Semper Ficus: Who’s Keeping Abandoned Office Plants Alive?

The motion-sensing lights sense nothing. The swivel chairs do not swivel. Only one sign of life remains in the abandoned corporate floor plan: potted plants. Intended as a note of vibrancy amid bland surroundings, workplace greenery now seems an eerie symbol of the suddenness with which workers abandoned their routines. Yet the cactuses and philodendrons…

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How a Streetwear Designer Spends His Sundays

David Ben David is the founder and creative director of Sprayground, a streetwear line known for its art-inspired backpacks and collaborations with celebrities like Spike Lee and Shaquille O’Neal. Since the coronavirus outbreak, however, Mr. Ben David has added masks to his collection. He is also volunteering: Every Sunday, he teams up with the Lower…

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These Girls Are Leading Black Lives Matter Protests

Two days after George Floyd was killed by the police, Zee Thomas, 15, posted a tweet: “If my mom says yes I’m leading a Nashville protest.” Ms. Thomas had never been to a protest, let alone organized one. And yet five days later, with the help of five other teenagers, she was leading a march…

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Automated stage discrimination of Parkinson’s Disease — BIO Integration

Announcing a new article publication for BIO Integration journal. In this research article the authors Vered Aharonson, Nabeel Seedat, Simon Israeli-Korn, Sharon Hassin-Baer, Michiel Postema and Gilad Yahalom from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering, Tel Aviv, Israel, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel and Tel…

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How to have a better day during the pandemic

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (June 26,2020) — It’s entirely reasonable during a pandemic to feel more stressed, anxious, lonely and depressed than usual. Yet, despite the circumstances, some people are doing OK. Some people continue to feel love for others, gratitude for what they have and joy in the small things. How do they do that?…

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More evidence of causal link between air pollution and early death

Boston, MA — Strengthening U.S. air quality standards for fine particulate pollution to be in compliance with current World Health Association (WHO) guidelines could save more than 140,000 lives over the course of a decade, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, published June 26, 2020 in…

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1/3 of parents in 3 states may not send children to school because of COVID-19

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Kindergartners in face masks. Closed playground structures. Random COVID-19 testing. They are among the long list of hypothetical scenarios for school in the pandemic era. And as lawmakers and educators reimagine the K-12 model for fall, a new survey assessed parents’ plans for in-person school and support for 15 potential measures…

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SARS-CoV-2-attacking T cells found in 10 COVID-19 patients and 2 uninfected controls

Patients suffering from severe respiratory symptoms as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection can rapidly generate virus-attacking T cells, and can increase this production over time, suggests a new study of T cells from 10 COVID-19 patients under intensive care treatment. In addition, 2 out of 10 healthy individuals without prior exposure to the virus harbored…

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Study finds strong evidence for a causal link between long-term exposure to fine air particles and greater mortality in elderly Americans

A new analysis of 16 years of publicly accessible health data on 68.5 million Medicare enrollees provides broad evidence that long-term exposure to fine particles in the air — even at levels below current EPA standards — leads to increased mortality rates among the elderly. Based on the results of five complementary statistical models, including…

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