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China’s Battle With a Deadly Coronavirus, in Photos

The spread of a deadly respiratory virus has prompted the authorities to limit travel in cities in central China, including Wuhan, where the disease was first found last month. It has since spread to at least four other countries.The outbreak comes just before the start of the Lunar New Year holiday on Friday, as hundreds…

Space Photos of the Week: An Ode to Infrared

On January 30, NASA will bid farewell to its Spitzer Space Telescope. The size of a schoolbus, Spitzer is one of NASA’s most beloved and hardworking telescopes: It launched on August 25, 2003, and its mission has been to study the universe using infrared light. (Space is cold, so detecting even slight variations in heat…

Pentagon’s vow to protect Vindman against retaliation tested after Blackburn attacks decorated veteran

(CNN)A top Pentagon official as recently as last month vowed the department would not tolerate "any act of retaliation" against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman -- a pledge now being put to the test after Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn this week repeatedly attacked the key National Security Council aide who testified before Congress on the Ukraine…

What do Chinese opera masks and spiders have in common? A lot, as it turns out.

Chinese opera masks or Jing masks feature unique colors and patterns that give the audience clues about a character's motives, character or virtue. Credit: Photo/Wikimedia Commons To better understand how animals like spiders communicate with pattern and color, a University of Cincinnati biology student is turning to ancient dramatic art. Biology doctoral student Jenny Yi-Ti…

Final Grammy Predictions: Billie Eilish, Lizzo Poised to Dominate; Could Lil Nas X Sweep?

January 24, 2020 3:31PM PT The Billie Eilish vs. Lizzo throwdown has dominated the 2020 Grammy conversation, but there’ll be plenty of other nail-biters when the awards are handed out on Jan. 26. Will Lil Nas X upset girl power in album of the year, record of the year and/or best new artist? Will country…

Billie Eilish On Mental Health: ‘I Didn’t Think I Would Make It To 17’

With six nominations, Billie Eilish looks poised to win big at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday. Critical acclaim and the stardom that followed, however, haven’t diminished her longstanding mental health concerns.  In a new interview with CBS’s Gayle King, the singer-songwriter revealed she spent months leading up to the release of her hit album, “When We All…

Davos elites toast capitalism, fret about climate and party like there’s no tomorrow

DAVOS, Switzerland When this hot planet finally begins to evict us en masse, the global elites might seek refuge up here in the Alps, in the highest town in Europe — if only out of habit. They’re here at this time every year, to negotiate and network and divide up the exciting business of solving…

Lunar New Year 2020: What are the traditions, and which Asian cultures celebrate it?

CLOSE It's the Year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac, but it's not just the Chinese New Year. USA TODAYLunar New Year falls on Jan. 25 this year, prompting more than 1.5 billion people around the world to celebrate with family and traditional foods. While the customs vary between Asian cultures, the holiday marks the beginning…

Coronavirus outbreak: 2nd U.S. case confirmed in Chicago

Health officials have identified a second case of the coronavirus in the United States — this time in Chicago, Ill.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the case on Friday.Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Health, said there’s no need for Chicago residents to change their behaviour “in any way” because…
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