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

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 No...
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$35,000 dollars to design a space toilet

$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...
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CTBTO reports unusual nuclear particles near the Baltic Sea

CTBTO reports unusual nuclear particles near the Baltic Sea
Radiation sensors in Stockholm have detected higher-than-usual levels of isotopes produced by nuclear fission, probably from somewhere on or near the Baltic Sea, a body running a worldwide network of the sensors said on Friday. The level of isotopes is not considered harmful at this time but the source still needs to be identified. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBT...
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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 th...
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Giant Cane Toad Warning

Giant Cane Toad Warning
The yellowish-brown cane toads, also known as bufo, marine, or giant toads, are making an appearance in South Florida after the recent heavy rains stirred them up from their burrows and gave them plenty of water to breed in. These animals are not native to Florida and are a poisonous invasive species. Large Rhinella marina  specimen. How did the Giant Cane Toad get here? This species ...
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Georgia Rankings for COVID-19

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 ...
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Trump disappointed as Chloroquine treatment study must be stopped due to COVID Patient deaths.

Trump disappointed as Chloroquine treatment study must be stopped due to COVID Patient deaths.
One of the most fervent supporters of Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine has been the President of the United States. President Trump has touted the drug as being a "game-changer" and his overwhelming support of its use in COVID-19 as a successful treatment has caused the US to import the drug in high quantities. Medical staff shows on February 26, 2020 at the IHU Mediterranee Infection Ins...
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#COVID19GA Update

#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...
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Can’t Smell?- You should stay home- Here’s Why!

Can’t Smell?- You should stay home- Here’s Why!
Anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, and ageusia, an accompanying diminished sense of taste, have emerged as peculiar telltale signs of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and possible markers of infection. Doctor groups are recommending testing and isolation for people who lose their ability to smell and taste, even if they have no other symptoms of COVID-19 infection. The A...
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Digital Learning Days- Micro Course from #GADOE

Digital Learning Days- Micro Course from #GADOE
We are honored to have Carrie Siegmund from NEGA RESA, a Google Certified Educator and #LON19 cohort member to give us a weekly resource for Digital Learning. This week, she has chosen to highlight: #GADOE Digital Learning GaDOE Just in Time for Teacher: Digital Learning Days Micro-Course that "introduces digital learning basics and assists in planning for digital learning days"...
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COVID-19 Math

COVID-19 Math
Below, you will find Covid-19 Math data tables, graphs and calculations related to #COVID19GA and #COVID19. The presentation below is just a running loop of those same images. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. All data comes from Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). To access the Google ...
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10 Ideas under 10 Dollars For Homeschooling Little STEM scientists during COVID-19

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....
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Can COVID-19 be transmitted from pregnant mothers to their unborn babies?

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 ni...
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#COVID19GA Update

#COVID19GA Update
See Also: Georgia COVID Map and COVID Math See Also: Mapping the COVID-19 Outbreak and COVID Misconceptions To receive a daily email with 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. We don't do SnapChat or TikTok but if you would be interested...
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#COVID19 Convalescent plasma as a potential therapy for COVID-19

#COVID19 Convalescent plasma as a potential therapy for COVID-19
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 b...
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#COVID19GA MAP

#COVID19GA MAP
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Does Plague, Inc. give Gamers an advantage when responding to COVID-19?

Does Plague, Inc. give Gamers an advantage when responding to COVID-19?
During a conference call with all the GeorgiaSTEM contributors a few days ago, our Curriculum Director, Dr. Kelly Cassidy, was on the call and her teenage son walked by. We were discussing how to best prepare educational materials for the virus and make it accessible to everyone from teenagers with limited knowledge but also give some deeper information to readers with some experience in virolog...
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Identification is Vital | #TestingMatters | #FlattenTheCurve

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. ...
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Flu vs COVID-19: Facts and Figures

Flu vs COVID-19: Facts and Figures
You’ve seen it on social media, heard it at school, or maybe even said it yourself (gasp). "The flu has killed thousands of people, why does it matter if 30 people have died of this new virus” the line goes. “This new virus is not any more dangerous than the flu” or "People are overreacting". It is understandable that people are grasping to attach COVID to something they know and underst...
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