They party hard, hang out with friends, and don't really care if they get COVID-19. Right? Or could it be, as a new study from Germany suggests, that we've completely misjudged how young adults feel about the coronavirus?
Be honest: Have you ever dropped the social distancing ('Just this once!') to make an exception for friends or family? And if so, did it somehow feel... less risky than if you'd done it for a stranger at the supermarket? This little quirk of human psychology, which usually helps us more than it hurts, is behind a massive surge in COVID-19 cases.
Are horror fans better prepared for a pandemic? And if so, why? We speak with a researcher about how scary movies, haunted houses, and apocalyptic video games may help your psyche during this pandemic.
Could having Neanderthal DNA be beneficial if you contract COVID-19? How can scary movies, haunted houses, and apocalyptic video games help us weather a pandemic? And we tackle a few listener questions on saunas and wiping down your groceries.
Scientific journals have been breaking with precedent this year and endorsing a candidate for US president, in light of the country's high death toll from the coronavirus pandemic. But what does this mean for the future of science?
Humans are unpredictable, reality, chaotic. So how is it that from this mess, a certain kind of theorist can use tools and social science to look into the future — and often get it right? And what if that same theorist is now ringing the alarm bell about the potential for violent conflict in the US?
Let's face it: Swab tests kind of hurt. And if people are asked to do something that's painful and unpleasant, they'll tend to stop doing it over time. That's why it's so important that a new kind of COVID-19 test is being tried out in the city of Cologne, Germany — where authorities expect it to save lives.