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Monday, April 6, 2020
Our coronavirus symptom-tracking app has been used by millions — here’s what we’re learning

Our coronavirus symptom-tracking app has been used by millions — here’s...

The global COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is a public health emergency. In just under three months, we have gone from distant reports of a new disease emerging in China to seeing cities locked down and health services brought to breaking point. Politicians and healthcare leaders are in the unenviable position of…
What will we do when diseases reach space?

What will we do when diseases reach space?

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In an effort to mitigate damage from COVID-19 here on Earth, people worldwide are practicing social distancing, attempting to limit the spread of the disease. However, space is extremely tight on space stations, and the first lunar and Martian colonies are also likely to house occupants in close quarters. Disease in space has been affecting astronauts…
The distorted idea of ‘cool’ brain research is stifling psychotherapy

The distorted idea of ‘cool’ brain research is stifling psychotherapy

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‘There is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.’From Prejudices (1920) by H L Mencken There has never been a problem facing mankind more complex than understanding our own human nature. And no shortage of neat, plausible, and wrong answers purporting to plumb its depths. Having treated many thousands…
Comet Atlas could be the brightest comet in decades

Comet Atlas could be the brightest comet in decades

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Comet Atlas is racing toward the inner solar system, and it could become the brightest comet seen in the night sky in over two decades. The comet, discovered by an observatory designed to protect Earth from asteroids, may even be visible during the day just two months from now. Also known as C/2019 Y4, this…
How chronic stress changes the brain — and what you can do to reverse the damage

How chronic stress changes the brain — and what you can...

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A bit of stress is a normal part of our daily lives, which can even be good for us. Overcoming stressful events can make us more resilient. But when the stress is severe or chronic – for example caused by the breakdown of a marriage or partnership, death in the family or bullying – it…
What designers can learn from Candy Crush’s brilliant UX

What designers can learn from Candy Crush’s brilliant UX

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Consistency Consistency is one of the best ways to get your users comfortable with your product. If they know what to expect from screen to screen it will cut down on confusion. Tutorial Candy Crush is consistent in its style. Sticking with a bright, playful tone that can be seen across the fonts, sound effects,…
World’s smallest dinosaur discovered in a 99-million-year-old piece of amber

World’s smallest dinosaur discovered in a 99-million-year-old piece of amber

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The head of a flying dinosaur that is hardly bigger than a bee hummingbird has been discovered in 99-million-year-old amber. The piece of polished amber, just 31mm by 20mm by 8.5mm, was found in Kachin Province of northern Myanmar, an area becoming increasingly well-known for its remarkable amber-encased fossils. This exciting little fossil micro-dinosaur named…
The horrifying story of how we learned to keep organs alive outside the body

The horrifying story of how we learned to keep organs alive...

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Organ transplantation is one of the success stories of modern medicine. Around 139,000 transplants are performed annually across the world. One of the most recent success stories is a double-lung transplant for a patient with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in China. Successful organ donation is a fairly recent phenomenon, still only decades…
Scientists say there’s no evidence that Ibuprofen worsens COVID-19 symptoms

Scientists say there’s no evidence that Ibuprofen worsens COVID-19 symptoms

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There’s been some confusion recently on whether we should or shouldn’t take ibuprofen to treat symptoms of COVID-19 – especially after the World Health Organization (WHO) changed its stance. After initially recommending people avoid taking ibuprofen to treat symptoms of the new coronavirus disease, as of March 19 the WHO now does not recommend avoiding…
How to stay safe and sane during coronavirus isolation, according to science

How to stay safe and sane during coronavirus isolation, according to...

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People who suspect they may have come into contact with the coronavirus are being advised to self-isolate (stay at home) for 14 days. For some people, the idea of self-isolation may seem like a dream come true. For others, the idea of being cut off from the outside world, alone, or with only a few…

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