Social media users in Kenya and South Africa trust science, but still share COVID-19 hoaxes

Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town and Dani Madrid-Morales, University of Houston The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread disinformation circulating on social media globally. This includes false information about the virus, its origins and possible cures for the disease it causes. Much of the inaccurate information was related to China, the country where the […]

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Healthcare professionals can help reduce antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites resist the actions of the antimicrobials (drugs) that are designed to kill them, making infections harder to treat hence increasing the risk of the infection. AMR is caused primarily by the inappropriate use and overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals hence reducing unnecessary use […]

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How to bring Sci-Hub to Its Knees

When you google this scientists’ darling AKA paywall publisher’s enemy, phrases like “removing barriers in the way of science” will greet you. Although created in 2011 by Alexander Elbakyan, Google trends show that sci-hub related keywords shot up in search between Nov-Dec 2017 (The second lawsuit) and between Dec 2019 to especially April 2020 (Must be COVID-19). Ranking top on the sci-hub-related-keywords charts were the United States, (especially Massachusetts followed by California), India, China and Ethiopia.

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