The Life-Saving Covid-19 Drugs You’ve Never Heard Of (and Why) 

The American profit-based healthcare system impacts us in more ways than just our gargantuan bill at the excretion end of an emergency room visit. Right now, our lovable idiotic inhumane healthcare system is acting as a hurdle to the manufacture and procurement of the right drugs to treat Covid-19. One of the drugs currently trumpeted More

Source: The Life-Saving Covid-19 Drugs You’ve Never Heard Of (and Why) – CounterPunch.org

A Proposed Origin for SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 Pandemic 

In all the discussions of the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, enormous scientific attention has been paid to the molecular character of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including its novel genome sequence in comparison with its near relatives. In stark contrast, virtually no attention has been paid to the physical provenance of those nearest genetic relatives, its More

Source: A Proposed Origin for SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 Pandemic – CounterPunch.org

Like humans, beluga whales form social networks beyond family ties

A groundbreaking study is the first to analyze the relationship between group behaviors, group type, group dynamics, and kinship of beluga whales in 10 locations across the Arctic. Results show that not only do beluga whales regularly interact with close kin, including close maternal kin, they also frequently associate with more distantly related and unrelated individuals. Findings will improve the understanding of why some species are social, how individuals learn from group members and how animal cultures emerge.

Source: Like humans, beluga whales form social networks beyond family ties: Study first to uncover the role kinship plays in complex groupings and relationships of beluga whales spanning 10 locations across the Arctic — ScienceDaily

Discovery opens up new path in study of marine evolution and biodiversity

New UCLA research indicates that an evolutionary phenomenon never before observed among marine life could help explain why there is such immense biodiversity in the world’s coral reefs and the ocean beyond.

Source: Discovery opens up new path in study of marine evolution and biodiversity

A ‘regime shift’ is happening in the Arctic Ocean –

Scientists find the growth of phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean has increased 57 percent over just two decades, enhancing its ability to soak up carbon dioxide. While once linked to melting sea ice, the increase is now propelled by rising concentrations of tiny algae.

Source: A ‘regime shift’ is happening in the Arctic Ocean — ScienceDaily

Watchdog Accuses Trump’s NOAA of ‘Choosing Extinction’ for Critically Threatened Right Whales by Hiding Scientific Evidence 

“The North Atlantic right whale is the world’s first large whale species nearing extinction. Its extinction is entirely preventable.”

Source: Watchdog Accuses Trump’s NOAA of ‘Choosing Extinction’ for Critically Threatened Right Whales by Hiding Scientific Evidence | Common Dreams News