Coronavirus reminds you of death – and amplifies your core values, both bad and good

It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.

Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: psychology death pandemic coronavirus fear donald-trump social-psychology attitudes fear-of-death fears existential-anxiety behavior covid-19 sars-cov-2 covid-19-pandemic

To safely explore the solar system and beyond, spaceships need to go faster – nuclear-powered rockets may be the answer

An update of 50-year-old regulations has kickstarted research into the next generation of rockets. Powered by nuclear fission, these new systems could be the key to faster, safer exploration of space.

Iain Boyd, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space nasa mars space-shuttle moon voyager space-exploration donald-trump future rockets darpa nuclear-fission apollo-11

Lethargic global response to COVID-19: How the human brain's failure to assess abstract threats cost us dearly

Human beings have difficulty assessing distant threats.

Cristian Capotescu, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Michigan • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  pandemic  coronavirus  risk-assessment  donald-trump  catastrophe  spanish-flu  trump-administration  covid-19

Defunding the WHO was a calculated decision, not an impromptu tweet

Trump pulling US funding from WHO served to deflect blame from his own bungled handling of coronavirus.

Luke Allen, Researcher, Global Health Policy, University of Oxford • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: america coronavirus donald-trump world-health-organization-who covid-19

What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on anti-vaxxers?

Vocal vaccine critics may not find the audience they're looking for while the pandemic rages.

Samantha Vanderslott, Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Sciences, University of Oxford • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: vaccination coronavirus donald-trump anti-vaxxers covid-19

No, cinchona bark is not a cure for coronavirus

Cinchona bark, the flavouring in tonic water, is not a natural source of chloroquine.

Nataly Olivia A Canales, PhD Fellow in Evolutionary Genomics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  social-media  coronavirus  donald-trump  hydroxychloroquine  covid-19  chloroquine

What does a state of emergency mean in the face of the coronavirus?

The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.

Marian Moser Jones, Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Family Science, University of Maryland • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  public-health  politics  united-states  government  pandemic  federal-government  health  cdc  coronavirus  donald-trump  state-of-emergency  center-for-disease-control  new-coronavirus  coronavirus-2020  covid-19  covid  covid-19-pandemic

There’s a name for Trump playing down the threat and failing to take action against the virus: Institutional betrayal

Our government, suggest the authors, risks traumatizing its citizens with its failure to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Joan M. Cook, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  abuse  trauma  coronavirus  institutions  donald-trump  institutional-betrayal  institutional-abuse  2019-ncov  covid-19

From border security to climate change, national emergency declarations raise hard questions about presidential power

Declaring an issue is a national emergency lets presidents act quickly and with few constraints. But once they get this kind of power, it's hard to take it back – and it can produce bad policies.

Daniel Farber, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  climate-change  joe-biden  us-congress  separation-of-powers  bernie-sanders  border-security  us-presidency  presidential-power  us-mexico-border-wall  2020-us-presidential-election  donald-trump-administration

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