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Frozen Fecal Knives Honored by 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes
Lisa Winter | Sep 18, 2020
Other recipients of the award for laugh-worthy achievements experimented with alligators on helium and vibrating worms.
Tom Norris, Marine Mammal Acoustician, Dies at 55
Amanda Heidt | Sep 18, 2020
Norris, who founded the research firm Bio-Waves, furthered the study of marine mammals using passive acoustic monitoring technology he designed himself.
Racial Profiling Concerns Amid Crackdown on Scholars’ China Ties
Diana Kwon | Sep 17, 2020
Several organizations suggest that a case against a University of Kansas professor is the latest example of the US government targeting researchers for their ethnicity.
Antibody-Based Drug May Reduce COVID-19 Hospitalizations: Study
Lisa Winter | Sep 17, 2020
Eli Lilly reports a 72 percent reduction in hospitalization risk among patients who received its monoclonal antibody compared to those who received a placebo.
California Wildfire Beaten Back, for Now, on Famous Mt. Wilson
Ashley Yeager | Sep 16, 2020
The mountain is home to two historic telescopes and many other scientific instruments, along with a billion dollars’ worth of broadcast transmission towers.
The Immune Hallmarks of Severe COVID-19
Katarina Zimmer | Sep 16, 2020
Researchers are trying to make sense of immune systems gone haywire and develop biomarkers to predict who will become the sickest from a coronavirus infection.
University of Michigan Grad Students Strike over COVID-19 Policy
Amanda Heidt | Sep 16, 2020
Student workers have cited a lack of transparency and a failure to implement rapid and widespread testing among their many concerns regarding the school’s response to the pandemic.
Transplanted Stem Cells Produce Sperm in Sterilized Livestock
Ruth Williams | Sep 16, 2020
The technique is designed for breeding genetically superior farm animals, but may have additional conservation and medical applications.
Indian Study Shows No Survival Benefit of Plasma in COVID-19
Alakananda Dasgupta | Sep 15, 2020
A randomized controlled trial on the use of convalescent plasma therapy to treat coronavirus infections—the first in the world to be completed—yields disappointing results, but some doctors are not discouraged.
Immune Cell and Its Cytokine Control Exploratory Behavior in Mice
Ashley Yeager | Sep 14, 2020
Gamma delta T cells in the meninges of the brain release a cell signaling molecule that does more than protect mice from microbial pathogens.