What does an octopus eat? For a creature with a brain in each arm, whatever's within reach

With nine brains, blue blood and a talent for camouflage, the octopus is one of the most fascinating creatures in the sea.

Yannis Papastamatiou, Professor of Biological Sciences, Florida International University • conversation
May 9, 2022 ~6 min

Green space may cut dementia risk for middle-aged women

Living in an area lush with green space may boost cognitive function, slow mental decline, and reduce depression for middle-aged women.

Jillian McKoy-Boston U. • futurity
May 5, 2022 ~5 min

Fracking review suggests UK has softened precautionary principle since leaving EU – here's why it matters

Despite banning fracking in 2019, the UK government recently decided to review its safety.

Rosalind Malcolm, Professor of Law, Director of Environmental Regulatory Research Group (ERRG), University of Surrey • conversation
May 5, 2022 ~7 min

Absent legislative victory, the president can still meet US climate goals

Study finds activating a Clean Air Act provision could deliver major climate, health, and economic benefits.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
May 3, 2022 ~5 min

What words can convey

Natural language processing models capture rich knowledge of words’ meanings through statistics.

Jennifer Michalowski | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
May 3, 2022 ~5 min

How Studio Ghibli films can help us rediscover the childlike wonder of our connection with nature

Films like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro and Nausicaä created by Hayao Miyazaki explore the perils of neglecting nature.

Yuan Pan, Lecturer in Environmental Management, University of Reading • conversation
April 29, 2022 ~6 min

Russia's weaponization of natural gas could backfire by destroying demand for it

Has Putin hurt Russia by jolting Europe’s shift away from fossil fuels into high gear?

Michael E. Webber, Josey Centennial Professor of Energy Resources, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
April 29, 2022 ~8 min

Forests in the tropics are critical for tackling climate change – yet the people showing how are being exploited

Tropical forests are one of humanity’s best hopes for slowing climate change.

Renato Lima, Associate Research Scientist in Forest Ecology, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 28, 2022 ~8 min

How a new GCSE in natural history can help us towards a greener future

Children often aren’t aware of how much has been lost in recent generations.

Jo Anna Reed Johnson, Lecturer in Science Education, University of Reading • conversation
April 21, 2022 ~6 min

Harvard researchers help 3D printing take its next step

Harvard researchers present a new method of volumetric 3D printing.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
April 20, 2022 ~4 min