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What the coronavirus does to the body, explained simply

The coronavirus is able to gain entry into cells by using the protein ACE-2 as a receptor that then unlocks the cell to the invading virus. Once inside, the virus uses your own cell to reproduce, eventually busting out of the cell and spreading.

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Pandemic readiness: CDC guidelines

Your hands are a conduit for infection: wash them (20 seconds, with water) and keep them off your face (eyes, mouth, nose are all portals for the infection to enter your body).

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What is a coronavirus?

As the disease has spread, patients are now reporting they’ve not been anywhere near the animal markets, which means the infection is now being transmitted from person to person.

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Drones: some background

Right now you can buy a drone with a camera, 30 minutes of battery life, and a range of about four miles for about $1,000, making them a cheap alternative for endless applications.

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What is Lou Gehrig’s disease?

The brain sends out signals based on information it receives from the world and from inside the body. The signals travel via the spinal cord to the motor neurons which fire muscles that allow us to move and react according to the messages sent from the brain. In Lou Gehrig’s disease (or ALS) this is disrupted.

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E. coli, just enough information

Bacteria make a virulent factor called a Shiga toxin that undermines our immune system while helping it to get passed along to another host.

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Global warming and the carbon tax solution

The earth is heated by the energy from the sun, and cools down by releasing radiation back into space. Incoming and outgoing energy have to be in balance if the temperature of the earth is to remain constant.

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What is the dark web?

Dark, creepy, anonymous. Illegal activity. It’s all true. Here are the basics.

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A list of bad scooter accidents

A 26-year-old woman was riding a Bird scooter, applied the brakes–they didn’t work–and she crashed into a brick wall. She had a head injury, concussion, and laceration. Unfortunately she’s not alone.

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A quick pass at Artificial Intelligence

It’s probably not the closing of factories that has had the biggest effect on job loss in recent years. What is artificial intelligence and why is it taking over our jobs?

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Doxxing: a few recent examples

As marches became violent in Charlottesville, Twitter user @YesYoureRacist to identify “Nazis marching in Charlottesville.” Within minutes, names, addresses, employment locations and more were made public.