Rodrigo Pérez Ortega
Rodrigo Pérez Ortega
Science journalist @NewsfromScience focusing on #diversityinSTEM | @Open_Notebook en Español Editorial Director | @UCSC_SciCom | Views my own | he/himSource
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This pterosaur supported its giant neck with bones built like bicycle wheels

This pterosaur supported its giant neck with bones built like bicycle wheels

About 100 million years ago, gigantic flying reptiles with necks longer than those of giraffes cruised the skies of modern-day Morocco. Scientists think this kind of pterosaur, with its large jaw and slim neck, preyed on fish, small mammals, and even baby dinosaurs. But how their necks didn’t snap as they carried their prey has long been a mystery. Now, a new study shows the bones inside had an intricate spokelike structure that made them strong and stable, but light enough for flight.Azhdarchid pterosaurs (named after a dragonlike creature in Persian mythology) from Morocco are some of the...

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The pandemic's first major research scandal erupts

The pandemic's first major research scandal erupts

's COVID-19 coverage is supported by the Pulitzer Center.A hydroxychloroquine study is being audited.PHOTO: AP PHOTO/JOHN LOCHEROn its face, it was a major finding: Antimalarial drugs touted by the White House as possible COVID-19 treatments looked to be not just ineffective, but downright deadly. A study published on 22 May in The Lancet used hospital records procured by a little-known data analytics company called Surgisphere to conclude that COVID-19 patients taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine were more likely to show an irregular heart rhythm—a known side effect thought to be...

June 5, 2020
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