Are two phases of quarantine better than one?

New research into this question shows that the second wave of an epidemic is very different if a population has a homogenous distribution of contacts, compared to the scenario of subpopulations with diverse number of contacts. The research, by American authors from Oakland University, Novi High School, and California Polytechnic State University, used a simulation […]

Are two phases of quarantine better than one?

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain New research into this question shows that the second wave of an epidemic is very different if a population has a homogenous distribution of contacts, compared to the scenario of subpopulations with diverse number of contacts. The research, by American authors from Oakland University, Novi High School, and California Polytechnic State […]

Topological phases in biological systems

Interaction chain. Credit: C. Hohmann LMU physicists have shown that topological phases could exist in biology, and in so doing they have identified a link between solid-state physics and biophysics. The concept of topological phase transitions has become an important topic in theoretical physics, and was first applied to the characterization of unusual states of […]