Sliding life expectancy poses gender and inequity questions

Questions about why such affluent western societies are facing a reversal in life expectancy are sounding loud alarm bells for Professor Fran Baum, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor and Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity. Professor Baum is lead author of a study that offers a new perspective on why women […]

Fast-spreading UK coronavirus variant: All your questions answered

A scary new strain of coronavirus, innocuously named B.1.1.7, has recently exploded across southeast England, prompting the government to tighten lockdowns on the region. Though we don’t know all the details, experts are increasingly confident it is more easily transmitted than other strains. Here’s everything we know so far about this novel strain. What is […]

Top 10 questions I’d ask an alien from the Galactic Federation

Any science journalist would rejoice at the revelation of aliens on Earth. It would be the story of a lifetime. So it’s not surprising that a former Israeli space official’s claim that a Galactic Federation is known to the U.S. government has made a few headlines and trended on Twitter. Of course, most science journalists […]

Here are answers to 6 burning questions about COVID-19 vaccines

The recent success of some coronavirus vaccines in late-stage clinical trials has inched us closer to the end of the pandemic — a glimmer of hope in a long year of living with the virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is gearing up to consider emergency use authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine […]

Drawing the line to answer art’s big questions

Algorithms have shown that the compositional structure of Western landscape paintings changed “suspiciously” smoothly between 1500 and 2000 AD, potentially indicating a selection bias by art curators or in art historical literature, physicists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and colleagues report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences […]