COVID-19 risks ranked: Grocery stores among least-likely places to contract virus
Grocery stores among least-likely places to contract virus. The tennis court is one of the easiest places to ace the COVID-avoidance game — as long as your partner doesn’t have the disease. Places and activities ranked on a scale of 1-10 for risk of contracting COVID-19, with 10 being the riskiest and 1 the least dangerous:
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Arctic sea ice melting faster than forecast
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -- The Arctic sea ice is melting faster than climate models had predicted, researchers at the University of Copenhagen warned on Tuesday. Their findings, published in the journal Nature at the end of July, showed the unusually high temperatures currently being seen in the Arctic Ocean have only been observed during the previous ice age.
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Coronavirus lockdown has brought Earth’s vibrations to a halt
“This quiet period is likely the longest and largest dampening of human-caused seismic noise since we started monitoring the Earth in detail using vast monitoring networks of seismometers,” said seismologist Stephen Hicks, from Imperial College London in the UK. “The lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic may have given us a glimmer of insight into how human and natural noise interact within the Earth,” Hicks said.
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Pangolins played a major role in coronavirus transmission, study shows
A team of researchers from Duke University and Los Alamos National Laboratory reported in the journal Science Advances that the novel coronavirus seems to have spent some time infecting both bats and pangolins before it jumped into humans. It is clear that coronavirus has swapped genes repeatedly with similar strains infecting bats, pangolins, and a possible third species, study shows.
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Coronavirus vaccine begins pre-clinical trials in Australia
Australia's national science agency has begun pre-clinical trials to find a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus. This stage will likely take three months and experts say the vaccine will probably not be ready until late next year. Although the process is going much faster than usual, it is unlikely that the vaccine will be available this year.
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