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Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:50 AM EDT
EPA Approves Thirteen Surface Disinfectants Tested on SARS-CoV-2
Household and Commercial Products Association

The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) released the following statement today, attributed to Steve Caldeira, President & CEO, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that thirteen surface disinfectants from List N have been tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Newswise: Summer Sundays Go Virtual
Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Summer Sundays Go Virtual
Brookhaven National Laboratory

rookhaven Lab is moving its Summer Sunday program to an online format for 2020. Over three Sundays this summer, the Lab will host a series of live, virtual events for everyone to interact with the Lab in a new way. Each event will feature a guided tour of a Brookhaven Lab facility followed by a live Q&A with a panel comprised of the facility’s scientists.

Newswise: Application of machine learning can optimize hurricane track forecast
Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Application of machine learning can optimize hurricane track forecast
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

When a hurricane approaches, providing a few extra hours’ notice can be the difference between life and death. Now, Penn State researchers report that applying a machine learning technique to a group of possible storm paths could help meteorologists provide more accurate medium-term forecasts and issue timely warnings to communities in the path of these potentially deadly storms.

Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Incorporating Solar Harvesting Into the Side of Buildings Could Enhance Energy Sustainability
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

If builders could incorporate solar harvesting into the siding of a building, the amount of energy from the grid that a structure would need may significantly decrease. In research published recently in Renewable Energy, a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by Diana-Andra Borca-Tasciuc, a professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, demonstrated the potential of wedge-shaped luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These efficient modular solar units could easily be hung on the side of a building.

Newswise: Arizona biologist part of international team to sequence genome of rare reptilian ‘living fossil’
Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Arizona biologist part of international team to sequence genome of rare reptilian ‘living fossil’
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University professor Marc Tollis was one of a dozen collaborators sequencing the genome of the tuatara, a lizard-like creature that lives on the islands of New Zealand. This groundbreaking research was done in partnership with the Māori people of New Zealand, as the tuatara is a sacred animal for many tribes.

Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:05 AM EDT
NASA Awards STTR Research Grant To Geisel Software And UNLV For Robot Simulation Platform for Source Search and Mapping
Geisel Software, Inc.

Geisel Software, a Massachusetts-based custom software development firm, and University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) are pleased to announce they have been awarded a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Newswise: Dinosaur relative’s genome linked to mammals
Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Dinosaur relative’s genome linked to mammals
University of Adelaide

Scientists from the University of Adelaide and South Australian Museum have collaborated with Otago University, New Zealand and a global team to sequence the genome of the tuatara – a rare reptile whose ancestors once roamed the earth with dinosaurs.

Newswise: Record EOS measurement pressures shed light on stellar evolution
Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Record EOS measurement pressures shed light on stellar evolution
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Using the power of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s highest-energy laser system, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and an international team of collaborators have developed an experimental capability for measuring the basic properties of matter, such as the equation of state (EOS), at the highest pressures thus far achieved in a controlled laboratory experiment. The results are relevant to the conditions at the cores of giant planets, the interiors of brown dwarfs (failed stars), the carbon envelopes of white dwarf stars and many applied science programs at LLNL. According to the authors, the overlap with white dwarf envelopes is particularly significant – this new research enables experimental benchmarks of the basic properties of matter in this regime. The results should ultimately lead to improved models of white dwarfs, which represent the final stage of evolution for most stars in the universe.

3-Aug-2020 5:00 PM EDT
Perfectly Balanced: The Yin and Yang of Inflammation Controlled By A Single Molecule
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Study Reveals A Molecular Mechanism That Helps The Body Mount Perfectly Balanced Responses to Deadly Infections

Newswise: University of Miami Health System Launches Remote Monitoring Televigilance Program for Select COVID-19 Patients
Released: 5-Aug-2020 10:50 AM EDT
University of Miami Health System Launches Remote Monitoring Televigilance Program for Select COVID-19 Patients
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

The University of Miami Health System has launched the UHealth Televigilance program, allowing providers to remotely monitor and care for COVID-19 patients who might otherwise need to continue care in inpatient settings.

Newswise: Brooklyn Heart Patient Saves Own Life Amid COVID-19
Released: 5-Aug-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Brooklyn Heart Patient Saves Own Life Amid COVID-19
NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn

Ann Apasewicz was hesitant to seek care at the height of the pandemic, but consulting her NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn doctor saved her life

Released: 5-Aug-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Big Opportunity for Telemedicine Emerges from COVID-19 Crisis
Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Phillip Phan, the Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, discusses promising developments in the field of telemedicine – developments that, ironically, may have been sped up by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Newswise: Texas Biomed adds International Global Health Expert to Leadership Team
Released: 5-Aug-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Texas Biomed adds International Global Health Expert to Leadership Team
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

The leadership team at Texas Biomedical Research Institute is excited to announce the addition of Akudo Anyanwu, M.D., M.P.H. to its administrative leadership team as Vice President of Development.

