As research labs reopen, scientists grapple with social distancing's effects

Jul 27, 2020
In March, many lab experiments ground to a halt. Now, researchers are figuring out how to start again.
Scientists work in the microbiology department of an Australian laboratory. Research has new constraints and costs post-lockdown.
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What can past pandemics teach economists about COVID-19?

Economists are adapting models and using social media to try to capture emerging trends in real time.
A group of MIT researchers found that nearly half of those they surveyed are now working from home.
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How Nobel Prize winner Paul Romer redefined economics

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Oct 8, 2018
Economists comment on what makes Romer’s views unique.
“I’ve been really disappointed that we just haven’t had the kind of political environment where we can think about speeding up technological progress,” Paul Romer said Monday.
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One problem with fake news? It really, really works

Aug 27, 2018
MIT research finds false stories often travel further and faster than real ones.
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U.S. suicides are on the rise but funding, research lags

Jun 18, 2018
As people mourn the recent deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, researchers say the growing public health crisis deserves more attention.
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Deadly disease research labs are so busy, they're turning away work

Dec 28, 2017
A number of deadly disease research labs in the U.S. are considering expanding as strained capacity has led them to turn away work.
Doctors research deadly pathogens like Ebola and Marburg inside the BSL-4 Lab at Texas Biomedical Research Institute.
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A university lab gives members of the public a chance to control a swarm of robots

Dec 25, 2017
The Robotarium, a lab at Georgia Tech, allows users to control a swarm of miniature robots remotely, opening up the field to researchers and low-incomes students alike.
The Robotarium has about 100 ground robots that glide along a white surface. Each has a Wi-Fi chip on top and small rubber wheels on the bottom. 
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A scientist worries about a climate "hostile to science and the truth"

Government funding has been pretty reliable — up until now, the Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher says.
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