Scientists are combining high resolution Hubble telescope images of Jupiter with near-infrared images taken from the Gemini Observatory and data from NASA's Juno Jupiter orbiter to study thunderstorms and other weather phenomena on Jupiter!
The Guardian published an interesting interactive visualisation article describing R0, the basic reproduction number, which is the metric used to measure the contagiousness of a pathogen. Reducing the R0 of Covid-19 is funadamental in preventing exponential infections of the virus and will determine how lockdown restrictions can be lifted.
[email protected] is a distributed community computing platform that allows everyone to donate any spare computer processing power to protein folding simulation experiments. [email protected] are now performing protein folding experiments on COVID-19 and in recent weeks, the number of users has jumped from 30,000 to 700,000.
Professor Damien Thompson and a team at the Bernel Institute at the University of Limerick have co-discovered a molecule that can maintain three seperate and stable asymmetric states within a broad temperature range of -100 to +100 °C. The discovery means that the molecule can be exploited to enhance current data storage technologies that operate on just two asymmetric states (0 and 1).
An surprising article in Scientific American describes how there is still no scientific consensus on how to fully describe how lift occurs around an aircraft wing. A combination of Bernoulli's Principle and Newton's Third Law describe most of what happens during lift. However, neither are fully emcompasing and newer theories that address why an area of low pressure is created above an airfoil are not universally accepted by scientists.
Researchers at Stanford created an interactive model to simulate the results of different long term COVID-19 intervention strategies. The models show that lifting strong social distancing measures too quickly (between 5 and 10 months) will result in a resurgence of cases that could overwhelm hospital capacity. One solution to this in the long term is the lightswitch method, where strong social distancing measures are turned on once a hospital capacity threshold is reached (e.g.
[email protected] is a background application developed by Stanford which allows scientists to make use of the unused processing power of your computer to make calculations in experiments. [email protected] is currently allowing users to help in finding a treatment for COVID-19.
The Open SourceCOVID19 Medical Supplies Facebook group have published their first open source COVID19 medical supplies guide which aims to supply instructions on how to DIY medical supplies, such as ventilator parts, if/when they will be needed.
The Washington Post publish some fantastic COVD-19 outbreak simulations showing no countermeasures, forced quarantine, social distancing with 1/4 movement and 1/8 movement. The simulations clearly show that social distancing is the most effective at reducing the amount of people that get infected, and the more social distancing the better.