The election of Biden and Kamala Harris is a win for facts, research and empathy. Each of these must be deployed to fight the pandemic, combat misinformation, mitigate climate change and rebuild the United States’ global relationships.
The new president has the opportunity to reverse four years of anti-science policies — but he has a hard road ahead as he inherits a nation divided.
Chang’e-5 has just one lunar day to collect lunar material from a previously unexplored region of the Moon’s near side.
With its orbiter Hope on its way to Mars, the United Arab Emirates has now set its sights on the Moon.
Researchers say it is unclear on what basis the drugs were approved for ‘emergency use’.
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Mismatches are alterations in DNA that prevent the bases on each strand of the double helix from aligning correctly. It emerges that mismatches can bend DNA into favourable conformations for binding by proteins.
Tropical cyclones weaken after they reach land. But it emerges that for the North Atlantic basin, storms are weakening more slowly as regional sea surface temperatures increase.
The enzyme caspase-8 can induce cell death or promote survival and the expression of inflammatory proteins. The discovery of a previously unknown caspase-8 target solves one mystery about immune-defence regulation.
Experiments conducted deep beneath a mountain have provided the most precise measurements yet of a key nuclear reaction that occurred seconds after the Big Bang — refining our knowledge of the constituents of the Universe.
The onset of rigidity in a two-dimensional colloidal glass-forming system is identified by the formation and merging of locally rigid domains in which particles move in a cooperative manner.
A study of patients with COVID-19 and healthy donors found CD4+ T cells that react to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 and human endemic coronaviruses; however, the effect of pre-existing SARS-CoV-2 cross-reactive T cells on clinical outcomes remains to be determined.