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The First Nations along British Columbia's coast once kept the existence of white-furred Spirit bears secret to protect them from the fur trade. Now they are studying the genetic secrets of the ghostly bears to continue protecting them.

Researchers at Harvard developed a model that could anticipate coronavirus outbreaks by 21 days, on average, using search and social-media data

In an open letter to the W.H.O., 239 scientists in 32 countries are calling for the agency to acknowledge airborne transmission of the coronavirus.

Scientists are hoping to swap today's coronavirus tests for more convenient procedures that deliver results in less than an hour

“As elephant populations grow, it is more likely that you will get mass die-offs, probably on a bigger scale than this,” one researcher said. Others fear something more sinister.

Some of the animals appeared to have died suddenly, collapsing chest-first while walking or running. No tusks were removed, suggesting that poaching for ivory may not be to blame.

Spirit bears do not have white fur because they are albinos. They have the same genetic quirk that produces red hair in humans.

Interviews with nearly 20 scientists, including many who work with the W.H.O., paint a picture of an organization that is out of step with science.

Coronavirus cases are up but overall mortality is down, thanks to increased testing, improved treatment and a shift in whom the virus is infecting, experts say


A group working to prevent pandemics lost its grant to work in China. Nobel laureates want the process investigated.

There had been concern that people with mild or asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 might not produce antibodies. Good news: New research suggests that most everyone does make antibodies, and at levels likely to confer some immunity. 

Flushing a toilet can generate a cloud of aerosol droplets that rises nearly three feet. Those droplets -- which could be laden with coronavirus particles -- may linger in the air long enough to be inhaled by a shared toilet’s next user.

No one in the Defense Department is saying that the objects were extraterrestrial, and experts emphasize that earthly explanations can generally be found for such incidents. But the objects have gotten the attention of the Navy.

Frightening new clusters of infection increasingly confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The coronavirus lingers in the air indoors, infecting those nearby.

After reporting suicidal thoughts, Stanford students say they were required to immediately withdraw from all classes, programs and housing. To return to campus, they had to write personal statements “accepting blame” for their behavior.

China is clamping down on calls for official accountability over the coronavirus outbreak. Lawyers have been warned not to file suits against the government. Police have interrogated grieving family members. Digital activists have disappeared.