Tips for living online – lessons from six months of the COVID-19 pandemic

From setting passwords to cultivating patience, a mindful approach to virtual working, studying and socializing can make life online manageable.

Pamela Scott Bracey, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~8 min

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Challenge trials for a coronavirus vaccine are unethical – except for in one unlikely scenario

Challenge trials – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.

Ben Bramble, Visiting Fellow, Princeton University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ethics risk pandemic philosophy vaccines sars-cov-2 viruses lockdown bioethics essential-workers

Coronavirus: the pandemic is changing our brains – here are the remedies

Whether you had COVID-19 or just stressed out about getting it, your brain's hippocampus may have shrunk in the last few months.

Deniz Vatansever, Junior Principal Investigator, Fudan University • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  brain  neuroscience  covid-19  depression  anxiety  psychology  coronavirus-2020  lockdown

Coronavirus lockdown will have 'negligible' impact on the climate – new study

My research shows we'll need transformative change not just temporary lockdowns for COVID-19 to make much difference to the climate.

Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change; Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-emissions coronavirus lockdown climate-science greenhouse-gas-emissions

Coronavirus lockdown reduced seismic activity around the world – new study

Measuring seismic noice could show whether people are following future lockdown measures.

Stephen Hicks, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seismology, Imperial College London • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Renewable energy supply and demand during lockdown – and the best time to bake bread

Consumers can play their part in reducing carbon emissions by choosing to shift their energy use to when renewable generation is at its daily peak.

Timur Yunusov, Postdoctoral Researcher on Flexibility in Energy Demand, University of Reading • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: lockdown uk-energy renewable-energy national-grid carbon-intensity energy-demand

Noisy humans make birds sleep with one eye open – but lockdown offered a reprieve

Noise pollution can cause long-term stress and harm to wildlife.

Graeme Shannon, Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds sleep wildlife lockdown noise-pollution coastal-ecosystems

Coronavirus: why it's dangerous to blindly 'follow the science' when there's no consensus yet

If expert advice on the pandemic turns out to be wrong, it will have dire consequences for how reliable scientific evidence is treated in other policy areas, such as climate change.

Eric Winsberg, Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of South Florida • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change covid-19 coronavirus-2020 lockdown peer-review covid-19-lockdown scientific-publishing philosophy-of-science

Four ways people stuck at home became armchair naturalists during lockdown

Citizen scientists have helped researchers track the changing environment during the pandemic.

Jordan Patrick Cuff, PhD Candidate in Biosciences, Cardiff University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus citizen-science air-pollution lockdown urban-wildlife spiders

Coronavirus: the psychological impact of 'shielding' indoors – and how to move on

Many people who shielding during the coronavirus pandemic will need help to step forward and reclaim life.

Jo Daniels, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Bath • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: psychology medical-care coronavirus-2020 self-isolation lockdown

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