6 Stories To Start Your Day


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Accessed on 25 April 2020, 1620 UTC,.


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Dietary supplements an important weapon for fighting off COVID-19, other respiratory conditions

Posted: 24 Apr 2020 08:54 AM PDT

Supplements containing vitamins C and D and other micronutrients, sometimes in amounts exceeding the federally recommended levels, are a safe, effective and low-cost means of helping your immune system fight off COVID-19 and other acute respiratory tract diseases, an Oregon State University researcher says. Findings were published today in the journal Nutrients. Adrian Gombart of OSU’s […]
Surface feeding could provide more than just snacks for New Zealand blue whales

Posted: 24 Apr 2020 08:42 AM PDT

Feeding at the ocean’s surface appears to play an important role in New Zealand blue whales’ foraging strategy, allowing them to optimize their energy use, Oregon State University researchers suggest in a new study. Blue whales are the largest mammals on Earth. Because of their enormous size, the whales must carefully balance the energy gained […]
Reducing the carbon footprint of artificial intelligence

Posted: 24 Apr 2020 08:30 AM PDT

Artificial intelligence has become a focus of certain ethical concerns, but it also has some major sustainability issues. Last June, researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst released a startling report estimating that the amount of power required for training and searching a certain neural network architecture involves the emissions of roughly 626,000 pounds of carbon […]
Opinions about quality of life in L.A. vary sharply across generations

Posted: 24 Apr 2020 08:30 AM PDT

Residents felt slightly better than last year about life in Los Angeles County, according to UCLA’s fifth annual Quality of Life Index, which was conducted just as the coronavirus crisis descended on the region last month. Ratings increased in all categories, with the exception of the two most directly affected by the pandemic — health, and jobs […]
Yale launches clinical trial for drug to treat severe COVID-19 patients

Posted: 24 Apr 2020 08:20 AM PDT

Yale researchers will begin a clinical trial at Yale-New Haven Hospital to test the effectiveness of a drug called ibudilast (MN-166) for treating acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a life-threatening lung condition developed by some of the most seriously ill COVID-19 patients. The researchers are part of Yale’s Advanced Therapies Group, which was formed in […]
Pandemics and Pollution: A Conversation with Atmospheric Scientist Paul Wennberg

Posted: 24 Apr 2020 08:20 AM PDT

You may have seen the striking before-and-after photos: cities previously blanketed by a dense fog of air pollution now sporting clear skies, as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders bring auto traffic and industry to a halt. But the issue of improved air quality is not as simple as the photos may suggest, says Caltech’s Paul Wennberg, the R. […]

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