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NY partygoers get subpoenas after stonewalling COVID-19 contact tracers

Enlarge / This picture taken on April 5, 2019, shows nurses waiting for patients at the Rockland County Health Department in Haverstraw, Rockland County, New York, amid a measles outbreak. Getty | JOHANNES EISELE Test, isolate, trace, quarantine: these are the bedrock public health measures proven effective at stamping out an infectious disease before it …

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Commerce Inspector General says “Sharpiegate” report being blocked

Enlarge / Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. NASA HQ PHOTO / Flickr Last month, we covered the results of a NOAA investigation into scientific integrity violations associated with its handling of President Donald Trump’s self-inflicted hurricane controversy. The problems started when Trump incorrectly tweeted that Alabama was likely going to be impacted by Hurricane Dorian. After …

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COVID-19 vaccine must protect 50% of people for approval, FDA says

Enlarge / Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30, 2020, in Washington, DC. Getty | Al Drago Any experimental COVID-19 vaccines aspiring to earn regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration will …

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EU will speed up its spaceflight plans in response to SpaceX and China

JODY AMIET/AFP via Getty Images The modern space race is heating up, and the European Union is acutely aware that it needs to keep pace. Space chief Thierry Breton told Reuters in an interview that the EU is accelerating its plans in light of rapid progress by private companies like SpaceX as well as China’s …

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New polymer easily captures gold extracted from e-waste

Enlarge / The polymer, called COP-180, selectively captures gold after it has been leached from e-waste. Yeongran Hong One thing holding back e-waste recycling is the actual recycling process itself. We need cheaper, safer, cleaner, or more effective methods of separating and recovering the valuable elements from electronics before we can make the whole endeavor …

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Astronomers may have spotted light from colliding black holes

Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC) Black hole collisions tend not to produce light by their very nature — you may catch gravitational waves, but that’s about it. However, scientists might have just found one of those rare instances where a collision was visible. A team using May 2019 data from both the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) …

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Empirical analysis tells Reviewer 2: “Go F‘ Yourself”

Enlarge Getty Peer review is often the key hurdle between obtaining some data and getting it published in the scientific literature. As such, it’s often essential to keeping questionable results out of the scientific literature. But for vast numbers of scientists with solid-but-unexciting results, it can be a hurdle that raises frustrations to thermonuclear levels. …

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The rocket motor of the future “breathes” air like a jet engine

Enlarge / Mountain Aerospace Research Solution’s Fenris engine during its first hotfire last July. Aaron Davis | Mountain Aerospace Research Solutions There’s a small airfield about a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles that sits on the edge of a vast expanse of desert and attracts aerospace mavericks like moths to a flame. The Mojave …

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Doomscrolling is slowly eroding your mental health

Enlarge Joel Sorrell | Getty Images It’s 11:37pm and the pattern shows no signs of shifting. At 1:12am, it’s more of the same. Thumb down, thumb up. Twitter, Instagram, and—if you’re feeling particularly wrought/masochistic—Facebook. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic left a great many people locked down in their homes in early March, the evening ritual …

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