Traditional Ghanaian medicines show promise against tropical diseases

The discovery of new drugs is vital to achieving the eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa and around the world. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have identified traditional Ghanaian medicines which work in the lab against schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis, three diseases endemic to Ghana. The major intervention for […]

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Spontaneous robot dances highlight a new kind of order in active matter

Predicting when and how collections of particles, robots, or animals become orderly remains a challenge across science and engineering. In the 19th century, scientists and engineers developed the discipline of statistical mechanics, which predicts how groups of simple particles transition between order and disorder, as when a collection of randomly colliding atoms freezes to form […]

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New virtual screening strategy identifies existing drug that inhibits COVID-19 virus

A novel computational drug screening strategy combined with lab experiments suggest that pralatrexate, a chemotherapy medication originally developed to treat lymphoma, could potentially be repurposed to treat Covid-19. Haiping Zhang of the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology in Shenzhen, China, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology. With the Covid-19 […]

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‘Socialism for rich people’: McConnell attacks $2,000 stimulus checks, all but ensuring bill won’t pass

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell again blocked quick passage of increasing stimulus checks to $2,000, calling the proposal – which was a key demand of President Donald Trump – “socialism for rich people.” Thursday marks the third time McConnell has blocked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., from quickly approving a House-passed bill that would […]

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Fauci says spreading first doses of vaccine to more people ‘under consideration’

The new Covid-19 variant first found in the UK is growing rapidly, is more transmissible than other variants, and affecting a greater proportion of people under 20, according to a study. The research is a collaborative effort from scientists and researchers at Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh, Public Health England, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the University of […]

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The Real Republican Radicals

There have been two major political developments in the final, post-election act of the Trump Presidency—each interesting on its own, but confusing when taken together. First, Trump’s hold over elected Republicans has seemed only to strengthen after his loss, amid his baseless claims of a rigged election. When the attorney general of Texas announced an […]

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New COVID-19 stimulus bill is half of March’s. How else it differs.

Stimulus payments from the most recent COVID-19 relief package are starting to arrive in bank accounts and should land in mailboxes in the near future, but the amounts will be noticeably smaller.   This fifth round of COVID-19 stimulus that President Donald Trump signed into law Sunday resembles March’s $2.2 billion CARES Act, but it’s not nearly as generous.  Calls by Trump […]

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