Announcing a Special Digital Magazine: "GOOD10: The Pandemic Issue"


GOOD10: The Pandemic Issue explores big-picture ways that science innovation and communication can usher in a more equitable, more progress-oriented, and safer world.

This issue is a collaboration among GOOD, leapsmag, and the Aspen Institute Science & Society Program.

The GOOD10 format explores fundamental issues facing humanity through the lenses of ten forces pushing the needle toward progress: Places, Philanthropists, Celebrities, Whistleblowers, Companies, Media, Products, Politicians, Scientists, and Actions. Across these categories, we seek to present unexpected and encouraging paradigms emerging from this historic crisis.

This special issue is available as an e-reader version for both desktop and mobile. It is also available as a free downloadable PDF.

THE EVENT:

"The Pandemic Science Summit" focused on how science innovation is key to society's future stability as we emerge from the pandemic, featuring:

Christopher BaileyArts and Health Lead, World Health Organization

Elisabeth Bik, Ph.D. – Microbiologist and scientific integrity consultant

Margaret Hamburg, M.D. Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine; former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Peggy Oti-Boateng, Ph.D.Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity- Building, UNESCO

George Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D.President and Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Kira Peikoff
Kira Peikoff is the editor-in-chief of Leaps.org. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Nautilus, Popular Mechanics, The New York Academy of Sciences, and other outlets. She is also the author of four suspense novels that explore controversial issues arising from scientific innovation: Living Proof, No Time to Die, Die Again Tomorrow, and Mother Knows Best. Peikoff holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University and an M.S. in Bioethics from Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.
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Biosensors on a touchscreen are showing promise for detecting arsenic and lead in water.

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In 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan switched the residents' water supply to the Flint river, citing cheaper costs. However, due to improper filtering, lead contaminated this water, and according to the Associated Press, many of the city's residents soon reported health issues like hair loss and rashes. In 2015, a report found that children there had high levels of lead in their blood. The National Resource Defense Council recently discovered there could still be as many as twelve million lead pipes carrying water to homes across the U.S.

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