Reopening elementary schools carries less COVID-19 risk than high schools – but that doesn't guarantee safety

New research points to why reopening elementary schools is the safest bet and what else needs to happen for schools to have the best chance of staying open.

Justin Remais, Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: education health covid-19 coronavirus schools pandemic science high-school k-12-education mathematical-models teachers k-12-online-learning elementary-schools

Major quantum computational breakthrough is shaking up physics and maths

Nobody expected that allowing more communication would make computational problems more reliable.

Ittay Weiss, Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics computing quantum-computing quantum-mechanics

Study: A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered “Snowball Earths”

Findings also suggest exoplanets lying within habitable zones may be susceptible to ice ages.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics exoplanets geology climate-change environment climate research school-of-science planetary-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

How mutant zebrafish helped unlock the secret to their stripes – new research

We wanted to find out which biological phenomena are crucial for pattern formation and which are just incidental. These sorts of questions can be answered with mathematical modelling.

Christian Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Bath • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: zebrafish mathematical-modelling pigment cells patterns

How effective does a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic? A new study has answers

A vaccine that's 70% effective might not be good enough if too few people are willing to be vaccinated, new research shows.

Bruce Y. Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management, City University of New York • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic vaccines social-distancing modeling mathematical-models

How 'good' does a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic? A new study has answers

A vaccine that's 70% effective might not be good enough if too few people are willing to be vaccinated, new research shows.

Bruce Y. Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management, City University of New York • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic vaccines social-distancing modeling mathematical-models

UK modelling study finds case isolation and contact tracing vital to COVID-19 epidemic control

In the absence of a vaccine or highly effective treatments for COVID-19, combining isolation and intensive contact tracing with physical distancing

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: mathematics covid-19 coronavirus computational-modelling

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