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A mutating virus

Science | A U.K. variant of the coronavirus spreads quickly
by John Dawson
Posted 1/07/21, 12:09 pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday ordered England into its third lockdown, warning that the nation’s hospitals could become overwhelmed within 21 days. But it wasn’t just an increase in COVID-19 cases that prompted the move—the country is also facing a new, quick-spreading variant of the virus that causes the illness.

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Medical research hits the front page

Science | The coronavirus pandemic made scientific matters a topic of daily conversation in 2020
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/31/20, 03:28 pm

It’s rare that one news story spans a whole year. But this year, everything happened in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic—and that falls squarely within the science beat. Questions about the origin and nature of and effective response to the virus have abounded from day one and only became more intense and controversial as the months dragged on. The urgent search for treatments and vaccine also sparked renewed debate about ethical research methods. But the pandemic wasn’t the only big science news this year.

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U.S. officials blame Russia for hack attack

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/21/20, 04:28 pm

After President Donald Trump suggested over the weekend that China might have pulled off the recent cyberattack on U.S. agencies, outgoing U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday doubled down on what other cybersecurity officials are saying: “It certainly appears to be the Russians.” Barr echoed a similar statement U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made on Friday.

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