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Scientists propose plan to determine if Planet Nine is a primordial black hole

Scientists have developed a new method to find black holes in the outer solar system, and along with it, determine once-and-for-all the true nature of the hypothesized Planet Nine. Source link

Global COVID-19 registry finds strokes associated with COVID-19 are more severe, have worse outcomes and higher mortality

Patients with COVID-19 who have an acute ischemic stroke (AIS) experience more severe strokes, have worse functional outcomes and are more likely to die of stroke than AIS patients who do not have COVID-19. The…

Experimental drug shows early promise against inherited form of ALS, trial indicates

A clinical trial has found evidence that the experimental drug tofersen lowers levels of a disease-causing protein in people with an inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, caused by mutations in the gene…

Do we know what we want in a romantic partner? No more than a random stranger would

New research suggests that people’s ideal partner preferences do not reflect any unique personal insight. Source link

First evidence of snake-like venom glands found in amphibians

Caecilians are limbless amphibians that can be easily mistaken for snakes. Though caecilians are only distantly related to their reptilian cousins, researchers describe specialized glands found along the teeth of the ringed caecilian (Siphonops annulatus),…

Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children's sleep problems

As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But new research suggests such use could have a lasting impact…

Scientists shed new light on how seabirds cruise through air and water

New insight on how four species of seabirds have developed the ability to cruise through both air and water has just been published. Source link

First completely remote at-sea science expedition in Australia's coral sea marine park

Scientists working remotely with Schmidt Ocean Institute, one of the only at-sea science expeditions to continue operating during the global pandemic, have completed a first look at deep waters in the Coral Sea never before…

International team of scientists warns of increasing threats posed by invasive species

A new study describes the proliferation of alien invasive species and the dangers they pose. Source link

Far-UVC light safely kills airborne coronaviruses, study finds

A type of ultraviolet light called far-UVC — which is safe to use around people — kills more than 99.9 percent of airborne coronaviruses, a new study has found. Source link