It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.
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.
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.
April 27, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: pandemic coronavirus risk-assessment donald-trump catastrophe spanish-flu trump-administration covid-19
Trump pulling US funding from WHO served to deflect blame from his own bungled handling of coronavirus.
April 20, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: america coronavirus donald-trump world-health-organization-who covid-19
Vocal vaccine critics may not find the audience they're looking for while the pandemic rages.
April 9, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: vaccination coronavirus donald-trump anti-vaxxers covid-19
Cinchona bark, the flavouring in tonic water, is not a natural source of chloroquine.
March 31, 2020 • ~5 min
Tags: social-media coronavirus donald-trump hydroxychloroquine covid-19 chloroquine
The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.
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.
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.
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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