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Genetic Evidence Debunks Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories, Scientists Say
Could the coronavirus be man made?
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Genetic Evidence Debunks Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories, Scientists Say
A team of researchers analyzed the COVID-19 coronavirus. Their findings debunk the conspiracy theory that the virus was lab-made.
April 5, 2020

A team of researchers analyzed the COVID-19 coronavirus. Their findings debunk the conspiracy theory that the virus was lab-made.

Public Safety
Misinformation is as Contagious as Coronavirus
coronavirus misinformation
Public Safety
Misinformation is as Contagious as Coronavirus
Fighting misinformation is now a crucial aspect of responding to disease, and health information expert Adrienne Holz Ivory explains why.
March 31, 2020

Fighting misinformation is now a crucial aspect of responding to disease, and health information expert Adrienne Holz Ivory explains why.

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The Coronavirus Fatality Rate: Explained
What is the coronavirus fatality rate
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The Coronavirus Fatality Rate: Explained
Your guide to understanding the confusing and contradictory coronavirus fatality rates.
March 25, 2020

Your guide to understanding the confusing and contradictory coronavirus fatality rates.

A New Reality
How to Spot a Deepfake
How to Spot a Deepfake
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A New Reality
How to Spot a Deepfake
Is artificial intelligence the key to knowing what’s real?
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August 10, 2019

Deepfake videos use video manipulation to show people saying and doing things they never have. These engineers are using blockchain technology to separate fact from fiction. Deepfakes, fake videos generated using artificial intelligence technology, could be the next frontier in misinformation. While news video has historically been the gold standard of veracity, an era where video can be easily created could further erode...

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Why Did Measles Explode in 2019?
Why Did Measles Explode in 2019?
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Why Did Measles Explode in 2019?
Humanity is locked in an arms race with diseases: we update our vaccines, and diseases evolve new ways to try to...
June 14, 2019

Humanity is locked in an arms race with diseases: we update our vaccines, and diseases evolve new ways to try to sneak past them. Cutting-edge research is exploring how to stimulate immunity without using vaccines, using the new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.

Thinking Differently
How Science Is Learning to Admit Mistakes
How Science Is Learning to Admit Mistakes
Thinking Differently
How Science Is Learning to Admit Mistakes
A shocking amount of scientific studies can’t be reproduced. Do we need to change the culture of science?
May 10, 2019

A shocking amount of scientific studies can’t be reproduced. Do we need to change the culture of science?

Thinking Differently
The Joy of Being Wrong
The Joy of Being Wrong
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Thinking Differently
The Joy of Being Wrong
Can practicing intellectual humility make us smarter and happier? Science says yes.
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May 6, 2019

Arguments on social media are notorious. People often naturally form an echo chamber of people with similar beliefs, and when people outside it start arguments, the discussion often becomes antagonistic. Is there a better way? Science suggests that a good starting point is by practicing intellectual humility. By admitting the possibility that we ourselves could be wrong, we’re able to better evaluate arguments and construct...