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New Study Estimates Spread of 2019-nCoV Coronavirus

Posted: 31 Jan 2020 12:22 PM PST

As of January 25, 2020, up to 75,800 individuals in Wuhan, Hubei province, China — the epicenter of the outbreak of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus — may have been infected with the novel virus, according to new modeling research from the University of Hong Kong. “Not everyone who is infected with 2019-nCoV would require or seek […]
15,000-Year-Old Viruses and Bacteria Found in Glacier Ice from Tibet

Posted: 31 Jan 2020 11:15 AM PST

A team of U.S. researchers has found ancient viruses and bacteria in ice from two cores drilled on the summit and plateau of the Guliya ice cap in northwestern Tibetan Plateau, China. “While glacier ice cores provide climate information over tens to hundreds of thousands of years, study of microbes is challenged by ultra-low-biomass conditions, […]
Exotic Binary System Confirms Relativistic Frame-Dragging

Posted: 31 Jan 2020 09:50 AM PST

An international team of astronomers has found exciting new evidence for Lense-Thirring precession — an effect of relativistic frame-dragging — after tracking the pulsar-white dwarf binary system PSR J1141-6545 for almost two decades. When a massive object rotates, general relativity predicts that it pulls the surrounding spacetime around with it, a phenomenon known as frame-dragging. […]
Is 2019-nCoV Outbreak as Bad as SARS or 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic?

Posted: 31 Jan 2020 07:01 AM PST

As the 2019-nCoV coronavirus continues to cross international borders, the two key questions on public health officials’ minds are: How deadly is it? and Can it be contained? The two outbreaks in recent memory that give the most insight into these questions are the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, which spread from China to 26 other countries […]
Study: African Individuals Carry More Neanderthal DNA than Previously Thought

Posted: 31 Jan 2020 05:16 AM PST

Using a novel method for detecting Neanderthal ancestry in modern humans, a team of U.S. researchers has demonstrated that remnants of Neanderthal genomes survive in every modern human population studied to date. They have found that modern African individuals have more Neanderthal DNA than previously thought; this can be explained by genuine Neanderthal ancestry due […]

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