There will be no quick return to our previous lives, according to nearly two dozen experts. But there is hope for managing the scourge now and in the long term.
Ferris JabrThis is one of the best articles I've read on the next few years. Comprehensive, insightful, forthright. Raises many important points that have not been given much consideration elsewhere
There are approximately 4,800 extant species of mammals that exhibit tremendous morphological, physiological, and developmental diversity. Yet embryonic development has been studied in only a few mam...
A study of 246 individuals with seasonal respiratory virus infections randomized to wear or not wear a surgical face mask showed that masks can significantly reduce detection of coronavirus and influenza virus in exhaled breath and may help...
Ferris Jabr@CT_Bergstrom n = 246 (123 w/ PCR)
Coronavirus: without a mask, virus detected in 30 - 40% droplets & aerosols; with a mask, no virus detected
Influenza: without a mask, virus detected in 26 - 35% droplets & aerosols; with a mask 4% droplets, no change in aerosols
Official advice has been confusing but the science isn't hard to grok. Everyone should cover up.
Ferris JabrDue to shortages, medical-grade masks *must* be prioritized for healthcare workers. But contrary to the CDC & WHO's confusing guidelines, there is compelling scientific evidence for universal mask-wearing, even of homemade masks. My new essay for @WIRED
Insects are one of the most successful classes on Earth, reflected in an enormous species richness and diversity. Arguably, this success is partly due to the high degree to which polyphenism, where one genotype gives rise to more than one phenotype,...
Ferris JabrNo. Paltrow is not some sage healer persecuted by The Authority for sharing her traditional knowledge w/ those in need. She's a mega-celebrity peddling oft dangerous scams & profiting from others' suffering & misplaced trust. And she knows what she's doing
Here’s what the oft-cited R0 number tells us about the new outbreak—and what it doesn’t.
Ferris Jabr@mugecevik@DavidQuammen The recent Twitter discourse about R0, science communication, and viral outbreaks—in multiple senses of the phrase—has inspired two new pieces in The Atlantic:
1) @edyong209 offers a useful crash course on what R0 does and does not mean
Ferris JabrHere is one of the latest analyses of the new coronavirus, with an estimated R0 of 2.6
Remember, though: R0 is just one factor. It's still early, data are still coming in, and all the statistics are likely to keep changing
NASA's official insignia is a familiar sight, but what does it mean? From the wing of the space shuttle to the top of the NASA homepage, the agency's official insignia is probably its best-known symbol.
Known since antiquity, ball lightning is a natural, long-lived plasma-like phenomenon associated with thunderstorms and is not well understood due to its rarity and unpredictability. A recently discovered laboratory phenomenon with striking...