COVID-19 testing is the bottleneck in managing the pandemic. Can we open-source testing?

People in East Asia learnt from SARS, that open knowledge networks across society are the best way to enable people to contextually coordinate and adapt to a pandemic. Opaque decisions informing a command-and-control attitude cost lives and increase the dangers associated with broad interventions from above. I have indicated here and here why this is … Continue reading COVID-19 testing is the bottleneck in managing the pandemic. Can we open-source testing?

What culling corvids tells me about the UK government response to COVID-19

I spent five years of my life trying to work out why people around me were shooting so many corvids (crows and magpies). They told me the corvids were stealing their partridges and rabbits. What I saw was that it was fun to spend the day with some friends out roaming the countryside. I saw … Continue reading What culling corvids tells me about the UK government response to COVID-19

Interferons, Plants and Viruses: One ‘likely’ way to prepare yourself for C19 and other viral infections

A longstanding Cuban antiviral is being reported as one of the medications used in China for people infected with COVID-19 coronavirus (C19). It acts as "a protective mechanism, preventing patients from getting worse, reaching a severe stage, with death as the outcome". The antiviral is 'Interferon Alpha 2b'. It has proven effective for viruses with … Continue reading Interferons, Plants and Viruses: One ‘likely’ way to prepare yourself for C19 and other viral infections

Population Everywhere: Critically Evaluating a Global Concept

A Teach-Out on Wednesday 4th March / 18:00 – 19:30 Attenborough Room, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent Download Poster Heather Alberro Political Ecologist, Nottingham Trent University Debates surrounding the key drivers of contemporary ecological decline are varied and complex, although one in particular tends to predominate: the question of whether human population … Continue reading Population Everywhere: Critically Evaluating a Global Concept