Insects are plentiful and inexpensive. Even when children aren't attending school in person, they can learn from the encounters they have with insects outside.
yesterday • ~5 min
Tags: innovation biodiversity insects bees science-education citizen-science quick-reads k-12-education invertebrates moths butterflies spiders stem-education arthropods outdoor-education environmental-education pandemic-education
Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19
Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.
Oct. 27, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: innovation coronavirus medicare telehealth medicaid ppe personal-protective-equipment healthcare-system infection prescribing healthcare-workers coronavirus-pandemic patients cares-act costs 2020 covid-testing
Immuneering uses bioinformatics to develop new medicines while also helping large pharmaceutical companies improve their treatments.
Oct. 26, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: health medicine genetics cancer startups biology rna alzheimers data disease research drug-development school-of-engineering innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie alumniae biological-engineering
Most plastic recycling produces low-value materials – but we've found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules
Plastic waste is a global problem. Now a chemist has developed a new strategy for breaking down the most common plastic so it can be not just recycled, but upcycled into desirable goods.
Oct. 23, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: environment pollution recycling plastic plastic-recycling plastic-waste innovation-and-invention plastic-bags
OSIRIS-REx will touch down on asteroid Bennu, collect a sample of the dust and begin its journey back to Earth, where scientists will study it, hoping to learn secrets of the solar system's origin.
Oct. 19, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: space astronomy solar-system nasa asteroid astrobiology innovation-and-invention bennu near-earth-asteroids sample-return-mission
Similar arrangements already support the National Park Service, the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.
Oct. 7, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: innovation climate-change carbon greenhouse-gases energy-transition philanthropy-and-nonprofits innovation-and-invention us-department-of-energy process-of-innovation foundations
Society has never faced more pressing challenges. Researchers are investigating how monetary prizes can help focus innovators' attention, creativity and investment on finding solutions.
Oct. 1, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: innovation nobel-prize science-awards innovation-and-invention process-of-innovation incentives grand-challenges prizes
One small part of a human antibody has the potential to work as a drug for both prevention and therapy of COVID-19
Antibodies are great for neutralizing viruses. But they are big and bulky. Antibody engineers are now creating smaller synthetic antibody-like molecules that may be better for fighting COVID-19.
Oct. 1, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: health medicine immune-system pandemic immunology sars-cov-2 covid-19-pandemic ace2 antibody innovation-and-invention covid-19-research
With 3% of science Nobels going to women and zero going to Black people, these awards are an extreme example of how certain demographics are underrepresented in STEM fields.
Sept. 29, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: women-in-stem nobel-prize women-in-science discrimination stereotypes stem-careers innovation-and-invention nobel-laureates imposter-syndrome underrepresented-students role-models leaky-stem-pipeline stem-role-models science-role-models racist-stereotypes
COVID-19 vaccines: Open source licensing could keep Big Pharma from making huge profits off taxpayer-funded research
Governments must embrace policies that promote sharing and collective invention to create and distribute a vaccine quickly.
Sept. 18, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: health medicine covid-19 pandemic vaccines sars-cov-2 open-source innovation-and-invention process-of-innovation
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