Need for Increased Monitoring of COVID-19 Patients After Discharge

Worried Stressed Doctor Nurse

Hospitalization for COVID-19 linked to greater risk of later readmission or death. Large study in England suggests need for increased monitoring of COVID-19 patients after discharge. A large study conducted in England found that, compared to the general population, people who had been hospitalized for COVID-19—and survived for at least one week after discharge—were more … Read more

Dramatic Changes at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai

Dramatic Changes at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai

April 10, 2021 NASA scientists have been closely watching the evolution of the volcanic island near Tonga since 2015. When a volcano in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga began erupting in late-December 2021 and then violently exploded in mid-January 2022, NASA scientist Jim Garvin and colleagues were unusually well positioned to study the events. … Read more

Changes in Omicron’s Spike Protein Detailed – Explains COVID Variant’s Ability To Evade Antibodies and Remain Highly Infectious

SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Spike Protein Model

Model of the omicron variant spike protein shows the location of some of its 37 mutations (red spheres). Credit: David Veesler Lab Findings explain how mutations in the protein allow the omicron variant of the pandemic coronavirus to evade antibodies against previous variants yet remain so infectious. An international team of scientists has determined the … Read more

Researchers Discover Two Paths Toward “Super Immunity” to COVID-19

COVID Coronavirus Immunity

OHSU laboratory research compares routes to immunity involving vaccination. New laboratory research from Oregon Health & Science University reveals more than one path toward robust immunity from COVID-19. A new study finds that two forms of immunity – breakthrough infections following vaccination or natural infection followed by vaccination – provide roughly equal levels of enhanced … Read more

Water Vapor Detected on “Super Neptune” Exoplanet

“Super Neptune” Exoplanet TOI-674 b

Illustration of a “super Neptune,” TOI-674 b, with an atmosphere that, according to a recent study, includes water vapor. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The discovery: Water vapor in the atmosphere of planet TOI-674 b. Key facts: This recently discovered planet, a bit bigger than Neptune and orbiting a red-dwarf star about 150 light-years away, places it in … Read more

Is Your Seafood Climate-Friendly? Scientists Outline Benefits of Marine Aquaculture

Seafood Meal

A typical seafood meal. Credit: Farhad Ibrahimzade As a major source of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, food production has long occupied an important place in the climate-change discussion. Writing in BioScience, Alice Jones of the University of Adelaide, and an international team of scientists from the University and The Nature Conservancy, discuss the potential of marine … Read more

Hippos Recognize Each Other’s Voices – And Respond Differently to Calls of Strangers

Hippo Open Mouth

Hippopotamuses are rather vocal animals. Their “wheeze honk” calls can be heard over long distances, leading researchers to suspect the calls play an important role in maintaining social groups. Now, a study published in the journal Current Biology on January 24, 2022, shows that hippos recognize each other’s voices. They also respond less aggressively to … Read more