Joe Palca

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Canada aims to provide medical technologies for deep space exploration

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Twenty teams in Canada received small grants to develop portable medical tools that could be used on long interplanetary space flights. They could also be useful in remote parts of Canada.

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A computer program designed to sort mice squeaks is also finding whales in the deep

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

By converting sounds to images, scientists can use artificial intelligence to quickly find and assess animals' calls, even deep in the ocean.

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A Texas team comes up with a COVID vaccine that could be a global game changer

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Peter Hotez and Maria Elena Bottazzi used an oldie-but- goodie technology to devise a vaccine that's easy to make — and relatively cheap. India has already ordered 300 million doses.

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Cheers erupt after James Webb Space Telescope deploys huge sunshield. Next up? Mirrors

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope successfully deployed its massive sunshield Tuesday, a critical step in the powerful observatory's unfolding. It begins deploying its secondary mirror Wednesday.

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This new, low-cost COVID-19 vaccine could be a game changer for low-income countries

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

A low cost vaccine called Corbevax may help solve the problem of getting safe and effective COVID vaccines to poor and middle-income countries.

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NASA has successfully deployed the sunshield on the James Webb Space Telescope

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

NASA mission managers successfully completed the most complicated part of the unfolding process of James Webb Space Telescope's sunshield — a critical stage in the powerful observatory's deployment.

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New COVID studies show promise for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Two studies that have not yet been peer reviewed indicate increased protection against the infectious omicron variant.

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The James Webb Space Telescope has started unfurling its giant sunshield

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

The deployment of the shade on the $10 billion telescope began Tuesday with the successful lowering of two arms known as Unitized Pallet Structures.

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The James Webb Space Telescope is on its trek to a spot a million miles from Earth

Monday, December 27, 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope is on its ways to its parking place a million miles from Earth. What do scientists plan to do with it once it is operational?

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So far so good for the James Webb Space Telescope after its long-awaited launch

Saturday, December 25, 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope is on the way to its final destination, about a million miles from Earth. From there, it will make unprecedented observations of the universe.

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The Webb Telescope, the most powerful ever put into space, launched successfully

Saturday, December 25, 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful telescope ever put into space, launched December 25. Astronomers are watching and waiting at mission control in Baltimore.

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NASA prepares to launch the James Webb Space Telescope

Friday, December 24, 2021

NASA is getting ready to launch the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the iconic Hubble Space Telescope. At mission control in Baltimore, Md., astronomers are getting ready.

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FDA authorizes a 2nd easy-to-use COVID treatment, Merck's antiviral pill

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization to a second COVID-19 antiviral therapy. This one comes from drug maker Merck.

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A pill to treat COVID patients gets the FDA's emergency authorization

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Pfizer has received emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 pill, giving doctors a new tool for treating the virus. Who qualifies to take it and is it expected to work against the omicron variant?

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Pfizer's antiviral drug to treat COVID has gotten Emergency Use Authorization

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

New treatments for COVID-19 is expected to get Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration soon. But how much of the drug will be available, and how soon?

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Everyone 16- and 17-year-olds can now get a Pfizer COVID vaccine booster

Thursday, December 09, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration has now extended it authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine booster to everyone 16 and older.

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A COVID vaccine grown in plants measures up

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

A vaccine from a Canadian biotech firm Medicago has been found to be effective at preventing moderate to severe disease. It could soon become the first plant-based vaccine authorized for human use.

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How Pfizer developed a COVID pill in record time

Friday, December 03, 2021

Pfizer researchers looking for a drug to treat SARS found clues that gave the company a head start in its quest for a pill to treat COVID-19, including the omicron variant.

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A different kind of COVID vaccine is about ready to roll

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Protein subunit vaccines work by injecting people with a tiny portion of a virus. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, that tiny portion is the spike protein that the coronavirus uses to enter cells.

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What we know about the omicron variant

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The omicron variant of the not been found in the United States yet. Here's what's we known about it, how dangerous it's likely to be, and whether vaccines or new drugs will be effective against it.

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