The arrival of flu season will put more pressure on hospitals already facing the coronavirus pandemic.
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Pandemic policy experts offer 10 recommendations that could reduce the risk that a bad flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic will overwhelm hospitals.
Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test.
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Companies are eager to mine the deep ocean for valuable mineral deposits. But scientists are concerned about impacts on sea life, including creatures that haven't even been discovered yet.
Flaring gas at an oil production site outside Williston, North Dakota.
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Flaring, or burning, waste gas from energy production has sharply increased over the past decade. It wastes usable fuel, pollutes the air, and helps drive climate change.
Known as Mary Beale’s ‘Portrait of a Mathematician,’ could the circa 1680 painting depict Hooke?
Online sleuthing and deductive reasoning identifies what appears to be the only existent portrait painted of the celebrated scientist during his lifetime.
Florida cities like Miami have resorted to issuing their own protective rules as coronavirus case numbers climb.
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A close look at Florida's economy shows just how vulnerable the state and its population are to a pandemic, and some of the reasons state officials hesitate to take action.
Voters in Lexington, Kentucky, waited more than 90 minutes to vote on June 23.
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Overall, waiting times may be improving – but long waits are still common in Black communities.
The same stay-at-home recommendations meant to protect older adults from COVID-19 can also leave them feeling isolated and lonely.
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Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.
On June 26, Texas’ governor ordered bars to close as COVID-19 case numbers spiked, particularly among younger adults. This Houston bar, photographed in late May,
voluntarily shut down shortly before the order after two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.
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Texas hospitals are filling up with new COVID-19 cases, and many of the people falling ill are young.
Much of India experiences both extreme heat and extreme air pollution, as seen in this photo of the Akshardham Hindu temple. Days with both are going to increase.
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In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.
President-elect Trump at a post-election rally in Mobile, Alabama, Dec. 17, 2016.
Donald Trump uses language like a dangerous demagogue. The author of a book on Trump's rhetorical skill gives a guide to the six most important rhetorical strategies Trump uses.
Supporters of LGBT rights protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Before the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII protects LBGT employees, some organizations were already aware of the benefits of inclusion.
Germany led the way with its early response to the coronavirus crisis.
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Countries across the globe responded differently to the pandemic, and results show a difference in effectiveness as well.
The demand for services nonprofits offer is surging.
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This measure, included in a pandemic relief package, is supposed to encourage Americans to give more to nonprofits.
Are they spending as much on the needs of others as the rest of us?
Reliable data on charitable giving is hard to come by. But based on the information available, very rich people are at least as generous as everyone else.
Eric Wang of Burmese Restaurant Thamee in Washington, D.C., was among the millions of small business owners hoping to get SBA aid.
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About one in four businesses say they're two months away from permanent closure, yet many of the neediest businesses are struggling to get some of the aid intended for them.
A nurse (left) operates a robot used to interact remotely with coronavirus patients while a physician looks on.
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Robots are helping health care workers and public safety officials more safely and quickly treat coronavirus patients and contain the pandemic. They have something in common: They're tried and tested.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, introduces a hand sanitizer manufactured by the state of New York.
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Incarcerated Americans have been tasked with washing hospital laundry, manufacturing protective equipment, disinfecting cleaning supplies and digging mass graves.
Social distancing has changed the way people worship. A pastor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Los Angeles holds a service through his iPhone.
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Churches have moved online. But to be able to properly connect with people, they need to find a way to build community, says a scholar who studies digital religion.
Seorang perempuan hamil berjalan melewati mural jalanan di Hong Kong pada 23 Maret 2020. Dengan pandemi coronavirus yang bergerak cepat, perempuan hamil menghadapi perubahan sistem perawatan kesehatan.
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Punya anak merupakan peristiwa penting yang harus dirayakan, termasuk selama pandemi. Cuci tangan, jaga jarak sosial, dan tetap dekat dengan penyedia layanan kesehatan Anda selama kehamilan.
People have resorted to using scarves and bandanas as face masks to protect against spreading coronavirus. While cloth masks aren’t as effective as surgical masks, research suggests they can limit the spread of droplets.
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U.S. health officials flipped their advice and now recommend everyone wear cloth masks in public to reduce the spread of coronavirus to others. Some cities have fines for going without masks.