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Mike Wehner

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Ancient ‘Wonderchicken’ fossil is oldest of modern birds

March 20th, 2020

Oldest-ever modern bird fossil found in Europe has been nicknamed the “Wonderchicken” due to its similarities between present-day chickens and ducks.  It’s believed that the species roamed the region as far back as one million years before the asteroid strike that triggered the death of most dinosaur species.  The fossil is helping scientists paint a …

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SpaceX will launch its first crewed mission as early as May

March 19th, 2020

SpaceX and NASA are planning the launch of the first crewed flight of Crew Dragon to the International Space Station as early as May.  The mission will see two NASA astronauts travel to the ISS after being launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  A delay in the mission is possible, especially given the …

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A drug called losartan might help us beat coronavirus

March 19th, 2020

Scientists from the University of Minnesota are testing the blood pressure drug losartan to see if it can prevent COVID-19 infection or reduce symptoms.  The drug, which is a widely-available generic medication, may help by blocking a site on cells that is used by the virus.  Doctors are also testing the malaria medication hydroxychloroquine to …

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New coronavirus test can return results in 30 minutes

March 19th, 2020

Oxford scientists have developed a new test for the coronavirus that returns a result in as little as 30 minutes, far faster than any existing test.  The test is highly accurate and can detect even the earliest stages of the infection, making it a great tool for the healthcare community.  A device is being developed …

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China reports zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time

March 19th, 2020

China has reported zero new cases of novel coronavirus infection in a 24 hour period for the first time since the outbreak began.  The country has taken drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus, including mandatory lockdowns and quarantines.  China reported 34 new cases of the virus, but all of them had been …

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NASA just told its entire staff to work from home

March 18th, 2020

NASA just elevated all of its centers to Stage 3, meaning a mandatory work-from-home order for almost all of its staff.  Staff considered to be mission-critical will still be allowed to access NASA facilities, but the majority will have to make do from home.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA has made the decision …

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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake just rocked Utah

March 18th, 2020

The state of Utah was just struck with a 5.7 magnitude earthquake near the Salt Lake City area.  The quake was the strongest in the state since 1992, knocking out power to nearly 50,000 people.  Emergency management officials warned city residents that aftershocks are likely and to avoid the downtown Salt Lake City area. Visit …

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Here’s what a drive-thru coronavirus test looks like

March 18th, 2020

Drive-thru coronavirus testing locations are being set up across the United States and in several other countries.  Testing is fast and just requires a swab from inside the patient’s nose.  Results can take days to be reported, but newer tests promise to produce results in as little as 90 minutes.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

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China says it found a flu drug that can treat coronavirus

March 18th, 2020

Japanese flu drug favipiravir is showing promise in treating symptoms of coronavirus infection and shortening the time the virus remains active in an infected person.  Reports out of China suggest the drug is safe and effective, improving the lung condition of patients and helping them rid their bodies of the virus.  Japanese health officials are …