Now the Sexually Transmitted Infections Are Likely to Rise As the Pandemic Dissipates

Suppose you’ve been following social media lately. In that case, you may have seen a viral commercial for EXTRA gum showing images of post-pandemic life: individuals hesitantly peering out from behind locked doors, closing their laptops until emerging maskless out of their toilet paper–filled caves into the street. The performers, all messy and unclean, dash…

New! We’re Overlooking a Major Culprit in the Opioid Crisis now

Journalists have primarily depicted the overdose issue as a narrative of three interlinked and maybe inevitable waves. First, pharmaceutical corporations, spearheaded by Purdue Pharma, the producer of the infamous OxyContin, persuaded doctors to prescribe unnecessary opioids. In the 1990s and 2000s, this resulted in hundreds of thousands of new addictions. Opioid prescription has been associated…

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.…