U.S. Google searches for information about financial difficulties and disaster relief increased sharply in March and April compared to pre-pandemic times, while googling related to suicide decreased, researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center have found. Because previous research has shown that financial distress is strongly linked to suicide mortality, the researchers fear that the […]
Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded $426,285 from the United States Army Research Office (ARO) to probe how to use fish-inspired robots to sense and perceive underwater environments. “Swimming might seem very simple in the animal world, but the movements and sensing are extremely complex,” said Bo Cheng, the […]
In particle physics, it’s the anomalies, tensions, deviations, and discrepancies – the results that don’t quite sync with Standard Model-based predictions and calculations – that create a buzz among those working in the field. The typical explanations are problems or limitations in measurements, algorithms, or analyses, but there is also the exciting possibility of new, […]
At least twice in Earth’s history, nearly the entire planet was encased in a sheet of snow and ice. These dramatic “Snowball Earth” events occurred in quick succession, somewhere around 700 million years ago, and evidence suggests that the consecutive global ice ages set the stage for the subsequent explosion of complex, multicellular life on […]
Yellow fever, a hemorrhagic disease that is common in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, infects about 200,000 people per year and causes an estimated 30,000 deaths. While there is a vaccine for yellow fever, it can’t be given to some people because of the risk of side effects, and there are no approved treatments for […]
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