Understanding antibodies to avoid pandemics

Structural biologist Pamela Björkman shared insights into pandemic viruses as part of the Department of Biology’s IAP seminar series.

Saima Sidik | Department of Biology • mit
today ~5 min

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What Janet Yellen can do about climate change as US Treasury secretary

The former Federal Reserve chair has the experience and broad respect to get businesses to move on climate change and to lay the foundation for real and lasting progress.

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
today ~8 min

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Tooth or consequences: Even during a pandemic avoiding the dentist can be bad for your oral health

Even during COVID-19, there are ways to keep your teeth healthy.

Andrew J. Corsaro, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Dentistry, University of Florida • conversation
today ~8 min

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We need hard science, not software, to power our post-pandemic recovery

The Fourth Industrial Revolution failed to deliver; it's time that we put our faith once again in hard science.

Wim Naudé, Professor of Economics, University College Cork • conversation
today ~8 min

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Now's the time to rethink your relationship with nature

If all of humanity was wiped out tomorrow, it's estimated that the natural world would take at least five million years to recover from the damage humans have done to the world.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
today ~6 min

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How to stay safe with a fast-spreading new coronavirus variant on the loose

The new variant has been estimated to be 50% more transmissible. It's already been detected in at least 10 US states.

Byron Erath, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University • conversation
Jan. 17, 2021 ~7 min

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How to stay safe with a new fast-spreading coronavirus variant on the loose

The new variant has been estimated to be 50% more transmissible. It's already been detected in at least 10 US states.

Byron Erath, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University • conversation
Jan. 17, 2021 ~7 min

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Past Covid-19 infection may provide 'months of immunity'

But researchers warn there is still a risk of catching and passing the virus on to others again.

bbcnews
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

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First lockdown's effect on air pollution was overstated, our study reveals

Exaggerating how much lockdown improved air quality could allow us to underestimate the scale of the air pollution problem.

William Bloss, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Climate change: US emissions in 2020 in biggest fall since WWII

US greenhouse gas emissions tumbled below their 1990 level last year, because of Covid-19 shutdowns.

bbcnews
Jan. 12, 2021 ~3 min

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