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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Highly detailed and scientific NASA research can confirm that something massive is coming out of Uranus. Buried data reveals that when the spacecraft flew past the gas giant in 1986, it passed through something called a plasmoid that escaped and stole a big old cloud of the planet's atmosphere along with it.


SAN FRANCISCO " At least eight strains of the coronavirus are making their way around the globe, creating a trail of death and disease that scientists are tracking by their genetic footprints. While much is unknown, hidden in the virus's unique microscopic fragments are clues to the origins of its original strain, how it behaves as it mutates and which strains are turning into conflagrations while others are dying out thanks to quarantine measures. Huddled in once bustling and now almost empty labs, researchers who oversaw dozens of projects are instead focused on one goal: tracking the current strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that cause the illness COVID-19. read more


Friday, March 27, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is charging forward with his presidential campaign even as former Vice President Joe Biden seeks to draw the nominating contest to a close and pivot to a general election campaign against President Trump. Biden has opened up a nearly insurmountable delegate lead over Sanders in recent weeks, and even some of the Vermont senator's allies acknowledge that his path to the Democratic nomination has all but closed.


President Trump's job approval rating has swung into positive territory for the first time ever in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Friday. The survey finds that 48 percent of voters polled approve of the job Trump is doing, against 46 percent who disapprove. Eighty-six percent of Republicans respondents approve, compared to 49 percent of independents and 17 percent of Democrats. It's the highest mark Trump has ever received in the poll, a 5-point jump from the same survey in February and beating his previous best of 44 percent approval in January. read more


A shrimp peddler at the Chinese market where the coronavirus pandemic likely began has been identified as one of the first victims of the disease " and possibly "patient zero." The 57-year-old woman, identified by the Wall Street Journal as Wei Guixian, was the first person from the now-notorious Huanan market in Wuhan to test positive for the deadly bug.


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