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UK 'overestimates' coronavirus death toll: Study

LONDON: Britain has suffered the deadliest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe but a new study suggests the health authorities are overestimating the toll by including people who died long after they recovered. More than 45,000 deaths have been recorded in patients who tested positive for coronavirus, a grim figure that …

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Spacecraft snaps closest pictures of sun, 'campfires' abound

CAPE CANAVERAL, US: A European and NASA spacecraft has snapped the closest pictures ever taken of the sun, revealing countless little “campfires” flaring everywhere. Scientists on Thursday released the first images taken by Solar Orbiter, launched from Cape Canaveral in February. The orbiter was about 48 million miles (77 million …

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No evidence to support Covid-19 spread from dogs to humans

NEW YORK: A study published earlier this year claiming the coronavirus (Covid-19) may have jumped from dogs to humans is scientifically flawed, offering no direct evidence to support its conclusions, say researchers. “During this time of Covid-19 we are seeing people publish things that make wild leaps to conclusions that …

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Moderna Covid-19 vaccine enters final stage trial this month

WASHINGTON: US biotech firm Moderna said Tuesday it would enter the final stage of human trials for its Covid-19 vaccine on July 27, to test how well it protects people in the real world. The announcement came as the results from an earlier trial intended to prove the vaccine was …

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'Key element of strong antibody response to Covid-19 decoded'

LOS ANGELES: Scientists have discovered a common feature found in many of the human antibodies that neutralise the novel coronavirus, a finding which they say can aid successful vaccine development against Covid-19. While multiple vaccine candidates have entered clinical trials, the researchers, including those from the Scripps Research Institute in …

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Artificial Intelligence predicts which planetary systems will survive

WASHINGTON DC: Rejecting the large range of unstable possibilities, all the configurations that would lead to collisions would leave behind a sharper view of planetary systems around other stars, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. “Separating the stable from the unstable configurations turns out to be a fascinating …

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Understanding bat immune system may help identify new Covid-19 drug targets, scientists say

NEW YORK: The capacity of bats to tolerate viruses such as the novel coronavirus may stem from their ability to control inflammation, according to a review of studies which says understanding the immune system of the flying mammals can provide new drug targets for human therapies against Covid-19. Researchers, including …

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NASA partners SETI Institute on planetary protection

WASHINGTON: NASA has awarded the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, a $4.7 million contract to support current and future planetary protection missions to ensure compliance with planetary protection standards. The five-year contract began on July 1, NASA said on Friday. Some of the upcoming NASA science missions that will …

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How good gut bacteria helps reduce heart disease risk

NEW YORK: Researchers have discovered that one of the good bacteria found in the human gut has the potential to reduce the risk of heart disease. The bacteria’s activity in the intestines reduces the production of a chemical that has been linked to the development of clogged arteries, the study, …

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Scientists focus on how immune system T cells fight coronavirus in absence of antibodies

As scientists question whether the presence, or absence, of antibodies to the novel coronavirus can reliably determine immunity, some are looking to a different component of the immune system, known as T cells, for their role in protecting people in the pandemic. Recent studies show that some recovered patients who …

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