Rensselaer researchers make virus-fighting face masks – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed an accessible way to make N95 face masks not only effective barriers to germs, but on-contact germ killers. The antiviral, antibacterial masks can potentially be worn longer, causing less plastic waste as the masks do not need to be replaced as frequently. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed an … Read more

Iconic Siberian Tundra Is on Track to Entirely Vanish Off The Face of The Planet

The Siberian tundra could disappear by the year 2500, unless greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically reduced. Even in the best-case scenarios, two-thirds of this landscape – defined by its short growing season and cover of grasses, moss, shrubs and lichens – could vanish, leaving behind two fragments separated by 1,553 miles (2,500 kilometers), scientists recently … Read more

Char Dham railway line: An uphill task in face of geological challenges

RVNL ready to build a curtailed link: that would mean the Indian Army will have to cover a longer distance to the China border by road. TopicsChar Dham Yatra | Indian Railways | Stock Market Sai Manish | New Delhi Last Updated at May 27, 2022 19:27 IST Rail Vikas Nigam … Read more

What’s behind a monkey’s poker face

What’s behind a monkey’s poker face. Credit: KyotoU / Catia Correia-Caeiro. How could a human mother tell that her child is upset? Humans can distinguish the meanings of facial expressions of our fellow species either explicitly through speech or implicitly by context. When decoding animal expressions, however, we face the challenge of interpreting familiar characteristics … Read more

Why Mastercard’s new face recognition payment system raises concerns

Credit: Public Domain CC0. Mastercard’s “smile to pay” system, announced last week, is supposed to save time for customers at checkouts. It is being trialed in Brazil, with future pilots planned for the Middle East and Asia. The company argues touch-less technology will help speed up transaction times, shorten lines in shops, heighten security and … Read more

Hate your face mask? There’s hope | Science

BOULDER, COLORADO—In the shipping room of his factory here, Richard Gordon pulls open the drawer of a restaurant-style convection oven to show off a tray filled with his company’s new, freshly sterilized product: multicolored face masks that feature an origami design. “I thought masks were a total horror,” Gordon says. “They looked awful, felt awful, … Read more

In the face of continuing COVID pandemic: Dangerous “science experiment” being carried out on music fans, musicians by industry officials

A recent Science & Medicine article in the Los Angeles Times, “Coronavirus Today: When live music becomes a science experiment,” points to a disturbing trend: the return to “normal” in the concert world. The trend is being driven, above all, by the large conglomerates who dominate the field. The author, Times Science and Medicine editor, … Read more

Adolescent and young adult leukemia survivors face higher mortality rates than the general population for decades after diagnosis – BIOENGINEER.ORG

PHILADELPHIA – The long-term survival of adolescent and young adult (AYA) acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) survivors was shorter than that of the general population, and the differences persisted for up to 30 years after diagnosis, according to results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Preventiona journal of the American Association … Read more

“Extreme” Plants Grow Faster in the Face of Stress

Schrenkiella parvulais a plant that can grow – even thrive – in extremely salty conditions. Researchers in the Dinneny lab study this plant to understand this special adaptation and how they might be able to modify other plants to withstand similarly stressful environments. Credit: José Dinneny When plants are faced with conditions that are too … Read more