Museum specimens could help fight the next pandemic – why preserving collections is crucial to future scientific discoveries

Specimen preservation means researchers don't need to reinvent the wheel each time they ask a new question, making it critical for the advancement of science. But many specimens are discarded or lost.

Bryan McLean, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina – Greensboro • conversation
Dec. 16, 2020 ~11 min

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Climate crisis: how museums could inspire radical action

How museums can reimagine themselves in the context of the climate crisis.

Rodney Harrison, Professor of Heritage Studies, UCL • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~25 min

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Delinquent electric bills from the pandemic are coming due – who will pay them?

Many Americans have been unable to pay their electric bills during the COVID-19 pandemic, racking up billions of dollars in delinquent bills. Where will the money come from?

Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, University of Florida • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~9 min

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Rural health cooperatives are challenged by connectivity and social distancing -- but are innovating

The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues of connectivity and access, but providers and patients are finding creative solutions.

Amanda Phillips Martinez, Assistant Project Director, Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Video: Who controls pandemic data?

A White House decision to take over collection of COVID-19 data from the CDC sparked worries over political interference. A public data expert talks about the importance of transparent public data.

Julia Lane, Professor of Economics, New York University • conversation
July 31, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus: how the pandemic has exposed AI’s limitations

As talk of recovery begins, it’s time to rethink the role of artificial intelligence in society.

Kathy Peach, Head of the Centre for Collective Intelligence Design, Nesta • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics

Genetic information that could help finger the next infectious threat is stored in museums around the world.

Richard Yanagihara, Professor of Pediatrics and Principal Investigator, Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, University of Hawaii • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~9 min

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AI could help solve the privacy problems it has created

Artificial intelligence insatiable data needs has encouraged the mass collection of personal data, placing privacy at risk. But AI can help solve the very problem it creates.

Aryya Gangopadhyay, Professor, Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~8 min

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Workplaces are turning to devices to monitor social distancing, but does the tech respect privacy?

Smartphone apps and wearable devices can tell when workers have been within six feet of each other, promising to help curb the coronavirus. But they're not all the same when it comes to privacy.

Ari Trachtenberg, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Computer Science, Boston University • conversation
June 9, 2020 ~9 min

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Scientists are working to protect invaluable living collections during coronavirus lockdowns

From fungi and flies to spiders and fish, living collections need care and feeding even when their human keepers are dealing with a pandemic and its resultant social distancing.

Rita Rio, Professor of Biology, West Virginia University • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~9 min

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