US COVID-19 mutation “G” is particularly abominable. We are trying to figure out why…

When the first coronavirus cases in the United States appeared in January, they bore the same genetic signatures as a germ that emerged in China weeks before. As scientists collected samples and began to study the nucleic acid and protein structures, they noticed a puzzling and concerning change. The first to report this mutation was Egon Ozer, an infectious-disease specialist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He examined the genetic structure of virus sample...
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$35,000 dollars to design a space toilet

NASA is willing to shell out big bucks to the person who can design a toilet that can function on the moon.  NASA has made it clear that it wants the country to return to the moon by 2024. Because this isn't a quick pitstop, the space agency and HeroX have put up $35,000 in prizes for the engineer(s) who can create a practical lunar latrine. The organizations have detailed a few needs that have to be met for this new design. First, the ensuing mission will feature the first femal...
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Mysterious Molten Blobs-

What Are These Enormous Blobs 1,800 Miles Beneath Our Feet? Meet the strange structures at Earth's core-mantle boundary. Scientists discovered strange structures at the boundary between Earth's mantle and molten iron outer core. The structures, called ultra-low velocity zones, lie about 1,800 miles beneath our feet. Scientists are able to develop a rough picture of Earth's interior thanks to seismic waves.  Roughly 1,800 miles below Earth's surface, at the boundary between o...
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Georgia Rankings for COVID-19

The following data is pulled from the CDC, WHO and JHU. Here is where Georgia Ranks compared to other US States during the COVID Pandemic Response. 12th highest number of Cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 11th highest in the number of Deaths from COVID Georgia ranks 22nd in fatality rates at 4.00% as of April 21, 2020 Georgia ranks in the top tier for confirmed cases and deaths but in the lowest tier for testing. Georgia ranks 42nd in the % of the population that has b...
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#COVID19GA Update

To receive an email when we post new articles and COVID19 updates from Georgia STEM, just enter your name and email below. You can unsubscribe at any time. You can also follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Our Hashtag is #GeorgiaSTEM. If you would prefer to get a text message when a new post is added, Dr. Cassidy has set-up a remind. The instructions for joining the Remind can be found here. March 25, 2020, 7:53 pm UPDATE- GA Dept of Public Health reports 1387 cases of COVID-...
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10 Ideas under 10 Dollars For Homeschooling Little STEM scientists during COVID-19

Help Beat Boredom and keep all the little scientists in your life engaged.  10 ideas under 10 dollars. The items listed will amaze and delight the little geeks and nerds in your life! All of the following have been tested! Our Georgia STEM team either owns the item personally and use with their personal children or have used each potential science kit with groups of kids at a Georgia STEM event.  The links provided are to Amazon and in most cases, they have free shipping for prime members or i...
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Can COVID-19 be transmitted from pregnant mothers to their unborn babies?

Whether COVID-19 can be transmitted from a pregnant woman to their unborn child has been a huge area of concern internationally. The paper published on March 13, 2020 shows potentially some good news. With a limited number of participants (9), the study found the following: Research Methods: Clinical records, laboratory results, and chest CT scans were retrospectively reviewed for nine pregnant women with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 pneumonia (ie, with maternal throat swab sample...
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#COVID19 Convalescent plasma as a potential therapy for COVID-19

COVID19 Plasma treatment
All of the information contained in this post is gathered from an article posted in the Lancet: Infectious Diseases. The full text of the article is also available here Medical Journal Articles are not a priority in a Pandemic; however, we are trying to locate promising information and summarize it whenever possible. If you have questions and would like to comment below- we will do our best to answer them. Convalescent plasma as a potential therapy for COVID-19 : KEY Points C...
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#COVID19GA MAP

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Identification is Vital | #TestingMatters | #FlattenTheCurve

UPDATE- March 14, 2020, 1:00pm Since the original publication of this article, we have received many questions- mostly on Facebook, about the source of data, how it matches with the CDC and WHO and state departments of health. We are continuing to update the numbers because this is a fluid situation. We are also working on a post about the Science and Technology needed for the test itself. The Georgia Department of Public Health announced that they only have the ability to run 50 tests a...
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The R-0 of COVID-19 compared to other Viral Outbreaks

What you need to know about R-0
The R-0 of a virus is also known as the Reproductive Rate. This number is the number of people that a person with the illness infects. With an R-0 of <1, illness is considered to be under control or decreasing. With an R-0 of >1, the illness is spreading. The following table is a comparison of common viruses with known R-0 to the limited information we have of COVID-19. As of March 16, 2020, the WHO estimates an R-0 of between 2.2 and 6.48. The CDC confirmed that there are 2 different...
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Mapping COVID-19 using GIS

Johns Hopkins University has worked to compile data from the WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC and DXY to help track the geographic spread of the novel Coronavirus known scientifically as COVID-19. UPDATE- On March 10, 2020, Johns Hopkins announced that they would no longer report data below the state level for the United States. They announced " In light of the increasing rate of cases being reported domestically in the U.S., and in order to retain timeliness and accuracy, we have switched from report...
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Animals don’t have to breathe oxygen- What?

The discovery of a unique non-oxygen breathing animal is vaporizing the long-held assumption that aerobic respiration is ubiquitous in animals. Spores of the parasite H. salminicola swim under a microscope. Those alien "eyes" are actually stinger cells, one of the few features this organism hasn't evolved away.(Image: © Stephen Douglas Atkinson) A salmon who is infested by the parasitic blob known as Henneguya salminicola cannot get rid of the parasite by traveling into ...
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STEMtastic Saturdays- Commerce

Commerce First United Methodist Chuch has graciously agreed to host STEMtastic Saturdays for the 2020 Calendar year.  We are looking forward to having students from Age 4 to Age 10 to participate in STEM activities from 8:30 am to 11:30 on the following dates: (Click on the date to register. Registration will close the Thursday prior or when it reaches full capacity, whichever comes first) You can also choose to register for ALL the STEMtastic Saturdays and fill out this FORM (also embe...
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Look Out- Falling Iguanas in Florida

Look Out for Falling Iguanas.  Yep.  You read that right.  Record low temperatures in Florida are causing Iguanas to fall out of trees prompting the state to warn residents and visitors. It may not seem as serious as the Salmonella Warning but it could have some risk of shock. The videos being posted online are concerning and somewhat comical as well. Imagine walking through a wooded area on your winter vacation and being struck by a lizard that has lost its grip on a branch ...
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5 STEM gifts for the Aspiring Coder (ages 8-80)

TOP 5 STEM gifts for the Aspiring Coder # 1: BLOXELS It is no surprise at all that Bloxels made the Top Toy List for Amazon this holiday season. Get into the game -hands-on video game development -with Bloxels video game creation platform! Build your video games with a mix of physical and digital tools that include designs to help get you started creating your first game The Bloxels Builder app is free to download to your compatible device (not included) Create game rooms, ...
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US DOE to invest $279 Million in STEM Education Funding

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that it has pledged to invest over $200 million in high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.  This STEM Education Funding includes a focus on computer science at all levels. In total, the Department obligated $279 million in STEM discretionary grant funds in Fiscal Year 2018. “It’s important that all students have access to a high-quality STEM education,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said. “This increased...
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Winners Announced STEM Education Awards

 The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) announced the winners for the sixth annual STEM Education awards at a special ceremony held in Atlanta on Friday, November 3rd.  These awards were created to recognize and celebrate educators and students for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia. More than 150 members of the technology and education community were on ...
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