Hospitals are near their limits – computer models can help keep their doors open

Faced unexpected rises in COVID-19 admissions, computer models can help senior managers plan the use of hospital beds.

Gillian Hopkins Anderson, Research Associate, Management Science, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, University of Strathclyde • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~6 min

 hospitals  coronavirus-insights  computer-modelling

Earth has stayed habitable for billions of years – exactly how lucky did we get?

I simulated the climate on 100,000 exoplanets to find out.

Toby Tyrrell, Professor of Earth System Science, University of Southampton • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~7 min

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Earth has stayed habitable for billions of years – just how lucky did we get?

I simulated the climate on 100,000 exoplanets to find out.

Toby Tyrrell, Professor of Earth System Science, University of Southampton • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~7 min

exoplanets climate-change

Figs show that nonnative species can invade ecosystems by forming unexpected partnerships

As invasive species transform the world, frontline agencies take solace that species needing unique partners can’t invade alone. A new study on figs shows they may find new partners to invade anyway.

Jared Bernard, Ph.D. Candidate in Entomology, University of Hawaii • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~9 min

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Tooth or consequences: Even during a pandemic avoiding the dentist can be bad for your oral health

Even during COVID-19, there are ways to keep your teeth healthy.

Andrew J. Corsaro, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Dentistry, University of Florida • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

 covid-19  pandemic  dental-care  oral-health  telemedicine  tooth-decay  dentist

Cheaper solar power means low-income families can also benefit – with the right kind of help

Solar power doesn't have to be just for the wealthy anymore. With the right kind of financial incentives, households at all income levels can benefit from affordable clean energy.

Ryan Wiser, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

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Is COVID-19 infecting wild animals? We're testing species from bats to seals to find out

COVID-19 has been found in pets, zoo animals and in a wild mink in Utah. Monitoring wildlife for COVID-19 is important for animals and humans, both of whom face risks from a jumping virus.

Kaitlin Sawatzki, Postdoctoral Infectious Disease Researcher, Tufts University • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

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We need hard science, not software, to power our post-pandemic recovery

The Fourth Industrial Revolution failed to deliver; it's time that we put our faith once again in hard science.

Wim Naudé, Professor of Economics, University College Cork • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

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COVID-19 misinformation: scientists create a 'psychological vaccine' to protect against fake news

A 'psychological vaccine' has proven effective in countering belief in COVID-19 conspiracies.

Jon Roozenbeek, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology, University of Cambridge • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

 covid-19  fake-news  vaccines  anti-vaccination  misinformation  conspiracy-theories  anti-vaxxers  inoculation-theory

Now's the time to rethink your relationship with nature

If all of humanity was wiped out tomorrow, it's estimated that the natural world would take at least five million years to recover from the damage humans have done to the world.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~6 min

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