Researchers model source of eruption on Jupiter’s moon Europa

On Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, powerful eruptions may spew into space, raising questions among hopeful astrobiologists on Earth: What would blast out from miles-high plumes? Could they contain signs of extraterrestrial life? And where in Europa would they originate? A new explanation now points to a source closer to the frozen surface than might be…Continue Reading

Researchers might’ve found a life-saving coronavirus drug that’s already available now

The Recovery team announced it would test colchicine as a potential therapy for severe COVID-19 cases. Recovery is a massive coronavirus drug trial in the UK responsible for finding the life-saving properties of dexamethasone. Aside from colchicine, which is used for gout therapy, the Recovery trial is also currently studying aspirin, azithromycin, and several more…Continue Reading

Researchers identify three drugs as possible therapeutics for COVID-19

Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center working with colleagues at the University of New Mexico have identified three drugs, already approved for other uses in humans, as possible therapeutics for COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Based on virtual and in vitro antiviral screening that began in the earlier months…Continue Reading

Researchers examine which approaches are most effective at reducing COVID-19 spread

Simon Fraser University professors Paul Tupper and Caroline Colijn have found that physical distancing is universally effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19, while social bubbles and masks are more situation-dependent. The researchers developed a model to test the effectiveness of measures such as physical distancing, masks or social bubbles when used in various settings.…Continue Reading

University researchers recommend 3-week shutdown, mask order

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak’s current surge will present Arizona with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate, university researchers said.Without such steps, “it would be akin to facing a major forest fire without evacuation…Continue Reading

Researchers invented a device that can quickly sober you up

Scientists have invented a new system that allows a person to breathe themselves sober. By ensuring that person doesn’t hyperventilate while breathing faster than usual, an individual can breathe out a significant amount of the alcohol in their system and sober up more quickly. The system may soon enter clinical trials once additional research is…Continue Reading

Researchers trap electrons to create elusive crystal

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Like restless children posing for a family portrait, electrons won’t hold still long enough to stay in any kind of fixed arrangement. Cornell researchers stacked two-dimensional semiconductors to create a moiré superlattice structure that traps electrons in a repeating pattern, ultimately forming the long-hypothesized Wigner crystal. Now, a Cornell-led collaboration has…Continue Reading

Belgian researchers say vitamin D deficiency increases severe COVID-19 risk

Researchers from Belgium say that vitamin D deficiency correlates with severe coronavirus illness and an increased risk of death from COVID-19 complications. The scientists say that it was mostly male COVID-19 patients who were vitamin D deficient. Other studies have also indicated that vitamin D may play a part in the immune response to coronavirus…Continue Reading

Researchers 3-D print biomedical parts with supersonic speed

This image shows cells adhering to a titanium alloy created by cold-spray 3D printing, which demonstrates the material’s biocompatibility. Credit: Cornell University Forget glue, screws, heat or other traditional bonding methods. A Cornell University-led collaboration has developed a 3-D printing technique that creates cellular metallic materials by smashing together powder particles at supersonic speed. This…Continue Reading

Researchers pioneer more effective way to block malaria transmission in mosquitoes

Employing a strategy known as “population modification,” which involves using a CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive system to introduce genes preventing parasite transmission into mosquito chromosomes, University of California researchers have made a major advance in the use of genetic technologies to control the transmission of malaria parasites. University of California, Irvine postdoctoral researcher Adriana Adolfi, in…Continue Reading