COVID-19 Is Not Just a Respiratory Illness

The neurological affects of this novel coronavirus are being uncovered. At the time I’m publishing this post there have been over 4.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 300,000 COVID-19-related deaths worldwide. The virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is similar to the coronaviruses that wreaked havoc before it—for example the original SARS (SARS-CoV) that caused an outbreak back in 2002… Continue reading COVID-19 Is Not Just a Respiratory Illness

Video: Could a Polio Vaccine Stop the Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has scientists considering a few less-conventional options while vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are being developed. One option might be the oral #polio #vaccine. We chatted with one of the researchers proposing the idea—Dr. Robert Gallo—to understand why a vaccine that hasn’t been used in the US for two decades might provide short-term protection… Continue reading Video: Could a Polio Vaccine Stop the Pandemic?

Video: How Much Do Cloth Masks Protect You From Getting the Coronavirus?

The CDC is recommending that the general public wear cloth face masks to help decrease everyone’s chances of getting COVID-19. So how does the virus that causes COVID-19—SARS-CoV-2—spread? And how much could cloth face masks help stop it? We contacted some experts to find out, and to learn what materials work best if you’re making… Continue reading Video: How Much Do Cloth Masks Protect You From Getting the Coronavirus?

Video: Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next?

You might have heard that vaccine trials are currently underway in Seattle. What exactly is being tested? How much longer will these tests take? And when can we expect a vaccine against the novel coronavirus? We chat with Dr. Benjamin Neuman, one of the world’s experts on coronavirus, and Daniel Wrapp, one of the scientists… Continue reading Video: Coronavirus Vaccine: Where Are We and What’s Next?

Video: The US Military Gave Out Shark Repellent For Years. . . So Why Did They Stop?

People have been developing different forms of shark repellent for decades--the military even issued a chemical shark repellent called “Shark Chaser” to pilots, sailors, and astronauts(!) from the end of World War II through the start of the Vietnam War. Thing is… it didn’t really work. Learn why they bothered passing it out--or even created… Continue reading Video: The US Military Gave Out Shark Repellent For Years. . . So Why Did They Stop?

Video: Can You Cryogenically Freeze Your Body and Come Back to Life?

When you die, there are a lot of things you can do with your dead body--embalm it, cremate it, donate it to science (the list goes on…), but some people will choose to have their dead bodies, or body parts, frozen until the technology of the future has (hopefully) advanced enough to bring them back… Continue reading Video: Can You Cryogenically Freeze Your Body and Come Back to Life?

Keep Sexism Out of Math

Neuroscience says so. For anyone still claiming that women pursue careers in math less frequently than men because of biological differences: let that misinformation go. Little evidence has ever supported that school of thought, and the minimal amounts that have never successfully disentangled intrinsic biological factors from sociocultural ones...Continued on Psychology Today