How is snowfall measured? A meteorologist explains how volunteers tally up winter storms

It’s hard to get accurate measurements, but a nationwide network of more than 8,000 volunteers with rulers and specific standards reports after every storm.

Bill Syrett, Associate Teaching Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science and Manager of the Joel N. Myers Weather Center, Penn State • conversation
today ~10 min

Youth largely underestimate the risks of contracting STIs through oral sex, a new study finds

Oral sex is common among young people. Protection from STIs is not.

N'dea Moore-Petinak, PhD Candidate in Health Services Organization & Policy, University of Michigan Medical School • conversation
today ~5 min

Is the omicron variant Mother Nature’s way of vaccinating the masses and curbing the pandemic?

Some of the omicron variant’s unique properties – such as its ability to spread rapidly while causing milder COVID-19 infections – could usher in a new phase of the pandemic.

Mitzi Nagarkatti, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Carolina • conversation
today ~9 min

Cold-water swimming: what you can do to acclimatise to the temperature

Cold water swimming is increasingly popular, but experts have tips for beginners on how to plunge in.

Heather Massey, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science & Health, School of Sport, Health & Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth • conversation
today ~5 min

Coffee may become more scarce and expensive thanks to climate change – new research

More than half of the world’s best growing land could become less suited for coffee.

Denis J Murphy, Professor of Biotechnology, Head of Genomics & Computational Biology Research, University of South Wales • conversation
today ~6 min

Climate and extinction crises move too slowly for us to pay attention – here's the answer

We need to develop a ‘slow memory’ of how long-term developments have impacted us.

Jenny Wüstenberg, Associate Professor, Twentieth Century History, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
today ~7 min

Tiny new wasps turn up in campus oak tree

A tiny, non-stinging wasp species is the first to appear in scientific literature alongside its fully sequenced genome.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
today ~10 min

Four things tsunami-vulnerable countries must do to prepare for the next disaster

We can’t prevent natural disasters from happening, but we can be better prepared for when they do.

Ravindra Jayaratne, Reader in Coastal Engineering, University of East London • conversation
today ~7 min

Cambridge scientists get £22.5 million boost from Cancer Research UK

Cambridge scientists are set to receive a major cash injection from Cancer Research UK.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
today ~3 min

Vitamin D reduced rate of autoimmune diseases by 22%

A new study finds vitamin D supplements with or without omega-3s decreased the risk of autoimmune diseases by 22 percent compared to placebo.

Haley Bridger • harvard
yesterday ~5 min