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As COVID-19 Accelerates, Governments Must Harness Mobile Data to Stop Spread

Despite privacy concerns, “contact tracing” using GPS data may be our best bet to contain this large and fast-growing pandemic

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As COVID-19 Accelerates, Governments Must Harness Mobile Data to Stop Spread

Despite privacy concerns, “contact tracing” using GPS data may be our best bet to contain this large and fast-growing pandemic

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Soap, Duration and Water Temperature: What Matters and What Doesn’t When It Comes to Good Hand-Washing

Experts explain why time, technique, soap and willingness to do it are key. Continue reading

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Could Newly Found “Peacekeeping” Cells Be a Weapon against COVID-19?

In mice, these white blood cells tamp down inflammation in the lungs

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Help Researchers Track COVID-19

By entering your health status, even if you’re feeling fine, at the Web site COVID Near You, you can help researchers develop a nationwide look at where hotspots of coronavirus are…

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Can Natural Remedies Really Help You Fight the Coronavirus?

Online health gurus say high doses of vitamins and natural remedies can stave off COVID-19 — but evidence to support these claims is lacking. Continue reading

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Asymptomatic Carriers Are Fueling the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s Why You Don’t Have to Feel Sick to Spread the Disease

Experts talk about what it means to be infected without being sick, and how that seems to be making the novel coronavirus very easy to spread.  Continue reading

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The X-Rays Thought to Prove What Makes Up Dark Matter Don’t, In Fact, Prove the Connection

Dark matter might still be made of sterile neutrinos — but scans of our own galaxy couldn’t find the supposed signals proving the connection. Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Sun: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Hot

We’re still learning a lot about the sun, including what cool sounds it makes. Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Sun: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Hot

We’re still learning a lot about the sun, including what cool sounds it makes. Continue reading

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How Robots Could Help on the Frontlines of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Whether it’s disinfecting, throat swabbing or even keeping patients company, robots could one day arrive at a hospital near you. Continue reading

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A Bit of Less Bad Than Usual News About the Arctic

Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year, and it is ‘only’ the 11th lowest in the 42-year satellite record. Continue reading

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Some States are Reporting Incomplete COVID-19 Results, Blurring the Full Picture

Collecting only positive test results from certain labs skews the data

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Closing in on the New Coronavirus

The eye-catching spikes sticking out from the surface of SARS-CoV-2 may inspire new ways to prevent or treat Covid-19 infections. Continue reading

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Life’s Little Oscillations

A bevy of intricate biochemical fluctuations inside cells rule the natural world. Scientists are trying to figure out how they all work. Continue reading

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How to Build a Mechanical Ventilator For a Few Hundred Euros

A global team of physicists, engineers and medics have published the design of a low-cost, simple ventilator that they are readying for mass production — now. Continue reading

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A COVID-19 Treatment Might Already Exist in Old Drugs — and Researchers Are Using Pieces of the Coronavirus to Find Them

There are 20,000 FDA approved drugs. One of them might fight COVID-19, if scientists can find it. Continue reading

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COVID-19: Predicting the Path and Analyzing Immunity

Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs continues to report on the coronavirus outbreak from his home in Kirkland, Wash., site of the first U.S. cases. In this installment, he talks…

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Digital Simulations Herald a New Era of Intelligent Measurement

Measuring the world around us has always been a time-consuming business. Now researchers say computer simulations could do the job instead. Continue reading

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Researchers Use Math Model to Map Echo Chambers on Twitter

A mathematical model that visualizes echo chambers on Twitter shows how they coevolve with polarization on controversial topics. Continue reading

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What’s Scarier than the Coronavirus?

Our extreme responses to COVID-19 have revealed an underlying societal vulnerability that is more concerning than the virus itself

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The Neuroscience of Free Will: A Q&A with Robyn Repko Waller

We discuss blending philosophy and neuroscience in unraveling the mysteries of free will

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What the Coronavirus Does to the Body

Here’s what experts know about how the new virus hijacks cells and damages organs like our lungs. Continue reading

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Trials Are Underway For a Coronavirus Vaccine — But It Could Be a While Before You Can Get It

Development of a COVID-19 vaccine is moving at record speed, but it could still be several months before we’re all able to get a shot. Continue reading

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Trials Are Underway For a Coronavirus Vaccine — But It Could Be a While Before You Can Get It

Development of a COVID-19 vaccine is moving at record speed, but it could still be several months before we’re all able to get a shot. Continue reading

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The First Crewed Mission from India May Launch in 2021

The crew will travel to low Earth orbit for a week using homegrown technology — a first for India. Prior tests include a humanoid robot, three astronauts, and six scientific experiments. Continue reading

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Covert Coronavirus Infections Could Be Seeding New Outbreaks

Scientists are rushing to estimate the proportion of people with mild or no symptoms who could be spreading the pathogen

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Why Are the Educated More Likely To Be Against Vaccines?

Studies show that anti-vaxxers tend to come from affluent urban areas with high education rates. Continue reading

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These STEM Resources Can Help With At-Home Science Learning

These science projects, activities and TV programs are a great jumping-off point for science you can do at home — no lab coat required. Continue reading

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Older People Are at More Risk From COVID-19 Because of How the Immune System Ages

As we age, our immune system weakens. Continue reading

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