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  • coronavirus Jun 12

    New Study Asks If Survivor Plasma Could Prevent Coronavirus

    Survivors of COVID-19 are donating their blood plasma in droves in hopes it helps other patients recover from the coronavirus. And while the jury’s still out, now scientists are testing if the donations might also prevent infection in the first place.

  • coronavirus Mar 14

    Doctors Push for Coronavirus Treatment With Recovered Patients' Blood

    In the absence of vaccines or antiviral drugs, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore say the key to slowing and treating the coronavirus might be hidden in the blood of those who’ve already recovered from the disease. The method of using “convalescent serum” — essentially harvesting virus-fighting antibodies from the blood of previously infected patients — dates back more than...

  • Donald Trump Jul 29, 2019

    Trump Calls Rep. Elijah Cummings ‘Racist' as Dems Denounce Attacks

    Upping a feud with an influential black lawmaker, President Donald Trump on Sunday assailed Rep. Elijah Cummings as a “racist” over the “rodent-infested mess” in his district while White House aides sought to downplay his comments as frustration over Democrats’ unrelenting investigations. In a series of tweets, Trump insisted that his comments Saturday referring to Cummings’ majority-black district as a...

  • Donald Trump Jul 28, 2019

    Trump Attacks Majority-Black Baltimore District, Rep. Elijah Cummings

    President Donald Trump on Saturday denigrated a majority-black district represented by a congressional nemesis as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” broadening a campaign against prominent critics of his administration that has exacerbated racial tensions. Trump lashed out in tweets against Rep. Elijah Cummings, the powerful House Oversight Committee chairman, claiming his Baltimore-area district is “considered the worst run...

  • CEO Jun 19, 2019

    Dog DNA Testing Takes Off, and Breeds Debate

    As people peer into DNA for clues to health and heritage, man’s best friend is under the microscope, too. Genetic testing for dogs has surged in recent years, fueled by companies that echo popular at-home tests for humans, offering a deep dive into a pet’s genes with the swab of a canine cheek. More than a million dogs have been...

  • United States Mar 15, 2019

    Are Eggs Good Or Bad for You? New Research Rekindles Debate

    The latest U.S. research on eggs won’t go over easy for those can’t eat breakfast without them. Adults who ate about 1 ½ eggs daily had a slightly higher risk of heart disease than those who ate no eggs. The study showed the more eggs, the greater the risk. The chances of dying early were also elevated. The researchers say...

  • Maryland Dec 28, 2018

    Pluto Explorer New Horizons Ushering in New Year at More Distant World

    The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy object nicknamed Ultima Thule (pronounced TOO-lee) soon after the stroke of midnight. One billion miles beyond Pluto and an astounding 4 billion miles from Earth (1.6...

  • Donald Trump Nov 30, 2018

    Bloomberg Donating $50 Million to Fight Opioid Epidemic

    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic. Bloomberg Philanthropies said over the next three years it will help up to 10 states address the causes of opioid addiction and strengthen prevention and treatment programs. Its initiative involves a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 30, 2018

    Bloomberg Donating $50 Million to Fight Opioid Epidemic

    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic. Bloomberg Philanthropies said over the next three years it will help up to 10 states address the causes of opioid addiction and strengthen prevention and treatment programs. Its initiative involves a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

  • Congress Oct 8, 2018

    Brazilians Weigh Stark Vision of Future in Runoff Election

    Brazilians showed their disgust with corruption and rising crime in the first round of presidential voting, nearly giving an outright victory to a brash-speaking former army captain who has promised to restore “traditional values,” jail crooked politicians and give police a freer hand to shoot drug traffickers. But with far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro getting 46 percent of the vote Sunday,...

  • Maryland Aug 13, 2018

    ‘Touch the Sun': NASA Spacecraft Hurtles Toward Our Star

    Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled Sunday toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before. If all goes well, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun’s corona, or outer...

  • Chicago Aug 11, 2018

    Last-Minute Technical Problem Delays NASA's Flight to Sun

    A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA’s unprecedented flight to the sun. The early morning launch countdown was halted with just one minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the Parker Solar Probe. Rocket maker United Launch Alliance said it would try again Sunday, provided the helium-pressure issue can be resolved quickly. As soon...

  • Chicago Aug 8, 2018

    NASA's Solar Probe Is Set for Trip to ‘Touch' the Sun

    A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first spacecraft to “touch” the sun, hurtling through the sizzling solar atmosphere and coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) of the surface. It’s designed to take solar punishment like never before, thanks...

  • journalist May 11, 2018

    Smithsonian Museum to Install Henrietta Lacks Portrait

    A portrait of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were taken without her consent and widely used in groundbreaking research, will be installed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

  • Canada Apr 13, 2018

    Closing Time? Study Says Limit Alcohol to 1 Drink a Day

    Here’s some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose. The study found that people who down more than seven drinks a week can expect to die sooner than those who drink less. “What this is saying...

  • Hawaii Mar 28, 2018

    Astronomers Baffled by Distant Galaxy Void of Dark Matter

    It’s a double cosmic conundrum: Lots of stuff that was already invisible has gone missing. Astronomers have found a distant galaxy where there is no dark matter. Dark matter is called “dark” because it can’t be seen. It is the mysterious and invisible skeleton of the universe that scientists figure makes up about 27 percent of the cosmos. Scientists only...

  • Professor Mar 19, 2018

    Astronomers Glimpse Cosmic Dawn, When the Stars Switched On

    For the first time, astronomers have glimpsed the dawn of the universe 13.6 billion years ago when the earliest stars were just beginning to glow after the Big Bang. And if that’s not enough, they may have detected mysterious dark matter at work, too....
    The glimpse consisted of a faint radio signal from deep space, picked up by an antenna that...

  • Maryland Feb 9, 2018

    Farthest Photos Ever Taken, From Nearly 4 Billion Miles Away

    The NASA spacecraft that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken. In December — while 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from Earth — the New Horizons spacecraft snapped a picture of a star cluster. The photo surpassed the “Pale Blue Dot” images of Earth taken in 1990 by NASA’s Voyager 1.

  • New Jersey May 3, 2017

    Low-Income, Minority Students Lag in High School Grad Rates: Study

    Despite rising national graduation rates, low-income and minority students continue to lag behind their peers in finishing high school, according to a study released Wednesday. While the national graduation rate for the year 2015 was 83.2 percent, it was only 77.8 percent for Hispanic students and 74.6 for black students, said the report by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates...

  • JUDGE Apr 14, 2017

    Delaware Judge Convicts Girl in Deadly School Bathroom Fight

    A Delaware judge on Thursday convicted a 17-year-old girl of criminally negligent homicide after a school bathroom fight that left a 16-year-old classmate dead.

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