The rings of Saturn grant it a majesty befitting a planet named after the king of the Titans. Made almost completely of bits and chunks of ice and spanning thousands of miles wide, Saturn’s rings are its most spellbinding feature; they have mesmerized humans ever since Galileo discovered them with a telescope in 1610.
‘We just had no answers’: COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ still learning why they’re sick
Recurrent fevers, persistent constipation or diarrhea, intense bouts of fatigue, debilitating brain fog and vivid hallucinations — some people who catch COVID-19 experience symptoms like these for months on end, and we’re still learning why that is.
Could wearing glasses lower the risk of COVID-19?
People who wear eyeglasses may be at lower risk for catching COVID-19 than those who don’t wear glasses, early research from China suggests.
The study researchers analyzed information from 276 patients at a hospital in China’s Hubei province and found that only about 6% said they wore glasses for more than 8 hours a day, all of whom had myopia, or nearsightedness. That’s much lower than the estimated rate of myopia in Hubei from previous research, which was 31.5%.
Sperm don’t swim anything like we thought they did, new study finds
Under a microscope, human sperm seem to swim like wiggling eels, tails gyrating to and fro as they seek an egg to fertilize.
But now, new 3D microscopy and high-speed video reveal that sperm don’t swim in this simple, symmetrical motion at all. Instead, they move with a rollicking spin that compensates for the fact that their tails actually beat only to one side.
14 Coronavirus myths busted by science
As the novel coronavirus continues to infect people around the world, news articles and social media posts about the outbreak continue to spread online. Unfortunately, this relentless flood of information can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction — and during a viral outbreak, rumors and misinformation can be dangerous.
1 in 5 people across the globe are at risk of developing severe COVID-19
Around 1 in 5 people across the world have underlying conditions that put them at risk of developing severe COVID-19 if infected with the coronavirus, according to a new study. That adds up to around 1.7 billion people worldwide.
How a superspreader at choir practice sickened 52 people with COVID-19
A COVID-19 superspreader unknowingly infected 52 people with the new coronavirus at a choir practice in Mount Vernon, Washington, in early March, leading to the deaths of two people, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report finds.
After recovering from COVID-19, are you immune?
As coronavirus spreads across the globe, a crucial question has emerged: After recovering from an infection, are people immune?