

The expectation is that Drew Brees will retire now that the Saints' 2020 season is over. But what if Brees looks at Tom Brady's production at 43 and decides he can do that, too? Read more ...

Los Angeles Chargers hiring Brandon Staley as head coach

Los Angeles Chargers hiring Brandon Staley as head coach

COSTA MESA, Calif. - The Los Angeles Chargers have hired Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brian Staley as the team's head coach. Read more ...

Phil Spector, the revolutionary music producer convicted of murdering an...

Phil Spector, the revolutionary music producer convicted of murdering an actress, has died at 81

California state prison officials said Spector died Saturday of natural causes at a hospital. Read more ...

Defense Officials Fear Inside Attack At Inauguration, Prompting FBI To Vet Guard

Defense Officials Fear Inside Attack At Inauguration, Prompting FBI To Vet Guard

The massive undertaking underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect Washington could threaten the incoming administration. Read more ...

Navalny Detained as He Arrives Back in Russia

Navalny Detained as He Arrives Back in Russia

Alexei Navalny, a leading Kremlin political opponent, was taken into custody Sunday just after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from a poisoning... Read more ...

Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

Democrat Alex Padilla, now California's secretary of state, will serve the final two years of Harris' term. Read more ...

NFL Draft order 2021: Updated list of picks for every team after divisional...

NFL Draft order 2021: Updated list of picks for every team after divisional playoffs

Here is the 2021 NFL Draft order for the first 28 picks, which was finalized with the results of the divisional round. Read more ...

Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

WILMINGTON, Del. - Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated. Aides to the... Read more ...

Biden to yank Keystone XL permit on first day of presidency

Biden to yank Keystone XL permit on first day of presidency

President-elect Joe Biden will rescind the cross-border permit for TC Energy's Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, three sources confirm to POLITICO. The move is... Read more ...