Cats Are Better Than Dogs (at Catching the Coronavirus)

People who test positive for the coronavirus should distance themselves from pet cats and dogs as well as from other humans. “You cannot cuddle them,” one scientist said.Lillian Suwanrumpha/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBy Sabrina ImblerIn the spring of 2020, as the novel coronavirus infiltrated the Twin Cities, Hinh Ly could not stop thinking…
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News Roundup: US Wildfires, European Floods, & a Tiny Cow

Heat & Dry Weather in US West Lead to Huge Wildfires As many as 70 large wildfires are burning in the western United States. Fire fighters are struggling to bring them under control, but the hot, dry conditions in the area are allowing the fires to spread quickly. The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon is currently the largest of the fires. It…
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Hubble space telescope’s function is restored

SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightNASAEngineers have restored the science instruments aboard the Hubble Space Telescope, after a glitch took them offline.Astronomers can now begin collecting data for the first time since 13 June, when a computer stopped working.Last week, engineers began switching over to backup hardware, in…
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Taliban Want Afghan Deal, Leader Says, Even As They Battle On

ISLAMABAD - The leader of the Taliban said Sunday that his movement is committed to a political settlement to end decades of war in Afghanistan, even as the insurgents battle in dozens of districts across to country to gain territory.The statement by Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada came as Taliban leaders were meeting with a high-level Afghan…
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Thinking without a brain

If you didn't have a brain, could you still figure out where you were and navigate your surroundings? Thanks to new research on slime molds, the answer may be "yes." Scientists from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University have discovered that a brainless slime mold called Physarum polycephalum…
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