Peter Salk, whose father conquered polio, says coronavirus fight is far from over
SAN DIEGO — He lives in La Jolla Village, near a cove that will be crowded this weekend by sunbathers who are no longer willing to shelter-in-place from the novel coronavirus.Peter Salk’s favorite stores and restaurants also are nearby. Many are beginning to reopen now that the pandemic is on the decline in San Diego County.But after two months of hunkering down at home, the 76-year-old Salk won’t be venturing beyond his front porch during the long Memorial Day weekend. And it may be a while before he does.“I’m not ready to run the risk of getting infected,” said Salk, a biomedical researcher ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Timberwolves, NBA join Mayo Clinic on coronavirus study
MINNEAPOLIS — Soon, Mayo Clinic hopes to have a reliable antibody test that would detect if the body has developed defenses to the coronavirus with just the prick of a patient’s finger.To further enhance the accuracy of that test, Mayo has enlisted the help of the NBA, including the Timberwolves, who have all become part of the clinic’s comprehensive antibody test study. Researchers hope to glean more information about the body’s response to a coronavirus infection and determine how widespread it has been statewide and nationwide.It’s a significant partnership between sports and medicine with ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mitsubishi cuts hundreds of jobs, shuts Washington operations as it slashes SpaceJet budget
SEATTLE — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will cut hundreds of jobs in Washington state as it “consolidates all activities back to Japan” and close its U.S. operations for the troubled SpaceJet project, the company said Friday.“Due to the budget directives, Mitsubishi Aircraft will close its overseas locations and consolidate activities at its headquarters in Nagoya, Japan,” company spokesman Jeff Dronen said via email. “This will impact the majority of our employees in the United States.”The Mitsubishi Aircraft U.S. headquarters in Renton will close and flight test operations in Moses Lake ...
The Seattle Times
SpaceX Crew Dragon goes vertical on Kennedy Space Center launch pad
ORLANDO, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX pointed their rocket in the right direction on Thursday with less than a week before it plans to send astronauts back into space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011.The SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying the Crew Dragon at the top was lifted into a vertical position at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39-A as preparations continue for the planned liftoff at 4:33 p.m. on May 27.NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who arrived to Kennedy on Wednesday, will ride in Crew Dragon on SpaceX Demo-2 to the International Space Station.The mission is the final step...
35% of people infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms, according to CDC's 'best estimate'
About a third of people infected with coronavirus in the U.S. are asymptomatic, according to newly released guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response have developed five different planning scenarios to help public health officials making coronavirus decisions based on mathematical modeling.To determine each scenario, the CDC looks at “measures of viral transmissibility, disease severity and pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic disease transmission.”An “asymptomatic case” means that an individual infe...
New York Daily News
Virus-proofing could become popular feature in vehicles after coronavirus
DETROIT — Automakers and suppliers around the world are investigating ways to virus-proof their vehicles to win customers in a post-COVID-19 market.Ideas under consideration include blasting car interiors with ultraviolet light, using foggers to spray disinfectants, upgraded air filtration systems and antimicrobial materials.A third of vehicle shoppers recently told Cox Automotive they are more likely to consider air quality features for their next vehicle than before COVID-19.“Safety is definitely top of mind for car shoppers,” said Vanesa Ton, Cox senior industry intelligence manager. “Not o...
Detroit Free Press
Under the Hood: Night-vision system tests well
I’ve been fortunate to try out a night-vision system for automotive use, the Vast by Lanmodo. New technology always intrigues me, particularly how useful it actually is and how well it gets along with a human operator.The Vast resembles a large (8.2-inch) rear-view mirror that can be placed atop the instrument panel via an attached pad or attached to the windshield with a suction cup. It comes not just boxed, but presented very nicely.The camera lens protrudes a bit from the rear and requires correct orientation to see around wipers and a good view of the road ahead. A rather long and slightly...
Tribune News Service
On Florida's Space Coast, a return to the 'good days' of launching astronauts is near with decade-defining SpaceX flight
ORLANDO, Fla. — Kyle Mallory was on the runway when the space shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center for the last time, ending human spaceflight from the United States with a screech of its wheels in the early hours of July 21, 2011.Just this week, nine years later, Mallory was there again as America prepares its return. He watched as crews loaded SpaceX’s Crew Dragon with propellant, readying the egg-like capsule to birth a commercially dominated epoch of human spaceflight. Mallory and his team, who work on life support during missions, were there to supply the suits that technicians...
Editorial: COVID-19 offers lesson on risk of ignoring climate change
The coronavirus offers important lessons on the need to reduce the threat of climate change.For starters, we’ve learned there is a heavy price to be paid for ignoring repeated warnings from scientists with expertise in their field of study.Researchers at the Global Carbon Project on Tuesday published a report revealing that the Earth can expect a drop of 7% in carbon dioxide emissions this year as a result of the pandemic. It’s the largest decrease in at least 75 years. That’s the good news. But the plunge in carbon emissions shouldn’t be perceived as a silver lining. The decline is temporary....
The Mercury News
Climate change helped produce San Diego's huge ocean heat wave in 2018, researchers find
SAN DIEGO — University of California, San Diego researchers have confirmed that climate change helped produce the historic 43-day ocean heat wave that drew big crowds to San Diego beaches during the summer of 2018.The finding was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, in a paper that says the phenomenon could not be solely attributed to natural variations in the weather.The average summer water temperature at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla is 70.7 degrees. But in 2018, ocean readings surpassed 73 degrees on every day of the heat wave, which lasted from July 19 to Aug. 30. And t...
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