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Medical News

Columbia University Study Finds Risk of Coronavirus Reinfection Remains After Individuals Recover

Research by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health experts finds that reinfections with endemic coronaviruses are not uncommon, even within a year of prior infection. The study on the four endemic coronaviruses—not including SARS-CoV-2...

– Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Direct observation of repeated infections with endemic 2 coronaviruses

Two-person-together MRI scans on couples investigates how touching is perceived in the brain

Researchers at Aalto University and Turku PET Centre have developed a new method for simultaneous imaging brain activity from two people, allowing them to study social interaction.

– Aalto University

Frontiers in Psychiatry

Urban slums are uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19. Here's how to help.

Government-enforced social isolation may help relatively affluent populations limit the spread of COVID-19, but these measures can be devasting for the nearly 1 billion people around the globe currently dwelling in urban slums, where physical space i...

– University of California, Berkeley

Journal of Urban Health

Loss of Smell Associated with Milder Clinical Course in COVID-19

Researchers at UC San Diego Health report in newly published findings that olfactory impairment suggests the resulting COVID-19 disease is more likely to be mild to moderate, a potential early indicator that could help health care providers determine...

– University of California San Diego Health

International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology

New research suggests US may be at critical juncture of pandemic response

A new study by epidemiologists at the University of Notre Dame suggests social distancing measures at current levels in many states may need to be maintained until the summer to avoid a potentially deadly resurgence of the coronavirus.

– University of Notre Dame


Science News

Ocean Acidification Prediction Now Possible Years in Advance

CU Boulder researchers have developed a method that could enable scientists to accurately forecast ocean acidity up to five years in advance. This would enable fisheries and communities that depend on seafood negatively affected by ocean acidificatio...

– University of Colorado Boulder

Nature Communications, 10.1038/s41467-020-15722-x

Embargo expired on 01-May-2020 at 05:00 ET

No Blue Skies for Super-Hot Planet WASP-79b

Combined observations of WASP-79b from Hubble and other telescopes reveal a weird super-hot planet where the sky is yellow instead of blue due to lack of an atmospheric effect called Rayleigh scattering, which makes Earth’s sky blue.

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

The Astronomical Journal, Jan-2020

Hurricanes twist evolution in island lizards

A good grip can mean the difference between life and death for lizards in a hurricane -- and as a result, populations hit more frequently by hurricanes have larger toepads. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis is the first to demonstra...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Atmospheric scientist says US carbon dioxide emissions have dropped to unprecedented levels during pandemic

As the demand for transportation fuels has plummeted at an unprecedented rate in the last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Northern Arizona University scientist says the dramatic decrease in local air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels a...

– Northern Arizona University

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Perception of US democracy tanks after Trump impeachment

While President Donald Trump's impeachment gripped the country in late 2019 and early 2020, the long-term consequences of his trial and acquittal for American democracy remain yet unclear.

– University of Rochester

Bright Line Watch's March/April 2020 survey

Business News

Economic Damage Could Be Worse Without Lockdown and Social Distancing – Study

• The worst thing for the economy would be not acting at all to prevent disease spread, followed by too short a lockdown, according to research based on US data. • Researchers argue for at least an eight-month “structured lockdown”, skewed ...

– University of Cambridge

Cambridge-INET Working Paper Series No: 2020/17





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