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Will the COVID-19 Virus Become Endemic?

A new article by Columbia Mailman School researchers Jeffrey Shaman and Marta Galanti explores the potential for the COVID-19 virus to become endemic, a regular feature producing recurring outbreaks in humans. 

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Forty per Cent of Renters Can’t Afford Essentials

Almost 40% of Australian tenant households can’t afford essentials such as bills, clothing, transport and food, after paying rent, because their incomes have reduced significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute has found.

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Star Clusters Are Only the Tip of the Iceberg

Star clusters have been part of the Imaginarium of human civilization for millennia, as shown through their countless representations in arts and sciences across cultures and continents.

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Pandemic Lockdowns Caused Steep and Lasting Carbon Dioxide Decline

An international team of climate experts, including Earth system scientists at the University of California, Irvine, today released an assessment of carbon dioxide emissions by industry, transportation and other sectors from January through June, showing that this year’s pandemic lockdowns resulted in a 9 percent decline from 2019 levels.

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Concerns About Violence Increase in California Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been linked to an estimated 110,000 firearm purchases in California and increases in individuals’ worries about violence, according to a new study by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Program (VPRP). 

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Laser Technology Measures Biomass in World’s Largest Trees

Laser technology has been used to measure the volume and biomass of giant Californian redwood trees for the first time, records a new study by UCL researchers.

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Rainforest at Biosphere 2 Offers Glimpse into Future of the Amazon

Tropical forests may be more resilient to climate change than previously thought, according to a new study.

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Without the North American Monsoon, Reining in Wildfires Gets Harder

New research shows that while winter rains can temper the beginning of the wildfire season, monsoon rains are what shut them down. This monsoon season was the second-driest on record, leaving Southern Arizona dry and vulnerable.

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Stretching Makes the Superconductor

When people imagine “new materials,” they typically think of chemistry. But UConn physicist Ilya Sochnikov has another suggestion: mechanics.

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Research from The Ohio State University at Mansfield Will Help Make Water Safer for Ohioans

In the future, the safety of the water that some Ohioans drink or swim in may depend – at least in part – on some unusual objects floating on the Milliron Research Wetlands at The Ohio State University at Mansfield.

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