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Coronavirus outbreak: Live updates

Monday August 10th, 2020 10:20:31 PM
Among the top coronavirus news out today are: US passes 5-million COVID-19 cases; Motorcycle rally to draw 25,000 to South Dakota.

2 captive beluga whales finally freed to a seawater sanctuary in Iceland

Monday August 10th, 2020 07:29:15 PM
Two young beluga whales that were on show in an aquarium in Shanghai have now arrived at a seawater sanctuary off Iceland. This is the first time they've seen the sea in more than a decade.

Canada's last intact ice shelf just collapsed

Monday August 10th, 2020 07:26:52 PM
In less than 48 hours, the last intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic collapsed, losing more than 40% of its mass.

Is our solar system shaped like a deflated croissant?

Monday August 10th, 2020 07:24:27 PM
The bubble of charged particles that surrounds our solar system looks more like a deflated croissant than a comet, as traditionally envisioned, a recent study suggests.

What is brain death? New guidelines offer answers.

Monday August 10th, 2020 06:50:40 PM
Different states and different countries have never fully agreed on the procedure for determining brain death.

New Zealand goes 100 days with no COVID-19 transmission

Monday August 10th, 2020 01:55:08 PM
New Zealand, a country of about 4.8 million, has now gone 100 days without a single locally transmitted case of COVID-19.

Live Science podcast 'Life's Little Mysteries' Episode 46: Mysterious Elephants

Monday August 10th, 2020 11:59:38 AM
Elephants are part of a family that's been around for approximately 16 million years, and they are the biggest land animals alive today.

Decoys could trick COVID-19, keep humans safe from infection

Monday August 10th, 2020 11:00:45 AM
A "decoy receptor" could potentially be used as a treatment or prophylactic.

Pandemic childcare is way more stressful for moms than dads

Monday August 10th, 2020 11:00:09 AM
Staying at home has mixed effects on gender equality.

Why do we develop lifelong immunity to some diseases, but not others?

Sunday August 9th, 2020 11:00:13 AM
Why do some diseases infect us again and again?

Oil spill off Mauritius is visible from space

Sunday August 9th, 2020 11:00:01 AM
The Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius is on the brink of an environmental catastrophe after a bulk carrier struck a coral reef off its coast in late July, an accident that has led to a large oil spill visible from space.

Amazing images: The best science photos of the week

Saturday August 8th, 2020 01:10:03 PM
Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.

When did humans discover how to use fire?

Saturday August 8th, 2020 11:00:41 AM
Fire influenced the evolution of humanity.

Moon may outshine Perseid meteor shower this month

Saturday August 8th, 2020 11:00:00 AM
Skywatchers beware: The moon will hinder attempts to observe the Perseids, typically one of the year's most spectacular meteor showers.

Could COVID-19 increase the risk of memory loss?

Saturday August 8th, 2020 11:00:00 AM
Will there be a COVID-19-related wave of memory deficits, cognitive decline and dementia cases in the future?

What is taxonomy?

Friday August 7th, 2020 08:49:31 PM
Taxonomy is the science of naming, defining and classifying organisms into evolutionarily related groups. It gives biologists a common language.

Wear a mask: You could help save 66,000 lives in the US

Friday August 7th, 2020 05:27:34 PM
If 95% of people in the U.S. started wearing masks every time they left their homes, the total number of projected deaths would drop 49%.

Physicists watch quantum particles tunnel through solid barriers. Here's what they found.

Friday August 7th, 2020 01:17:25 PM
A team of physicists has devised a simple way to measure the duration of a bizarre phenomenon called quantum tunneling.

Live Science podcast 'Life's Little Mysteries' special report: Coronavirus (August 6)

Friday August 7th, 2020 12:47:00 PM
In this special episode of Life's Little Mysteries, we'll give you the latest news and answer frequently asked questions about the new coronavirus and COVID-19.

Mysterious 'fast radio burst' detected closer to Earth than ever before

Friday August 7th, 2020 11:00:00 AM
Scientists traced a fast radio burst (FRB) to a known star inside the Milky Way for the first time.

Last updated August 10, 2020