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Bunnies to the rescue as virus hits Belgian chocolatiers

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 10th - 10:48am

Master chocolatier Dominique Persoone stood forlorn on his huge workfloor, a faint smell of cocoa lingering amid the idle machinery — in a mere memory of better times.

FDA warns Alex Jones to stop pitching bogus virus remedies

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 10th - 10:08am

U.S. health officials are warning conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones to stop pitching bogus remedies for the coronavirus.

Mercury-bound spacecraft buzzes Earth, beams back pictures

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 10th - 9:07am

A Mercury-bound spacecraft swooped past Earth on Friday, tweaking its roundabout path to the solar system’s smallest and innermost planet.

Sean Penn wants to 'save lives' with free COVID-19 testing

Marcela Isaza, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 10th - 8:49am

After nearly a decade of helping communities in distress abroad, Sean Penn is joining the fight against the coronavirus much closer to home.

The pandemic is playing to almost every one of Amazon's strengths

Brian Fung, CNN Business  |  Posted Apr 9th - 2:52pm

As the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay inside, few companies have proven themselves as essential as Amazon. From groceries to cleaning supplies, shipments from Amazon have become lifelines for many who are steering clear of supermarkets and other physical retail stores. Company executives have likened the surge in demand to the annual holiday shopping crush.

Tie game: Ancient bit of string shows Neanderthal handiwork

Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 9th - 9:01am

It looked like a white splotch on the underside of a Neanderthal stone tool. But a microscope showed it was a bunch of fibers twisted around each other.

No social distancing in space: New crew greeted with hugs

Marcia Dunn and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 9th - 2:15am

Three astronauts flew to the International Space Station on Thursday, departing the virus-plagued planet with little fanfare and no family members at the launch site to bid them farewell.

Apollo 13's most famous quotes originated in Hollywood

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 11:10pm

Apollo 13′s best known quotes originated not in space or Mission Control, but in Hollywood.

'Houston, we’ve had a problem’: Remembering Apollo 13 at 50

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 11:06pm

Apollo 13′s astronauts never gave a thought to their mission number as they blasted off for the moon 50 years ago. Even when their oxygen tank ruptured two days later — on April 13.

Second US study for COVID-19 vaccine uses skin-deep shots

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 3:07pm

U.S. researchers have opened another safety test of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this one using a skin-deep shot instead of the usual deeper jab.

Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 12:52pm

As health officials around the world push to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors are moving away from using the breathing machines when they can.

Science row hits EU at height of coronavirus crisis

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 10:12am

The European Union has been thrown into a scientific policy dispute at the height of the coronavirus crisis after the head of its top science panel resigned amid claims of red tape and institutional gridlock while other scientists at the group indicated that they were well rid of him.

Burton to donate 500,000 respirator masks across Northeast

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 8:14am

more than double what they usually cost — then set about finding a way to ship them directly from China to Vermont, where Burton is headquartered.

Utah-based Podium announces $125M in new funding

Ryan Miller,  |  Posted Apr 7th - 9:18pm

Eric Rea always had high ambitions for Podium — but maybe not this high. On Tuesday, the Lehi-based startup Podium has announced a $125 million funding round led by YC Continuity.

Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef more widespread than ever

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 7:19pm

An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef shows coral bleaching is sweeping across the area off the east of Australia for the third time in five years.

Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 3:37pm

Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country’s sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the coronavirus tamps down energy use, according to an Energy Department projection on Tuesday.

Modeling coronavirus: 'Uncertainty is the only certainty'

Seth Borenstein and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 12:17pm

A statistical model cited by the White House generated a slightly less grim figure Monday for a first wave of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. — a projection designed to help officials plan for the worst, including having enough hospital staff, beds and ventilators.

One fortunate 90-year-old survived COVID-19, and offers hope

Allen G. Breed, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 9:02am

whose last name is Italian for “lucky” — was a regular at bingo and was always up for casino excursions.

'Old school' technique helps expert ID remains from 1969

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 6th - 12:15pm

Thanks to an old-fashioned fingerprint-matching technique, the remains of a shooting victim found alongside a New Hampshire highway 50 years ago have been identified as a Vermont man who had been released from prison three months earlier, authorities said Monday.