Measuring racial inequities in COVID-19 testing

What The Study Did: This study adapted a well-established tool for measuring inequity from economics–the Lorenz curve–to measure racial inequities in COVID-19 testing. Author: Aaloke Mody, M.D., of the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed study: Visit our For The Media website at this link (doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.32696) Editor’s Note: […]

Scientists pioneer new method of measuring electricity in cells

The complex dance of electrical signals inside a cell holds the key to many questions about diseases and disorders, but has been difficult to understand—so a team of UChicago scientists invented a way to listen in. Credit: Christoph Burgstedt/Shutterstock Electricity is a key ingredient in living bodies. We know that voltage differences are important in […]

Measuring broken hearts: divorce has negative effects on physical and mental health

Going through a divorce is extremely challenging and previous research has highlighted the adverse effects that it can have on divorcees. A recent study in open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology is the first to examine health impacts immediately after a divorce. The study found that the mental and physical health of recent divorcees was worse […]

Measuring the true cost of conservation

Estimated fair market value of all properties in the United States (3D visualization). Credit: Christoph Nolte, Boston University. For decades, scientists have been warning about potential future effects of global climate change, including more frequent wildfires, longer periods of drought, and sharp increases in the number, duration, and intensity of tropical storms. And since the […]

Measuring Massive Magnetic Meteorites – Eos

For a week in the summer of 2019, a Smithsonian Institution warehouse looked like a scene from a 1950s science fiction story: a 2-meter prism of magnetic coils arranged around a half-meter-long meteorite. For researchers Elise Clavé and Clara Maurel, this was the payoff of four hectic months building and testing a brand-new […]

Copernicus Sentinel-6 measuring sea-levels using radar altimetry

Credit: CC0 Public Domain This November the newest member of the EU’s Copernicus program, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, will take to the heavens from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite is named after NASA’s former Director of Earth Observation and is a radar altimetry mission to monitor sea-level rise, wave-height and windspeed. The mission […]