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11.05.2020

Zoom fatigue: how to make video calls less tiring

Zoom fatigue: how to make video calls less tiring

Many new phrases have entered our vocabulary as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. “Zoom fatigue” refers to the mental exhaustion associated with online video conferencing. We can change how we interact on video calls with adapted social behaviours such as scheduling shorter meetings. But… »

06.05.2020

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK

Coronavirus: why you need to wear a face mask in France, but not in the UK

Should you wear a face mask when you leave your house? It’s the question no one seems to agree on. In France, the government originally said masks were unnecessary, but this week has made it mandatory to wear them on public transport and in secondary schools and is distributing… »

03.05.2020

Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory

Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory

Should people be forced to wear face masks in public? That’s the question facing governments as more countries unwind their lockdowns. Over 30 countries have made masks compulsory in public, including Germany, Austria and Poland. This is despite the science saying masks do little to protect wearers, and only might prevent them from infecting… »

28.04.2020

Universal basic income could improve the nation’s mental health

Universal basic income could improve the nation’s mental health

Many people are talking about universal basic income (UBI) these days. Giving everyone a guaranteed income could be the solution to many economic woes. But one factor that hasn’t been mentioned much in discussions of UBI is how it might improve our mental health. Social psychiatry research… »

24.04.2020

Coronavirus: are we underestimating how many people have had it? Sweden thinks so

Coronavirus: are we underestimating how many people have had it? Sweden thinks so

Many countries around the world are now facing the difficult decision of when and how to ease lockdown restrictions due to the novel coronavirus. In the absence of a vaccine, it is likely there will be new waves of the epidemic, unless enough people have been infected to achieve herd… »

20.04.2020

Yes, climate change can affect extreme weather – but there is still a lot to learn

Yes, climate change can affect extreme weather – but there is still a lot to learn

The fact that the climate has warmed is hard for humans to actually experience first hand, and we certainly can’t see carbon in the air with our own eyes. For most of us, climate change manifests itself and affects our lives through heatwaves, storms, wildfires, floods and droughts. However, this… »

15.04.2020

How a virus brought New York to a standstill in the summer of 1916

How a virus brought New York to a standstill in the summer of 1916

A plague from nowhere, which threatens to kill millions worldwide and overturn civilisation. We can’t treat it or protect ourselves against it, and our healthcare systems can’t cope. It’s a nightmare, but one that has visited us before – and this should prompt us to look back and see if… »

12.04.2020

Inside the Beatles’ messy breakup, 50 years ago

Inside the Beatles’ messy breakup, 50 years ago

By Tim Riley -The Conversation Fifty years ago, when Paul McCartney announced he had left the Beatles, the news dashed the hopes of millions of fans, while fueling false reunion rumors that persisted well into the new decade. In a press release on April 10, 1970… »

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