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MIT’s AI Suggests That Social Distancing Works

Posted: 18 Apr 2020 07:06 AM PDT

The research described in this article has been published on a preprint server but has not yet been peer-reviewed by scientific or medical experts. Every day for the past few weeks, charts and graphs plotting the projected apex of Covid-19 infections have been splashed across newspapers and cable news. Many of these models have been […]
Vote by mail has neutral partisan effects

Posted: 18 Apr 2020 06:51 AM PDT

The coronavirus has disrupted state primaries and forced the prospect of major reforms for the 2020 election. Election officials across the nation are mulling expansions or transitions to mail-in voting while Congress is fielding calls for a nationwide vote-by-mail program. Democrats and Republicans alike have voiced concerns that mandated vote-by-mail might disadvantage their party in […]
Exercise during pregnancy reduces obesity among offspring

Posted: 18 Apr 2020 06:46 AM PDT

When physically fit women exercise during pregnancy they could be setting their children up for better fitness too. That’s according to a study published today in Science Advances led by Min Du, professor of animal sciences at Washington State University, and his PhD student Jun Seok Son. They found exercise during pregnancy stimulates the production of brown […]
Gastrointestinal symptoms common in COVID-19 patients

Posted: 18 Apr 2020 06:43 AM PDT

Fever, cough and shortness of breath are the classic symptoms of COVID-19, but there may be gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and diarrhea, that are getting missed, according to a new Stanford Medicine study. Researchers found that, in addition to upper respiratory symptoms, a significant number of those sick with the new virus also suffered from […]
Where did COVID-19 come from?

Posted: 17 Apr 2020 04:03 PM PDT

There is genetic evidence suggestive of human tinkering in the genome, and there are news stories suggesting the virus might have been developed either at the Wuhan Institute of Virology or at the American virology lab at Fort Detrick. There are even some suggestions that the American and Chinese bioweapons labs may be working together, […]

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