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If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you may have been exposed: contact your doctor or urgent care. Please do not show up anywhere unannounced unless you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency. Healthcare facilities do not have the supplies to handle drop-in patients.

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Ask a Scientist: What make grapes and apples better for the fermentation process to make alcohol over other types of fruit?

It all comes down to sugar and acid. Any fruit can become wine, but grape juice (and, almost as good, apple juice) have the ideal concentrations to become a happy alcohol accident.  Alcohol is the result of yeast fermenting sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Many factors go into this chemical reaction:  Type of sugar: glucose and fructose are easiest for wild yeast to digest. Amount of oxygen: too much and the yeast…

Shut Georgia Down

The science says that in order to prevent deaths, and to get things back to normal, short-term, extreme closures are necessary. As we enter a new reality of social distancing, shelter in place, lockdowns, and other Covid-19 countermeasures, we are all starting to feel the economic and physiological toll. Many are asking “is this the…

Policies to Mitigate the Pandemic and How Your Opinion Counts

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, a large portion of functioning society is being put on hold. On good recommendation from agencies like the CDC, we have been told to stay home and slow the advance of this virus. Right now, large fraction of our population sits in their homes, voluntarily or involuntarily, and…

New Report Debunks COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

Covid-19 is not a lab experiment gone wrong. It’s the result of natural evolution. Check out a post from Nita Jain, a friend of Science for Georgia.

Breaking the Cycle of Health Disparities

The environment that we live in affects our health and well-being. For those that live in poverty, an unhealthy environment can contribute to being trapped in a cycle of poverty. For example: bad air quality is correlated with increased sickness; being out sick leads to poor performance in work or school; poor performance leads to…

Educational Resources and Fun Things to Do at Home

*Updated 3/18/2020 We’ve put together this handy list of activities to help you and your little ones get through social distancing. Please come back as we will update this page as we learn of more activities and resources for the Georgia community to enjoy. If you know of any activities we are missing please let…

Resources

*more resources added 3/18/2020 It’s our goal to help our community find any resources they may need. Please come back as we will update this page as we learn of more resources for the Georgia community. If you know of a change to any of the resources below, or know of other resources we are…

If you’ve been exposed

NOTE: There is a lot of information swirling around about taking Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) if you have Covid-19. Right now, the short answer is: there is no evidence to support these drugs being harmful. If you think you have Covid-19, call your doctor and discuss the proper care steps, including medication. If you are currently…

What is Covid-19?

The coronavirus family can cause a variety of illnesses ranging from the common cold, to more severe respiratory illnesses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses can also be transmitted between humans and some animals. The novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, is a new strain of coronavirus that was discovered in 2019. Covid-19 spreads mainly from person to person interaction but can also spread through small respiratory droplets that form when someone…

Coal Ash in Georgia

Coal Ash, the leftover waste from burning coal, affects Georgian’s health and well-being. Coal Ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury, and other heavy metals. When these chemicals seep into water or soil, it causes health problems for those exposed. As the chart shows, a high number of those individuals are low-income. Currently, disposal of Coal Ash…

The Importance of Writing Your Representative

Everyone complains that government doesn’t listen to them – but how many of us take the time to tell our representatives how we feel? Representatives have a lot of constituents in districts that span urban/rural divides, income disparities, and a myriad of interests. Daily, they are faced with multiple issues from public safety, to the…

Reflections from “That Science Girl”

My sister in law has a PhD in Biology. She studied genetics. Whenever my grandfather saw her, he would ask her about plants. Cause, you know – she is a biologist. My grandfather was a chemist. Smart guy. And he still made epic generalizations.   Just like when someone finds out “Oh you are a doctor? Let me…

Audience First Communication

If a person has a good idea, but doesn’t share, does it have an effect? There is a reason that bad ideas with good marketing outsell good ideas with bad marketing. Many people see Steve Jobs as a visionary and Bill Gates as a mobster, but Bill Gates spends billions of his own money to…

Why should you eat bugs?

Watch a fun video on the benefits of eating insects.

Scientists Must Engage the Community

The world is full of difficult problems that have been or can be solved using science. Right now, these solutions go unheard or worse: ignored. The long-growing trend of miscommunication and distrust between scientists and the public means that scientists need to reframe how they participate in public dialogue. Science for Georgia is working to…

Science for Georgia: Connecting All People with Science to Build Trust

Earning the Trust of Georgia. There is a fundamental disconnect between the scientific community and the public it serves. At Science for Georgia, our goal is to fix this disconnect using three different approaches: (1) to improve communication between scientists and the public, (2) increase public engagement with science, and (3) advocate for the responsible…

March for Science Atlanta, 2019

Georgia scientists and supporters took to the streets to march for science on April 22nd, 2017. It was an unforgettable display of advocacy that brought in over 4,000 people. Organizers however knew the problematic culture of labeling science and facts “fake news” wouldn’t go away so they made plans to grow as an institution in…

Science in Georgia

By Claire Jarvis, PhD Claire Jarvis is a science writer based in Atlanta, GA. You can follow Claire on LinkedIn and on Twitter @StAndrewsLynx If you were asked, “What cool science takes place in Georgia?” you might need time to think about your answer. The Peach State has many claims to fame…but its science sector isn’t usually…

Scientifically Speaking: Hypothesis & Theory

Common understanding For many of us, theory and hypothesis mean the same thing: a “guess” at how or why something is the way it is. Once it is confirmed, it stops becoming a “theory / hypothesis”, and becomes “fact”. For example, in a murder mystery, the theory / hypothesis would be “the butler did it”…

Introducing: Science for Georgia

Science for Georgia was created in the wake of the March for Science movement to spread curiosity and a love of science to everyone throughout this beautiful state. We at Science for Georgia want to evolve and encourage responsible use of science in policy making. To do that, we need your help. We are so…