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Model developed to predict landslides along wildfire burn scars

A wildfire followed by an intense rainstorm is often a recipe for disaster. Without vegetation to cushion rainfall, water runoff can turn into a fast-moving, highly destructive landslide, called a “debris flow,” which often has the power to wipe out cars, homes and highways — sometimes resulting in casualties. Northwestern University researchers have augmented a […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Most COVID-19 Long-Haulers Continue to Experience Neurologic Symptoms, Fatigue & Compromised Quality of Life 15 Months After Initial Infection

A new study published in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology looked at the evolution of neurologic symptoms in non-hospitalized COVID-19 long-haulers at the Northwestern Medicine Neuro COVID-19 Clinic and discovered most long-haulers continue to experience symptoms such as brain fog, numbness/tingling, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus and fatigue on average of 15 months after disease onset. Researchers analyzed […]

Posted inSci/Tech

COVID-19 antibody study shows downside of not receiving second shot

A new study shows that two months after the second Pfizer/Moderna vaccination, antibody response decreases 20% in adults with prior cases of COVID-19. The study also tests how well current vaccines resist emerging variants. The Northwestern University study underscores the importance of receiving a second dose of vaccine, not only because it is commonly known […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Stunning simulation of stars being born is most realistic ever

A team including Northwestern University astrophysicists has developed the most realistic, highest-resolution 3D simulation of star formation to date. The result is a visually stunning, mathematically-driven marvel that allows viewers to float around a colorful gas cloud in 3D space while watching twinkling stars emerge. Called STARFORGE (Star Formation in Gaseous Environments), the computational framework is the […]

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COVID-19 threatens the entire nervous system

June 15, 2020 – A new review of neurological symptoms of COVID-19 patients in current scientific literature reveals the disease poses a global threat to the entire nervous system, reports a Northwestern Medicine study published this week in Annals of Neurology.  About half of hospitalized patients have neurological manifestations of COVID-19, which include headache, dizziness, decreased […]

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When COVID-19 meets flu season

June 1, 2020 – As if the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t scary enough, the flu season is not far away. How severe will the flu season be as it converges with the COVID-19 outbreak? What can we do to prepare? Dr. Benjamin Singer, a Northwestern Medicine pulmonologist who treats COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Poverty leaves a mark on our genes

EVANSTON, Ill. April 4, 2019 – A new Northwestern University study challenges prevailing understandings of genes as immutable features of biology that are fixed at conception. Previous research has shown that socioeconomic status (SES) is a powerful determinant of human health and disease, and social inequality is a ubiquitous stressor for human populations globally. Lower […]

Posted inLife

Yes, your pet can tell time

October 24, 2018 – Are you taking your time when feeding your pet? Fluffy and Fido are on to you — and they can tell when you are dawdling. A new study from Northwestern University has found some of the clearest evidence yet that animals can judge time. By examining the brain’s medial entorhinal cortex, […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Scientists determine four personality types based on new data

EVANSTON, IL,  Sept. 17, 2018 – Northwestern University researchers have sifted through data from more than 1.5 million questionnaire respondents and found at least four distinct clusters of personality types exist: average, reserved, self-centered and role model. The findings challenge existing paradigms in psychology. The new study, led by Luís Amaral of the McCormick School […]

Posted inUS

Trump’s ‘Vilification of the Press Harms This Country and Its People’

EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 20, 2018 – As President Donald Trump tweeted new criticism of the media, hundreds of newspapers published editorials Thursday morning championing freedom of the press, and the U.S Senate passed a resolution affirming that “the press is not the enemy of the people.” Professors from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, […]

Posted inUS

Tariffs Would Harm U.S. Economy and Could Spur International Retaliation, Experts Say

EVANSTON, Ill. March 8, 2018 – President Trump is calling for import tariffs on steel and aluminum, and he’s expected to sign the orders this afternoon at a White House event. Northwestern University professors are available to talk about how tariffs would complicate international relations and the United States economy. Philip Levy teaches international business strategy […]

Posted inSci/Tech

EPA Administrator’s Global Warming Remarks Uninformed, Not Factual, Experts Agree

Feb. 9, 2018 – Nancy Loeb is director of the Environmental Advocacy Center and a clinical assistant professor of law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is an expert on environmental law and policy. Quote from Professor Loeb: “The administration can pretend the climate is not changing, but government has a responsibility to protect people […]

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