AI Reveals Walking Patterns of Movement Disorders Shared Among Worms, Mice, and Humans

Man Walking

Researchers at Osaka University train a deep learning algorithm to find features of movement disorders shared across species distant in evolutionary lineage — such as worms, mice, and humans — which may assist in understanding Parkinson’s disease. Scientists from the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at Osaka University used animal location tracking along … Read more

Assessing Potential COVID Drug Targets

Viral Infection in Wildtype and Mutant Organoids

SARS-CoV-2 (indicated by nucleocapsid, red) efficiently infects wildtype human intestinal organoids (left), while TMPRSS2-deficient organoids are completely devoid of virus (right). Nuclei are grey, phalloidin (green) visualizes actin filaments. Credit: Joep Beumer, copyright Hubrecht Institute Researchers from the group of Hans Clevers in collaboration with the group of Bart Haagmans (Erasmus MC) established an organoid … Read more

People With Autism Have Increased Risk of COVID-19

Autism Help Concept

Autistic adults, adults with intellectual disability, and adults with mental health diagnoses have multiple risk factors for infection with COVID-19 and for experiencing more severe disease if they contract COVID-19, according to research from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University. Identifying risk factors for COVID-19 among autistic adults, adults with intellectual disability and … Read more

Fire Encroaching on Giant Sequoias – California’s Natural Treasures Threatened

Fire Encroaching on Giant Sequoias – California’s Natural Treasures Threatened

September 15, 2021 In the midst of another brutal fire season, several of California’s natural treasures have also been threatened. In the midst of another brutal fire season that has threatened many lives, homes, and businesses, several of California’s natural treasures have also been threatened. Still burning after nearly nine weeks, the Caldor fire has encroached on Lake Tahoe. … Read more

What New Experimental Evidence Suggests

What New Experimental Evidence Suggests

Artistic interpretation of a primordial black hole formed in the first moments of the Big Bang. Credit: NASA / G. Bacon (STScI) Since the earliest times, human beings have wanted to explain the most unpredictable and disturbing phenomena in the universe. Although the study of astronomy has been a constant in all civilizations, astronomical events … Read more

Timelapse Video Made by Astronaut on International Space Station

Timelapse Video Made by Astronaut on International Space Station

By European Space Agency (ESA) September 17, 2021 Timelapse video made during ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s second mission to the International Space Station, “Alpha”. The camera is setup to take pictures at regular intervals, the pictures are then played quickly after each other at 12 times faster than normal speed. Thomas shared this video on … Read more

Coral Reef Cover, Biodiversity, and Fish Catches Have Declined by Half Since the 1950s

Coral Reef Cover, Biodiversity, and Fish Catches Have Declined by Half Since the 1950s

This image shows fish and coral. Credit: Tyler Eddy Coral reefs around the world are under threat because of climate change, overfishing, pollution, and more. Now, researchers reporting in the journal One Earth today (September 17, 2021) offer the first comprehensive global look at what these impacts on coral reefs mean for ecosystem services, the ability … Read more

Several FDA-Approved Drugs Could Be Repurposed To Treat People Infected With COVID-19

Assorted Medicine Capsules

Study suggests some medications might inhibit virus replication in human cells. Despite the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, effective therapeutics are needed until worldwide immunity has been achieved. A study published in PLOS Pathogens by Adam Pickard and Karl Kadler at University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and colleagues suggests that some FDA-approved drugs could be safely … Read more

Primate Mothers Sometimes Carry Their Dead Babies With Them for Months – Here’s Why

Primate Mothers Sometimes Carry Their Dead Babies With Them for Months – Here’s Why

Credit: University College London Some primate species may express grief over the death of their infant by carrying the corpse with them, sometimes for months, according to a new UCL-led study — with implications for our understanding of how non-human animals experience emotion. Published on September 15, 2021, in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, … Read more

How Do Bats Resist COVID? Insights Could Lead to New Treatments for Humans

Greater Horseshoe Bat

Using bats’ responses to SARS-CoV-2 may provide key insights into therapies for COVID-19. A paper published in the prestigious journal, Science Immunology, explores the idea that studying bats’ responses to SARS-CoV-2 may provide key insights into how and when to best use existing therapies for COVID-19, and to develop new treatments. The review, led by Professor … Read more