Issue#06 : Covid-19

How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist

With plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you need to read science stories, even well-known publications, with caution.

Stay the fuck home bar

St Petersburg firm creates online bar for self-isolating extroverts.

Doing more with less

What developing countries can teach rich countries about how to respond to a pandemic.

Rapid COVID19 testing: Will at-home kits allow a return to normality?

A quick test to rule out the coronavirus before a party, or to check the risk of infection in the office: Newly developed rapid tests could allow for at-home testing for Covid-19.

Wash your hands with captured CO2

Due to the Corona pandemic, companies around the world are switching from making liquor and perfumes to making ethanol for hand sanitizer. New York based vodka producer Air Co. is doing the same – only their sanitizer is made out of captured CO2. How’s that even possible?

Turning shipping containers into COVID-19 hospital wards

An international team of designers, engineers and medical professionals has invented mobile intensive care units for COVID-19 patients built inside shipping containers. Easy and fast to deploy, they offer a safe alternative to hospital tents.

Homegrown PPE

Yes, you read right: You can grow your own effective, particle-filtering mask at home in future. All you need is water, sugar, tea – and a certain bacteria.

Design meets pandemic

Coronavirus masks are an integral part of our lives these days whether we like it or not. The designer world has responded quickly, turning a necessity into a fashionable accessory – hip, elegant and stylish.

A Revolutionary Mind

It would have been a great boost for her career, a jump into the star league of science, if she had turned over her findings on the H5N1 to the WHO. But virologist Ilaria Capua decided to make them publically accessible instead. Thanks to her and her opposition, the latest findings on Covid19 are now immediately available to the world as well.

Favela communities’ corona dashboards

While the Brazilian government continues to downplay the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, Rio de Janeiro’s favela inhabitants are taking action. They have created a number of local data dashboards to share information on infection rates and death tolls, and one even provides medical advice.

Computers against Covid

A bunch of dedicated geeks gave thousands of Singapore school kids access to home-based learning during the Covid pandemic.


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