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Your Engineering Inspiration for Monday 25 January 2021

At ENGins, our curators are picking out the best stories covering the engineering response to Covid-19. To find out about work that's being carried out in your discipline, just navigate to the website and ensure your preferences are reflected in your customisation settings.

Stories from this week query what it is that tech companies are hoping to get out of the pandemic; cover recent strides in treatment development (from a cheap steroid to tiny sponges); outline details on the robots that are being enlisted to help disinfect hospitals; introduce us to the enzyme at the centre of the mystery (ACE2); and discuss the increased importance of lecturerstudent relationships during the pandemic.

And if you haven't yet taken a look at the New York Times' brilliant piece, How You Should Read Coronavirus Studies, or Any Science Paper, now is as good a time as any.

Very best,

Rose Grey
Managing Editor

Last weeks's top headlines:

Researchers at the University of Wyoming have shown how to easily and cheaply convert coal powder into graphite using just copper foil, glass containers and a standard microwave oven. With the demand for coal declining due to climate change, this...
Toxicologists are expressing concern that exposure to per- or poly-fluorinated substances (PFASs) can increase a person’s likelihood of developing severe Covid-19. There are also warning that PFASs could also diminish the effectiveness of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. A...
A rare mineral that has allowed Roman concrete marine barriers to survive for more than 2,000 years has been found in the thick concrete walls of a decommissioned nuclear power plant in Japan. According to researchers at Nagoya University, the...
President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Broad Institute mathematician and geneticist Eric Lander to serve as the Presidential Science Advisor and to head the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For the first time in history, the science advisor...
The 2019-20 National Basketball Association season was suspended for over 140 days after a player tested positive for the coronavirus. But once play resumed in late July, no other players tested positive. The league was able to evade the virus...
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