10 Stories to Start Your Day


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Fanning the Flames

Posted: 08 May 2020 01:03 AM PDT

The sky is ablaze. Waves of dirty yellows wash over the ground, as crimson smoke licks barren clouds that loiter jeeringly overhead. Fuel litters the floor, its perilous potential scattered absently across the detritus; the cost of its appearance obscured by the multitude of our transactions. Silhouettes flicker across the canopy, their panicked hosts seeking […]
Projections Suggest Potential Late May COVID-19 Rebound

Posted: 07 May 2020 04:30 PM PDT

LATEST PROJECTIONS FROM COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCHERS ACCOUNT FOR EASING OF STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS IN 25 U.S. STATES The latest data modeling projections by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health scientists estimate that, nationally, new COVID-19 cases and deaths will rebound in late May, as states ease stay-at-home orders and social […]
Carbon neutral California could save 14,000 lives per year

Posted: 07 May 2020 04:25 PM PDT

Since millions of Californians began staying at home and off the roads in March, air quality in the Golden State has visibly improved. Once life returns to normal, however, air pollution levels are likely to return to their prepandemic levels. A team of UCLA researchers argues this does not have to be our fate. In a peer-reviewed study published May […]
Hospitals report fewer heart attacks and strokes amid COVID-19

Posted: 07 May 2020 01:25 PM PDT

In some ways, the message to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic may have worked a little too well. Hospitals across the country, including Yale New Haven Health, are reporting fewer visits for heart attacks, acute strokes, and other medical emergencies. Although the phenomenon is not clearly understood and studies are underway, some medical experts believe patients are either […]
What will it be surface-transport profile-wise, once the pandemic ends?

Posted: 07 May 2020 01:03 PM PDT

No one knows with absolute certainty what transportation patterns in the United States will be like once over the Corona Virus pandemic or whether we’ll return to travel patterns exactly the way they were pre-pandemic. Speaking to this, a team of researchers from two universities (Vanderbilt and Cornell) got to work to consider several possible […]
Immunity of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Could Cut Risk of Expanding Economic Activity

Posted: 07 May 2020 12:35 PM PDT

While attention remains focused on the number of COVID-19 deaths and new cases, a separate statistic – the number of recovered patients – may be equally important to the goal of minimizing the pandemic’s infection rate as shelter-in-place orders are lifted. The presumed immunity of those who have recovered from the infection could allow them […]
New ‘planetary quarantine’ report reviews risks of alien contamination of Earth

Posted: 07 May 2020 11:16 AM PDT

In Michael Crichton’s 1969 novel The Andromeda Strain, a deadly alien microbe hitches a ride to Earth aboard a downed military satellite and scientists must race to contain it. While fictional, the plot explores a very real and longstanding concern shared by NASA and world governments: that spacefaring humans, or our robotic emissaries, may unwittingly contaminate Earth […]
Do I look mad? Reading facial cues with the touch-screen generation

Posted: 07 May 2020 11:11 AM PDT

Are today’s children, who grew up with mobile technology from birth, worse at reading emotions and picking up cues from people’s faces than children who didn’t grow up with tablets and smartphones? A new UCLA psychology study suggests today’s kids are all right. Infancy and early childhood are critical developmental phases during which children learn to interpret […]
‘Microscope on a chip’ could bring medical expertise to distant patients

Posted: 07 May 2020 10:33 AM PDT

Scientists are reducing the size and costs of medical microscopes to make it possible to use them more widely, and hook them up to experts able to diagnose an illness even from far away. Falling ill in a remote part of the world can mean difficulty in finding the right care. Even where medical help […]
Gene flow between species influences evolution in Darwin’s finches

Posted: 07 May 2020 09:31 AM PDT

Despite the traditional view that species do not exchange genes by hybridization, a new study led by Princeton ecologists Peter and Rosemary Grant show that gene flow between closely related species is more common than previously thought. A team of scientists from Princeton University and Uppsala University detail their findings of how gene flow between […]

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Russ Roberts

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