New treatments for COVID-19 may stave off the worst effects of the virus

Medications to treat COVID-19 are in no way a substitute for the vaccine. But under the right circumstances, some show great promise for helping patients.

Patrick Jackson, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Virginia • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

Facebook's algorithms fueled massive foreign propaganda campaigns during the 2020 election – here's how algorithms can manipulate you

You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray, something organized disinformation campaigns count on.

Filippo Menczer, Luddy Distinguished Professor of Informatics and Computer Science, Indiana University • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

How many stars are there in space?

Scientists have a good estimate on the staggering number of stars in the universe.

Brian Jackson, Associate Professor of Astronomy, Boise State University • conversation
yesterday ~5 min

Louisianans' way of life on the coast is threatened by the very plans meant to save their wetlands and barrier islands from rising seas

As the state copes with hurricanes and climate disasters, it is figuring out how to manage the slow-motion loss of its coastal land. But its plans could endanger the cultures that define the region.

Craig E. Colten, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Louisiana State University • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city and everyone in it – possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom

New research suggests that fire from the sky in the form of a small asteroid annihilated a city near the Dead Sea 3,600 years ago.

Christopher R. Moore, Archaeologist and Special Projects Director at the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program and South Carolina Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

Pinpointing the role of climate change in every storm is impossible – and a luxury most countries can't afford

Rapid attribution studies reveal climate change’s influence on the weather, but they’re expensive and time-consuming.

Luke Harrington, Senior Research Fellow in Climate Science, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

FDA panel recommends limiting Pfizer booster shots to Americans 65 and older, and those at high risk of severe COVID-19

An FDA panel has voted against recommending approval of a booster COVID-19 shot for the general population – disappointing some public health officials.

Matthew Woodruff, Instructor of Human Immunology, Emory University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2021 ~6 min

Biden urges countries to slash methane emissions 30% – here's why it's crucial for protecting climate and health, and how it can pay for itself

A large amount of methane emissions come from natural gas infrastructure and landfills – all problems companies know how to fix.

Drew Shindell, Professor of Climate Sciences, Duke University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2021 ~10 min

Are COVID-19 boosters ethical, with half the world waiting for a first shot? A bioethicist weighs in

Scientists debate the medical benefits of booster shots. But there’s another aspect to consider: bioethics.

Nancy S. Jecker, Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington • conversation
Sept. 17, 2021 ~8 min

Sir Clive Sinclair: even his failures were prescient inventions

The mass-market computer pioneer leaves behind a legacy of accessible, far-sighted if not always successful products.

Mike Reddy, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, University of South Wales • conversation
Sept. 17, 2021 ~7 min