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  • Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Suspension: What It Means for You

    The one-dose vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson is temporarily halted because of potentially serious blood clots seen in six women. An immunologist explains what this means for you.

  • People Are Anxious About Going Back Into the World After a Year of COVID-19

  • Here’s How People End Up Living at Airports for Months or Even Years

  • How Worried Should You Be About COVID-19 Coronavirus Variants?

  • Why the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Mishap Shouldn’t Scare You

  • COVID-19: CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Travel Safely Within the US

    New CDC guidance permits domestic travel for fully vaccinated individuals, as long as social distancing is respected. International travel guidelines are different.

  • Why Easter Is Called Easter, & Other Little-Known Facts About the Holiday

  • 5 Ways Parents Can Help Children With the ‘New’ Math

  • What Is International Trans Day of Visibility?

  • 4 Reasons Unaccompanied Minor Children Have Created a ‘Border Crisis’

  • Suez Canal Blockage: Top 3 Takeaways After Ship Is Freed

    Direct implications for maritime security are unlikely. But there will be ripple effects in the shipping industry and in many commercial sectors after the Suez Canal blockage.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong: A Functional Morphologist Uses Science to Pick a Winner

  • Suez Canal Blockage: What It Takes to Unwedge a Megaship

  • Many QAnon Followers Report Having Mental Health Diagnoses

  • This Passover Will Be a Time to Recognize Tragedies & Offer Hope

  • Growing Evidence Shows How Service Dogs Help Veterans With PTSD

  • Why Those Who Have Had COVID-19 Should Still Get Vaccinated

  • How Safe & Effective Is the AstraZeneca Vaccine? 5 Questions Answered

  • Cicadas Brood X: Billions of Noisy Insects Coming Soon to Trees Near You

  • What Is a Hate Crime? Experts Say It Is Hard to Charge & Convict

    Bias-motivated attacks became a distinct crime in the 1980s. But police investigate only a fraction of the roughly 200,000 hate crimes reported each year – and even fewer ever make it to court.

  • How Effective Is the First Shot of the Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine?

  • St. Patrick’s Day: A Time to Toast … Your Liver

  • Billions of Cicadas May Be Coming Soon to Trees Near You

  • Daylight Saving Time Could Hit Even Harder This Year Because of COVID-19

  • 3 Medical Innovations Fueled by COVID-19 That Will Outlast the Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic has driven a lot of scientific progress in the past year. But just as some of the social changes are likely here to stay, so are some medical innovations.

  • Support for QAnon Is Hard to Measure – & Polls May Overestimate It

  • The Science Behind Keeping Frozen Wind Turbines Spinning in the Cold

  • 6 COVID-19 Treatments Helping Patients Survive

  • How Black Cartographers Put Racism on the Map of America

  • How Does the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Compare to Moderna & Pfizer?

    The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is different from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in a few important ways that could make it a huge help to global vaccination efforts.