What Groundhog Day (and my time in a monastery) taught me about lockdown

Dawn LaValle Norman, Australian Catholic University Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered? Stage 4 lockdown is upon Melbourne for the next six weeks. How do we cope with the new normal of staying in our houses …

An ode to mac and cheese, the poster child for processed food

Jeffrey Miller, Colorado State University In January 2015, food sales at restaurants overtook those at grocery stores for the first time. Most thought this marked a permanent shift in the American meal. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, that trend took a U-turn. Restaurant revenue cratered, while shoppers emptied grocery shelves stocking up on food to …

The dirty history of soap

Judith Ridner, Mississippi State University “Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.” That’s what the CDC has advised all Americans to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this pandemic. It’s common-sense advice. The surfactants found in soap lift germs from the skin, and water then washes them …