In December, 2019, an outbreak of COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China and quickly spread
globally. As of May 7, 2020, there were 3 672 238 confirmed infections and 254 045
deaths attributed to COVID-19. Evidence has shown that there are asymptomatic carriers
of COVID-19 who can transmit the disease to others. The virus incubation time shows
a wide range (0–24 days) and the virus displays a high infectivity. It is therefore
urgent to develop an effective therapy to treat patients with COVID-19 and to control
the spread of the causative agent, severe respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

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Future of Work in VR – Spatial Design

VR is revolutionising the modern creative workflow. Tools like Tvori, Medium, and Masterpiece are democratising the creation of CG assets through transformative workflows that make content production more artist-friendly, nimble, collaborative, and efficient.

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Virtual- and augmented-reality tools allow researchers to view and share data as never before. But so far, they remain largely the tools of early adopters.

As I put on a virtual-reality (VR) headset, the outside world disappears. A cell fills my visual field, and as I crane my neck, I can see it from several angles. I stick my head inside to explore its internal structure. Using hand controllers, I dissect the cell layer by layer, excavating with a flick of the wrist to uncover tiny, specialized structures buried beneath the surface.

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Carnivorous plants repurposed existing genes to catch insects and digest proteinHow does a plant develop a taste for flesh? In the play Little Shop of Horrors, all it takes is a drop of human blood. But in real life, it takes much more. Now, a study of three closely related carnivorous plants suggests dextrous genetic shuffling helped them evolve the ability to catch and digest protein-rich meals.

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From space, Venus is bright white because it is covered with clouds that reflect and scatter sunlight. At the surface, the rocks are different shades of grey, like rocks on Earth, but the thick atmosphere filters the sunlight so that everything would look orange if you were standing on Venus.

 

Venus has mountains, valleys, and tens of thousands of volcanoes. The highest mountain on Venus, Maxwell Montes, is 20,000 feet high (8.8 kilometers), similar to the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest. The landscape is dusty, and surface temperatures reach a scalding 880 degrees Fahrenheit (471 degrees Celsius). A 3D model of the surface of Venus (Download Options).

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A new "super steel" alloy shows increased strength under stressful conditions. The secret is in the molecular structure.

 

Researchers say they’ve made a new “super steel” that challenges conventional wisdom about new steel alloys. Instead of the usual fine-tuned balance of tradeoffs, scientists at the University of Hong Kong and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs say their super steel mitigates the catch-22s in many previous alloys. The secret is in how the molecular structure of the steel works to absorb and nullify stress damage.

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