Crested newts DNA research


This 30 June 2020 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Some newts have a genetic malfunction that causes half of the eggs to cease. How is that possible? Manon de Visser is investigating this at Naturalis and the University of Leiden (Wielstra lab) and tells you everything about it in her first DNA talk!

Trump’s United States COVID-19 disaster continues


This 16 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

As health experts warn the coronavirus is on the rise in 41 states, many governors are reimposing restrictions after attempts at opening up the economy, but President Trump wants schools open. We speak with public health historian John Barry, who warns “The Pandemic Could Get Much, Much Worse” if we don’t take bolder action now. Barry is a professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.”

DRASTIC MEASURES AS DEATH TOLL SETS RECORDS The coronavirus surged to new records around the U.S., with one city in South Carolina urging people to pray it into submission, a hospital in Texas bringing in military medical personnel and morgues running out of space in Phoenix. Record numbers of confirmed infections and deaths emerged again in states in the South and West, with hospitals stretched to the brink. Texas reported 10,000 new cases for the third straight day and 129 additional deaths. The state has seen a third of its more than 3,400 total COVID-19 fatalities in the first two weeks of July alone. [AP]

A second coronavirus death surge is coming.

WHITE HOUSE: SCIENCE ‘WON’T STAND IN THE WAY’ OF REOPENING SCHOOLS White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump’s insistence that schools reopen in the fall, saying that scientific findings about COVID-19 won’t “stand in the way” of resuming in-person instruction. “The President has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open … and when he says ‘open’ he means open and full, kids being able to attend each and every day at their school,” McEnany said at a press briefing. “The science should not stand in the way of this.” She self-corrected moments later, saying, “The science is on our side here.” [HuffPost]

I’m A Teacher And I’m Terrified Of What Could Happen When Schools Reopen: here.

TRUMP IS AT WAR WITH COVID-19 SCIENCE Suggesting that schools reopen against expert advice meant to keep kids, parents and school staff safe would, in a different administration, be shocking. But in recent weeks, Trump and his team have led a brazen attack on COVID-19 science and scientists in a desperate effort to deny away a deadly pandemic that the administration’s incompetence has made far worse. That effort has included downplaying the ongoing threat, diverting crucial hospital data from the CDC, smearing infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, and casting blame on China, the World Health Organization and Americans from Northern states. [HuffPost]

NEARLY A THIRD OF FLORIDA CHILDREN TESTED ARE POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 Nearly one-third of children who have been tested for the coronavirus in Florida have tested positive, according to data from the state’s Department of Health that comes amid ongoing debate and uncertainty over whether schools will reopen this fall. In comparison, roughly 11% of everyone in the state who has been tested for the virus — roughly 2.8 million people — has tested positive. [HuffPost]

CORONAVIRUS INFECTS HALF OF SAN QUENTIN’S PRISONERS The deadly coronavirus outbreak at California’s San Quentin prison is growing at a devastating pace. More than half of the people incarcerated there have been infected with COVID-19 as calls continue for Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to release more inmates. In late May, San Quentin prison had zero confirmed cases of coronavirus among its around 4,000 inmates. But after over 120 prisoners were transferred in from Chino, California — 25 of whom later tested positive for COVID-19 — an outbreak began. As of Wednesday, over 2,000 people incarcerated at San Quentin have been confirmed infected. [HuffPost]

Drugmaker AstraZeneca could price poorer countries out of a British coronavirus vaccine due to a loophole in the nonprofit agreement it signed with Oxford University, campaigners have warned – among them one of the first participants in the trial itself. Volunteer Luigi Ceccaroni has demanded the details of a distribution deal between Oxford University and the U.K.-based pharma giant be made public, saying he fears the firm could still profiteer from the drug once the first global peak dies down. AstraZeneca told HuffPost UK this week it was “too early to comment on pricing post-pandemic.” [HuffPost]

EVANGELICAL CHURCHES SUE OVER SINGING BAN Three California churches are suing Gov. Gavin Newsom over his attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19 by banning singing at houses of worship. The evangelical congregations insist Newsom is infringing on their religious liberty by forcing them to stop singing and chanting during indoor services, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento. “To prohibit group singing and chanting is to effectively prohibit corporate Christian worship,” the complaint states. [HuffPost]