McConnell Signals Openness to Jobless Aid Extension

This briefing has ended. Read live coronavirus updates here. Here’s what you need to know: ImageMitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, signaled he might be willing to accept the extension of the jobless-aid payments that many in his party oppose.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times As talks drag on, McConnell signals openness to jobless aid extension,…

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How to Save Seeds for Next Year’s Garden

In gardening, what looks like a mishap may be an epiphany in disguise. “If you remembered to harvest your lettuce, great,” Ken Greene reminded me recently. “If you forgot to harvest the lettuce, great!” Missing a harvest window means you could be on your way to growing a crop of that plant’s seed, which is…

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See for Yourself: How Airplanes Are Cleaned Today

Move over, on-time performance. The new key standard for airlines and passengers is: “How clean is it?” The airlines are busily fine-tuning their cleaning procedures — where they clean, how frequently and with which tools. To get a sense of what’s changed, I recently witnessed the disinfection and cleaning process performed from start to finish…

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These Rolls Will Change the Way You See Sourdough

It’s not that Bryan Ford didn’t love those tall, quintessentially crusty, flour-dusted, rustic French and Italian sourdough loaves — the kind you’ve seen cross-sectioned and shot from every angle on bread blogs and in cookbooks and on Instagram. The kind an algorithm may have even directed you toward with a far higher frequency since the…

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Alcoholism treatment is potentially effective against COVID-19

A team of chemists from HSE University and the Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry used molecular modelling to find out that two medications that have been known for a long time can be used to fight SARS-CoV-2. These are disulfiram, which is used to treat alcoholism, and neratinib, an experimental drug being used to treat…

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Bone drug may be beneficial for knee osteoarthritis

(Boston)— Bisphosphonates (a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone density and used to treat osteoporosis and similar diseases) appear to be safe and beneficial for osteoarthritis patients. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide with more than 300 million suffering with the condition,…

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Local food

The COVID-19 pandemic exposes weaknesses in the supply chain when countries go into lockdown. Some are small, such as the toilet paper shortages early on, that, while annoying, were eventually resolved. But what happens when the effects of the pandemic reach the food systems of countries highly reliant on food imports and income from abroad,…

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Neuroscience 2020 cancelled

The Society for Neuroscience is announcing the cancellation of Neuroscience 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the Mayor of the District imposing continuing restrictions on large in-person events in the District of Columbia. The SfN annual meeting, scheduled for October 24-28, 2020 in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,…

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