9:36 a.m. CDT
To Conference or Not to Conference
As hundreds of thousands of scientists reassess attending annual conferences in the wake of the pandemic, a new study asks: How much do face-to-face conferences actually help create new scientific collaborations?
Abstract | Northwestern Press Release | arXiv
Contact: Emma Zajdela, Northwestern University
9:36 a.m. CDT
Low-carbon Cement Production in the US
A ton of cement produced in the United States emits 10-30% more CO2 than in other major cement producing parts of the world. Clinkers and kilns can often be the culprit, and a group of researchers propose strategies to significantly reduce their climate impact in domestic cement production.
Abstract | Georgetown Press Release
Contact: Ankita Gangotra, Georgetown University
12:00 p.m. CDT
Unusual Toolbox Puts Dangerous SARS-CoV-2 Variants Under Surveillance
From quantum vibrations to nanodiamonds, new tools could help detect the most infectious variants. We could find and treat the next Omicron well before it surges, thanks to unexpected virus physics.
1:18 p.m. CDT
Pedestrians Are Selfish
When faced with a road diverging, real-life pedestrians do not choose the most optimal path for overall traffic flow. Why? Individual variability is key.
Abstract | arXiv
Contact: Alessandro Gabbana, Eindhoven University of Technology
3:00 p.m. CDT
Beyond CRISPR: New DNA Tools Rewrite Genes to Fight Diseases Like COVID-19
Scientists debut technology that could turn off SARS-CoV-2 genes, diagnose parasitic infection, and sequence genes faster.
A Smart Robot Too Small to See
The first intelligent microscopic robot paves the way for targeted drug treatments and less damaging surgery.
Contact: Paul L. McEuen, Cornell University
4:24 p.m. CDT
A preliminary study reports the first observation of a “demon” particle proposed in 1956, but never seen until now. The demons could play an underexplored role in low-energy physics.
Contact: Peter Abbamonte, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign