Drug being tested for at-home treatment in hopes of slowing virus

A new trial at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is aiming to disrupt COVID-19’s attack early in its course by treating patients immediately after symptoms appear with a widely used antiviral drug that, if it works, could be rapidly repurposed to fight the coronavirus.

Alvin Powell • harvard
today ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus harvard-medical-school health-medicine alvin-powell beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center antiviral nathan-shapiro treat-now

An interdisciplinary approach to sustainable PPE

United under the Sustainability Incubator Fund, researchers strategize sustainable sourcing solution for crises at the local and global level.

Nicole Morell | MIT Office of Sustainability • mit
today ~8 min

Tags: sustainability covid-19 pandemic supply-chains research community idss center-for-transportation-and-logistics institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes undergraduate-research-opportunities-program-urop mit-sloan-school-of-management mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing concrete-sustainability-hub

Saudi Arabia faces increased heat, humidity, precipitation extremes by mid-century

High-resolution climate projections could enable a robust adaptation and resilience response.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
today ~4 min

Tags: climate-change environment global-warming research modeling school-of-science global eaps joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change middle-east

Podcast series from J-PAL North America shares stories behind the impact of summer jobs in the US

Featuring advocates, program coordinators, researchers, and program participants, podcast series paints a holistic picture of summer youth employment programs and how research helps strengthen them.

J-PAL North America • mit
today ~3 min

Tags: social-media poverty media economics policy research government school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal

COVID carries triple risks for college students of color

College students of color not only face a disproportionate risk of contracting COVID-19, they are particularly vulnerable to its psychological damage — especially when the longtime struggle against inequality and the current financial crisis are factored in, said speakers at a virtual Harvard forum.

John Laidler • harvard
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health racism financial-crisis harvard-graduate-school-of-education josephine-kim marvin-krislov meeta-kumar phillip-martin tabbye-chavous

Designing new mirror materials for better gravitational-wave detection

Nicholas Demos, a first-generation college graduate and MathWorks Fellow in MIT’s Kavli Institute, is improving our ability to listen to the cosmos.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute • mit
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy profile research stars black-holes students awards-honors-and-fellowships graduate-postdoctoral school-of-science kavli-institute space-astronomy-and-planetary-science ligo

Truncated immune system receptors may regulate cellular activity

Unexpected findings in chemokine receptors once believed to be non-functional open up new fields of scientific inquiry.

Michaela Jarvis | MIT Media Lab • mit
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: cancer covid-19 viruses research cells proteins media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-science koch-institute

Calculating possible fallout of Trump’s face mask remarks

Looking at the public health effects, and perhaps mortality rate, from President Trump’s running dismissal of wearing face masks to minimize the spread of coronavirus.

Christina Pazzanesse • harvard
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 health-medicine donald-trump christina-pazzanese harvard-chan-school vish-viswanath masks centers-for-disease-control president robert-hahn

How a worm may yield insights into the gut-brain relationship

Gurrein Madan, brain and cognitive sciences graduate student and MathWorks Fellow, studies gut–brain signaling with implications for human health.

Alison Gold | School of Science • mit
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health neuroscience research students awards-honors-and-fellowships graduate-postdoctoral school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

Elegance in C. elegans

Gurrein Madan, brain and cognitive sciences graduate student and MathWorks Fellow, studies gut–brain signaling with implications for human health.

Alison Gold | School of Science • mit
Oct. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health neuroscience research students awards-honors-and-fellowships graduate-postdoctoral school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

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