New! Experts say it’s time to tighten up biosecurity lab protocols for COVID-19

Biosecurity researchers presented the world’s first complete map of maximum biological containment facilities on Thursday. Those labs, designated in the United States as Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) labs, deal with the deadliest diseases in high-security environments ranging from pressurized “spacesuits” to air-locked labs and had never been included in a consolidated database until today. The…

New! Can we untangle ecology from its baked-in the colonial biases?

Scientists from a variety of fields and organizations have been struggling with Western science’s brutal colonial legacies. Efforts to name and untangle those legacies have grown in areas ranging from archaeology to public health to natural history, particularly in the aftermath of last year’s racial justice demonstrations.A new paper published in the journal Nature Ecology…

New!! The Subatomic Keys to the Universe

A team of physicists at Fermi National Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, reported unusual behavior in the muon’s magnetic wobble in April. The signal shows that there are factors at work in the particle’s behavior that the Standard Model doesn’t expect (see “Long-Awaited Muon Measurement Boosts Evidence for New Physics”). However, as physicist Sabine Hossenfelder explains…

NOW! A New Challenge For Personalized Cancer Care: The Information Explosion

We’re entering a new era of personalized medicine, in which each patient’s cancer therapy is tailored to their genetic composition. Individual tumors can be genetically profiled, and the exact mutations underlying them can be identified through genomic testing. Clinical trials are used to evaluate novel medication candidates or to investigate novel applications for current medications.…

New! Kerry got slammed for a statement on carbon-cutting tech. Is he right?

The BBC broadcasted an interview with US Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry and journalist Andrew Marr. Marr posed a series of challenging questions on America’s climate policies, including coal phaseout, carbon footprints, and green innovation.When asked if Americans will have to cut back on some regions of their carbon-intensive lives, such as eating…