Scientists warn of 'superspreaders' as San Diego flocks to restaurants, salons
SAN DIEGO — Churches. Hair salons. Restaurants. Malls. What do they all have in common?They’ve all been cleared to reopen in San Diego County amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — and by and large, they all require people to congregate inside, potentially with strangers.This comes as an increasingly vocal group of scientists has sounded the alarm about the danger of indoor gatherings due to the potential for airborne transmission of the disease by “superspreaders.”This week Kimberly Prather of UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography penned an urgently worded perspective paper in t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Captain Comics: Welcome back, Justice Society
“Stargirl” has arrived on DC Universe and The CW, bringing with it the return of the justly legendary Justice Society of America.The Justice Society is the oldest superhero team in comics, arriving in “All-Star Comics” #3 in 1940. Another milestone: The team combined characters from two different publishers, “sister” companies Detective Comics Inc. and All-American Comics Inc. (Eventually these companies would merge into today’s DC Comics.)The publishing premise of the JSA was simple: The team starred second-tier characters who did not have their own self-named titles, in the hopes that the ad...
Tribune News Service
Why is the coronavirus infection usually mild in children? Here's a new clue
One of the biggest mysteries of the new coronavirus is its relative harmlessness in most children who get infected.At least part of the explanation may be in the cells lining their noses, according to a new study by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.The researchers started with archived samples of cells from the nasal lining, or epithelium, of people ages 4 to 60. Then they measured the activity of a gene that directs production of ACE2, a protein that helps coronavirus enter the body. It turned out that ACE2 gene “expression” — the DNA instructions th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Review: 'American Sherlock,' by Kate Winkler Dawson
“American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics and the Birth of American CSI” by Kate Winkler Dawson; G.P. Putnam’s Sons (336 pages, $27)———The latest nonfiction page-turner from Kate Winkler Dawson is really two books, one of which is great. Dawson — whose riveting “Death in the Air” tracked a deadly fog that cloaked London in 1952 — looks at Edward Oscar Heinrich, the Californian who pioneered crime investigation techniques that police still use today.Blood spatter patterns, fingerprinting, stomach content analysis, specifics of decomposition — Heinrich seems to have been at the forefront of all of i...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: UN must extend arms embargo on Iran — and US should have a backup plan
Diplomats at the United Nations have less than six months to stop Iran — the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, violator of nuclear nonproliferation agreements and catalyst for regional warfare — from buying weapons from the world’s most eager salesmen, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.The U.N. arms embargo on Iran is scheduled to sunset starting in October, and if it does, Tehran and its terror proxies, regional allies and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps will be stronger than ever. Our first priority should be to extend and strengthen the embargo. But America needs a backup plan t...
Trump to make Florida the face of America's reopening at Cape Canaveral rocket launch
MIAMI — Grounded for weeks in Washington by the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump is returning to Florida on Wednesday for the first launch on American soil in nearly a decade of astronauts into space.Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are set to attend an anticipated 4:33 p.m. EDT liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, the same location where Americans last launched to the moon. The SpaceX rocket carrying veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley is considered by the Trump administration to be a test run for the kind of public-private partnerships that ...
Washington state aims to regulate water temperature at federal dams, wading into controversy
SEATTLE — The Columbia is the great river of the West, winding from the north to meet its largest tributary, the Snake in Eastern Washington, then dividing the states of Oregon and Washington on its push to the sea. Big and powerful, its wild energy has been tamed to engineered stair steps controlled by locks and dams.But what has worked well for navigation and carbon-free hydropower production has been a killer for salmon, as its now-lazy reservoirs heat up in summer. When the water gets hot enough for long enough, salmon stop migrating, and even die of stress and disease.Today Columbia and S...
The Seattle Times
Seattle researchers building 'biobank' of patients' blood to unlock the mysteries of the new coronavirus
SEATTLE — Blood and other biological specimens from COVID-19 patients treated in Seattle area hospitals are helping scientists build a massive “biobank” to examine the virus’s long-term impacts on the human body and why it affects some people more severely than others.Disease doctors and researchers hope to use what they learn from the data to help figure out what drugs and therapies are most effective in treating those sick with COVID-19 and to aid other scientists’ in the quest to develop a vaccine against it.“We don’t yet understand exactly what this virus is doing to individuals — what org...
The Seattle Times
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...
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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