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A one-shot vaccine for COVID, flu and future viruses? Researchers say it's coming

SALON - But what if it were possible to protect against COVID and the flu, and other unknown viruses that haven't yet emerged, with just one shot? If that became reality, seasonal or annual boosters would be part of the past. And what if such vaccinations didn't even require a needle? While those possibilities may...
By Nicole Karlis | Salon |

Researchers solve mystery of inexplicably dense galaxy at the heart of perfect 'Einstein ring' snapped by James Webb telescope

LIVE SCIENCE - Researchers may have solved the mystery of why a distant galaxy surrounded by an eerily perfect "Einstein ring" is denser than it should be: The hefty galaxy, which was discovered by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is being compressed by a massive halo of dark matter. In a new study, published...
By Harry Baker | Live Science |

Increased CO2 is making wildfires more frequent by making plants grow faster

EARTH.COM - We tend to think of wildfires as being caused by hot weather and drought. And for good reason – those weather conditions make plants tinder-dry. But a new study from the University of California, Riverside is flipping that idea on its head. Turns out, the biggest culprit in mega wildfires might be something...
By Sanjana Gajbhiye | Earth.com |

'One and Done': Scientists Develop Vaccine That May Fight Any Viral Strain

U.S. NEWS - Genetics-based “one-and-done” vaccines for the flu and COVID could prove more effective and easier to craft than current jabs, researchers report. These new vaccines would target viruses using a different response to infection than what is prompted by current vaccines, researchers said. “What I want to emphasize about this vaccine strategy is...
By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter | U.S. News & World Report |

Exotic 'Einstein ring' suggests that mysterious dark matter interacts with itself

SPACE.COM - A fresh analysis of a remarkably massive yet compact galaxy from the early universe suggests that dark matter interacts with itself. The galaxy, JWST-ER1, which formed just 3.4 billion years after the Big Bang, was first spotted last October in images snapped by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). At over 17 billion...

By Sharmila Kuthunur | SPACE.COM |

Universal vaccine may be effective against any variant of any virus

EARTH.COM - Scientists at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) has recently developed a revolutionary RNA-based strategy for a universal vaccine capable of combating any virus strain effectively and safely – even in infants and the immunocompromised. This innovative approach could transform how vaccines are developed and administered across the globe. Traditionally, vaccines are designed...
By Andrei Ionescu | Earth.com |

New ‘One-And-Done’ Vaccine Method Could Protect Infants—From Covid, Flu—With Just A Single Shot, Study Suggests

FORBES - Researchers are pitching a new vaccine method for infants that offers continued protection with just a single dose, even if the virus mutates, according to a new study that could set the stage for “universal vaccines.” The research team from the University of California, Riverside, believes because this strategy doesn’t rely on the...
By Arianna Johnson | Forbes |

‘Solar-powered vacuum cleaners’: the native plants that could clean toxic soil

THE GUARDIAN - It almost looked like a garden. In Taylor Yard, a former railyard near downtown Los Angeles, volunteers knelt down to tend to scrubby plants growing in neat rows under the sweltering sun. But beneath the concrete of the 60-acre site overlooking the Los Angeles River, the soils were soaked with an assortment...
By Doug Bierend | The Guardian |

Dark matter and Einstein rings solve ancient galaxy mystery

EARTH.COM - A team of researchers led by Hai-Bo Yu, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Riverside, has shed new light on the enigmatic nature of dark matter through the lens of an ancient galaxy. The study focuses on JWST-ER1g, a massive ancient galaxy discovered by the James Webb Space...
By Eric Ralls | Earth.com |

Insecticide Spraying Of Trees Shuts Down Crystal Lake Recreation Area

LAIST.COM - If you had plans to visit the Crystal Lake recreation area in the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest this week, you should change them. Officials closed the area Tuesday to spray insecticide on pine trees to protect them from a tree-colonizing beetle. The western pine beetle is small, about 3 to...
By Nate Perez | LAist |

A Virus May Help Save The World’s Amphibians From Extinction

FORBES - A deadly fungus that is devastating frogs and toads around the world may in fact be vulnerable to a virus that can infect it. The fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis also known as Bd or the amphibian chytrid fungus, causes chytridiomycosis in amphibians. This fungus is a pathogen that infects and destroys the skin of...
By GrrlScientist | Forbes |

Could a new virus put an end to the global amphibian pandemic?

