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Rare fungal infections that destroy eyeballs and kill are on the rise in India

Enlarge / A health worker exits an ambulance outside a quarantine center in the Goregaon suburb of Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Getty | Bloomberg As the pandemic coronavirus continues to ravage India, doctors are reporting a disturbing uptick in cases of a rare, potentially fatal fungal infection among people recovered or recovering …

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FDA authorizes Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

Enlarge / An illustration picture shows vials with COVID-19 Vaccine stickers attached, with the logo of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, on November 17, 2020. Getty | JUSTIN TALLIS The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15, the agency announced …

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What cats’ love of boxes and squares can tell us about their visual perception

Enlarge / Like most cats, nothing delights Ariel more than an empty box in which to lounge. This might tell us something about feline visual perception of shapes and contours, per a new study in Applied Animal Behaviour Science. Sean Carroll It is a truth universally acknowledged—at least by those of the feline persuasion—that an …

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9,000 fliers may have had reused swabs jammed up their noses in Indonesia

Enlarge / BANGKA BELITUNG ISLANDS, INDONESIA – DECEMBER 21, 2020: Health workers carry out a rapid antigen test on a passenger at Deapti Amir Airport, Pangkal Pinang City. Getty | Roni Bayu Since last December, more than 9,000 airline passengers who took a coronavirus rapid test as they flew out of Kualanamu International Airport in …

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SpaceX successfully lands a Starship test flight

Enlarge / Starship SN15 descending back to Texas under two of its three upgraded raptor engines. Successful landing! Trevor Mahlmann By now, many readers are familiar with SpaceX’s Starship tests. The rocket makes its way skyward and performs maneuvers that seem like impossibilities to a generation raised on rockets that simply shot things to orbit. These …

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Biden shifts strategy as national vaccination rate continues to slow

Enlarge / US President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Getty | Bloomberg By July 4—two months from today—the Biden administration wants to have 70 percent of American adults vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 160 …

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NASA has selected its deep space hardware—now comes the fun part

Enlarge / NASA’s Kathy Lueders, left, and SpaceX’s Hans Koenigsmann track the Demo-2 crew mission in 2020. SpaceX is helping to enable NASA to think less about transportation and more about exploration. NASA No NASA official would ever admit this in public, but the 2010s have been a frustrating decade for human spaceflight. After the …

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The new abnormal is warming up the US government’s new climate norms

Enlarge / What a difference a decade makes. Even though 2/3 of the data in the new normals is present in the previous ones, the last decade’s still been hot enough to drag the temperatures upwards. NOAA On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a set of data it terms the “US …

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FDA reportedly plans to authorize Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for teens 12-15 in days

Enlarge / Vials with COVID-19 Vaccine labels showing logos of pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech. Getty | Photonews The Food and Drug Administration is planning to authorize the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years old later this week or early next week, according to a report by …

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Technician for water co. linked to liver failure says his dog got liver illness

Real Water sold in jugs. FDA The lead water technician for Real Water—a Las Vegas-based company that produces “alkalized” bottled water now linked to liver failure cases—testified that he had no relevant experience to be a water technician when he was promoted to the position last August. Real Water’s lead technician, Casey Aiken, 40, is …

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