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X-ray Experiments Zero in on COVID-19 Antibodies

Posted: 19 May 2020 07:19 AM PDT

As scientists across the globe race to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, an international team led by Davide Corti at Vir Biotechnology and David Veesler at the University of Washington has been working around the clock on a complementary approach – identifying neutralizing antibodies that could be used as a preventative […]
Comedy club performances provide insights on how robots, humans connect via humor

Posted: 19 May 2020 07:18 AM PDT

Standup comedian Jon the Robot likes to tell his audiences that he does lots of auditions but has a hard time getting bookings. “They always think I’m too robotic,” he deadpans. If raucous laughter follows, he comes back with, “Please tell the booking agents how funny that joke was.” If it doesn’t, he follows up […]
Monitoring COVID-19 through a community’s wastewater

Posted: 19 May 2020 07:16 AM PDT

Unlike many of the viruses we routinely encounter, SARS-CoV-2 has a long incubation period. People can be infectious for nearly a week before symptoms appear and prompt them to get tested. Others don’t develop symptoms at all. But these silent infections may still leave a telltale signal whenever we flush our toilets. Researchers working in Patricia […]
Lab Develops 3D-Functional Bone Tissues

Posted: 18 May 2020 05:10 PM PDT

Scientists in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University are leading research in developing new biomaterials to advance the field of 3D bioprinting functional tissues. Associate Professor Akhilesh K. Gaharwar has developed a highly printable bioink as a platform to generate anatomical-scale functional tissues. This study was recently published in the American Chemical Society’s Applied Materials […]
Local climate unlikely to drive the early COVID-19 pandemic

Posted: 18 May 2020 05:07 PM PDT

Local variations in climate are not likely to dominate the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Princeton University study published May 18 in the journal Science. The researchers found that the vast number of people still vulnerable to the strain of coronavirus causing the pandemic — SARS-CoV-2 — and the speed at which the pathogen […]
Wired for Marriage

Posted: 18 May 2020 05:05 PM PDT

If you’ve ever been a newlywed, you know the tingly euphoria of saying “I do” and starting a life with your spouse. This is romantic love, Western style. We often chalk it up to “chemistry,” an ill-defined connection of hearts and minds. Groundbreaking research at UC Santa Barbara finds we were closer than we knew. […]
Small number of industrial facilities emit the majority of toxic pollution, year after year

Posted: 18 May 2020 05:05 PM PDT

Call them “super polluters” — the handful of industrial facilities that emit unusually high levels of toxic chemical pollution year after year. There are only a few of them, but together they account for the majority of annual industrial pollution. Such is the key finding and major takeaway from a new paper published in the […]
The Dance of Jupiter’s Moons

Posted: 18 May 2020 05:03 PM PDT

Four hundred years ago, the astronomer Galileo Galilei announced his discovery of four moons orbiting around the planet Jupiter, each seen as a distinct white dot through his telescope. However, only in the span of the last four decades have astronomers been able to study the Jovian moons in detail to reveal that the four—Io, […]
Penn State lab develops new procedures to improve high-quality scanning

Posted: 18 May 2020 09:27 AM PDT

In April, a high-resolution scan from Penn State’s Center for Quantitative Imaging (CQI) was chosen as the cover image for the journal Developmental Dynamics. The image is a 3D segmented rendering of a contrast-enhanced fetal mouse. It appears on the cover of the April 1 volume. A high-resolution scan from Penn State’s Center for Quantitative Imaging (CQI) was […]
Study: Onset of COVID-19 pandemic led to 74% drop in overall emotional well-being

Posted: 18 May 2020 09:25 AM PDT

People in China who said they felt knowledgeable about the coronavirus at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to have a positive emotional state than were those who said they didn’t feel well informed, according to a new study co-authored by a Johns Hopkins University researcher. Drawing from two large nationwide surveys […]

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