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Year: 2020

FEMA, Racing to Provide Virus Relief, Is Running Short on Front-Line Staff

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the office leading the federal government’s coronavirus response nationwide, is running short of employees who are trained in some of its most important front-line jobs, according to interviews with current and former officials….

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New temperature sensing mechanism in plants

Cell biologists reveal the phytochrome B molecule has unexpected dynamics activated by temperature, and behaves differently depending on the temperature and type of light. As climate change warms the world, crop growth patterns and flowering times will change. A better understanding of how phytochromes regulate the seasonal rhythms of plant growth will help scientists develop crops for optimal growth under the new climate and might shed light on cancer in animals.

Oceans could return to a picture of health in just one generation

Our oceans face a number of threats, but if we act soon and act in concert, we can keep them healthy for future generations. (Photo: Nick Fewings [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr) Try to imagine the future as a tale of two…

Video: Lucid Air Driven 400 Miles From San Francisco To LA

Lucid Air Range Test 400 MilesLast month, Lucid Motors quietly took a pre-production Lucid Air electric sedan on a 400-mile (643 km) drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The run was part range test, part proof of concept, and part PR mission, and went off without a hitch. Then, once the Lucid crew made it to LA? They charged up, and drove back

Greenhouse gases could fall to levels not seen since WWII

Clear skies ahead. These days, you’ll be forgiven for hoping those words refer to the end of a pandemic that has forced millions to hunker down indoors. But in this case, those clear skies are literal. And when we finally…

Deserted beaches are a boon to sea turtles during nesting season

Images of empty beaches around the globe may seem strange to us, but to nesting sea turtles, the view has never looked better. Conservation officials tasked with managing nesting sites are reporting an increase in the number of female turtles…

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Coronavirus: Virological findings from patients treated in a Munich hospital

New research has detailed the clinical course and treatment of Germany’s first group of COVID-19 patients. Criteria may now be developed to determine the earliest point at which COVID-19 patients treated in hospitals with limited bed capacity can be safely discharged.