A doctor shares 7 steps he'll review to decide when and where it's safe to go out and about

All states have relaxed social distancing to some degree, but there are few consistent guidelines for people to know how to stay safe. A doctor who specializes in immunology tells what he will do.

William Petri, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~3 min

Tags:  handwashing  coronavirus-2020  covid-19  social-distancing  staying-safe-amid-coronavirus-2020

We found 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their safe 'heat threshold'

Massive study looked at more than half a million trees in 813 forests across the tropics.

Martin Sullivan, Lecturer in Statistical Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change rainforests carbon-emissions global-warming rainforest amazon amazonia

Pairing lasers with microwaves makes mind-bogglingly accurate electronic clocks – a potential boon for GPS, cell phones and radar

Researchers have made some of the most accurate clocks imaginable in recent years, but the trick is harnessing those clocks to electronics. Using lasers to tune microwaves bridges the gap.

Franklyn Quinlan, Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: gps astronomy dark-matter physics microwave black-holes gravity metrology radar power-grid atomic-clocks frequency laser cell-phones

Humanizing the coronavirus as an invisible enemy is human nature

Thinking of SARS-CoV-2 as an invisible enemy with an evil personality and humanlike motivations is a natural offshoot of the way people evolved to anthropomorphize so as not to overlook threats.

Stewart Guthrie, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Fordham University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: anthropology cognitive-science faces coronavirus viruses anthropomorphism david-hume cognitive-psychology covid-19 sars-cov-2

SpaceX reaches for milestone in spaceflight – a private company launches astronauts into orbit

SpaceX's launch of astronauts to the International Space Station will make it the first private company to launch humans to space. The effort has ramifications for NASA and spaceflight in general.

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  space  nasa  space-travel  space-shuttle  spacex  iss  space-tourism  international-space-station  boeing  elon-musk  virgin-galactic  blue-origin  project-artemis

Should you fly yet? An epidemiologist and an exposure scientist walk you through the decision process

Fear of flying means something altogether different in the age of the new coronavirus. Now the biggest concern is how to keep from becoming infected. If you must fly, here are some things to consider.

Paloma Beamer, Associate Professor of Public Health, University of Arizona • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19

Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: politics united-states spain democracy policy italy germany health coronavirus viruses mortality countries covid-19 social-distancing

Working from home: Twitter reveals why we’re embracing it

#WFH? It seems a lot of people have quickly become used to it.

Simon Thorne, Senior Lecturer in Computing and ​Information Systems, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  social-media  twitter  coronavirus  working-from-home  lockdown  zoom  covid-pandemic

Coronavirus: how to beat anxiety when going back to work

There comes a point when we just have to let it go and give up control.

Olivia Remes, Mental health researcher, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: depression anxiety health-anxiety coronavirus-2020 covid-19

How to lower your coronavirus risk while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert

It's hard to eat while wearing a face mask, and social distancing isn't easy in restaurants' normally tight quarters. An infectious disease expert offers some tips on what to look for to stay safe.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: economy food pandemic health cdc coronavirus restaurants disease-transmission covid-19 social-distancing

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