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SpaceX Dragon is launching big science haul to space station for astronaut health, plant stress and more

Update for 3:32 a.m. ET: Saturday’s planned launch of the SpaceX Dragon CRS-23 mission has been scrubbed due to weather. The next available launch opportunity is on Sunday (Aug. 29) at 3:14 a.m. EDT (0714 GMT). Read the full story. 


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The next SpaceX resupply launch to the International Space Station, scheduled for Saturday (Aug. 28), will carry a bevy of science payloads to the astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory. 

The robotic flight, called CRS-23, marks the 23rd mission for SpaceX under its commercial cargo resupply services contract with NASA. The launch is scheduled for 3:37 a.m. ED (0737 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and you can watch the action live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA. You can also watch directly via NASA TV or SpaceX.

The upgraded Dragon cargo capsule that will launch atop a veteran SpaceX Falcon

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Whitley County won’t mandate masks or vaccines; Indiana health chief says ‘not science-based’

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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners will not enforce, mandate, or require masks or vaccines from its residents, and they do not support quarantine rules.

The statement was made by commissioners Chad Banks (District 1), George Schrumpf (District 2), and Theresa Green (District 3).

Recent changes to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) have prompted the Whitley County Board of Commissioners to offer the following statement.

In Whitley County, we believe masking and immunizations are a decision for individuals to make and should not be mandated. Anyone eligible for a COVID vaccine can obtain this through Whitley County’s Health Department and anyone who wishes to wear a mask may do so but anyone who chooses to forego masks and

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COVID-19 drove funding to science, health studies

COVID-19 research highlights the hurdles of getting government funding, as well as the benefits.

By Chiung-Wei Huang

At sunrise, when the North Carolina sky slowly wakes up to light blue, Kevin Saunders gets into his white coat and is ready to dive into his research.

As a director of research at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Saunders studies the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with hopes of discovering a vaccine that could prevent transmission of the virus and the disease that goes along with it.

Then COVID-19 came along, and his vaccine research took a sharp detour.

“Since the pandemic, we started to work more on coronavirus,” Saunders said in an interview at the end of June. “We had to learn about it and to build all of the vaccine tools.”

Funding for COVID-19 research was available quickly in the early days of the pandemic. Researchers who wanted to tackle

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Science Museum exhibit aims to get families talking about mental health

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a massive impact on Americans’ mental health. After a full year of social distancing, capacity restrictions and employment struggles, the CDC reports about 40% of all adults say they have symptoms of depression or anxiety.

A local exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia aims to create a safe space for conversations about mental illness. The “Mental Health Mind Matters” exhibit uses interactive games, quizzes and personal stories to get families talking about mental health.

The exhibit even includes a section for young children. In the last year, area hospitals have reported a big uptick in youth mental health-related emergency room visits.

“Dolls and games, that help you express what your feelings are,” said Timshel Purdum, the museum’s Virginia C Ellett Director of Education.

The touring exhibit offers local resources and aims reinforce it’s ok to talk about mental

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How To Become A Medical Technologist

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Small changes in diet could help you live healthier, more sustainably — ScienceDaily

Eating a hot dog could cost you 36 minutes of healthy life, while choosing to eat a serving of nuts instead could help you gain 26 minutes of extra healthy life, according to a University of Michigan study.

The study, published in the journal Nature Food, evaluated more than 5,800 foods, ranking them by their nutritional disease burden to humans and their impact on the environment. It found that substituting 10% of daily caloric intake from beef and processed meats for a mix of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and select seafood could reduce your dietary carbon footprint by one-third and allow people to gain 48 minutes of healthy minutes per day.

“Generally, dietary recommendations lack specific and actionable direction to motivate people to change their behavior, and rarely do dietary recommendations address environmental impacts,” said Katerina Stylianou, who did the research as a doctoral candidate and postdoctoral fellow in the

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Deputy health officer picked for Jackson County Health Department

JACKSON, MI — Jackson County has hired a deputy officer to assist the current interim director of its health department.

Kristin Pluta began in her role as deputy health officer on Monday, Aug. 16. She will work on site at the Jackson County Health Department, overseeing staff, working through budgets and running day-to-day business under the oversight of Interim Health Officer Debra Kubitskey.

According to her LinkedIn page, Pluta has been a grant coordinator with Jackson County since 2017. She has a master’s degree in health/health care administration/management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor of science degree in health services/allied health/health sciences from Grand Valley State University.

Prior to joining the county, Pluta worked for the United Way of Jackson County’s Project Access, managing a program that provided donated primary health care to enrolled patient, Kubitskey said.

“We believe that Kristin will be very successful in her new

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Notre Dame launches two-year Master of Science in Global Health program | News | Notre Dame News

A two-year Master of Science in Global Health program will leverage the University of Notre Dame’s historical strength in infectious disease research to help students solidify interdisciplinary careers that will address health issues worldwide.

The master’s program, which is a partnership among the Eck Institute for Global Health, Notre Dame College of Science and the Keough School of Global Affairs, will begin accepting applications on Aug. 30, with the first class graduating in 2024.

“This program is going to expand the already excellent student research experience at Notre Dame,” said Dr. Bernard Nahlen, director of the Eck Institute for Global Health and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “Given the talent and skills among the faculty and their track record in global health, this is going to be a rich environment for students to come into.”

The University previously offered a one-year master’s program in global

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The Psychology Of Closing

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Indiana doctor’s speech spreads COVID falsehoods

An Indiana doctor’s recent appearance at a small community school board meeting northeast of Indianapolis has racked up tens of millions of views across social media this week, with users falsely claiming it included facts about COVID-19 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the federal government don’t want you to hear.

In reality, Dr. Dan Stock’s 6-minute speech to the Mount Vernon Community School Corporation in Fortville, Indiana, on Aug. 6 was loaded with falsehoods about the disease and the vaccines used to fight it.

For example: While it’s true that breakthrough cases can occur in a small percentage of vaccinated people, Stock’s overarching claim that vaccines are ineffective against COVID-19 is false. Vaccines remain safe and effective at preventing severe symptoms and death, even as the highly transmissible delta variant has fueled surges in cases worldwide.

Stock identifies himself as a doctor of functional family medicine

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