A screenshot of Monday's SpaceX satellite launch. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX launched another 60 of its internet-beaming Starlink satellites to orbit from Cape Canaveral Monday night.

Why it matters: Per Axios' Miriam Kramer, the Elon Musk-founded company hopes to one day have a constellation of thousands of satellites in orbit, beaming broadband internet around the globe, particularly to areas without reliable coverage now, and ultimately help fund Musk's bigger plans to establish a city on Mars or base on the Moon.

  • Astronomers have been worried that the influx of new satellites in the coming years could impact dark skies and impede the hunt for asteroids near Earth. But the latest launch by the Falcon 9 rocket marked the first time SpaceX has tested a dark coating in an attempt to allay such concerns.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:15 p.m. EST: 32,062,182 — Total deaths: 979,701 — Total recoveries: 22,057,268Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:15 p.m EST: 6,967,103 — Total deaths: 202,558 — Total recoveries: 2,670,256 — Total tests: 97,459,742Map.
  3. Health: Cases are surging again in 22 states — New York will conduct its own review of coronavirus vaccine.
  4. Business: America is closing out its strongest quarter of economic growth.
  5. Technology: 2020 tech solutions may be sapping our resolve to beat the pandemic.
  6. Sports: Here's what college basketball will look like this season.
  7. Science: During COVID-19 shutdown, a common sparrow changed its song.
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Viral load is a puzzle in COVID-19

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How sick a person gets from a virus can depend on how much of the pathogen that person was exposed to and how much virus is replicating in their body — questions that are still open for the novel coronavirus.

Why it matters: As people try to balance resuming parts of their daily lives with controlling their risk of COVID-19, understanding the role of viral load could help tailor public health measures and patient care.

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