COP27: how young climate activists are changing international human rights law

Given how much young people have achieved in the fight against climate crisis it’s crucial their voices are really heard at COP27.

Aoife Daly, Lecturer in Law, University College Cork • conversation
Nov. 10, 2022 ~8 min

Ensuring AI works with the right dose of curiosity

Researchers make headway in solving a longstanding problem of balancing curious “exploration” versus “exploitation” of known pathways in reinforcement learning.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Nov. 10, 2022 ~9 min

New Harvard class on dog behavior

Harvard students discern why dogs do what they do in new class.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Nov. 8, 2022 ~8 min

Facing reality, however painful it may be

In his new book, “Life Is Hard,” MIT philosopher Kieran Setiya offers guidance for tackling the (many) problems we face.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 4, 2022 ~10 min

Neanderthals: how a carnivore diet may have led to their demise

Zinc in their bones reveal that these early humans were top of the food chain.

Paul Pettitt, Professor in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University • conversation
Nov. 3, 2022 ~8 min

8 billion humans: How population growth and climate change are connected as the 'Anthropocene engine' transforms the planet

The UN estimates the global population will pass 8 billion people on Nov. 15, 2022. From the Stone Age to today, here’s how things spiraled out of control.

Manfred Laubichler, Global Futures Professor and President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology, Arizona State University • conversation
Nov. 3, 2022 ~9 min

Celibacy: family history of Tibetan monks reveals evolutionary advantages in monasticism – podcast

Listen to the first episode of Discovery, a new series available via The Conversation Weekly podcast, telling the stories of fascinating new research discoveries from around the world.

Gemma Ware, Editor and Co-Host, The Conversation Weekly Podcast, The Conversation • conversation
Oct. 31, 2022 ~3 min

Orangutans: could 'half-Earth' conservation save the red ape?

Setting aside half of Borneo would significantly reduce their decline, say experts.

Serge Wich, Professor of Primate Biology, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Oct. 24, 2022 ~7 min

Intuitions about justice are a consistent part of human nature across cultures and millennia

What people consider to be fair and just today are in line with the laws of ancient Mesopotamia and the Tang Dynasty in China – suggesting that these intuitions are part of human nature.

Carlton Patrick, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, University of Central Florida • conversation
Oct. 21, 2022 ~9 min

Pit bulls went from America's best friend to public enemy – now they're slowly coming full circle

A scholar of law and humanities compares bans on dogs with any pit bull genes to “one drop” laws that once classified people with even a single Black ancestor as Black.

Colin Dayan, Professor of English, Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Oct. 21, 2022 ~10 min