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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Using $1.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, researchers at University of California, Davis, are looking into whether venom from the widely feared tarantula spider could help relieve chronic pain. "Spiders and scorpions have millions of years of evolution optimizing peptide, protein and small-molecule poisons in their venom, which we can take ...

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In 2004, British billionaire Richard Branson proclaimed he would fly into space on his company’s spaceship in just three years to kick off what he hoped would become a routine travel experience, drinks and all. Nearly 17 years after that proclamation, he finally did it. Branson, along with five other Virgin Galactic employees — two pilots and three others who are testing parts of the in-cabin ...

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LOS ANGELES — Space is vast. But the area around our planet is getting crowded. New technologies and the proliferation of competing rocket companies have made it cheaper to reach low Earth orbit. But more objects in space can also mean more spacecraft-damaging collisions. That could jeopardize satellites that connect rural and underserved areas with broadband, as well as those that take images ...

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Scientists who sifted through the genetic data of nearly 50,000 COVID-19 patients have discovered 13 key locations among the human genome's 3 billion base pairs that may influence a person's susceptibility to a coronavirus infection or their risk of developing a severe illness. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Nature, could help researchers design or repurpose treatments for ...

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is investigating a cyberattack against the Republican National Committee believed to have been carried out by Russian hackers, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday. Psaki said Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are in touch with the RNC, but that the government has not officially ...

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Many humans adjusted to wearing masks last year for the greater good. Why not cows? Cargill Inc. is partnering with Zelp Ltd., a U.K.-based startup, to distribute devices that are put over a dairy cow's nose to absorb methane released by their burps and exhales. Minnetonka-based Cargill, with a sizable animal nutrition business in Europe, is working with dairy farmers there to gauge and shore ...

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Research shows both coronavirus infection and vaccination offers immunity that can protect people from getting sick again. But by how much and for how long remains unclear — a scientific gap that only time could fill. Regardless of how immunity is acquired, there’s no telling whose bodies will or won’t create effective antibodies, and why they last longer for some than others; doctors ...

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The Western diet is associated with many ills, and now chronic pain may be added to the list. Fats provide important health benefits, but they can be too much of a good thing. Most people eat too many omega-6 fats and not enough omega-3. A new study looks at the potential for omega-6 fats’ influence on neuropathic pain in people with diabetes and other conditions. Researchers at the University ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure plan Thursday, the culmination of months of negotiation over a proposal to fortify the nation’s roads, bridges and broadband internet access. “We have a deal,” Biden said, standing with the 10 senators in the West Wing driveway after their 30-minute Oval Office meeting. “They’ve ...

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More than 1 million adults in the U.S. identify as nonbinary, according to a groundbreaking new study published Tuesday by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, the nation’s leading research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Analyzing data on characteristics and demographics of LGBTQ adults in the U.S., the study, entitled “Nonbinary LGBTQ Adults ...