The Daily Dose: Massive Open Science deal shows there is hope

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The University of California announced that it has reached an amazing open access deal with publishing giant Springer Nature. According to the agreement, the publisher’s flagship publication, Nature, will be freely available. There’s more. As per Science, “The new deal is notable, in part, because it includes Nature, one of the world’s most prominent journals, as well as highly selective sister titles in the Nature Research group, which total 148 journals.” This wonderful negotiation shows that there is hope for an open access future.

Here’s a little more on yesterday’s important dexamethasone revelation. Even though it appears to go against the World Health Organization’s warning against using steroids during COVID-19 infection (because they suppress the immune system), scientists believe they may know why it is effective. According to Anthony Fauci, “the pattern of response — with a greater impact on severe COVID-19 and no effect on mild infections — matches the notion that a hyperactive immune response is more likely to be harmful in long-term, serious infections.” The discovery further reinforces the notion that the medical community still has ways to go in understanding SARS-CoV-2.

A recent study published in PLOS One investigated the correlation between resting heart rate (RHR) and cardiovascular mortality. The authors utilized data from the UK BIOBANK. They found that there was a positive correlation and that RHR was more indicative of future disease in men. “RHR is an independent predictor of mortality, with variation by sex, age, and disease. Ischaemic disease appeared a more important driver of this relationship in men, and associations were more pronounced at younger ages.” All the more reason to take that walk, go for a run, or start cutting the fast food from the diet.

If you thought flying too close to the sun would melt everything, you are mistaken (sort of). First NASA’s Parker Solar Probe performed a close fly-by. Now the European Space Agency has taken a stab at it. “The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter probe just made its first close approach of the Sun, getting within 77 million kilometers (47.8 million miles) of the star’s surface — about half the distance between Earth and the Sun.” The European probe breaks NASA’s record for closest fly-by.

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