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A researcher at Peking University's Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics conducting tests at their laboratory, Thursday, May 14, 2020.
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 08:54

Faced with a glut of pandemic research from around the world, scientists are confronting their biases and learning to engage with science conducted at institutions they're unfamiliar with.

A sculpture of Juan de Oñate's settlers arriving in New Mexico is pictured as city workers remove a sculpture of the Spanish conquistador on June 16 in Albuquerque.
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 07:24

Armed militias have become a feature at anti-quarantine protests, racial justice marches and monument removals. But after a shooting in Albuquerque, locals say militias are disturbing the peace.

Lauren Moran, a pastry chef who owns a bakery and café, taste-tests Cornwall's new coffee drinks with her husband, Cornwall's general manager Billy Moran (L), and Speedwell Coffee Company owner Derek Anderson.
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 04:20

Cornwall's has been a Kenmore Square mainstay for more than four decades. Now it's preparing to reopen — and to reinvent itself for survival during the pandemic.

A health worker takes a nasal swab for COVID-19 at a hospital in New Delhi. India has overtaken Russia to become the third-worst coronavirus affected nation.
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 04:10

Despite imposing one of the earliest and most severe mitigation efforts in the world, India's coronavirus infections have soared.

Vincent Cox in the salon where he works that's reopened in Boston. Eighty percent of COVID-19 deaths have been in people his age or older. "It's been one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life," he says.
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 04:01

NPR's Chris Arnold sits down in the barber's chair as his 65-year-old hairstylist tells him about working 13-hour days, as he worries about catching the coronavirus.

Debra Parkinson says that she encountered pushback from community members when her team first began talking to women about their experiences with domestic violence. "When you ignore it, you know, it's not good for anyone,"' she says. "It's not good for the women and the children. And it's certainly not good for the men."
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 04:00

Family violence increases in places that have been severely burned in bushfires, Australian research finds. The isolation and financial stress of COVID-19 appear to be exacerbating the problem.

Police guard access to housing commission apartments under lockdown in Melbourne, Australia. The hard-hit Australian state of Victoria recorded two deaths and its highest-ever daily increase in coronavirus cases on Monday as authorities prepare to close its border with New South Wales.
Tue, 07/07/2020 - 03:47

The premier of Victoria state, Australia's second-most populous, issues a six-week stay-at-home order for Melbourne and closes the border with New South Wales state, effective at midnight local time.

A poultry vendor wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus prepares birds at a wet market in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in April.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 22:55

Zoonotic pathogens, which include not only COVID-19, but HIV/AIDS and Ebola, have increasingly emerged due to stresses humans have placed on animal habitats, according to a new United Nations report.

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council who testified during the impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, is seen at the White House complex in January.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 21:23

Sen. Tammy Duckworth tells NPR that she'll hold up hundreds of Army officer promotions unless she gets an assurance that the Trump administration won't interfere that of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a new set of rules for foreign students in light of the coronavirus pandemic. International students cannot enter or stay in the U.S. if their college offers courses only online in the fall semester.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 20:23

New federal rules will prohibit international students from completing fully online courses of study while in the U.S. Monday's announcement comes as more colleges release their plans for the fall.

A sneeze can carry the coronavirus pathogen in droplets and in aerosols — and they could land on a surface, making it a fomite.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 18:20

A letter from over 200 scientists to the World Health Organization asks for further investigation into how the virus spreads.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace stands during the national anthem before a NASCAR auto race Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 17:33

The president follows up a pair of divisive speeches over the holiday weekend by castigating the racing body for banning the Confederate flag and saying Wallace should apologize to his fellow drivers.

Food delivery has been a bright spot for Uber during the coronavirus pandemic, as people stuck at home are ordering out more.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 17:15

The deal is a sign of how the coronavirus pandemic has turned Uber's business model upside down, with customers shunning ride-hailing and flocking to delivery services.

New South Wales health officials interview passengers as they arrive from a Qantas flight that flew from Melbourne at Sydney Airport in July.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 17:08

Victoria, whose capital city is Melbourne, has logged 127 cases in the last 24 hours, which accounts for more than 90% of Australia's infections during that period, according to national data.

Students move out of dormitories at San Diego State University in March, after the university cancelled the rest of the semester and has asked students to move out within 48 hours. Nine percent of young adults say they've moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 16:58

Among the young, the numbers shot up: 9% of adults 18-29 have moved due to the coronavirus. Some people moved to avoid catching the virus, while others were forced by the closing of college campuses.

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