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These 15 states are at the highest risk of a coronavirus outbreak

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 7, 2020 at 05:29 am CDT

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, scientists have collated some data together that indicates what states are most likely to experience an outbreak.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization to put together maps of which states are at the most risk for an outbreak of COVID-19.

The interactive map splits the data into three categories; one of these categories is which states have adult populations at the highest risk for contracting the disease. Out of the 50 states, 15 of them fall into the highest risk bucket. The interactive maps also show that over 40% of the United States population is at risk of contracting COVID-19. If you are interested in checking out the maps for yourself, click here.

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Scientists have turned the deadly coronavirus into a song, listen here

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 7, 2020 at 03:07 am CDT

Researchers have used an AI system to turn the deadly coronavirus into a playable melody that actually has some scientific value as well.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have taken the coronavirus' spike proteins, which are the key factor in how the virus spreads, and applied musical notes to each of the amino acids found in protein. The researchers gave each of the amino acids a unique note, then the data was placed into an algorithm that spat out this melody that is a representation of how the proteins are arranged.

So why would researchers want to do this? Well, according to MIT Professor Markus Buehler, who spoke to MIT News, the musical piece actually offers researchers some scientific value. Buehler said, "Our brains are great at processing sound! In one sweep, our ears pick up all of its hierarchical features: pitch, timbre, volume, melody, rhythm, and chords. We would need a high-powered microscope to see the equivalent detail in an image, and we could never see it all at once. Sound is such an elegant way to access the information stored in a protein."

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This drug destroys any trace of coronavirus COVID-19 in just 48 hours

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 7, 2020 at 02:33 am CDT

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage the country some good news has come out from scientists. Researchers have claimed there is a new potential medicine that can kill COVID-19 in just two days.

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This news has come from the Monash University's Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) and the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity, who published a report claiming that a drug developed back in 1970's to fight parasites can remove all viral SARS-CoV-2 RNA in 48 hours. This drug is called ivermectin, and was originally developed to fight off head lice, scabies, and other diseases found to be caused by roundworms.

Both the Monash University of Biomedicine and Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity have concluded that ivermectin might be so good at killing COVID-19 that it might become the basis of the COVID-19 vaccination. BDI's Dr. Kylie Wagstaff said, "We found that even a single dose could essentially remove all viral RNA by 48 hours and that even at 24 hours, there was a really significant reduction in it."

It should be noted that the scientists state that the findings for how this drug interacted with the virus were found in vitro, which means the experiment was 'test-tube' and not on a human.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 spike imminent, don't go to any grocery stores

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 7, 2020 at 02:04 am CDT

The United States is on the precipice of the peak of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and now a new warning has been issued out to the public regarding the now recommended avoidance of grocery stores.

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It feels like pandemonium is upon us, and now official recommendations are stating that everyone should be avoiding grocery stores if they can help it. This news was released by White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx, she stated, "The next two weeks are extraordinarily important. This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe."

This recommendation was then backed up again by the Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Brett Giroir, who said, "We are all saying the same thing. You really need to keep your physical contact with others and with surfaces to the minimal possible." It should be noted that health officials aren't telling people to stop going to the grocery/pharmacy stores permanently, but are notifying people to only go when they absolutely have to. If you are going to the store, make sure to avoid others and abide by social distancing rules.

Scientists find out how long coronavirus COVID-19 lives on face masks

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 7, 2020 at 01:33 am CDT

A new study has revealed just how long coronavirus COVID-19 can be detectable on face masks, the number of days is unsettling.

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According to a new study published in The Lancet from the University of Hong Kong, who looked into how long the coronavirus can be detectable in different environments found that "a detectable level of infectious virus could still be present on the outer layer of a surgical mask on day 7." The study also found several other key factors that influence the survival of the virus on different surfaces; those factors can be found in the entirety of this post in dot points below.

While that news does sound bad, the study also found some positives such as the virus dying when it interacts with disinfection and when it encounters higher temperatures. This means that it's recommended to clean surfaces clean with either soap or disinfectant and to make sure to maintain proper hygiene care in the form of regular showers and extended soap use when washing hands.

