The time of trials: Waiting for a coronavirus vaccine

An infected and impatient world needs protection from Covid-19, but rushing it won’t be easy. How can we speed up a complicated process? (22 May 2020, feed from Knowable Magazine)  The Covid-19 coronavirus has knocked our world off its axis. We won’t return to anything approaching normal — that is, life without social distancing, quarantines, […]

May 26, 2020 - 9:01 am

Information apocalypse: all about deepfakes

VIDEO: Doctored images, fake videos and computer-generated news are easier than ever to create and distribute. Here’s why you should worry and what you can do. (17 Mar 2020, feed from Knowable Magazine)  Today, computing power and artificial intelligence have democratized the creation of faked media. Images can be synthesized, videos manipulated, audio mimicked and text written, […]

March 26, 2020 - 5:02 pm

Closing in on the new coronavirus

The eye-catching spikes sticking out from the surface of SARS-CoV-2 may inspire new ways to prevent or treat Covid-19 infections (20 Mar 2020, feed from Knowable Magazine) It is new, but not entirely. The coronavirus upending the world right now is so similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus of 2002–03 that virologists opted […]

March 23, 2020 - 11:05 am

Science in comic – as coral die, protected areas aren’t enough

(17 Dec 2019)  Designated protected regions such as marine protected areas are set to protect the marine ecosystem including reef and other species such as birds, fish, among others. However, researchers found that protected reefs were not regrowing faster than unprotected reefs. What are the problems and what may be the solution? Find out more […]

December 18, 2019 - 1:26 pm

Why scientists need to be better at data visualization

The scientific literature is riddled with bad charts and graphs, leading to misunderstanding and worse. Avoiding design missteps can improve understanding of research. (12 Nov 2019, feed from Knowable Magazine) Imagine a science textbook without images. No charts, no graphs, no illustrations or diagrams with arrows and labels. The science would be a lot harder […]

November 13, 2019 - 10:56 am

War and drugs: together since forever

Alcohol-drenched medieval battlefields. Opium-laced imperialism. Modern-day narco-terrorism. There’s a lot of history between armed conflict and psychoactive substances. (6 Aug 2019, feed from Knowable Magazine) “War on drugs”: It’s a term that may elicit memories of the US government’s 20th-century campaign against the sale and use of illegal psychoactive substances. But that ongoing “war” is […]

August 12, 2019 - 9:28 am

Archaeology of the 99%

The vast majority of people in antiquity were too poor to leave many artifacts behind. But archaeologists have learned how to look beyond the temples and palaces. (23 Jul 2019, feed from Knowable Magazine) Until the past few decades, archaeology was all about the grand and the wealthy, focused on temples, palaces and spectacular artifacts […]

July 25, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Mucus: the body’s unsung hero

The slimy stuff has a surprisingly wide array of beneficial biological functions (27 June 2019, feed from Knowable Magazine)  We know it best as a stringy slime dripping from noses and as viscous, discolored goop hacked up by sickened airways. But it’s so much more than that. Coating the surfaces of guts, eyes, mouth, nasal […]

June 29, 2019 - 2:00 pm