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Your Engineering Inspiration for Tuesday 07 July 2020

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:

A still image from a numerical simulation of a black-hole binary merger with asymmetric masses and orbital precession. Credit: N. Fischer, H. Pfeiffer, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration The smallest, most precise...
An unstable massive star has suddenly vanished from view, and astronomers aren’t sure if it collapsed into a black hole or is playing peek-a-boo behind galactic dust. The star was too far away to spot on its own, but it...
As researchers worldwide work toward a potential quantum internet, a major roadblock remains: How to build a device called a quantum repeater. Advances in quantum information science have brought on the possibility of a quantum internet—networks that carry information via...
In a world’s first, researchers in France and the U.S. have performed a pioneering experiment demonstrating “hybrid” quantum networking. The approach, which unites two distinct methods of encoding information in particles of light called photons, could eventually allow for more...
Anytime astronomers figure out a new way of looking for magnetic fields in ever more remote regions of the cosmos, inexplicably, they find them. These force fields — the same entities that emanate from fridge magnets — surround Earth, the...
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