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…”

Q & A…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, COVID-19, Fascism, Human Rights Why are the republicans behaving so irrationally? It depends on what you mean by “irrational.” Paul Weyrich gave away the game in the 1980s. “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been fromContinue reading “Q & A…”

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…”

Infodemic…

Topics: COVID-19, Existentialism, Research I assure you, I have been affected by this pandemic more than most. I am in a demographic that can experience deleterious effects from this virus. I have had friends and family affected directly. I have classmates that are struggling to survive. This is no hoax: it’s real. My precautions areContinue reading “Infodemic…”

Fierce Urgency…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. ThisContinue reading “Fierce Urgency…”

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Public-opinion polling shows that Trump’s low opinion of American elections has practically become Republican Party orthodoxy. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, Republicans have an “unprecedented” level of “concern and mistrust in the system.” Roughly 70 percent of Republican voters believe that if Hillary Clinton winsContinue reading “Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc…”

Call It by Its Name…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Fascism, Human Rights Turning Point: China removes presidential term limits. First we see the face. The face of America’s Donald Trump, or Hungary’s Viktor Orban, or Russia’s Vladimir Putin, or Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the face of men who wish to transform democracies into personality cults. The face is the oldest mark ofContinue reading “Call It by Its Name…”

Cats, Llamas, Coronavirus Therapies…

Topics: Chemistry, COVID-19, Physics, Research As the world anxiously awaits development of one or more vaccines to tame the SARS-CoV-2 virus, other research continues at a feverish pace to find effective treatments for the disease it causes, COVID-19. That work, in which physicists and chemists are deeply involved, has made significant strides in the pastContinue reading “Cats, Llamas, Coronavirus Therapies…”

APS…

Topics: COVID-19, Materials Science, Optics, Photonics, Research From chemistry to materials science to COVID-19 research, the APS is one of the most productive X-ray light sources in the world. An upgrade will make it a global leader among the next generation of light sources, opening new frontiers in science. In the almost 25 years since the Advanced Photon Source (APS), aContinue reading “APS…”