Moderna Bests Pfizer in Study of Five COVID-19 Vaccines

The Moderna Inc. and Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines topped a large-scale study of five different shots, edging the version from Pfizer Inc. and BioTech SE in effectiveness. A study by Hungarian researchers published by the Clinical Microbiology and Infection …

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Albert Einstein’s Notes on Theory of Relativity Sold for Over $15 Million at Auction

A rare manuscript with early calculations made by Albert Einstein that led to his general theory of relativity was sold for over €13 million ($15 million) on Nov. 23 at a Paris auction. The 54-page, handwritten document became the most …

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Victim of Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy Identified After 45 Years Using DNA Testing

Police announced on Oct. 25 that they have identified another previously unnamed victim of infamous 1970s serial killer John Wayne Gacy through DNA testing. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office identified “Victim #5” as Francis Wayne Alexander, a man originally from …

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World’s Largest Known Triceratops Sells for $7.7 Million at Paris Auction

The fossilized remains of the world’s largest known Triceratops sold for a European record price of €6.6 million ($7.7 million) on Oct. 21 at the Drouot auction house in Paris. An anonymous American buyer bought the skeleton, dubbed as “Big …

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First Winners of Prince William’s £1 Million Earthshot Environmental Awards Announced

The five inaugural winners of Prince William’s Earthshot Prize, including Costa Rica and the Italian city of Milan, were announced at a ceremony in London’s Alexandra Palace on Oct. 17. Each of the winners received a £1 million ($1.37 million) …

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WHO Honors ‘Mother’ of Modern Medicine Henrietta Lacks

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Oct. 13 honored Henrietta Lacks whose cells, which were taken without her knowledge or consent, led to crucial medical research worldwide. “In honoring Henrietta Lacks, WHO acknowledges the importance of reckoning with past scientific …

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Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ‘Greener’ Way to Build Molecules

German Benjamin List and Scottish-born David MacMillan have won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for developing “an ingenious tool” for molecular construction that is environmentally friendly. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the awarding of the …

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