2020 Nano Highlights….

Topics: Biology, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Research Snake vision inspires pyroelectric material design Bioinspiration and biomimicry involve studying how living organisms do something and using that insight to develop new technologies. Pit vipers have two special organs on their heads called loreal pits that allow them to “see” the infrared radiation given off by their warm-bloodedContinue reading “2020 Nano Highlights….”

Dark Winter, Brighter Spring…

Topics: Biology, Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Human Rights I have taken the following vaccines this year: Pneumonia, Seasonal Influenza (Flu), Shingles in two booster shots. Therefore, I am very likely to take the Coronavirus vaccine either offered by Pfizer or Moderna. Pfizer is pushing back on the Trump administration’s suggestion that the company isContinue reading “Dark Winter, Brighter Spring…”

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…

Topics: Biology, COVID-19, Research With COVID-19 reaching the most dangerous levels the U.S. has seen since the pandemic began, the country faces a problematic holiday season. Despite the risk, many people are likely to travel using various forms of transportation that will inevitably put them in relatively close contact with others. Many transit companies have establishedContinue reading “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…”

COVID, and Math…

Topics: Biology, Chemistry, COVID-19, Mathematics, Physics The year 2020 has been defined by the COVID-19 pandemic: The novel coronavirus responsible for it has infected millions of people and caused more than a million deaths. Like HIV, Zika, Ebola, and many influenza strains, the coronavirus made the evolutionary jump from animals to humans before wreaking widespreadContinue reading “COVID, and Math…”

Communication…

Topics: Biology, COVID-19, Politics, Research Living through a pandemic has resulted in phrases like RT-PCR, immune response, and aerosolized droplets becoming part of the regular vocabulary for a portion of the population. It has also underscored the important role that we all have to play as scientists in communicating science to the public. As research related to COVID-19 has moved forwardContinue reading “Communication…”

Clusters…

Topics: Biology, COVID-19, Research Continued: It triggered a big outbreak. At least 97 people who attended the conference, or lived in a household with someone who did, tested positive. The Biogen meeting had become a superspreading event. Eventually, the virus spread from the meeting across Massachusetts and to other states. A recent study estimates it led to tensContinue reading “Clusters…”

Modeling Spread…

Topics: Biology, Computer Modeling, COVID-19, Research TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese supercomputer showed that humidity can have a large effect on the dispersion of virus particles, pointing to heightened coronavirus contagion risks in dry, indoor conditions during the winter months. The finding suggests that the use of humidifiers may help limit infections during times whenContinue reading “Modeling Spread…”