Meatpacking plants have been deadly COVID-19 hot spots – but policies that encourage workers to show up sick are legal

Thousands of workers at meat- and poultry-processing plants have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds have died. A legal scholar recommends ways to make their jobs safer.

Ruqaiijah Yearby, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Are we ready for takeoff? Harvard experts weigh in

Harvard scientists say airports are employing a layered approach to make air travel safer for those who must fly.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Feb. 12, 2021 ~6 min

How to protect children online without using tough rules and reprimands

Cultivating 'cyber-wisdom' could help children make smarter decisions online.

Tom Harrison, Reader, School of Education, University of Birmingham • conversation
Feb. 9, 2021 ~6 min

Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans

Food production in the US is heavily concentrated in the hands of a small number of large agribusiness companies. That's been good for shareholders, but not for consumers.

Mary Hendrickson, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, University of Missouri-Columbia • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~10 min

How some drugs can turn into a cancer-causing chemical in the body

A probable carcinogen known as NDMA can be created in a patient's drug or body even if there was no NDMA in the manufactured drug as it left the factory.

C. Michael White, Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut • conversation
Feb. 4, 2021 ~5 min

Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss

Pipeline companies have run roughshod over several regions where they're building, racking up safety and environmental violations. Many residents feel trapped, with no control over their property.

Martina Angela Caretta, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Lund University • conversation
Feb. 3, 2021 ~10 min

Making hardware 'open source' can help us fight future pandemics - here's how we get there

An 'open' approach to hardware could make production bottlenecks a thing of the past.

Julian Stirling, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics, University of Bath • conversation
Jan. 29, 2021 ~8 min

Americans have unrealistic expectations for a COVID-19 vaccine

Two in five Americans say they don't want a COVID-19 vaccine, which is a problem. Finding out what Americans do want from a vaccine might help.

Matt Motta, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~9 min

Why do smoke alarms keep going off even when there's no smoke?

An electrical engineer explains how smoke detectors work, and how to reduce the chances of a false positive.

MVS Chandrashekhar, Assistant professor of electrical engineering, University of South Carolina • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~5 min

Parents want parks to be fun and safe

Parents from diverse backgrounds want more than playgrounds and green spaces in their parks. They want safety, too.

Laura Oleniacz - NC State • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min