Climate change: Should green campaigners put more pressure on China to slash emissions?

UK activists have protested on the M25, but should they instead be picketing China's embassy?

today ~7 min

Are we ready? Understanding just how big solar flares can get

Recasting the iconic Carrington Event as just one of many superstorms in Earth’s past, scientists reveal the potential for even more massive, and potentially destructive, eruptions from the sun

Christopher Crockett • knowable
yesterday ~16 min

FDA panel recommends limiting Pfizer booster shots to Americans 65 and older, and those at high risk of severe COVID-19

An FDA panel has voted against recommending approval of a booster COVID-19 shot for the general population – disappointing some public health officials.

Matthew Woodruff, Instructor of Human Immunology, Emory University • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Harvard biologist discusses testosterone’s role in society

The hormone testosterone provides a backdrop for male aggression and violence, both in nature and in society, argues a Harvard human evolutionary biologist.

Alvin Powell • harvard
yesterday ~6 min

Biden urges countries to slash methane emissions 30% – here's why it's crucial for protecting climate and health, and how it can pay for itself

A large amount of methane emissions come from natural gas infrastructure and landfills – all problems companies know how to fix.

Drew Shindell, Professor of Climate Sciences, Duke University • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

New views of autocracy emerge from historic archives

Political science PhD student Emilia Simison has found that despotic regimes vary, and the move to democracy doesn’t necessarily guarantee policy change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
yesterday ~8 min

Are COVID-19 boosters ethical, with half the world waiting for a first shot? A bioethicist weighs in

Scientists debate the medical benefits of booster shots. But there’s another aspect to consider: bioethics.

Nancy S. Jecker, Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

COVID patients face risk for self-attacking antibodies

At least 1 in 5 hospitalized COVID-19 patients develops autoantibodies, antibodies that attack their own tissue within a week of admission, research finds.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
yesterday ~8 min

Sir Clive Sinclair: even his failures were prescient inventions

The mass-market computer pioneer leaves behind a legacy of accessible, far-sighted if not always successful products.

Mike Reddy, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, University of South Wales • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Why mRNA vaccines won’t replace all others

mRNA vaccines have proven highly effective for COVID-19. But that doesn't mean they're ready to replace all others, experts explain.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
yesterday ~6 min