Fascinating images of the embryonic development of a clownfish or a microscopic boat that can propel itself through a chemical reaction: the journal “Nature” has selected the best science images of the past year. One of them is an impressive photograph showing our Helmholtz colleagues from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research: they heave a measuring device across the ice in the freezing cold during the MOSAiC research expedition in the Arctic.
COVID-19 has been holding the world in its grip for over a year. During the pandemic, policymakers have to make serious decisions every day in the fight against the coronavirus. A new online game by ScienceAtHome, a team of researchers, designers, artists and game developers from Denmark, shows how difficult this is. As Corona Minister, the player takes responsibility for the fictitious country of Randomburg. Balancing health, economics and civil rights and getting the country through the pandemic as quickly as possible is at stake in the game.
False reports on the Internet have not only been a problem since corona. Misleading information is spread again and again, particularly on scientific topics: on climate change, the effectiveness of vaccinations or the health hazards of car exhaust fumes. To make it easier for laypersons to recognize disinformation, klimafakten.de has summarized tricks and methods often used by spreaders of false news: fake experts, logical fallacies, impossible expectations, cherry picking and conspiracy theories.
Photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Lianna Nixon, University of Colorado Boulder (CC-BY 4.0)