A versatile antiviral emerges to fight COVID-19

Scientists everywhere are working overtime to develop treatments for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Many existing drugs and new candidates are being tested, with the hope of easing the global pandemic ahead of a vaccine. An article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, reports…

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Bullying is common factor in LGBTQ youth suicides, YSPH study finds

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found that death records of LGBTQ youth who died by suicide were substantially more likely to mention bullying as a factor than their non-LGBTQ peers. The researchers reviewed nearly 10,000 death records of youth ages 10 to 19 who died by suicide in the United States…

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The evolutionary puzzle of the mammalian ear

The vertebrate ear is a remarkable structure. Tightly encapsulated within the densest bone of the skeleton, it comprises the smallest elements of the vertebrate skeleton (auditory ossicles) and gives rise to several different senses: balance, posture control, gaze stabilization, and hearing. Nowhere else in the vertebrate skeleton are different functional units packed so close together…

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New cancer immunotherapy targeting myeloid cells slows tumor growth

PHILADELPHIA — Checkpoint inhibitors, a type of immunotherapy, that target myeloid immune cells and slow tumor growth were discovered by a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions. Reporting in Nature Cancer, the researchers showed for the first time in human cells and a mouse model that…

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In Quarantine, Restaurant Recipes Are Postcards From Another Time

Gourmet used to run a recipe-request column called You Asked For It. It was everybody’s favorite part of the magazine. Everybody, that is, except Gourmet’s test-kitchen cooks, who drove themselves crazy getting the recipes into a form that people at home could follow. In Gourmet’s early years, the 1940s and ’50s, what readers asked for…

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After Crowding at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri Officials Urge Quarantine

After large crowds gathered at the Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend in defiance of Missouri’s social distancing guidelines, officials in two states urged those visitors to quarantine for two weeks, or until they tested negative for the coronavirus. The visitors “showed no efforts to follow social distancing practices,” the St. Louis…

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Hanifa’s 3D Fashion Show Sets the Pace for the Future of the Runway

On Friday night, May 22, the internet belonged to a black woman. Amid the usual Instagram DJ live sets, photo dumps of simpler times pre-coronavirus, and sheer boredom Tweets, Congolese designer and Hanifa founder, Anifa Mvuemba, debuted her latest collection Pink Label Congo via 3D renderings on Instagram Live. The move was in response to…

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A Socially Distanced Las Vegas? What Are the Odds?

For decades, the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas has been known for single-deck blackjack. But when the casinos and resorts open up — tentatively early June — after weeks of being shut down, players will no longer be able to touch the cards. About 100 slot machines at the casino have…

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Living Together in a Pandemic: How Are Your Relationships Faring?

It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that relationships can flourish — or wither — in times of stress. Add months on end without the ability to significantly mingle with others, along with the physical and emotional toll that comes with a pandemic, and this period we’re living through may just be the ultimate…

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Canned Cocktails From Oregon

Most canned cocktails are not for me. But the line of carbonated ones now sold nationally by Rogue Ales & Spirits in Newport, Ore., are an exception. They’re blissfully straightforward mixtures of very few ingredients, plus sparkling water. The spirits are Rogue’s own Bayfront Vodka and Farmhouse Gin. The Ginger Lime Vodka Mule and the…

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