From permafrost microbes to survivor songbirds – research projects are also victims of COVID-19 pandemic

Three scientists describe the fieldwork they've had to delay in 2020 because of the pandemic. These are setbacks not just for their careers, but for the body of scientific knowledge.

Miriah Kelly, Assistant Professor of Environment, Geography & Marine Sciences, Southern Connecticut State University • conversation
Dec. 7, 2020 ~10 min

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The mystery of the missing portrait of Robert Hooke, 17th-century scientist extraordinaire

Online sleuthing and deductive reasoning identifies what appears to be the only existent portrait painted of the celebrated scientist during his lifetime.

Larry Griffing, Associate Professor of Biology, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~10 min

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Science elicits hope in Americans – its positive brand doesn't need to be partisan

When you ask Americans what the word 'science' brings to mind, a majority respond 'hope.' Using this built-in brand can help communicate important science messages.

Todd Newman, Assistant Professor of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~8 min

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The pandemic shows we need more Black scientists – but who will pay the cost?

Barriers for Black scientists won't go away without substantial funding – and measures that don't require white people to lose out.

Winston Morgan, Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, Director of Impact and Innovation, University of East London • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus: Social distancing is delaying vital scientific research

With travel halted and universities and research institutions shutting down, scientists are having trouble keeping their research running. Here's why that matters outside the lab.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
March 18, 2020 ~7 min

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