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Monkeypox case found in the U.S.

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US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On May 18, 2022, a U.S. resident tested positive for monkeypox after returning to the U.S. from Canada. As of May 18, 2022, no additional monkeypox cases have been identified in the U.S.


Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to investigate a situation in which a U.S. resident tested positive for monkeypox on May 18 after returning to the U.S. from Canada.

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Hurricane season is just around the corner

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A satellite image of ocean heat shows the strong Loop Current and swirling eddies. Christopher Henze, NASA/Ames

Bad news for the 2022 hurricane season: The Loop Current, a fueler of monster storms, is looking a lot like it did in 2005, the year of Katrina

Nick Shay, University of Miami

The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1, and the Gulf of Mexico is already warmer than average. Even more worrying is a current of warm tropical water that is looping unusually far into the Gulf for this time of year, with the power to turn tropical storms into monster hurricanes.

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Life Hacks for coping with ADHD

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Many people with ADHD find it difficult to focus, suffer from anxiety and have low self-esteem. Bulat Silvia/iStock via Getty Images Plus

These strategies and life hacks can help anyone with ADHD, as well as those who struggle with attention problems but don’t have a diagnosis

Rob Rosenthal, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Imagine that it’s 4:59 p.m., only one minute before your deadline. You swore you’d never put yourself in this position again, and yet you have. This isn’t your best work, and you’ll be lucky just to turn anything in. What would you do differently if you could turn back the clock?

Living with ADHD can feel like this on a daily basis, but it doesn’t have to.

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International Satellite to Track Impacts of Small Ocean Currents

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SWOT’s solar panels unfold as part of a test in January at a Thales Alenia Space facility in Cannes, France, where the satellite is being assembled. SWOT will measure elevations of Earth’s ocean and surface water, giving researchers information with an unprecedented level of detail. Credit: CNES/Thales Alenia Space Full image details

NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will explore how the ocean absorbs atmospheric heat and carbon, moderating global temperatures and climate change.

Though climate change is driving sea level rise over time, researchers also believe that differences in surface height from place to place in the ocean can affect Earth’s climate. These highs and lows are associated with currents and eddies, swirling rivers in the ocean, that influence how it absorbs atmospheric heat and carbon.

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Community-scale geothermal projects on the horizon

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Expected Funding Opportunity Will Facilitate Community-Scale Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems that Can Cut Emissions, Reduce Energy Burden, Boost Resilience

U.S. Department of Energy

Heating and cooling represent significant energy needs for American homes and businesses—for instance, more than half of U.S. home energy use is for heating—and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions through the direct use of fossil fuels and electricity use. To help reduce energy burden—the percentage of gross household income spent on energy costs—and fossil fuel dependence for American communities, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to issue the Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Design and Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

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Spike in overdose deaths linked to fentanyl

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Only a small amount of fentanyl is enough to be lethal. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses? A medical toxicologist explains

Kavita Babu, UMass Chan Medical School

Buying drugs on the street is a game of Russian roulette. From Xanax to cocaine, drugs or counterfeit pills purchased in nonmedical settings may contain life-threatening amounts of fentanyl.

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Learning to recognize the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is more likely to be cured with early diagnosis. Pornpak Khunatorn/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Ovarian cancer is not a silent killer – recognizing its symptoms could help reduce misdiagnosis and late detection

Barbara Goff, University of Washington

Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of gynecologic tumors. Fewer than 40% of those diagnosed with ovarian cancer are cured, and approximately 12,810 people in the U.S. die from the disease every year.

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CDC Alerts Health Care Providers to Hepatitis Cases of Unknown Origin

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US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC today issued a nationwide health alert to notify clinicians and public health authorities about a cluster of children identified with hepatitis and adenovirus infection – and to ask all physicians to be on the lookout for symptoms and to report any suspected cases of hepatitis of unknown origin to their local and state health departments.

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FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Using Breath Samples

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US Food and Drug Administration

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test that detects chemical compounds in breath samples associated with a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The test can be performed in environments where the patient specimen is both collected and analyzed, such as doctor’s offices, hospitals and mobile testing sites, using an instrument about the size of a piece of carry-on luggage. The test is performed by a qualified, trained operator under the supervision of a health care provider licensed or authorized by state law to prescribe tests and can provide results in less than three minutes.

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Engineering advance helps nuclear fusion reach a new milestone

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Magnetic fusion reactors contain super hot plasma in a donut-shaped container called a tokamak. dani3315/iStock via Getty Images

Nuclear fusion hit a milestone thanks to better reactor walls – this engineering advance is building toward reactors of the future

David Donovan, University of Tennessee and Livia Casali, University of Tennessee

Scientists at a laboratory in England have shattered the record for the amount of energy produced during a controlled, sustained fusion reaction. The production of 59 megajoules of energy over five seconds at the Joint European Torus – or JET – experiment in England has been called “a breakthrough” by some news outlets and caused quite a lot of excitement among physicists. But a common line regarding fusion electricity production is that it is “always 20 years away.”

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