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The moral calculus of sanctions amid coronavirus crisis

Never let a crisis go to waste. It’s a cynical maxim in politics, but one the Trump administration appears to be following now as it maintains pressure on Iran and Venezuela: Refuse to relax economic stress amid the destabilizing effect of the coronavirus pandemic, in hopes of splintering enemy regimes. Humanitarian supplies are technically exempt…MORE

Meteorites reveal that Martian water came from different sources

Meteorites reveal that Martian water came from different sources

One of the biggest mysteries in piecing together the story of Mars’ past is a key question: Where did the water come from? Researchers may have found a large clue in tiny slices from Martian meteorites that fell to Earth, according to a new study. Mars was likely a warm, wet planet billions of years…MORE

Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world’s pollution crisis

Plastic-eating bacteria could be small step toward tackling world’s pollution crisis

Plastic products made with polyurethane, a synthetic chemical compound, typically end up buried in a landfill. Now scientists discovered a strain of bacteria, the first of its kind, that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment. The findings were published…MORE

Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone

Coronavirus preys on what terrifies us: dying alone

Steve Kaminski was whisked into an ambulance near his home on New York’s Upper East Side last week. He never saw his family again. Kaminski died days later of covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Because of fears of contagion, no visitors, including his family, were allowed to see him at Mt. Sinai…MORE

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