FEATHERED DINOSAUR • HUMAN RIGHTS & THE PANDEMIC • PRIMARIES & THE PANDEMIC • DISASTERS & POLITICS • HIV STUDY

FEATHERED DINOSAUR • HUMAN RIGHTS & THE PANDEMIC • PRIMARIES & THE PANDEMIC • DISASTERS & POLITICS • HIV STUDY

FEATHERED DINOSAUR • HUMAN RIGHTS & THE PANDEMIC • PRIMARIES & THE PANDEMIC • DISASTERS & POLITICS • HIV STUDY

Feathered dinosaur
          Researchers have discovered the fossils of a feathered dinosaur in New Mexico, thought to be one of the last surviving raptors at the end of the age of dinosaurs. The dinosaur, Dineobellator notohesperus, is estimated to have been 3.5 feet tall and 6-7 feet long. “We hope that the more we search, the better chance we have of finding more of Dineobellator or the other dinosaurs it lived alongside,” Steven Jasinski of the University of Pennsylvania said. (Additional information for news editors)

• Human rights & the pandemic
          With emergency pandemic procedures being implemented around the world, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, suggests remaining vigilant on how governments could be violating human rights. “The U.N. needs to be right in the middle of this, coordinating the response and not fearful of the major powers, which is what it seems to be suffering from at the moment, and I wish it were not the case,” said Hussein, a scholar-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania. (Additional information for news editors)

• Primaries & the pandemic
          With an upcoming presidential election looming, the COVID-19 pandemic could have serious effects on primaries, traditional campaigning and canvassing activities and voter turnout. “Digital campaigning will be more important as people consume more Facebook, Twitter, and Hulu during this time of social distancing,” Marc Meredith, a political scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, said. (Additional information for news editors)

• Disasters & politics
          With the COVID-19 pandemic potentially causing an economic crisis, historian Brent Cebul of the University of Pennsylvania suggests revisiting policies implemented during the Great Depression. “When you have conservatives readily agreeing to a $2 trillion bailout package, now is not the time for anybody to be negotiating against themselves,” he said. “There is a window of opportunity here where politicians can make big asks.” (Additional information for news editors)

• HIV study
          While effective methods of treating HIV’s negative effects on the body have been developed, medical advances haven’t progressed as far in reducing the cognitive impacts. To move things forward, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created a laboratory model system using three of the types of brain cells thought to be involved. “The power of this system is it allows us to look at the interaction between different cell types of human origin in a way that is more relevant to patients than other models,” Kelly Jordan-Sciutto of Penn’s dental school said. (Additional information for news editors)

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