The archaeological site of the Parliament House in Namur on 15 April 2020.
Agent du Patrimoine en Péril, le groupe pour la défense des agents de l'Agence wallonne du Patrimoine (AWaP)
In Namur, Belgium, archaeological excavations were almost buried for good under the cover of lockdown. The incident draws attention to weaknesses in archaeological heritage protection systems.
Europe remains by far the leader in the global trade of pharmaceuticals.
The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare Europe's vulnerability to drug-supply disruption. Still, it remains by far the world leader in pharmaceutical products.
Still from the film
Dreams by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.
Dreams that are more vivid, more frequent and more striking… Lockdown seems to trouble our nights as well as our days, and there's reason to believe that's not just a figment of our imagination.
Thanks to its sensors, the smartphone can be a measuring instrument.
A. Kolli, _La Physique Autrement_
Practical work is essential for science education. But health measures compromise their traditional organization. Here are some game-changing solutions.
Light trails left in the sky (photographed with a long exposure time), by Starlink satellites, seen from New Mexico, USA.
By 2025 Elon Musk wants to launch 12,000 satellites and corner the global Internet market. What will be lost is earth-based astronomy, the idea that space belongs to us all and the beauty of a starry sky.
Woodcut from Camille Flammarion’s 1888 book
L'Atmosphère : météorologie populaire. The caption reads: ‘A missionary of the Middle Ages tells that he had found the point where the sky and the Earth touch’ and continues, ‘What is there, then, in this blue sky, which certainly exists, and which veils the stars during the day?’
Albert Einstein may have been the ultimate example of a visionary genius, but that did not stop him from twice losing his way due to beliefs that were perhaps not so scientific.
Students in Hanoi wait to get their temperatures checked on May 4, 2020, as schools re-opened after a three-month closure to fight the Covid-19 epidemic.
Vietnam is one of the poorest nations in Asia, yet it has had remarkably few Covid-19 cases. In part, the country's limited resources led to a cautious, proactive approach.
And you, do you apply the #stayhome principle that is displayed everywhere on social networks?
Involving family and friends in decisions or rethinking the meaning of "getting back to normal" helps protect against cognitive bias and its harmful consequences.
The economic and health crisis we are experiencing will push luxury companies to reinvent themselves.
An acceleration of digital development, of the second-hand market and of concentration movements are notably to be expected in the sector.
In the United Kingdom, where the population is now confined, a man wearing a mask walks in the street on March 26, 2020.
The pandemic, in that it represents a major and therefore exceptional risk, calls for a response built collectively, and not by a small group of experts or decision-makers.
“Gig workers” such as those who deliver food and other packages could benefit from a universal basic income (UBI).
To achieve universal basic income, changes would be needed in terms of public and political support. Could the Covid-19 pandemic turn the tide?
African Union Summit, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 24, 2020. The Chairperson, African Union Commission, H.E. Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, said that the Commission will strengthen partnerships and coordination across Africa to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Despite the transnational dimension of the Covid-19 crisis, transnational responses are facing many obstacles. Yet, some regional organisations might be able to expand their mandate and resources.
A media study of public criticism of plastic reveals that stigmatisation may result in limited bans, it leaves the vast majority of plastic production and pollution unexplored.
Havana, March 28, 2020.
Cuban medicine is now called upon both to protect the island's population from Covid-19 and to help various foreign countries, including Italy and France.
A cashier works wearing a face mask in a supermarket on April 15, 2020 near Lyon.
In addition to the elderly and health workers, those holding front-line jobs are particularly exposed. Infection risk and aggravating co-morbidities could compound social inequalities in time of crisis.
Hungarian police officers check cars at the Nickelsdorf-Hegyeshalom border crossing at the Austro-Hungarian border on 18 March 2020. Hungary’s closure of its land borders following the coronavirus crisis caused massive delays for passengers and carriers – including those seeking entry from other Schengen members.
What parallel can be drawn between the Schengen countries' management of the migrant crisis in 2015 and their response to the current health epidemic?
The pangolin, one of the most poached animals in the world, could have served as an intermediate host in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans.
Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing.
Between teleworking, distance learning and the use of social networks, the current period is unusual in our use of the Internet. How does the network work? How to use it well?
Network of Covid-19 projects on the JOGL platform.
Individually, we are all helpless in the face of the coronavirus crisis. A global collaborative boom is changing the way science is done.
On April 15, Finland’s foreign minister Pekka Haavisto (pictured in September 2019) announced on that his country would voluntarily increase its funding of the Wolrd Health Organization.
The world rightly expressed shock and dismay at Donald Trump's suspension of US funding for WHO. To respond, other governments, funders and citizens are urgently needed to fill the gap.