9 Stories to Start Your Day


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Here are today’s top 9 science and technology stories.

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Accessed on 15 May 2020, 2020 UTC.


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In China, strict quarantine improves air quality and prevents thousands of premature deaths

Posted: 15 May 2020 07:17 AM PDT

Soon after coronavirus appeared, an all-encompassing quarantine put into effect by the Chinese government slowed the spread of the disease and saved lives, but the quarantine also produced another unanticipated health benefit. A new study led by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health and published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health, finds that China’s […]
Moonlight Pollination

Posted: 15 May 2020 01:03 AM PDT

Beneath Diana’s pale embrace, two moths shimmer in the starlight; waltzing through moonbeams, as they flicker across the cool embrace of noon’s forgotten corsage. Suffused with smoky browns their earthy tones glimmer in the gloom; bellies sticky with the latent gratitude of their unexpectant hosts. Timidly, they retreat into the light, their labours veiled by […]
Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses

Posted: 14 May 2020 01:57 PM PDT

Like crystal balls for the universe’s deeper mysteries, galaxies and other massive space objects can serve as lenses to more distant objects and phenomena along the same path, bending light in revelatory ways. Gravitational lensing was first theorized by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago to describe how light bends when it travels past […]
Voters in both parties favor caution as cities begin to reopen

Posted: 14 May 2020 01:56 PM PDT

Over the weekend of May 9–10, many states, including California, began to ease safer-at-home restrictions, allowing some businesses to reopen under strict conditions, and opening some public spaces, including hiking trails and beaches. Now, a weekly survey co-led by UCLA political science professors Lynn Vavreck and Chris Tausanovitch has found that Democratic and Republican voters […]
NIH begins clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat COVID-19

Posted: 14 May 2020 01:51 PM PDT

A clinical trial has begun to evaluate whether the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, given together with the antibiotic azithromycin, can prevent hospitalization and death from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring the trial, which is being conducted by the NIAID-funded […]
Supercomputing Drug Screening For Deadly Heart Arrhythmias

Posted: 14 May 2020 12:39 PM PDT

Death from sudden cardiac arrest makes headlines when it strikes athletes. But it also causes the most deaths by natural causes in the U.S., estimated at 325,000 per year. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the heart’s bioelectrical system goes haywire during arrest. The malfunction can send heartbeats racing out of control, cutting off blood to the body […]
New treatment extends lives of people with most common type of liver cancer

Posted: 14 May 2020 12:35 PM PDT

For the first time in over a decade, scientists have identified a first-line treatment that significantly improves survival for people with hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer. Researchers found that a combination of atezolizumab, an immunotherapy drug that boosts the body’s natural defenses, and bevacizumab, an anti-angiogenesis drug that inhibits the growth of […]
The Antiviral Drug Remdesivir Can Help Fight the Coronavirus, But Can Patients Get It?

Posted: 14 May 2020 12:33 PM PDT

Nearly four months since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United States, a glimmer of hope has emerged for treating the disease. Doctors on the frontlines still lack a proven treatment for the disease as researchers race to develop a vaccine. No drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]
Making Quantum ‘Waves’ in Ultrathin Materials

Posted: 14 May 2020 12:31 PM PDT

Wavelike, collective oscillations of electrons known as “plasmons” are very important for determining the optical and electronic properties of metals. In atomically thin 2D materials, plasmons have an energy that is more useful for applications, including sensors and communication devices, than plasmons found in bulk metals. But determining how long plasmons live and whether their […]

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Russ Roberts

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