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.
Dec. 16, 2020 • ~11 min
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How museums can reimagine themselves in the context of the climate crisis.
Nov. 18, 2020 • ~25 min
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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?
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.
Oct. 16, 2020 • ~5 min
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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.
July 31, 2020 • ~6 min
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As talk of recovery begins, it’s time to rethink the role of artificial intelligence in society.
July 20, 2020 • ~7 min
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Genetic information that could help finger the next infectious threat is stored in museums around the world.
June 24, 2020 • ~9 min
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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.
June 22, 2020 • ~8 min
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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.
June 9, 2020 • ~9 min
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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.
April 23, 2020 • ~9 min
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