The Hoff Crab and Less COVID-19 Cases

Hi, everyone. Welcome to a new week. I hope that at this point you are transitioning to our new lives and becoming more comfortable with your routine, or, at least finding a routine that works for you. Here is today’s update with developments that occurred over the weekend.

MARINE BIOLOGY
Animals that live in hydrothermal vent ecosystems must be highly adapted to their environment. Given the high temperatures, extreme pressures, and a variety of chemicals, the animals are very unique. This includes the Hoff crab, a crab named after David Hasselhoff, because of… well, I’ll let you guess why.

Natural History Museum, London: Life at hydrothermal vents
NatGeo: Deep-sea creature incubates eggs on hydrothermal vents
BBC: ‘Hoff crab’ gets formal scientific name
Bonus: Phys.org: Microplastics found in a quarter of San Diego estuary fish

COVID-19
Worldwide, cases continue to rise exponentially, but there is good news. Both the number of cases and deaths have decreased in Italy, arguably the hardest hit country by the pandemic thus far. Is this a sign of things to come or just a blip on the radar? Switzerland has also seen a similar trend. A very interesting scientific development is that some scientists have observed many COVID-19 patients lose their sense of smell. It could be another indicator that a person is infected. Canada and Australia have pulled out of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. More to come? San Diego-based 1,000-bed USNS Mercy is docking in Los Angeles to aid non-coronavirus patients in the events that hospitals get overwhelmed. Beach and park parking lots owned by the City of San Diego are now closed. Don’t let the parks in your town close by and practice social distancing.

#flattenthecurve,
Mr. Nandi

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