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Can plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients treat the sick?
by Aimee Cunningham on April 3, 2020 at 8:38 pm
Researchers are racing to set up clinical trials of antibody-rich convalescent plasma from recovered patients to treat or prevent COVID-19.
Beets bleed red but a chemistry tweak can create a blue hue
by Carmen Drahl on April 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm
A new blue dye derived from beet juice might prove an alternative to synthetic blue dyes in foods, cosmetics or fabrics.
The U.S. has resisted the metric system for more than 50 years
by Cassie Martin on April 3, 2020 at 10:00 am
Australia adopted the metric system 50 years ago. The United States tried by passing legislation for a voluntary conversion that was largely ignored.
Just breathing or talking may be enough to spread COVID-19 after all
by Tina Hesman Saey on April 2, 2020 at 9:19 pm
Until now, experts have said that the virus spreads only through large droplets released when people cough or sneeze, but it may spread more easily.
Mice’s facial expressions can reveal a wide range of emotions
by Laura Sanders on April 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Pleasure, pain, fear and other feelings can be reflected in mice’s faces, sophisticated computational analyses show.
Southern Africa may have hosted a hominid transition 2 million years ago
by Bruce Bower on April 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Braincases excavated from the Drimolen caves suggest Homo erectus and Paranthropus robustus may have coexisted in southern Africa.
How large a gathering is too large during the coronavirus pandemic?
by Dana Mackenzie on April 2, 2020 at 10:00 am
Mathematical models explain why large gatherings are especially dangerous in an epidemic, and identify how large is too large.
Roughly 90 million years ago, a rainforest grew near the South Pole
by Carolyn Gramling on April 1, 2020 at 9:36 pm
A forest flourished within 1,000 kilometers of the South Pole, probably because of high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and an ice-free Antarctica.
How coronavirus control measures could affect its global death toll
by Erin Garcia de Jesus on April 1, 2020 at 8:40 pm
Slowing the virus’ spread will save millions of lives, but differences among countries could vary the pandemic’s toll in different places.
Lucy’s species heralded the rise of long childhoods in hominids
by Bruce Bower on April 1, 2020 at 6:02 pm
Australopithecus afarensis had prolonged brain growth before the Homo genus appeared, but it still resulted in brains with chimplike neural structure.
Science Museum Blog News and insights from the Science Museum in London.
by Selina Hurley on March 12, 2020 at 7:01 am
To mark World Kidney Day, Curator of Medicine Selina Hurley reflects on this unsung hero of the human body.
The makers of today and tomorrow
by Guest authors on February 22, 2020 at 7:29 am
Ahead of Science City Lates on 26 February, Participation Assistant Audrey Aidoo-Davies discusses an exciting project she’s been running with curator Alexandra Rose and some young makers of today.
Exciting tales and top secret work of pigeons in the First World War
by Dr Elizabeth Bruton on February 21, 2020 at 12:27 pm
Dr Elizabeth Bruton explores more about how in the First World War, carrier pigeons were used to send short messages on land, in air, and at sea.
Breaking Enigma: A story of European co-operation
by Dr Elizabeth Bruton on February 19, 2020 at 9:15 am
How did European co-operation between Polish, French and British codebreakers contribute to breaking the German Enigma cipher during the Second World War?
Women in space
by Julia Knights on February 11, 2020 at 9:27 am
Dr Julia Knights, Deputy Director of the Science Museum, celebrates the recent achievements of astronaut Christina Koch whilst emphasising the key role women play in STEM and space exploration.
Publishing blog Updates for the scientific journal publishing community
Multiple medical pioneers, three Chemistry Nobel Laureates, and one Royal Society President – Volume 68 of Biographical Memoirs
by Callum Shoosmith on April 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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Open Biology welcomes new Editors to the board
by Buchi Okereafor on March 31, 2020 at 1:19 pm
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Why are coral fish so colourful?
by Shalene Singh-Shepherd on March 30, 2020 at 8:00 am
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Covid-19 pandemic – Royal Society Publishing service
by Stuart Taylor, Publishing Director on March 24, 2020 at 1:36 pm
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Urgent Call for Registered Reports on Coronavirus
by Andrew Dunn on March 23, 2020 at 2:36 pm
Each of us has an important role to play in combating the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and this includes journals and Registered...Related StoriesUrgent Call for Registered Reports on Coronavirus - EnclosureOpen Biology welcomes new Editors to the boardOpen Biology welcomes new Editors to the board - Enclosure
SAPIENS Anthropology / Everything Human
Explaining the Emergence of Coronavirus Rituals
by Dimitris Xygalatas on April 1, 2020 at 2:31 pm
An anthropologist illuminates how both old and new rituals can provide a sense of comfort during times of uncertainty. The post Explaining the Emergence of Coronavirus Rituals appeared first on SAPIENS.
Why Social Distancing Feels So Strange
by George M. Leader on March 30, 2020 at 4:23 pm
Humans are wired through millions of years of evolution to be social creatures. Faced with the COVID-19 virus, can we stay connected at a distance? The post Why Social Distancing Feels So Strange appeared first on SAPIENS.
The Scientific Sorcery of Radiocarbon Dating
by Stephen E. Nash on March 27, 2020 at 3:25 pm
An archaeologist explains why figuring out an object's age is harder than you think. The post The Scientific Sorcery of Radiocarbon Dating appeared first on SAPIENS.
When Coronavirus Emptied the Streets, Music Filled Them
by Kristina Jacobsen on March 26, 2020 at 5:32 pm
A singer-songwriter anthropologist who has been experiencing Italy’s COVID-19 quarantine reflects on how pandemic-inspired songs connect people and reveal shifting power dynamics. The post When Coronavirus Emptied the Streets, Music Filled Them appeared first on SAPIENS.
What’s Wrong With “the Chinese Virus”?
by Hugh Gusterson on March 24, 2020 at 12:39 am
An anthropologist explores the controversial labels for COVID-19. The post What’s Wrong With “the Chinese Virus”? appeared first on SAPIENS.
Why Poetry + Anthropology?
by Christine Weeber on March 20, 2020 at 6:37 pm
SAPIENS’ first poetry contest received dozens of remarkable entries. A total of five winning poems will be featured for World Poetry Day in March and National Poetry Month in April. Find out why we think anthropological poetry matters. The post Why Poetry + Anthropology? appeared first on SAPIENS.