New genetic analysis traces COVID-19 pandemic origin to raccoon dogs in Wuhan : Short Wave : NPR
A few weeks ago, raw data gathered in Janaury 2020 from Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China — the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic — was uploaded to an online virology database. It caught the attention of researchers. A new genetic analysis from an international team provides the strongest evidence yet for natural origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of one animal in particular: raccoon dogs. Short Wave co-host Emily Kwong talks with Katherine Wu, a staff writer at The Atlantic, who broke the story and explains the genetic evidence. To dive into emerging genetic evidence of this pandemic's origins, read:- Crits-Christoph et. al (2023), Genetic evidence of susceptible wildlife in SARS-CoV-2 positive samples at the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, Wuhan: Analysis and interpretation of data released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control- Katherine Wu's Atlantic article, The Strongest Evidence Yet That an Animal Started the Pandemic- Michaeleen Doucleff's NPR reporting, What does science say about the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic?npr.org
Gadfly Reporter Throws White House Presser Into Chaos With Over-the-Top Tantrum
The White House/YouTubeSimon Ateba once again made the White House press briefing all about his perceived grievances on Monday.A notorious gadfly who claims he’s been removed from the White House Correspondent’s Association, the Today News Africa reporter had one of his trademarked public meltdowns—this time in front of the Ted Lasso cast.With Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, and other stars of the hit show joining White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the podium, Ateba began beratnews.yahoo.com
US and its partners stage warfare drills as Japan, South Korea strengthen alliance against China, North Korea
The United States and its allies staged anti-submarine warfare drills with India, Canada, South Korea, and Japan to strengthen their defenses against threats from North Korea and China.foxnews.com
Speaker McCarthy to meet Taiwan's president in US to avoid escalating tensions with China: report
The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, will meet with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in California instead of in Taipei in hopes of preventing tensions from rising with China, a report says.foxnews.com
Biden hopes Russia will reconsider suspension of nuclear arms treaty as invasion of Ukraine approaches one year
President Biden will prepare to mark Friday’s one-year anniversary with a new round of sanctions targeting the Kremlin’s defense and energy sectors, Russian banks and several individuals in an effort to stop the Russian invasion.
EU outlines plan for clean tech future boosted by subsidies
The European Union is pushing forward with a major clean tech industrial plan that not only should keep the continent in the vanguard of plotting a greener future but also guarantee its economic survival as it faces challenges from China and the United States.