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    6 January
    Science

    Making Computation Come Alive at MIT: Using Computational Techniques To Solve Real-World Problems

    Lead Image: Youssef Marzouk, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and co-instructor for the 16.0002/18.0002 course this term. Credit: Gretchen Ertl A new course teaches students how to use computational techniques to solve real-world problems, from landing a spacecraft to placing cell phone towers. As a Martian lander descends toward the Red Planet’s surface, when can its parachute be safely deployed? Open it too early, while the lander is hurtling through the atmosphere, and it might tear off — but open it too late and the lander might not slow down enough to prevent a catastrophic crash landing. There are seemingly…

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  • 5 January
    COVID-19

    Repurposing a Familiar Drug for COVID-19 – May Cut Severe Infection & Reduce Risk of Dying

    Disulfiram, a treatment for alcoholism, may cut severe SARS-CoV-2 infection, reduce likelihood of dying from COVID-19. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there’s a need for new and better treatments for people infected with SARS-CoV-2 who develop COVID-19 In a new study, a well-known and widely available drug called disulfiram, used to treat alcoholism, shows potential as a treatment for COVID-19 In the retrospective analysis, veterans taking the drug for alcoholism were less likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 and less likely to die from COVID-19 The researchers hope their study will generate support for phase 3 clinical trials testing the…

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  • 5 January
    Science

    Exploring Growth Within a Confined Space: Embedding Bacteria in Soft Material Tests Theories

    Researchers have developed a theoretical framework to explain the mechanics of how growing bodies respond to confinement. Credit: moonimage/Flickr Grow a tomato inside a square box, and you’ll end up with a square tomato. It’s an experiment that shows clearly how confinement can influence a body’s evolving shape. Now, MIT and Yale University researchers have developed a theoretical framework to explain the mechanics of how growing bodies respond to confinement. To test their theory, a research team led by Tal Cohen, MIT associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and of mechanical engineering, grew cholera bacteria inside a soft gel,…

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  • 5 January
    Astronomy

    Orion’s Fireplace: Incredible New Image of the Flame Nebula

    Lead Image: Do not let the image and the name of the depicted cosmic object fool you! What you see in this picture is not a wildfire, but the Flame Nebula and its surroundings captured in radio waves. The Flame Nebula is the large feature on the left half of the central, yellow rectangle. The smaller feature on the right is the reflection nebula NGC 2023. To the top right of NGC 2023, the iconic Horsehead Nebula seems to emerge heroically from the “flames.” The three objects are part of the Orion cloud, a giant gas structure located between 1300…

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  • 5 January
    Cardiology

    Walking Is Good, but Moderate-Vigorous Exercise Boosts Fitness 3x More

    With help from 2,000 Framingham Heart Study participants, BU researchers studied how much being sedentary, walking, and routine exercise impacts fitness. Exercise is healthy. That is common knowledge. But just how rigorous should that exercise be in order to really impact a person’s fitness level? And, if you sit all day at a desk, but still manage to get out and exercise, does that negate your six, seven, or eight hours of sedentary behavior? These were the sort of questions Matthew Nayor and his team at Boston University School of Medicine set out to answer in the largest study to…

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