Zak Arogundade, a Musician and Designer From Stockholm

Name: Zak Arogundade (a.k.a. Ecco2K) Age: 25 Hometown: raised in Stockholm (with his mother) and London (with his father). Now Lives: in a two-bedroom apartment in Stockholm that he shares with a friend. Claim to Fame: Mr. Arogundade is a member of the Drain Gang, a fashion-forward Swedish music collective known for its atmospheric rap.…

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Terahertz radiation can disrupt proteins in living cells

Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics and collaborators have discovered that terahertz radiation, contradicting conventional belief, can disrupt proteins in living cells without killing the cells. This finding implies that terahertz radiation, which was long considered impractical to use, may have applications in manipulating cell functions for the treatment of cancer, for example,…

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An optimal decision-making strategy emerges from non-stop learning

Unlike machines, the behaviour of animals and humans almost always has an element of unpredictability. Countless experiments have shown that our responses to the exact same challenge are sometimes faster, sometimes slower, sometimes correct and sometimes wrong. In the field of neuroscience, this variability is often attributed to what is called «noise». An ever-present «neural…

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UM School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology awarded grants for COVID-19

The Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (Ciheb) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology was awarded $4 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response activities in Botswana, Nigeria, Malawi, and Mozambique. «Low-resource regions in Africa are vulnerable…

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Fujita Health University releases a preliminary report of Favipiravir Observational Study

Favipiravir Observational Study Group (principal investigator: Dr. Yohei Doi, Fujita Health University) released a preliminary report of the Favipiravir Observational Study in Japan on the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases website. URL: http://www.kansensho.or.jp/uploads/files/topics/2019ncov/covid19_casereport_en_200529.pdf Favipiraivr (brand name Avigan) is an anti-influenza drug which was developed by FUJIFILM Toyama Chemical Co., Ltd. Favipiravir can be administered to…

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Tiger snakes tell more about local wetlands’ pollution levels

Tiger snakes living in Perth’s urban wetlands are accumulating toxic heavy metals in their livers, suggesting that their habitats — critical, local ecosystems — are contaminated and the species may be suffering as a result. Lead researcher PhD Candidate Mr Damian Lettoof, from the Behavioural Ecology Lab in the School of Molecular and Life Sciences…

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Spanish Gin and a Cocktail, Too

Spaniards love gin. In Barcelona, there are more than a dozen bars devoted entirely to it. And though gin has been made in Spain for centuries, only a handful of Spanish gins are sold in the United States for that classic “gintonic,” as it’s said in Spain. The latest arrival is Ginraw, made in Barcelona…

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Six Months of Coronavirus: Here’s Some of What We’ve Learned

We don’t really know when the novel coronavirus first began infecting people. But as we turn a page on our calendars into June, it is fair to say that Sars-Cov-2 has been with us now for a full six months. At first, it had no name or true identity. Early in January, news reports referred…

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Medical Workers Should Use Respirator Masks, Not Surgical Masks

A new analysis of 172 studies, funded by the World Health Organization, confirms what scientists have said for months: N95 and other respirator masks are far superior to surgical or cloth masks in protecting essential medical workers against the coronavirus. The results, published on Monday in The Lancet, make it clear that the W.H.O. and…

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