English Topic: Science & Tech

Did Nobel-winning Professor Tasuku Honjo say that the new coronavirus was made in a laboratory?

The claim that Professor Tasuku Honjo, who got the Nobel award in 2018, said that the new coronavirus was produced in a laboratory in Wuhan is false. There is not such a statement given by Professor Tasuku Honjo and it is obvious in his current CV that he has never worked in Wuhan. Also, Professor Honjo stated on the official website of the university where he works that these claims are not correct.

5G WhatsApp message III: Is there any connection between 5G and the new coronavirus?

In the first part of the analysis series, where we examined the WhatsApp messages about 5G, we analyzed the videos shared with the claim that they show 5G protests. In the second part, the countries using 5G, the cruise ships in quarantine and the claims of a YouTuber. In the last part, we will search answers for some questions such as whether there is any connection between 5G and COVID-19, and what some concepts often seen in messages actually tell. The message about 5G, rapidly spread on WhatsApp and social media, contains a lot of misinformation. There are claims that COVID-19 is spreading on the quarantined cruise ships due to 5G, 5G service has been stopped in some countries, 5G destroys oxygen molecules. It is impossible to find the information such as the source of these claims, who wrote them and what their expertise is. It is precisely a mystery who may have had this information given in the message.

5G WhatsApp Message II: Countries using 5G, cruise ships and a YouTuber

Nowadays, the whole world stays home and tries to find something to fight against the pandemic. Studies for vaccination and medicine make some people creating conspiracy theories. The collective anxiety and uncertainty about the pandemic strengthen these theories. For example, a group led by opponents of the vaccine created a new conspiracy theory: 5G caused the epidemic. We are going through tough times and we may be worried about the possible effects of a technology that we do not know exactly what and how it works. However, we need to be careful about the posts that reinforce this concern with complex expressions and weak translations. In this analysis, we will examine one of the complex messages on WhatsApp.

Did the project of two high-school students go on to semi-final in Google Science Fair?

It was claimed in a news article of Anadolu Agency dated December 7, 2018 that two high-school students named Emirhan Belli and Serkan Aslan achieved going on to semi-final in Google Science Fair with their project which aims to produce bioplastic from leftover vegetables and fruits. However, none of the finalists or winners for the 2018-2019 Google Science Fair have been selected yet and the global finalists will be announced in May 2019.