TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?

Anjana Susarla, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: social-media politics donald-trump activism political-activism black-lives-matter campaigning k-pop filter-bubble tiktok political-campaigns

National parks – even Mount Rushmore – show that there's more than one kind of patriotism

President Trump is scheduled to appear at an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on July 3. For some, this event will symbolize love of country. Others will see it very differently.

Jennifer Ladino, Professor of English, University of Idaho • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 donald-trump japanese-internment-camps california us-history national-parks patriotism reconciliation independence-day july-4 south-dakota

Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic

The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.

Heidi Peltier, Research Professor in Political Science; Faculty Research Fellow at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: energy environment conservation politics funding donald-trump economy jobs parks trump-administration research clean-energy forestry job-creation environmental-protections

Could pressure for COVID-19 drugs lead the FDA to lower its standards?

The FDA has sped up its approval process for coronavirus treatments, creating a new division to expedite the regulatory process. But is safety being sidelined for speed?

Leigh Turner, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics, School of Public Health, & College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  donald-trump  fda  food-and-drug-administration  hydroxychloroquine  clinical-trials  oversight

Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19: A new review of several studies shows flaws in research and no benefit

Our expert assessed all the controlled studies so far on hydroxychloroquine. His findings may surprise you.

C. Michael White, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  donald-trump  viruses  hydroxychloroquine  clinical-trials

Coronavirus reminds you of death – and amplifies your core values, both bad and good

It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.

Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus death psychology pandemic social-psychology donald-trump fear sars-cov-2 covid-19-pandemic behavior attitudes fear-of-death fears existential-anxiety

To safely explore the solar system and beyond, spaceships need to go faster – nuclear-powered rockets may be the answer

An update of 50-year-old regulations has kickstarted research into the next generation of rockets. Powered by nuclear fission, these new systems could be the key to faster, safer exploration of space.

Iain Boyd, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space nasa mars donald-trump space-shuttle moon apollo-11 space-exploration voyager future rockets darpa nuclear-fission

Lethargic global response to COVID-19: How the human brain's failure to assess abstract threats cost us dearly

Human beings have difficulty assessing distant threats.

Cristian Capotescu, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Michigan • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  donald-trump  spanish-flu  trump-administration  risk-assessment  catastrophe

Defunding the WHO was a calculated decision, not an impromptu tweet

Trump pulling US funding from WHO served to deflect blame from his own bungled handling of coronavirus.

Luke Allen, Researcher, Global Health Policy, University of Oxford • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus donald-trump world-health-organization-who america

What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on anti-vaxxers?

Vocal vaccine critics may not find the audience they're looking for while the pandemic rages.

Samantha Vanderslott, Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Sciences, University of Oxford • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus donald-trump vaccination anti-vaxxers

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