This week, we learned that two UMBC student groups innovated and earned their place in the winning seats among four other USM student groups for creating a COVID-19 mobile app.

In today’s Industry News, we’ll take a look at the lingering problems of COVID-19 that are alarming scientists. We’ll also look at how a machine mutated to detect COVID-19, AI’s role in studying birds, and the geography of an early Mars.


COVID-19’s Lingering Problems Alarm Scientists

Distinct features of the virus, including its propensity to cause widespread inflammation and blood clotting, could play a role in the assortment of concerns now surfacing. “We’re seeing a really complex group of ongoing symptoms,” says Rachael Evans, a pulmonologist at the University of Leicester.

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How a DNA Test Machine Mutated to Find COVID-19 in 90 Minutes

The company, DnaNudge, won a 161-million pound ($211 million) order for 5,000 machines and a supply of cartridges to test patients for the new coronavirus in hundreds of the National Health Service hospitals.

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No More Bird Tagging Thanks to AI

A new breakthrough in the study of bird research has emerged making it easier to track their behavior without tagging. Researchers have built the first artificial intelligence tool capable of identifying individual small birds.

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Early Mars Was Covered in Ice Sheets

A large number of the valley networks scarring Mars’s surface were carved by water melting beneath glacial ice, not by free-flowing rivers as previously thought, according to new UBC research published today in Nature Geoscience. The findings effectively throw cold water on the dominant “warm and wet ancient Mars” hypothesis, which postulates that rivers, rainfall and oceans once existed on the red planet.

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