These days, how are you? feels like a loaded question because the answer is obvious. When the world is in the middle of a pandemic, no one is okay. That’s normal.
In past newsletters, we’ve talked about maintaining social connections, binging on good and bad TV, and supporting mutual aid projects. It’s also important — for me, at least — to set aside time to process what is happening in the world, grieve, and find ways to just be quiet in this moment.
Poetry can be a great way of tuning into your feelings. So, if I may, here’s a poem by Ada Limón called “The Quiet Machine,” which feels like a necessary sigh. And the poet Billy Collins has been reading poetry by Facebook video from his home office, a daily reminder that there’s a lot of good out there yet.
Coronavirus resources from Inverse staffers
Ina Garten’s quarantine playbook (The Atlantic)
You might think that the coronavirus outbreak would cause power usage to go up as people spend their time at home streaming shows, video chatting, and posting things on social media, but it appears it's having the opposite effect. With so many restaurants, bars, offices and other businesses closed down, cities are seeing a drop in power usage. While that is happening, cities are also being forced to take extreme steps to make sure the workers who maintain the power grid stay healthy enough to keep working.
More insights into the coronavirus and utilities:
New research on a group of Australian soldiers reveals consistent exercise sets off a cascade of positive metabolic changes and alters the way the body burns fuel more than previously thought. These metabolic benefits aren’t a total surprise, but this study reveals a glimpse of the “true magnitude” of exercise’s powerful effects, the researchers say. As if you needed another reason to get off the couch and get moving!
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In order to observe the violent, raging solar storms, NASA is launching the largest radio telescope ever designed. SunRise comprises six small satellites known as CubeSats, each about the size of a toaster oven, and will study how the Sun releases these massive solar flares into outer space. The goal of NASA's latest mission, scheduled for a 2023 launch date, is to be able to predict when these solar storms will take place in order to protect orbiting spacecraft and astronauts.
News from our solar system:
Early stage research is pointing to another candidate vaccine for SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. It's one of many in the works, but this one has a key distinguishing feature: It is the first to have been peer-reviewed as part of a scientific study.
The vaccine was created in a lab at the University of Pittsburgh, where scientists have been studying other coronaviruses like those responsible for SARS and MERS. Ultimately, they created a vaccine that's delivered using a small, velcro-like patch that contains hundreds of microneedles.
In mouse models, that vaccine was able to stimulate the production of antibodies that can fight off SARS-Cov-2. These antibody levels spiked as soon as two weeks after immunization.
Now, the team has to undergo clinical trials on humans and is awaiting the green light from regulators, but they already have plans to scale up their process. Just one person, the researchers say, can make hundreds of these patches.
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