Weekly Science News

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

Weekly handpicked news from 20-Jul-2020 to 26-Jul-2020


Note: None of the news bits given here are written by Newanced's authors. The links on each of the news bits will redirect to the news source. Content given under each headline is a basic gist and not the full story.

In Cell Studies, Seaweed Extract Outperforms Remdesivir in Blocking COVID-19 Virus


Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Heparin, a common anticoagulant, could also form basis of a viral trap for SARS-CoV-2. In a test of antiviral effectiveness against the virus that causes COVID-19, an extract from edible seaweeds substantially outperformed remdesivir, the current standard antiviral used to combat the disease. Heparin, a common blood thinner, and a heparin variant stripped of its anticoagulant properties, performed on par with remdesivir in inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 infection in mammalian cells.


Original written by: Mary L. Martialay

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Software of Autonomous Driving Systems


Source: Graz University of Technology


Researchers at TU Graz and AVL focus on software systems of autonomous driving systems. They developed a method for generating safety-critical simulation scenarios and an adaptive control procedure for compensating for internal errors.


Original written by: Susanne Eigner

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New Technique to Capture Carbon Dioxide Could Reduce Power Plant Greenhouse Gases


Source: Berkeley University of California


Removing carbon dioxide from power plant emissions is ever more urgent to limit the damage from climate change.A big advance in carbon capture technology could provide an efficient and inexpensive way for natural gas power plants to remove carbon dioxide from their flue emissions, a necessary step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow global warming and climate change.


Original written by: Robert Sanders

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New Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts


Source: Texas A&M Engineering Communications


Researchers have designed a smart technology that can help utility companies better serve communities affected by power outages. In a new study, researchers from Texas A&M University and industry have designed a smart technology that can help utility companies better serve communities affected by blackouts. The researchers said their single device works by improving energy delivery between home solar-power systems and the electrical grid.


Original written by: Vandana Suresh

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Seeing the Light: Researchers Combine Technologies for Better Light Control


Source: The Pennsylvania State University


A new technology that can allow for better light control without requiring large, difficult-to-integrate materials and structures has been developed by Penn State researchers. The new photonic integrated chip could allow for many advances in the optical field and industry, ranging from improvements in virtual-reality glasses to optical remote sensing, according to the researchers.


Original written by: Sarah Small

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