Wild Photography

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Friday, October 15, 2021 9:47 AM Last week, the Natural History Museum in London, England released the winners of its prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The stunning images include a close-up of a spiderweb taken by 10-year-old Vidyun R Hebbar, battling reindeer, a raven courtship and more. Head over to NPR for a look at the images. 

An Out Of This World Wake Up Call

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:22 PM A woman in British Columbia, Canada, was woken up in the middle of the night earlier this month by something falling from the sky and into her bed. As it turns out, that something was a meteorite. Head over to the New York Times to read the full, out of this world story. 

A New Honor for Henrietta Lacks

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 2:25 PM Yesterday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, MD, director-general of the World Health Organization, honored Henrietta Lacks with a posthumous WHO Director-General’s award. Head over to the WHO website to learn more about Henrietta Lacks, her legacy and why this honor is so important.

Staying Safe This Halloween

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 11:28 AM Halloween is here, and, while things might not be as dire as they were this time last year in the U.S., the COVID-19 risk hasn't disappeared. Head over to ABC News to hear from WebMD's John Whyte, MD, and get some tips for having a fun and safe Halloween 2021.

Welcome, Indigenous Peoples' Day

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Monday, October 11, 2021 12:39 PM Yesterday marked the first-ever federally recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day. So, what is the history of Indigenous Peoples' Day, what does it mean to Native American people in the United States, and what about Columbus Day (still a Federal Holiday)? Head over to NPR to learn some more. 

Flu Shot Perks

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Friday, October 8, 2021 11:33 AM It's flu shot season, and in addition to protection from the virus itself, some flu shots offer extra-special perks. Head over to Science Insider to learn about some of the freebies you can get with your flu shot. 

Finally, a Malaria Vaccine

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 1:53 PM All our eyes and ears may be on COVID-19 vaccines right now, but, at the same time, the scientific community and people all around the world, particularly Sub-Sarahan Africa, are celebrating the first-ever Malaria vaccine. The World Health Organization states that Malaria kills over 260,000 under the age of 5 every year on the African continent—this new vaccine could save hundreds of thousands of lives. Head over to WebMD to learn more about this historic moment.

The Future of At-Home COVID Tests

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:00 PM The FDA has now approved Acon Laboratories’ rapid, at-home COVID-19 test, making COVID-19 testing quicker, easier and more accessible for Americans everywhere. Head over to the New York Times to learn more about the future of at-home COVID tests, how they work and why they are so important in our continued fight against COVID-19. 

Halloween Around the World

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 1:45 PM Believe it or not, Halloween is quickly apporaching. While we get to carving pumpkins and buying candy for the neighborhood kids, people all around the world are also gearing up for their own celebrations, some of which are quite similar to Halloween. Head over to Mental Floss to learn how other countries celebrate Halloween, and some other holidays that are simliar to American Halloween, but special and different in their own ways. 

Ringing In Pumpkin Season

By Staff
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:34 AM October has arrived, and so has pumpkin season. The beloved orange fruit (yes, it's technically a fruit!) is everywhere you look right now, and thankfully it's chock-full of lots of good-for-you vitamins and minerals. Head over to WebMD to learn more.

What to Know About the COVID-19 Pill

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Friday, October 1, 2021 10:28 AM Last week, Merck announced that "its experimental COVID pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by 50 percent in people recently infected," according to NPR. Merck's next step is to ask for authorization for the pill in the U.S. Head over to NPR to learn more about the COVID-19 pill, how it works and what it might mean for our fight against COVID.

Fat Bear Week Has Arrived

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Thursday, September 30, 2021 11:48 AM It's finally Fat Bear Week, the annual internet phenomenon in which Alaska's Katmai National Park pits its biggest bears against one another for a highly contentious bracket. Head over to the Katmai National Park Twitter account to see the bracket, meet the bears and learn about the hype, and then visit fatbearweek.org to cast your vote.
 

Tracking Vaccinations Around the World

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 11:18 AM You may have a general idea of the COVID-19 vaccination rate in your community, workplace and country, but it'll be tricky to truly end this pandemic until the entire world has equal access to effective vaccines. Head over to The New York Times to take a look at what vaccination looks like all around the globe, and how booster shots play in, too. 

What We Know About Long COVID

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021 12:49 PM Doctors are learning to recognize Long COVID more and more, but we're still not entirely sure what causes Long COVID, or what exactly to do about it. Head over to NPR for an exploration of what we know about Long COVID and its potential causes. 

A Tony Awards Recap

By Staff
Monday, September 27, 2021 12:39 PM Broadway is officially back in New York, and this weekend many of its most well-known stars gathered together for the 2021 Tony Awards. Head over to Billboard for a recap of the show, and a full list of every single winner.