Looking forward to forecast the risks of a changing climate

To better inform local policy in the face of changing weather extremes, MIT researchers seek to advance the modeling of long-term weather risks.

Paige Colley | School of Science • mit
April 15, 2022 ~11 min

Fracking near public water is bad for infant health

"...drilling near an infant's public water source yields poorer birth outcomes and more fracking-related contaminants in public drinking water."

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
April 13, 2022 ~6 min

No space for a heat pump? Here’s how your whole street could get off gas heating

Shared ground heat exchanges could provide low-carbon heating for up to 80% of homes in the UK, research suggests.

David Barns, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant in Shared Ground Heat Exchange Policy, University of Leeds • conversation
April 11, 2022 ~6 min

Can my electric car power my house? Not yet for most drivers, but vehicle-to-home charging is coming

Bidirectional charging is the next big stage for electric vehicles. But storing power in your car and sending it back to your house involves more than flipping a switch.

Seth Blumsack, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs, Penn State • conversation
March 29, 2022 ~9 min

Tornadoes, climate change and why Dixie is the new Tornado Alley

Studies show tornadoes are getting more common and more intense, and they’re shifting eastward to a new tornado hot spot.

Ernest Agee, Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science, Purdue University • conversation
March 23, 2022 ~6 min

What is the new COVID-19 variant BA.2, and will it cause another wave of infections in the US?

The latest addition to the omicron lineage has been making waves in Europe. Whether it will do the same in the U.S. depends on rates of vaccination and prior infection.

Mitzi Nagarkatti, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Carolina • conversation
March 22, 2022 ~7 min

Why Russian gas could disrupt Germany's plan for a bolder climate agenda

The ‘Energiewende’ relies on gas as a bridge between a coal-powered past and renewable future.

Trevelyan Wing, Centre Researcher and PhD Candidate, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG), University of Cambridge • conversation
March 22, 2022 ~8 min

AI maps psychedelic 'trip' experiences to regions of the brain – opening new route to psychiatric treatments

Pinpointing the molecular targets behind the subjective effects of psychedelic drugs could help clinicians and researchers better treat psychiatric conditions.

Sam Friedman, Machine Learning Scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT &, Harvard University • conversation
March 16, 2022 ~6 min

Why your brain likes nature more than cities

"Humans do not like looking at boxes," physicist Richard Taylor says. "We need to reclaim our urban environment and put nature back into it."

Emily Halnon-Oregon • futurity
March 10, 2022 ~6 min

Turning down your thermostat really can ease a gas supply crisis – here's how

People can act collectively to lower their energy use in an emergency.

Aurore Julien, Senior Lecturer and Research Manager, University of East London • conversation
March 10, 2022 ~7 min