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Here's how to make a homemade coronavirus COVID-19 mask in 35 seconds

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 7, 2020 at 01:02 am CDT

If you can't find any facemasks to purchase, or you don't have any money to purchase them, don't worry, masks can be created from household items.

The United States Surgeon General has recently released a video on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) YouTube Channel detailing how American's can make a homemade mask in just 35 seconds. This video has come after the CDC, and the US Surgeon General has recommended everyone to wear face masks or a cloth covering if they decide to leave their home and go outside.

The video details that a face covering can be created out of many things such as an old t-shirt, bandanna, or basically anything cloth. According to the CDC, these makeshift masks can help hinder the spread of COVID-19, so here's how to make them. You will need the following items: two rubber bands, an old t-shirt (or any other piece of cloth that can be folded), and 35 seconds of your time. Follow the above instructions from the Surgeon General, and you will have created your face covering.

US hospitals aren't prepared to combat coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Apr 7, 2020 at 12:24 am CDT

Since the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has hit the United States, hospitals around the country are under extreme pressure, and now the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a new report revealing that hospitals just weren't ready.

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The new report was released after an investigation was conducted by the OIG at 323 hospitals around the country between the dates of March 23rd and March 27th. The investigation revealed all of the holes in the medical system that are now under extreme pressure from the massive influx of coronavirus patients. The investigation found that hospitals faced severe shortages of testing supplies, ventilators, and protective equipment.

Hospitals also told the OIG that they don't have the supplies they need to conduct tests and that when a test is conducted, it can take days to get back. While the patient is waiting at the hospital for their test results to get back, they are being treated as if they have the virus. This means healthcare workers that interact with the patient need to be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). The longer the test results take to return to healthcare workers, the more PPE is used. One administrator discussed the overuse to PPE:

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Apex Legends could soon receive crossplay support like Fortnite

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Apr 6, 2020 at 10:31 pm CDT

It looks like Apex Legends will soon have console crossplay support, with developer Respawn saying it is "important" for the battle royale game.

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In a recent interview with Game Informer, Respawn's chief operating officer and general manager for Apex Legends, Dusty Welch, said that crossplay for gamers on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is "important". He said: "I think on crossplay we see it's something that is kind of expected in the industry and is important to a game like ours".

Welch added: "Chad [Grenier, Apex Legends' director] and I are obviously big fans of playing our game at work and in our free time - and we go home on a Friday or weekend and want to play with each other and we're on different systems. On a personal level, yes, we'd love to do that and party up on the weekends. I think it's an important thing to get to".

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Samsung's next-gen 3nm production faces delays over coronavirus

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 6, 2020 at 09:50 pm CDT

It looks like Samsung's upcoming 3nm volume production has hit a snag, with the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak forcing Samsung to reportedly delay volume production into 2022.

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According to DigiTimes, Samsung had projected volume production of the new 3nm process to begin in early 2021 -- but that has now slipped to 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. But to be clear, this has nothing to do with Samsung and its production facilities, but more so the world.

The logistics and transportation involved in getting new EUV equipment and other critical production equipment is a big issue for Samsung, and without it, it will not be able to meet its goal of 3nm volume production in early 2021. Samsung will be hit in multiple ways because of it, especially if its competitor in TSMC can come out of the coronavirus pandemic relatively unscathed.

Origin PC cram 12C/24T desktop AMD Zen 2 CPU into new gaming laptop

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Apr 6, 2020 at 09:29 pm CDT

Origin PC just unveiled a beast new gaming laptop in the new EON15-X, which packs an AMD Ryzen 9 3900 processor which packs 12 cores and 24 threads of Zen 2 goodness.

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Yeah, a 12-core/24-thread CPU inside of a gaming laptop -- that's pretty insane, and it's matched with NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, so you're able to drive that 1080p 144Hz display at 144FPS without an issue in virtually all games on the market.

Origin PC has gone with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 (1080p) 144Hz refresh display, up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 MaxQ graphics card, and up to 2 x 2TB of M.2 PCIe SSDs as well as a 2.5-inch drive for storage. You can configure Origin PC's new EON15-X gaming laptop with up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, too.

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