COVID testing is still too slow in the US

The average wait times for coronavirus test results have fallen from four days in April to 2.7 days in September, but results are still too slow for effective contact tracing, according to a new nationwide survey “Despite decreased average wait times, a substantial proportion of Americans still endure long waits,” says coauthor Katherine Ognyanova, an…

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Skin cells team up to stop moles turning into melanomas

A new discovery shatters traditional beliefs about how melanomas develop, providing new insights into fighting the disease, researchers report. Melanoma is a life-threatening skin cancer that spreads quickly to other organs if not treated early. Arthur Lander, professor of development and cell biology, and his colleagues investigated melanocytic nevi, colloquially known as common pigmented moles.…

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Halloween Fun can be STEM Fun, too!

Five ways to get your Kids to Create, Design, Engineer, and do real-world STEM activities in Halloween Photo by Maddy Baker on Unsplash It’s that time of year – costumes, pumpkins, candy, and fall fun! How about getting your kids involved in planning and creating their Halloween costumes? Buying pumpkins? Candy? Trick or Treating? There…

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Survey: Women don’t know their state abortion laws

Most women of child-bearing age were unfamiliar with their state’s abortion laws and commonly repeated abortion myths, a national survey finds. The findings, which appear in the journal Contraception, suggest that inaccurate knowledge of abortion laws could be an additional barrier to care in environments that are hostile toward abortion. “Women have low levels of…

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