It can take a lot of patients. The Comfort has 1,000 beds, 500 of which are designated for minimal case needs, another 400 for intermediate cases, 20 for surgical recovery, and 80 for intensive care patients. Though the Comfort will be docked while in New York City, it was designed with a large rounded hull for improved stability for surgeries and other intensive procedures that needed to be performed at sea. … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about the USNS Comfort, the giant hospital ship in NYC
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None of this has been easy. Indeed, starting with college, hurdling obstacles has been a constant in her life. In the fall of 1970, William H. Wright, a professor of physics at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, ushered freshman Marcia McNutt into his office with what she recalls as this observation: “You are here because you must have said something silly on your application about being a physics major. I’ve seen girls come and go in this department, but I’ve yet to see one graduate.” For perhaps the first time in her young life, McNutt was struck speechless. Class valedictorian at the all-girls Northrop Collegiate School in Minneapolis and with perfect SAT scores, she had chosen Colorado over Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, partly for its promise of closer contact with faculty … but not this sort of contact. “No one had ever told me I couldn’t do something,” she told me. “The one thought in my mind was, … [Read more...] about Science academy’s new president cleared many hurdles on way to the top
In another hint that Prochlorococcus builds extensive partnerships with other marine microbes, Chisholm's lab found that it secretes a broad variety of peptides, or short protein fragments, that in other organisms have antimicrobial or signaling activity. Prochlorococcus has as many as 1500 different peptides per cell, according to work by Andres Fernando Cubillos-Ruiz, now a postdoc at MIT in another lab. The peptides appear to provide food for other very abundant ocean microbes and some of those in turn secrete an enzyme that detoxifies reactive oxygen molecules. Prochlorococcus doesn't make that enzyme itself but may be able to take it in from the surrounding water. The peptides may also signal other microbes in the surrounding waters—although what messages they carry is unclear. "I continue to be humbled by the major things we learn from Prochlorococcus that change the way we think about oceans," Chisholm says. … [Read more...] about Meet the obscure microbe that influences climate, ocean ecosystems, and perhaps even evolution
While the point-of-care tests have benefits, they likely won't be a major factor in increasing overall testing rates, Kroll said. Abbott's test, for example, can run a sample in 5 minutes, but that's only one sample. Traditional PCR machines at central labs may take a few hours, but a machine can run large numbers of tests at a time. Many use standard 96-well plates, so they can run 96 samples at once. Thus, a point-of-care test might be able to provide quicker answers to individual patients, but they can]t handle the large numbers of tests needed to get a clearer picture of the pandemic. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus testing is ramping up. Here are the new tests and how they work.
Zack Snyder's sequel to Man of Steel is shaping up to be a who's who of DC characters. Jesse Eisenberg stars as Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman — and of course Ben Affleck will be Batman. Other than casting announcements and a rescheduled release date, however, official news on the movie has been relatively quiet, but Snyder unveiled the first image of Ben Affleck as Batman today, right alongside his new Batmobile. … [Read more...] about This is Ben Affleck as Batman, and this is his Batmobile