Exoplanets Featured in Latest Edition of Webb Telescope Virtual Reality Experience

Upgrades in the new edition of WebbVR—the virtual reality program that is based on the scientific capabilities of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope—include interactive exoplanet detection, additional detail in the solar system experience, and Spanish translations. WebbVR works on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and is available for free download on Steam and Viveport.

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How Cedars-Sinai Predicts Number of COVID-19 Patients

When the novel coronavirus started spreading across the U.S., hospital leaders were faced with a unique challenge: How could they accurately forecast the number of patients who would need hospitalization when no one knew what to expect from this new disease? To answer this and other questions, the data science team at Cedars-Sinai developed a machine learning platform to predict staffing needs. The team adjusted the platform’s algorithms to forecast data points related to the novel coronavirus. Now the platform tracks local hospitalization volumes and the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases, running multiple forecasting models to help anticipate and prepare for increasing COVID-19 patient volumes with an 85%-95% degree of accuracy.

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Cancer, COVID and the Kentucky Economy: How ‘Sweet Annie’ Could Make an Impact

Used as a medicinal herb for centuries, Artemisia annua contains powerful compounds that make it a popular treatment for malaria. But with lab research showing these compounds may help treat a variety of cancers and even COVID-19, this plant is more relevant than ever — and UK is showing how we can take it from Kentucky fields to the research lab to our patients.

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