Why is the sun’s atmosphere hotter than its surface?

A phenomenon first detected in the solar wind may help solve a mystery about the sun: why the solar atmosphere is millions of degrees hotter than the surface.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Dec. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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What monoclonal antibodies are – and why we need them as well as a vaccine

Monoclonal antibodies are synthetic molecules manufactured in the lab. But do we need them if a vaccine is on its way?

Rodney E. Rohde, Professor Clinical Laboratory Science, Texas State University • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~9 min

 covid-19  pandemic  sars-cov-2  remdesivir  viruses  antibody  steroids  monoclonal-antibodies  convalescent-plasma  dexamethasone

Superconductor technology for smaller, sooner fusion

MIT-Commonwealth Fusion Systems demonstration of new superconducting cable is a key step on the high-field path to compact fusion.

Leda Zimmerman | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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Validating the physics behind the new MIT-designed fusion experiment

Seven studies describe progress thus far and challenges ahead for a revolutionary zero-emissions power source.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 29, 2020 ~9 min

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FDA is departing from long-standing procedures to deal with public health crises, and this may foreshadow problems for COVID-19 vaccines

The rushed emergency approval for a treatment that might help COVID-19 patients has raised questions: Is the FDA abandoning its own guidelines?

Yaniv Heled, Associate Professor of Law, Georgia State University • conversation
Aug. 27, 2020 ~10 min

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I'm a lung doctor testing the blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors as a treatment for the sick – a century-old idea that could be a fast track to treatment

In the blood of COVID-19 survivors are antibodies that can defeat SARS-CoV-2. Researchers are testing whether these antibodies can be collected and injected into others to save them from the virus.

Jeffrey M. Sturek, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~8 min

 covid-19  pandemic  antibodies  sars-cov-2  viruses  infections  covid-19-therapy  convalescent-plasma

I'm a lung doctor testing the blood from COVID-19 survivors as a treatment for the sick – a century old idea that could be a fast track to treatment

In the blood of COVID-19 survivors are antibodies that can defeat SARS-CoV-2. Researchers are testing whether these antibodies can be collected and injected into others to save them from the virus.

Jeffrey M. Sturek, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~7 min

 covid-19  pandemic  antibodies  sars-cov-2  viruses  infections  covid-19-therapy  convalescent-plasma

Thicker blood may explain odd COVID-19 blood clots

"COVID-19 is a unique disease. There is more going on with these atypical blood clots than we first realized.

Janet Christenbury-Emory • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~5 min

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