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Coronavirus Live Updates

Lawmakers and White House officials are still divided over pandemic aid as a program to help small businesses is set to end. The Ohio governor tested positive — and then negative — for the virus.

A Star Went Supernova in 1987. Where Is It Now?

Astronomers might have found the ultradense remnant of an explosion that wracked a nearby galaxy.

Climate change: Lockdown has 'negligible' effect on temperatures

New research says that the lockdown, by itself, will make little difference to climate change.

Climate change: UK peat emissions could cancel forest benefits

UK peatland emissions could cancel out all carbon reductions from new and existing forests.

The Coronavirus Is New, but Your Immune System Might Still Recognize It

Some people carry immune cells called T cells that can capitalize on the virus’s resemblance to other members of its family tree.

Live Coronavirus News: Global Tracker

A photo of a crowded school hallway circulated on social media raises further alarm about the return to U.S. classrooms. France and Germany see worrisome rises in daily case counts.

Hurricane Forecast: ‘One of the Most Active Seasons on Record’

Scientists at NOAA updated their prediction for the 2020 hurricane season, and now expect as many as 25 named storms.

Even Asymptomatic People Carry the Coronavirus in High Amounts

Researchers in South Korea found that roughly 30 percent of those infected never develop symptoms yet probably spread the virus.

Coronavirus Live Updates

In rethinking the U.S. testing strategy, some say it’s better to test often if the results can come quickly. But an enormous supply of testing kits would be needed.

'Paradise island' hosts untold botanical treasures

The first checklist of plants found on the tropical island of New Guinea reveals incredible plant diversity.

Beaver families win legal 'right to remain'

Fifteen beaver families have been given a permanent home on the River Otter in East Devon.

Covid-19 Vaccines: Health Experts Urge F.D.A. to Use Advisory Committee

A letter signed by nearly 400 health experts asked the agency to use its vaccine advisory panel when reviewing data on coronavirus trials.

Major U.S. Health Insurers Report Big Profits, Benefiting From the Pandemic

Consumers are probably entitled to millions of dollars in rebates under Obamacare rules that cap companies’ profits.

Live Covid-19 News Updates: Global Tracker

Six states have entered a pact to reduce testing times. About one-third of Afghanistan’s population, or roughly 10 million people, have probably been infected by the coronavirus and recovered, its health ministry said.

City growth favours animals 'more likely to carry disease'

Turning wild spaces into farmland or cities creates opportunities for diseases to cross into humans.

Mother Chimpanzees Know the Coolest Place in a Scorching Savanna

When forests and woodlands don’t provide a respite from the heat, these primates find cooling centers in their arid landscape.

SpaceX: Musk's 'Mars ship' prototype aces 150m test flight

A prototype of the engine for SpaceX's next-generation Starship vehicle has made a 150m test "hop".

Beirut explosion: What is ammonium nitrate and how dangerous is it?

A huge store of ammonium nitrate has been blamed for a deadly explosion in Beirut, but what is the chemical.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Governors Seek to Reduce Testing Times in U.S.

The effort by governors from both parties highlights testing troubles and the lack of a national plan. Lawmakers will again meet to discuss pandemic aid.

So You Want to Volunteer in a Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

How do you sign up? Will you get paid? Who will cover the costs if you get sick? Here’s a look at the basics.

Climate change: Satellites find new colonies of Emperor penguins

A search from space discovers new colonies of the Antarctic bird that has an uncertain future.

Tracking Coronavirus: Live Updates on Cases and Deaths Globally

Tens of millions of Americans have lost crucial jobless benefits, and lawmakers still can’t seem to agree on a relief measure. Israel’s troubled school reopenings could be a lesson for the U.S.

A Professor Was a Twitter Hoax

A professor at Arizona State University does not exist.

Scientists Uncover Biological Signatures of the Worst Covid-19 Cases

Studies of patients with severe cases of Covid-19 show the immune system lacks its usual coordinated response.

Hurricane, Fire, Covid-19: Disasters Expose the Hard Reality of Climate Change

Twin emergencies on two coasts this week — Hurricane Isaias and the Apple Fire — offer a preview of life in a warming world and the steady danger of overlapping disasters.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Fight Over Aid Package Drags On

Tens of millions of Americans have lost crucial jobless benefits, and lawmakers still can’t seem to agree on a relief measure. Israel’s troubled school reopenings could be a lesson for the U.S.

When Covid Subsided, Israel Reopened Its Schools. It Didn’t Go Well.

As countries consider back-to-school strategies for the fall, a coronavirus outbreak at a Jerusalem high school offers a cautionary tale.

How Hot is Too Hot?

The human body can survive at surprisingly high temperatures, so long as you’re prepared to sweat.

How to Think Like an Epidemiologist

Don’t worry, a little Bayesian analysis won’t hurt you.

James Lovelock: Gaia theory creator on coronavirus and turning 101

British scientist James Lovelock says population growth means something like the virus is "almost inevitable".