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Pentagon, VA adapting as number of COVID-19 cases grows, officials say

Pentagon, VA adapting as number of COVID-19 cases grows, officials say

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July 7 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense has opened an outdoor facility for "safe and socially distant workouts," and officials say they are closely monitoring and adapting as the number of COVID-19 cases among active duty military continues to climb. The number of cumulative cases listed on the Pentagon's website as of Monday was 14,992, up from 12,521 Thursday. Advertisement The number of cases has doubled during June, and 2,471 new cases of COVID-19 were reported over the holiday weekend. Cases among veterans are also up, with Veterans Affairs officials reporting nearly 5,000 active cases of coronavirus among patients in the agency's care -- a threefold increase over the last month. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie told reporters Tuesday that so far the department is managing the new casel...
Tasmanian devils ‘adapting to coexist with cancer’

Tasmanian devils ‘adapting to coexist with cancer’

Science
There's fresh hope for the survival of endangered Tasmanian devils after large numbers were killed off by facial tumours. The world's largest carnivorous marsupials have been battling Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) for over 20 years.But researchers have found the animals' immune system to be modifying to combat the assault. And according to an international team of scientists from Australia, UK, US and France, the future for the devils is now looking brighter. "In the past, we were managing devil populations to avoid extinction. Now, we are progressively moving to an adaptive management strategy, enhancing those selective adaptations for the evolution of devil/DFTD coexistence," explains Dr Rodrigo Hamede, from the University of Tasmania. First discov...
The Amazon is evolving, but not adapting as fast the climate is changing

The Amazon is evolving, but not adapting as fast the climate is changing

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Nov. 8 (UPI) -- According to a new survey of the Amazon, the planet's largest forest is shifting its composition in response to climate change. Unfortunately, the research suggests the Amazon isn't evolving fast enough. The climate is changing faster than the Amazon can adapt. Most noticeably, scientists found moisture-loving tree species are dying off faster than they can be replaced by species that can withstand drier conditions. Droughts during the last decades have damaged large portions of the Amazon. "The ecosystem's response is lagging behind the rate of climate change," Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, geographer at the University of Leeds, said in a news release. "The data showed us that the droughts that hit the Amazon basin in the last decades had serious consequences for the makeup ...
Here to stay, sea pickles are adapting comfortably to Pacific Northwest waters

Here to stay, sea pickles are adapting comfortably to Pacific Northwest waters

Science
July 20 (UPI) -- Sea pickles have been invading the waters along the coast of the Pacific Northwest for a few years. Now, new research suggests the cucumber-shaped colonial jellies, called pyrosomes, are here to stay. The pickles are bioluminescent -- pyrosome translates as "fire body." Each tube-like creature is actually many creatures, a colony of multi-celled organisms call zooids. "These animals may be able to survive in colder water than we previously thought possible, but what might really be contributing to their continued presence is that the food source off of our coast is right for them," Kelly Sutherland, a marine biologist at the University of Oregon, said in a news release. Sutherland and her researcher partners believe the lack of upwelling in the ocean has made for pickle-...