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CORONAVIRUS NEWS ROUNDUP, JUNE 27-JULY 3

Pandemic highlights for the week

COLOR-CHANGING INK TURNS CLOTHES INTO GIANT CHEMICAL SENSORS

A silk-based substance could lead to new wearables

 
 
 

WHY PEOPLE ARE TOPPLING MONUMENTS TO RACISM

Statues are ideological powerhouses that compress whole systems of authority into bodies of bronze or marble

YOUNG GREAT WHITE SHARKS EAT OFF THE FLOOR

The stomach contests of young great white sharks showed that they spend a lot of time patrolling the sea floor for meals.

 
 
 

DISASTER LOANS ENTRENCH DISPARITIES IN BLACK COMMUNITIES

Systemic inequities such as credit scores mean Black home and business owners receive fewer federal relief loans than white ones

FRANCE DECLARES OPEN SEASON ON SNAILS

Originally published in June 1909

 
 
 

WHY DOES THE PHRASE "WOMAN SCIENTIST" EVEN EXIST?

It's ungrammatical, plus it suggests we're an exotic species-but it can also remind people that STEM isn't just for men

RAPE KITS ARE SITTING ON SHELVES, UNTESTED

Evidence gathered in sexual-assault cases could catch more criminals-if anyone bothered to look

 
 
 

AN ELEMENTAL PROBLEM WITH THE SUN

A decades-long dispute over how much carbon, nitrogen and oxygen lie within our closest star has implications for the entire universe

 
 
 

ASTRONOMERS MAY HAVE GLIMPSED LIGHT FROM MERGING BLACK HOLES

If confirmed, the controversial result could open new vistas on cosmic collisions

NATURE'S GOODS AND SERVICES GET PRICED

The Gross Ecosystem Product, or GEP, tries to take into account the contribution of nature to the economy.

 
 
 

WHY IS THE SOUTH POLE WARMING SO QUICKLY? IT'S COMPLICATED

Much of the warming is linked to natural climate cycles happening thousands of miles away in the tropics

THE SCIENCE OF FIREWORKS

We take you inside a single fireworks shell to show you how it all works. If you want to glimpse more than just the inner workings...

 
 
 

MYSTERY OBJECT BLURS LINE BETWEEN NEUTRON STARS AND BLACK HOLES

Existing in the “mass gap” dividing two classes of cosmic heavyweights, the object could be the most massive neutron star, the lightest...

TINY GRAVITATIONAL-WAVE DETECTOR COULD SEARCH ANYWHERE IN THE SKY

A much smaller and more reproducible version of LIGO could transform gravitational-wave astronomy

 
 
 

THE ENCRYPTION WARS ARE BACK, BUT IN DISGUISE

A government push for access is ostensibly about fighting crime, terrorism and child porn-but it could put all of us at risk of unwarranted...

TO SPOT FUTURE CORONAVIRUS FLARE-UPS, SEARCH THE SEWERS

Wastewater-based epidemiology can test large groups of people and help better allocate scarce resources

 
 
 

WHY DO SMELLS TRIGGER MEMORIES?

Your sense of smell may be a better memory trigger than your sense of sight. Here's why a whiff of apple pie may instantly transport...

CALIFORNIA PASSES HISTORIC CLEAN TRUCK RULE

The state aims to replace diesel trucks, which contribute to greenhouse gases and smog, with electric vehicles

 
 
 



Stimulus money could pose dilemmas in nursing homes

Stimulus money could pose dilemmas in nursing homes

Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government's plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under... Read more ...

What you need to know about COVID-19: US marks Fourth of July with pleas for...

What you need to know about COVID-19: US marks Fourth of July with pleas for people to skip parties

Without the right measures to stop the spread of the virus, health experts fear the holiday weekend could bring a wave of new infections that could overwhelm hospitals. Read more ...

Kim Guilfoyle, campaign official and girlfriend of Trump Jr., tests positive...

Kim Guilfoyle, campaign official and girlfriend of Trump Jr., tests positive for coronavirus in South Dakota

Kim Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top Trump campaign official, tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the president's speech in South Dakota on Friday... Read more ...

Cleveland Indians look into changing name amid pressure

Cleveland Indians look into changing name amid pressure

CLEVELAND - They've been known as the Cleveland Indians since 1915. Those days could be over. Read more ...

8-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting at Alabama mall

8-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting at Alabama mall

Three others, including a man, woman and juvenile girl, were injured in the shooting and are being treated at local hospitals. Read more ...

NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson tests positive for COVID-19, will miss upcoming...

NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson tests positive for COVID-19, will miss upcoming race, Hendrick Motorsports says

“My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates,” Johnson said. Read more ...

Man dead in Owings Mills after overnight shooting

Man dead in Owings Mills after overnight shooting

Police in Baltimore County are investigating a homicide that occurred in Owings Mills Friday evening. Read more ...

Friends fear Ghislaine Maxwell is in ‘danger,' worried for her safety

Friends fear Ghislaine Maxwell is in ‘danger,' worried for her safety

Friends of Ghislaine Maxwell are worried the disgraced socialite could get whacked in prison or die by suicide like her predator ex-lover and boss, Jeffrey Epstein. “I'm... Read more ...

American flag hanging from iconic pedestrian bridge

American flag hanging from iconic pedestrian bridge

A massive American flag is returning to an iconic pedestrian bridge in Tennessee. Read more ...

Spain locks down a region of 200,000 people indefinitely after it...

Spain locks down a region of 200,000 people indefinitely after it experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases

The Catalonian government in Spain announced on Saturday an indefinite period of lockdown for the Segrià region of the country, which is home to more than 200,000... Read more ...