The tech revolution in the travel world, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is at once marvelous and invasive of your privacy. Apps, facial recognition, and smart products can make air transit and border crossings more convenient. Their touch-free and skip-the-line elements may help keep you safer from illness-causing viruses.
A gloved security staffer scans a traveler’s smartphone inside of Greece’s Athens International Airport on September 17, 2020.
New tech may also speed up the return to normal travel, like the the World Economic Forum and The Commons Project collaboration CommonPass initiative, which aims to allow governments to validate individuals’ COVID testing and, eventually, vaccination credentials.
But such innovation comes with some risks. For a cautionary tale about travel technology and data security, look no further than a recent episode involving former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who posted a photo of
Infectious viruses come in many shapes and sizes and use slightly different attack mechanisms to make humans and animals sick. But all viruses share something in common: They can only do damage by replicating inside the cells of another organism — their host.
This broad, fundamental process of how viruses trick host cells into making copies of the virus has had a team of Colorado State University scientists captivated for several years. A collaboration between the labs of Monfort Professor Tim Stasevich, in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Associate Professor Brian Munsky, in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is on a mission to understand, in visual detail and with mathematical precision, all aspects of viral attack strategies, including how viruses invade host cell protein-making machinery. Their work, supported by grants from the National Institute of General Medicine and the W. M. Keck Foundation, could provide