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People wearing protective masks walk along the beach in Lynn, Massachusetts on 25 May

Moderna vaccine protects 16 monkeys from coronavirus, now 30,000 humans wait for it

The results, if they hold up in humans, suggest that the vaccine may be able to protect against Covid-19 in both the upper and lower airways.
Representational image of bat. | Pixabay

New coronavirus seems to have circulated in bats for decades, study finds

Horseshoe bats are most plausible origin of SARS-CoV-2 pathogen, researchers of Pensylvania State University’s Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics said.
Lab technicians produce Covid-19 diagnostic kits in a laboratory in Faridabad

Drug candidate identified with AI to be tested in Covid-19 clinical trials

From heart damage in recovered patients to alternative tests, ThePrint brings you the latest research on Covid-19.
Moderna

Moderna launches first large-scale US Covid vaccine trial, results likely by December

US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said the trial, to be tested at 89 sites, is designed to show the vaccine is at least 60% effective in preventing Covid.

HCQ’s bumpy ride: New study says it can’t block coronavirus infection of lung cells

A new study was carried out by scientists in Germany who tested HCQ on a collection of different cell types to figure out how the drug works.
Artificial intelligence

Covid could have been AI’s moment in sun. But it isn’t as flexible as humans yet

The pandemic has reminded us of just how quickly humans can adapt existing knowledge, skills and behaviours– something that highly-specialised AI systems just can’t do.
The Tianwen-1 mission lifts off Thursday | Credit: cnsa.gov.cn

Search for life, underground water — what China aims for with first Mars bid Tianwen-1

China successfully launched its Mars mission Tianwen-1 Thursday by invoking the work of an ancient poet who wrote about ‘Heavenly Questions’.
A health worker with Covid-19 samples (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Dexamethasone may be harmful to some Covid-19 patients, says new study

From research on how nitric oxide may help improve clinical outcomes, to autopsies showing unique cell death, ThePrint brings you the latest on Covid-19.

How do bats stay safe from the thousands of viruses they host? New study holds some clues

A new paper published in Nature details how bat genomes were sequenced for immune responses and their ancestry traced back until dinosaur extinction.
Comet NEOWISE captured on 6 July 2020, just before sunrise in Tucson | Credits: Vishnu Reddy | NASA

Comet NEOWISE to make closest approach to Earth today — where, when & how to see it

Comet NEOWISE is visible to the naked eye and can be spotted near the Big Dipper constellation after sunset.

On Camera

File photo | Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella | Marlene Awaad / Bloomberg

Why TikTok could be the deal of the decade for Microsoft and Satya Nadella

If and when a deal is finalised, the amount will tell us the true value of TikTok's operations, which has over 100 million US users, and more importantly, that of Satya Nadella.
Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh | File photo: ANI

India faces military, health & economic threats, govt must restore faith, says Manmohan

In a column for The Hindu, former PM Manmohan Singh advocates significant cash transfers to the poor, better access to capital for firms and autonomy for financial institutions and RBI.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.