Policy & Ethics
DOE funding across 22 states will drive the development and commercial deployment of advanced technologies for fusion energy, electric vehicles, offshore wind and more.
The analysis uses mathematical model based on vaccination rates and local COVID-19 case rates to determine “off-ramps” and “on-ramps” for mitigation measures such as masking. The model can be tailored to decision-makers’ goals, such as preventing all in-school transmissions or minimizing absences to promote in-person learning. Local COVID-19 case rates should be far below those seen at this point in the pandemic to safely lift mask mandates without risking increased transmission within schools, according to the model.
- JAMA Network Open
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse, Facebook
A new analysis is the first to apply a novel metric for evaluating improvements in sanitation across individual countries between 1990 and 2015, surfacing insights that could inform further progress. Julia Zimmerman of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Mississippi and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Water on February 15, 2022.
An international team of conservation experts has revealed how ancient and historical DNA (a/hDNA), such as genetic data from specimens stored in natural history museums, can be used to assess population genetic patterns and processes that are relevant for endangered species.
- Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Analyzing the publications that appeared on PubMed between the beginning of 2018 and the end of 2020, researchers at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca have shown that COVID-19 acted as a powerful and unpredictable shock, profoundly affecting and shifting priorities of the scientific production in the biomedical field. While publications related to all the aspects of the pandemic skyrocketed - thanks to the commitment of the scientific community, which brought in a short period a surge of knowledge about the new coronavirus - publications, clinical trials, and grants in subjects not directly related to Covid decreased of up to 25 percent compared to the pre-Covid era, a fact non immediately evident and not without consequences.
- PLoS ONE
What exactly causes that ‘skunky’ odour emitted by cannabis production facilities, and what do these emissions mean for air quality, workers, and the general public? We should address these and other knowledge gaps while the industry is still developing, according to a new study led by Davi de Ferreyro Monticelli, a doctoral student in UBC’s department of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences. In this Q&A, he discusses what’s missing in our knowledge about cannabis production emissions, their potential impacts on communities living nearby, and just how their smell stacks up against other odours.
- Environmental Science & Technology