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Newswise: Scientists discover novel drug target for pancreatic cancer
4-Aug-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Scientists discover novel drug target for pancreatic cancer
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have uncovered a novel drug target, a protein called PPP1R1B, that stops the deadly spread of pancreatic cancer, called metastasis, when inhibited in mice. Published in Gastroenterology, the findings are a first step toward a potential treatment for one of the deadliest cancers known today.

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Released: 5-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Warwick Moto’s electric superbike build racing ahead despite lockdown
University of Warwick

A team of 25 students who formed Warwick Moto are designing, building and developing an electric superbike which was due to race this summer

Released: 5-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Speaker Change: International Year of Sound Events Explore Acoustics from Steelpan Music to Oceanography
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The Acoustical Society of America continues to host virtual events in August as part of the International Year of Sound. The ASA Student Council will host Virtual Student Summer Talks for science students to present their research on topics ranging from acoustical oceanography to speech communication and Andrew Morrison will discuss how the acoustical physics of the steelpan helps machine learning algorithms process large datasets. All events are open to the public, and admission is free.

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Released: 5-Aug-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Surgery During Pregnancy for Gallbladder Infections May be Safer than Postponing
Thomas Jefferson University

Although surgery during pregnancy is often feared, in the case of cholecystitis or acute gallbladder disease, surgery may lead to better outcomes for mom and baby.

Released: 5-Aug-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Study Suggests Drug Overdose Linked to PTSD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Drug overdoses are psychologically traumatic events that can lead to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study focused on female sex workers in Baltimore City led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Newswise: Smartphones prove to be time-saving analytical tools
Released: 5-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Smartphones prove to be time-saving analytical tools
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Scientists use a smartphone camera to easily measure soil density — a key metric for analyzing our soils

Released: 5-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Research to Prevent Blindness and American Academy of Ophthalmology Award Grants for Big Data Research to Improve Patient Care
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) today announced the recipients of the Research to Prevent Blindness/American Academy of Ophthalmology Award for IRIS® Registry Research.

31-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Disparities in a common air pollutant are visible from space
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers reporting in Environmental Science & Technology have used airplanes and a satellite to uncover disparities in nitrogen dioxide amounts in the atmosphere above Houston.

Newswise: Monkeying around: Study finds older primates father far fewer babies
Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:25 AM EDT
Monkeying around: Study finds older primates father far fewer babies
Washington University in St. Louis

Infertility is a worldwide clinical problem for human health that affects 8 to 12 percent of couples. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis has implications for understanding some age-related aspects of male reproductive health in primates, including humans. Older male rhesus monkeys sire fewer offspring, even though they appear to be mating as much as younger monkeys with similarly high social status.

Newswise: NAU scientists partner in $26 million NSF initiative to establish new Center for Quantum Networks
Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:20 AM EDT
NAU scientists partner in $26 million NSF initiative to establish new Center for Quantum Networks
Northern Arizona University

In its first NSF Engineering Research Center collaboration, NAU will receive nearly $2 million in funding as a CQN contributing partner in the areas of research, education and workforce development.

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Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:15 AM EDT
Break it down: A new way to address common computing problem
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new algorithm for solving a common class of problem -- known as linear inverse problems -- by breaking them down into smaller tasks, each of which can be solved in parallel on standard computers.

Newswise: Geothermal Brines Could Propel California’s Green Economy
Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Geothermal Brines Could Propel California’s Green Economy
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Deep beneath the surface of the Salton Sea, a shallow lake in California’s Imperial County, sits an immense reserve of critical metals that, if unlocked, could power the state’s green economy for years to come. These naturally occurring metals are dissolved in geothermal brine, a byproduct of geothermal energy production. Now the race is on to develop technology to efficiently extract one of the most valuable metals from the brine produced by the geothermal plants near the Salton Sea: lithium.

Released: 5-Aug-2020 5:05 AM EDT
Fauci still considered No. 1 COVID-19 information source; reliance on Trump drops; public support of government response to the coronavirus declines, reports study by USC Center for the Digital Future
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

A growing number of Americans say federal, state, and local governments are doing a poor job of responding to COVID-19, and Anthony Fauci continues to be the nation’s most relied-upon source about COVID-19, reports a new study by the USC Center for the Digital Future.

Newswise: Ohio State Experts Offer Tips for Students Who Miss Normalcy of Sports, Activities
Released: 5-Aug-2020 12:05 AM EDT
Ohio State Experts Offer Tips for Students Who Miss Normalcy of Sports, Activities
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

As the nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of school sports and extracurricular activities remains unclear. Sports psychologists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say this time can be difficult for students, whose identities are deeply rooted in their sport.

Newswise: Parents Trust Colleges More than Students for COVID-19 Safety, New Survey by TimelyMD Finds
3-Aug-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Parents Trust Colleges More than Students for COVID-19 Safety, New Survey by TimelyMD Finds
TimelyMD

Parents of college students indicate many concerns about their students' return to the classroom (on campus or online), including their health, the quality of their education, and the likelihood of their following public health guidance when administrators aren't looking. Fielded last week, this survey by TimelyMD has the latest data available as campus reopening plans change daily.

