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January 27, 2021
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The New York Times

If you squeeze the coronavirus, does it shatter?

Decades of work have reaffirmed that the virus assembly process is extraordinarily fickle. Tweak one variable and the whole contraption falls apart, or never forms. That frailty is exactly what many researchers are counting on. Adam Zlotnick, a biophysicist at Indiana University Bloomington, specializes in disrupting virus assembly. An obvious strategy, he said, would be to introduce a drug or other treatment to slow or stop the building of new viruses. But he and his colleagues have found that using drugs to speed up the process can also prove disastrous. Unable to wriggle into the proper configuration, or to correct initial errors, the virus's bits and pieces might glue together improperly, layering mistakes atop mistakes until the entire structure is malformed. "If you make it go a little bit faster, that's bad, you get more virus," said Dr. Zlotnick, who compared the acceleration to the chaos that might unfold if an assembly line was moving too fast. "But a lot faster? It's going to screw up and make defective particles."


Why you should double-mask to prevent COVID-19 (and how to do it)

"The more layers, the more barriers you can put between yourself and the virus, the better off you're going to be," said Thomas Duszynski, the director of epidemiology education at Indiana University's Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (at IUPUI). ... In general, the more layers your masks have, the better off you -- and the people around you -- will be. Studies have found that masks with multiple layers can block 50% to 70% of small droplets. When it comes to cloth masks, evidence suggests three layers of tightly woven fabric are the way to go. "The more layers you have covering your nose and mouth means less virus you're able to disseminate into the population. And then the more layers you have between you and the environment, the fewer viral particles are going to get into your system," said Duszynski, who recommends double-masking when going indoors where other people will be. 

Kaiser Health News

'We're not controlling it in our schools’: Covid safety lapses abound across US

KHN also found that practices contradicting safety experts' advice are codified into the patchwork of covid rules put out by states and districts. For instance, about half of states don't require masks for all students -- including 11 that have exempted schoolchildren of various ages from mandatory masks, with New Hampshire excluding all K-12 students. Districts can craft stricter rules than their states but often don't. "The response to the virus has been politicized," said Dr. Chandy John, an expert in pediatric infectious diseases at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "There's a willingness to ignore data and facts and go with whatever you're hearing from the internet or from political leaders who don't have any scientific knowledge."

PBS NewsHour

VIDEO: Indian farmers converge on Delhi to protest agricultural deregulation

Despite Modi's reassurances, there could be some hard truths facing Indian farmers, as they have elsewhere in the world. I reached Sumit Ganguly, distinguished professor of political science at Indiana University. Sumit Ganguly: "The family farm in the United States is a kind of a romantic ideal anymore. It's unsustainable. But this is how the world has evolved. And I'm afraid that evolution is now coming to India. Over the longer haul, one could see a more successful agricultural bounty. But it will probably come at some cost. A number of these small farmers, they will probably get wiped out."

The Indianapolis Star

Adams Street homicides were sixth mass shooting in Indianapolis in 15 years

Investigators are still piecing together what exactly happened early Sunday that led to the fatal shooting of five people, including a pregnant woman, in the 3500 block of Adams Street. ... The tragic killings marked the sixth mass shooting in Indianapolis over the last 15 years. They also might serve as a jolt for anyone who believed Indianapolis left the record-breaking streak of violence in the rearview mirror of 2020. "When you wake up on Sunday morning and you read The Star," said Jim White, a retired state trooper and former public safety lecturer at IUPUI, "well that sends a message: this city is dangerous, this city is out of control. And perception is reality, whether it is true or not." ... Following the tragedy on Adams Street, White is hopeful for the awakening of another partnership to solve more killings. "Maybe, hopefully, this is a turning point for the city," White said. 


Glenn Close kept all of her Cruella de Vil costumes from 101 Dalmatians: 'It was in my contract'

When (Pete) Davidson asked if (Glenn Close) was able to keep Cruella's "fabulous" wardrobe -- which featured capes, fur coats, bold prints and, of course, the villain's signature red cigarette holder, the actress revealed, "I got in my contract that I got to keep all my costumes that I wore in the movie. Then when they found out how expensive they were, they were unhappy that it was in my contract. They wanted to make another copy, another set, for me," she continued. "I said no. So I have all the Cruella costumes from both movies ... in fact i have a huge costume collection that's now at Indiana University. It thrills me because I consider costumers as important a collaboration as the director, frankly."

The Indianapolis Star

Adams Street shooting: What Indiana law says about killing an unborn child

A person convicted of fetal homicide may see an additional six to 20 years in their sentence. The law does not apply to legal abortions. In the Sunday shooting, that means prosecutors can try for six counts of murder in the death of the five adults and the unborn fetus, according to Novella Nedeff, a clinical associate professor at Indiana University's (Robert H. McKinney) School of Law (at IUPUI). "There could be six counts of murder filed, even for a juvenile," she said. She added if the suspect is also believed to be the person who shot the juvenile male believed to be the lone survivor in the incident, an attempted murder charge could also come into play. 

Inside Indiana Business

Per capita income grows in South Bend-Elkhart region

The South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership says per capita personal income continues to grow in the region, but at a slower rate than in recent years and not as quickly as the country. The nonprofit's report, which is based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, found that from 2018 to 2019, PCPI in the region grew 1.5%, compared to the nation's rate of 3.5% and the region's 3.7% growth between 2017 and 2018. According to the report, more than $34.5 billion of total personal income circulated in the region's five counties in 2019, an increase of over $500 million of total personal income compared to 2018. "Putting the data in a national context, the South Bend-Elkhart region's per capita personal incomes are below the national averages, possibly due to a lower cost of living," said Indiana University South Bend Professor of Economics Dr. Hong Zhuang. "And the local income growth rates are also lower than the national average growth rate."

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