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COVID and mental health: 'I really struggled psychologically'

It's not just the body that suffers from COVID-19. A new Oxford study has found that an infection can have psychological consequences, as well, with symptoms including depression and anxiety. Difficulty breathing, the loss of taste and smell, overall weakness: Those are the physical symptoms of COVID-19 ... Read full article »

US-Russian trio docks at International Space Station

Two of Russia's Roscosmos cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut docked safely on a mission in honor of the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space. Three space travelers successfully launched on Friday from the Russian spaceport Baikonur and reached the International Space Station ... Read full article »

Why does music make us feel so good?

We all know that feeling when the right song hits at the right moment and it's just ... really, really good. No other form of art can quite match the feeling of music-induced pleasure. And brain scientists are getting closer to understanding what it's all about by delving deep into our reward system. ... Read full article »

AstraZeneca: EMA says blood clots 'very rare' side effect

The European Medicines Agency says blood clotting should be listed as a "very rare" side effect of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. But the EU regulator says the benefits of the jab outweigh the risks. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday said blood-clotting should be listed as a "very ... Read full article »

The brain of an autistic person simply works differently

Autistic people can find communicating and engaging with others hard. But a typical autistic person does not exist, and autistic traits may be in all of us. A whole range of different conditions belong to the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or autism, a life-long neurodevelopmental disorder that affects ... Read full article »

Brazil discovers new coronavirus variant similar to one from South Africa

Brazilian health officials have detected a new coronavirus variant in Sao Paulo state, as the country faces a dire health crisis. Brazilian health authorities on Wednesday announced they have detected a new coronavirus variant found in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo, as the country struggles to ... Read full article »

COVID-19: First data shows BioNTech-Pfizer '100% effective' in young teenagers

Initial data (that has yet to be peer reviewed) suggests the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine may work even better for young teens than it does for adults — due to an even stronger antibody reaction. The announcement came a day after Germany halted the use of AstraZeneca for anyone under 60. Read full article »

Why sex and gender aren't binary issues

Man and woman with nothing in between, gender as identical to sex ― those who deny the existence of intersex and transgender people like to point to biology. But science actually proves them wrong. Our gender is identical with our sex, written in our genes, can be clearly assigned and does not change ... Read full article »

Weekly COVID-19 roundup — vaccines, variants & very tired parents

Can vaccines stop the mutations? According to a large-scale study out of Israel, it appears the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine can — for now. Also, an unexpected link between the flu vaccine and lower coronavirus numbers, and an expert's advice (together with new survey results) for burnt out parents. Read full article »

Crafty crabs

There are thousands of different types of crabs in the world, and some have developed pretty curious behaviors. From evading eradication to navigating mazes, here are a few of the behaviors these critters display. Read full article »

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