181 articles from FRIDAY 20.3.2020

Why some say they're comfortable exercising outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Amid the sweep of COVID-19 across the world and United States, hundreds of millions of Americans are finding themselves with far more time indoors than ever before. While officials and experts continue to urge citizens to isolate and practice social distancing, the value of exercise may be more important than ever.However, as many states move toward closing non-essential businesses, workout...

ICYMI: A look back at America's worst tornado, weather and the spread of COVID-19, and BIG snow out west

What's the link, if any, between weather and the spread of COVID-19 cases in the Northern Hemisphere? Some new research shows that high temperatures and other factors may reduce the disease's spread.As spread of the new coronavirus illness exploded in the U.S., anxiety also grew this week. Officials issued extreme measures in attempts to slow cases, including in California, where Gov....

Solar energy tracker powers down after 17 years

After nearly two decades, the Sun has set for NASA's SOlar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE), a mission that continued and advanced the agency's 40-year record of measuring solar irradiance and studying its influence on Earth's climate.

The Guardian view on life without school: not a level playing field

Ten million British children are about to get a taste of home schooling. Increased inequality will be the resultCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat was, just a few days ago, the object of excited speculation among British children has become a reality. Schools are shut. For an unspecified period, learning will take place at home, except for a minority of pupils who...

The impact of the new coronavirus could lead to the longest flu season in decades

Wes Thrift, with Roper St. Francis Healthcare, is reflected in a car window wearing a protective mask as he talks to a possible coronavirus patient at the hospital's North Charleston office Monday, March 16, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith) The new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created a third spike in influenza-like illness (ILI) activity across the United States,...

Epigenetic inheritance: A 'silver bullet' against climate change?

The current pace of climate change exceeds historical events by 1-2 orders of magnitude, which will make it hard for organisms and ecosystems to adapt. For a long time, it has been assumed that adaptation was only possible by changes in the genetic makeup—the DNA base sequence. Recently, another information level of DNA, namely epigenetics, has come into focus.

On-demand glass is right around the corner

A research group coordinated by physicists of the University of Trento was able to probe internal stress in colloidal glasses, a crucial step to controlling the mechanical properties of glasses. Their work opens the way to new types of glass for new applications. The study was published in Science Advances.

How to get conductive gels to stick when wet

Polymers that are good conductors of electricity could be useful in biomedical devices, to help with sensing or electrostimulation, for example. But there has been a sticking point preventing their widespread use: their inability to adhere to a surface such as a sensor or microchip, and stay put despite moisture from the body.

Colorado, Nebraska smacked by blizzard as spring began

Spring officially began on Thursday, in the earliest start to the season in 124 years for the United States, but for Americans living in parts of the Central states, it felt more like the first day of winter as a blizzard swept across the region.Wind-whipped snow caused major disruptions from the Colorado Rockies through Nebraska with as much as 23 inches of snow accumulating near Nederland,...