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Widespread Use Of Face Masks Could Save Tens Of Thousands Of Lives, Models Project

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Models developed by mathematical epidemiologists project that tens thousands of lives across the US can be saved by more people wearing face masks.

A User's Guide To Masks: What's Best At Protecting Others (And Yourself)

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They're made of cotton. Or polyester. Or paper. Or polypropylene. Here's what researchers say about the effectiveness of the different types of face mask during this pandemic.

A Year In, 1st Patient To Get Gene Editing For Sickle Cell Disease Is Thriving

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Since receiving a landmark treatment with the gene-editing tool CRISPR, a sickle cell patient has the strength to care for herself and her children — while navigating the pandemic.

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Portland Declares A Climate Emergency

Hours after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly revoked their support from the Interstate 5 Rose Quarter project, a controversial freeway widening project, the council voted to adopt a climate emergency.

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To Be Young, A Doctor And Black: Overcoming Racial Barriers In Medical Training

Young African American doctors say they hope to change the lack of access to medicine in underserved communities. But many say the system that trains them also alienates them.

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Remdesivir Priced At More Than $3,100 For A Course Of Treatment

An experimental COVID-19 medicine that has been shown to shorten the time people with severe illness have to stay in the hospital finally has a price tag that's lower than some analysts expected.

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How Snakes Fly (Hint: It's Not On A Plane)

A snake researcher always wondered how flying snakes propelled themselves. Then, someone told him he should work with the snakes in "The Cube" – a vast theater space with cameras everywhere.

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Former NIH Director Calls Trump Administration's Pandemic Response 'Amateur Hour'

Dr. Elias Zerhouni was head of the National Institutes of Health under President George W. Bush. He says the Trump administration's response to the pandemic has not protected the American people.

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Essential Vocab For COVID-19: From Asymptomatic To Zoonotic

The pandemic has brought many new terms into daily usage. Here are definitions of some of the words used in discussion of the novel coronavirus and how to stem its spread.

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Black Lives Matter Demonstrations Are Not A Big Factor In Oregon's COVID-19 Spike

The Oregon Health Authority says anti-racism demonstrations and protests against police brutality are not significant contributors to the rise in COVID-19 cases around the state.

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Dolphins Learn Foraging Tricks From Each Other, Not Just From Mom

Scientists have found that dolphins learn a neat trick to trap fish by watching their close associates do it. This means that dolphins aren't just motivated to learn from their mothers.

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Suzanne Simard: How Do Trees Collaborate?

Ecologist Suzanne Simard shares how she discovered that trees use underground fungal networks to communicate and share resources, uprooting the idea that nature constantly competes for survival.

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Denise Herzing: Do Dolphins Have A Language?

We know that dolphins make distinctive clicks and whistles, but is that a language? Researcher Denise Herzing thinks it might be, and for the past 35 years she's been working to unlock it.