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Simulations reveal how dominant SARS-CoV-2 strain binds to host, succumbs to antibodies

The dominant G-form spike protein 'puts its head up' more frequently to latch on to receptors, but that makes it more vulnerable to neutralization.

A new super-Earth detected orbiting a red dwarf star

Researchers report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting the star GJ 740, a red dwarf star situated some 36 light years from Earth.

On the pulse of pulsars and polar light

Faced with the tragic loss of the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico and the often prohibitive cost of satellite missions, astronomers are searching for savvy alternatives to continue answering fundamental questions in physics.

Experimental antiviral for COVID-19 effective in hamster study

The experimental antiviral drug MK-4482 significantly decreased levels of virus and disease damage in the lungs of hamsters treated for SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to a new study. MK-4482, delivered orally, is now in human clinical trials.

With impressive accuracy, dogs can sniff out coronavirus

In a proof-of-concept study, dogs identified positive samples with 96 percent accuracy.

Virologists develop broadly protective coronavirus vaccines

A candidate vaccine that could provide protection against the COVID-19 virus and other coronaviruses has shown promising results in early animal testing.

Scientists may detect signs of extraterrestrial life in the next 5 to 10 years

Research shows that a new telescope could detect a potential signature of life on other planets in as little as 60 hours.

Unconventional takes on pandemics and nuclear defense could protect humanity from catastrophic failure

From engineered pandemics to city-toppling cyber attacks to nuclear annihilation, life on Earth could radically change, and soon.

Tarantula's ubiquity traced back to the cretaceous

Tarantulas are among the most notorious spiders, due in part to their size, vibrant colors and prevalence throughout the world. But one thing most people don't know is that tarantulas are homebodies. Females and their young rarely leave their burrows and only mature males will wander to seek out a mate. How then did such a sedentary spider come to inhabit...

Study shows past COVID-19 infection doesn't fully protect young people against reinfection

Results of a new study suggest vaccination against COVID-19 remains crucial even in young adults who were previously infected.

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