Many people are wondering if that bad cold they had back in February or March was actually the new coronavirus. In principle, an antibody test could tell you that, but most of the tests out there right now aren’t very good. We chatted with David Kroll, PhD, to learn how these tests work, where they… Continue reading Video: Why Are Antibody Tests Failing?
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
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?
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?
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?
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?
Research reveals how therapy dogs might help kids with autism and Down syndrome. About a month ago I (somewhat) unexpectedly got a puppy and, when she’s not running around and wreaking havoc on my apartment, she is an incredible source of joy. Dogs are known for the positivity they bring to people’s lives, and research has generally… Continue reading Yet Another Reason to Love Dogs
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?
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