3-Aug-2020 9:30 AM EDT
Men Scoring Higher on ’Man Box’ Scale are Prone to Violence, Mental Illness
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Study finds that men who harbor more harmful attitudes about masculinity – including beliefs about aggression and homophobia – also tend toward bullying, sexual harassment, depression and suicidal thoughts.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Reporting on Local Health Systems
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Susan Dentzer, health-care analyst, commentator, journalist, and senior policy fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, discusses local health systems, including how they are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and best practices for reporting on the subject. Carla Anne Robbins, CFR adjunct senior fellow and former deputy editorial page editor at the New York Times, hosts the webinar.

Released: 4-Aug-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Lockdown study reports surge in health anxieties
University of Bath

New research into people's coping strategies faced with COVID-19 highlights the mental health toll for those shielding

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3-Aug-2020 6:00 PM EDT
Monarch butterflies raised in captivity may be worse at migrating south than wild monarchs raised outdoors
University of Chicago Medical Center

Researchers at the University of Chicago found that some commercially-bred monarch butterflies appear to be capable of migrating south, while wild-derived monarch butterflies raised in a closed greenhouse are worse at migrating south than their outdoor-raised counterparts.

Newswise: How Police Compare in Different Democracies
Released: 4-Aug-2020 6:55 PM EDT
How Police Compare in Different Democracies
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Recent killings by U.S. officers have sparked widespread calls for police reform and an end to systemic racism. Here’s how U.S. policing compares with other countries’ approaches.

Released: 4-Aug-2020 6:55 PM EDT
An easier way to go veggie: Vitamin B12 can be produced during dough fermentation
University of Helsinki

Vitamin B12 is an essential micronutrient that is needed for functions such as maintaining the nervous system and forming blood cells.

Released: 4-Aug-2020 6:45 PM EDT
An NYU nurse practitioner’s advice for keeping school children and teachers safe this fall
New York University

With COVID-19 cases surging in parts of the country, NYU Meyers’ Donna Hallas outlines steps K-12 schools must take if they choose to reopen

Newswise: Researchers Develop Novel Test For ‘Microtentacles’ on Breast Cancer Cells
Released: 4-Aug-2020 6:45 PM EDT
Researchers Develop Novel Test For ‘Microtentacles’ on Breast Cancer Cells
University of Maryland Medical Center

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have developed a novel technology to test for the presence of thin membrane protrusions called “microtentacles” on breast cancer cells, which can help predict whether a tumor is likely to spread. They describe the TetherChip device in a new paper published today in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Lab on a Chip.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 5:35 PM EDT
New study shows how infrared lasers destroy harmful protein aggregates in Alzheimer's
Tokyo University of Science

A notable characteristic of several neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, is the formation of harmful plaques that contain aggregates--also known as fibrils--of amyloid proteins.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 5:15 PM EDT
Surprisingly Dense Exoplanet Challenges Planet Formation Theories
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)

New detailed observations with NSF’s NOIRLab facilities reveal a young exoplanet, orbiting a young star in the Hyades cluster, that is unusually dense for its size and age. Weighing in at 25 Earth-masses, and slightly smaller than Neptune, this exoplanet’s existence is at odds with the predictions of leading planet formation theories.

Released: 4-Aug-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Effective testing and contact tracing is essential for schools to safely open during COVID-19 pandemic, two studies show
Lancet

Effective contact tracing and epidemic control measures are essential for safe opening of schools during COVID-19 pandemic, according to two studies published simultaneously in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Racial discrimination linked to suicide
University of Houston

In this age of racial reckoning, new research findings indicate that racial discrimination is so painful that it is linked to the ability to die by suicide, a presumed prerequisite for being able to take one's own life.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 4:40 PM EDT
How COVID-19 changed the way patients responded to a heart attack
University of Leeds

The death rate for patients who experienced what is normally a lower-risk heart attack rose sharply during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in England, according to an analysis of NHS data.

Newswise: UCLA launches major mental health study to discover insights about depression
Released: 4-Aug-2020 4:35 PM EDT
UCLA launches major mental health study to discover insights about depression
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA has launched a major new study, sponsored by and in collaboration with Apple, designed to help revolutionize detection and treatment of depression.

Newswise: Road Map to Reducing Colorectal Cancer Deaths
Released: 4-Aug-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Road Map to Reducing Colorectal Cancer Deaths
Rush University Medical Center

According to the American Gastroenterological Association’s recently published "Roadmap for the Future of Colorectal Cancer Screening in the United States, ” fewer people would die of colorectal cancer if health care providers adopted a new model of screening that combines better risk assessment, more options for noninvasive testing and more targeted referrals for colonoscopies. Rush University Medical Center’s Joshua Melson, MD is lead author.


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