First lockdown's effect on air pollution was overstated, our study reveals

Exaggerating how much lockdown improved air quality could allow us to underestimate the scale of the air pollution problem.

William Bloss, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Why living in the future, rather than the past, is key to coping with lockdowns – new research

Being nostalgic about the past can lead to a sense of loss in tough times.

Amelia Dennis, PhD Researcher in Psychology, University of Surrey • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus dreams: how anger, sadness and fear crept in during lockdown – new research

The level of anger and sadness in our dreams may be related to how much we suffer mentally with social isolation.

Mark Blagrove, Professor of Psychology, Swansea University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Four energy-saving lessons from the first lockdown which may help us through the winter

Spreading electricity demand throughout the day is much better for the environment.

Philipp Grünewald, EPSRC Fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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Why lockdown had little to no effect on global temperatures

Some atmospheric pollutants actually help cool the planet, but the sudden shutdown of heavy industry threatened to purge them.

James Weber, PhD Candidate in Atmospheric Chemistry, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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You're not done with banana bread - a psychologist reveals all

Banana bread had all the psychological ingredients for lockdown success.

Stephanie Baines, Lecturer in Psychology, Bangor University • conversation
Oct. 20, 2020 ~7 min

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House plants were our link with nature in lockdown – now they could change how we relate to the natural world

House plants enrich our domestic lives in ways we often fail to notice. But lockdown may have changed all that.

Giulia Carabelli, Lecturer in Sociology, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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Tips for living online – lessons from six months of the COVID-19 pandemic

From setting passwords to cultivating patience, a mindful approach to virtual working, studying and socializing can make life online manageable.

Pamela Scott Bracey, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 22, 2020 ~8 min

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Challenge trials for a coronavirus vaccine are unethical – except for in one unlikely scenario

Challenge trials – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.

Ben Bramble, Visiting Fellow, Princeton University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus: the pandemic is changing our brains – here are the remedies

Whether you had COVID-19 or just stressed out about getting it, your brain's hippocampus may have shrunk in the last few months.

Deniz Vatansever, Junior Principal Investigator, Fudan University • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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