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- Google searches during pandemic hint at future increase in suicide
- Swim like a fish, sense like a robot
- Another Win for the Standard Model: New Study Defies Decades-Old ‘Discrepancy’ With High-Precision Measurement
- A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered ‘Snowball Earths’
- Rapid antibody development yields possible treatment for yellow fever
|Google searches during pandemic hint at future increase in suicide
Posted: 31 Jul 2020 02:50 PM PDT
U.S. Google searches for information about financial difficulties and disaster relief increased sharply in March and April compared to pre-pandemic times, while googling related to suicide decreased, researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center have found. Because previous research has shown that financial distress is strongly linked to suicide mortality, the researchers fear that the […]
|Swim like a fish, sense like a robot
Posted: 31 Jul 2020 02:49 PM PDT
Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded $426,285 from the United States Army Research Office (ARO) to probe how to use fish-inspired robots to sense and perceive underwater environments. “Swimming might seem very simple in the animal world, but the movements and sensing are extremely complex,” said Bo Cheng, the […]
|Another Win for the Standard Model: New Study Defies Decades-Old ‘Discrepancy’ With High-Precision Measurement
Posted: 31 Jul 2020 02:48 PM PDT
In particle physics, it’s the anomalies, tensions, deviations, and discrepancies – the results that don’t quite sync with Standard Model-based predictions and calculations – that create a buzz among those working in the field. The typical explanations are problems or limitations in measurements, algorithms, or analyses, but there is also the exciting possibility of new, […]
|A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered ‘Snowball Earths’
Posted: 31 Jul 2020 02:46 PM PDT
At least twice in Earth’s history, nearly the entire planet was encased in a sheet of snow and ice. These dramatic “Snowball Earth” events occurred in quick succession, somewhere around 700 million years ago, and evidence suggests that the consecutive global ice ages set the stage for the subsequent explosion of complex, multicellular life on […]
|Rapid antibody development yields possible treatment for yellow fever
Posted: 31 Jul 2020 02:44 PM PDT
Yellow fever, a hemorrhagic disease that is common in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, infects about 200,000 people per year and causes an estimated 30,000 deaths. While there is a vaccine for yellow fever, it can’t be given to some people because of the risk of side effects, and there are no approved treatments for […]
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