Once there’s a COVID-19 vaccine, who’ll get access?

"...it's wrong to think that a [COVID-19 vaccine] will be a flick-of-a-switch solution that saves the entire world at once."

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 vaccines money featured health-and-medicine

How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.

Carolee Bull, Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 insects soil plants fungi viruses integrated-pest-management gardening nematodes weeds land-grant-universities plant-health victory-garden

Once there’s a COVID vaccine, who’ll get access?

"...it's wrong to think that a [COVID-19 vaccine] will be a flick-of-a-switch solution that saves the entire world at once."

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 vaccines money featured health-and-medicine

Coronavirus: Testing sewage an 'easy win'

Wastewater analysis could provide localised Covid-19 test results much earlier than at present.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
July 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  coronavirus-pandemic

Blindsight: a strange neurological condition that could help explain consciousness

Some blind people seem to be able to see without being conscious of it.

Henry Taylor, Birmingham Fellow in Philosophy, University of Birmingham • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: brain neuroscience perception consicousness

‘Ultrafast’ insulin may be 4X speedier than the regular stuff

A new formula for ultrafast insulin could work in much less time than the current stuff, according to research with pigs.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: diabetes insulin materials-science polymers drug-development featured health-and-medicine

What did ‘all men are created equal’ mean in 1776?

We tend to interpret "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence to mean individual equality. That's not right, says historian Jack Rakove.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history holidays united-states government democracy slavery featured society-and-culture

Climate change: why farmers are among our best guides for making sense of topsy-turvy weather

Farmer interviews offer a rich and detailed perspective on extreme weather and climate change.

Paul Merchant, Oral Historian and Researcher, British Library • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture farming drought extreme-weather farmers oral-history

Nanogaps between gold electrodes emit lots of light

Physicists have observed surprisingly strong light and high heat from nanogaps between plasmonic electrodes, particularly those made of gold.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nanotechnology light gold science-and-technology plasmons

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