Coronavirus scams: the science of how to spot and deal with nuisance callers

Scammers are exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic along with the lack of clarity as to how the Track and Trace system works. Here's what you need to know to stay safe.

Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction, Loughborough University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 science conversation

How coronavirus contact tracing works in a state Dr. Fauci praised as a model to follow

Since the state's first coronavirus case surfaced, trained case investigators have traced the contacts of every person who tested positive. Here's what else South Carolina got right.

Jenny Meredith, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, University of South Carolina • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus pandemic science health-care social-distancing anthony-fauci contact-tracing states south-carolina vulnerable-communities

AI tool searches thousands of scientific papers to guide researchers to coronavirus insights

The scientific community is churning out vast quantities of research about the coronavirus pandemic – far too much for researchers to absorb. An AI system aims to do the heavy lifting for them.

John Dagdelen, Graduate Student Researcher, Persson Group, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence covid-19 coronavirus science new-coronavirus research-brief research biomedical-research scientific-inquiry search

Are people with pets less likely to die if they catch the coronavirus?

Pets might not protect us from the coronavirus, but they can help us get better.

Clarissa M. Uttley, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum, Plymouth University • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus dogs pets science animals quick-reads curious-kids speed-reads curious-kids-us cats explainer

Coronavirus research done too fast is testing publishing safeguards, bad science is getting through

Researchers, scientific journals and health agencies are doing everything they can to speed up coronavirus research. The combination of pace and panic during this pandemic is causing mistakes.

Irving Steinberg, Dean for Faculty, USC School of Pharmacy; Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Pediatrics, School of Pharmacy & Keck School of Medicine of USC; Director, Division of Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, Dept of Pediatrics, LAC+USC Med • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: drugs covid-19 coronavirus science ibuprofen world-health-organization-who hydroxychloroquine peer-review scientific-method

Blue dye from red beets – chemists devise a new pigment option

A simple chemical reaction turns the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue dye.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Blue dye from red beets – chemists devise a safer new pigment option

A simple chemical reaction turns the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue dye.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Blue dye from red beets

Chemists have turned the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue pigment.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

7 lessons from 'Hidden Figures' NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson's life and career

NASA scientist Katherine Johnson was instrumental in getting people to the moon. Here are some of the lessons one mathematics professor believes she taught us all.

Della Dumbaugh, Professor of Mathematics, University of Richmond • conversation
Feb. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  mathematics  space  feminism  nasa  science  space-shuttle  apollo-11  moon-landing  race  racism  civil-rights  segregation  scientist  hidden-figures  katherine-johnson

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