EARTH.COM - A team of scientists led by the University of California, Riverside (UCR) may have found a potential weak point in the fight against a fungus decimating frog and toad populations across the globe. The study focused on a virus that infects the fungus responsible for the global amphibian pandemic, offering a possible avenue...
By Andrei Ionescu | Earth.com |

New virus found lurking in the genome of deadly chytrid fungus

COSMOS - There’s new hope today for the future of the globe’s amphibians which are being wiped out by a devastating disease. The fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd, causes the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis. Now, the first discovery of a virus that infects Bd has been described in a paper in the journal Current Biology, which...
By Imma Perfetto | Cosmos Magazine |

Why Extrasolar Earths Will Also Have Trees

FORBES - With spring in the Northern Hemisphere in full bloom, forests are again beckoning hikers onto paths that wend their way through thousands of acres of old growth trees. Such forests not only offer salve for the soul, but their role in Earth’s ecology is arguably crucial to the health of our planet. But...
By Bruce Dorminey | Forbes |

Why the spread of organic farms may prompt growers to use more pesticide, not less

LOS ANGELES TIMES - To help California fight climate change, air quality regulators would like to see 20% of the state’s farmland go organic by 2045. That means converting about 65,000 acres of conventional fields to organic practices every year. “We expect an increase in organic in the future,” said study leader Ashley Larsen, a...
By Karen Kaplan | LA Times |

Don’t Panic, But A Lot of Stars Seem to Eat Their Own Planets

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN - Is our solar system quotidian or quirky? It’s one of the greatest questions in astronomy, and scientists are getting a little bit of a handle on it as they examine the more than 5,500 exoplanets (and counting) discovered around other stars. Reaching an answer is, however, confounded by a rather dramatic problem...

By Robin George Andrews | Scientific American |

Warning: Dog-killing "liver fluke" parasite discovered in US for the first time

EARTH.COM - For the first time, scientists have confirmed the presence of a potentially fatal dog parasite, liver fluke, in a section of the Colorado River that traverses California. This revelation from scientists at UC Riverside has prompted urgent calls for public awareness due to the serious health risk it poses to pets. Heterobilharzia americana...
By Eric Ralls | Earth.com |

California Dog Owners Warned of Lethal River Parasite

NEWSWEEK - A parasite that could potentially kill your pet dog has been discovered lurking in a section of the Colorado River that runs through Southern California. This parasite is a flatworm named Heterobilharzia americana, also known as a liver fluke, and has previously only been found in Texas and other states on the Gulf...
By Jess Thomson | Newsweek |

Dog-killing flatworm parasite discovered in new state as scientists warn of spread West

USA TODAY - A dog-killing parasite that was believed to only exist in Texas and other Gulf Coast states has been discovered as far west as California for the first time, scientists have warned. Experts at the University of California Riverside found the Heterobilharzia americana parasite, a flatworm commonly known as a liver fluke, in...
By Mary Walrath-Holdridge | USA TODAY |

Dog-killing worms found in California for the first time: Scientists discover hundreds of snails in Colorado River harboring the parasite that has killed at least one pet

THE DAILY MAIL - Scientists have discovered dog-killing worms in Southern California for the first time, which have infected at least 11 pets - one of which died. A team at the University of California Riverside (UCR) found Heterobilharzia americana, a flatworm commonly referred to as liver fluke, are being transmitted by snails living along...
By Stacy Liberatore | DailyMail.com |
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