Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Virus deaths reach 375,000 as Latin America struggles

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped 375,000 on Tuesday as the disease continued to tear through Latin America, but in Europe the return to normality gathered pace with the French heading back to their beloved ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researchers use ALCF resources to model the spread of COVID-19

With COVID-19 drastically altering daily life for people across the planet, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has moved quickly to join the global fight against the pandemic. Among the laboratory's ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Drastic changes in social lives raise future mental health concerns

People's social lives aren't what they used to be. But exactly how they've changed and what it might mean for mental health is what psycho-linguistic researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are trying to figure out ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Examining the impact of major life events on wellbeing

Major life events, such as marriage, death of a loved one, or bankruptcy, all affect our wellbeing. Now, for the first time, researchers have compared the differing impact of these events on the happiness and life satisfaction ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

'Reborn' Swiss to drop most virus restrictions on June 6

Switzerland announced Wednesday it would remove most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions on June 6, when all leisure and entertainment activities can resume if appropriate precautions are in place.

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Life

Life on Earth:

Life (cf. biota) is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have self-sustaining biological processes ("alive," "living"), from those which do not —either because such functions have ceased (death), or else because they lack such functions and are classified as "inanimate."

In biology, the science that studies living organisms, "life" is the condition which distinguishes active organisms from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, functional activity and the continual change preceding death. A diverse array of living organisms (life forms) can be found in the biosphere on Earth, and properties common to these organisms—plants, animals, fungi, protists, archaea, and bacteria — are a carbon- and water-based cellular form with complex organization and heritable genetic information. Living organisms undergo metabolism, maintain homeostasis, possess a capacity to grow, respond to stimuli, reproduce and, through natural selection, adapt to their environment in successive generations. More complex living organisms can communicate through various means.

In philosophy and religion, the conception and nature of life varies, and offer interpretations in the frameworks of existence and consciousness, and touch on many other related issues, such as, ontology, value, life stance, purpose, conceptions of God, the soul and the afterlife.

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