Museum specimens could help fight the next pandemic – why preserving collections is crucial to future scientific discoveries

Specimen preservation means researchers don't need to reinvent the wheel each time they ask a new question, making it critical for the advancement of science. But many specimens are discarded or lost.

Bryan McLean, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina – Greensboro • conversation
Dec. 16, 2020 ~11 min

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Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires - it's a risk in urban fires, too

A new study shows how toxic chemicals like benzene are leaching into water systems after nearby fires. The pipes don't have to burn – they just have to heat up.

Kristofer P. Isaacson, Ph.D. Student, Purdue University • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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W.E.B. Du Bois embraced science to fight racism as editor of NAACP's magazine The Crisis

As editor of the magazine for 24 years, Du Bois featured articles about biology, evolution, archaeology in Africa and more to refute the rampant scientific racism of the early 20th century.

Jordan Besek, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University at Buffalo • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~8 min

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Paris Agreement: five years on, it's time to fix carbon trading

Done right, offsetting projects can benefit local people and make a measurable difference to carbon emissions.

Imi Melissa Dencer-Brown, Lecturer in Blue Carbon, Edinburgh Napier University • conversation
Dec. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Asteroid capsule landing point detected

A search is under way for a capsule carrying the first large quantities of rock from an asteroid.

bbcnews
Dec. 5, 2020 ~2 min

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was a record-breaker, and it's raising more concerns about climate change

There were so many tropical storms in 2020, forecasters exhausted the list of names and started using Greek letters. And that's only one reason 2020 was extreme.

Allison Wing, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Florida State University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Why COVID-19 has left the UK especially vulnerable to flooding this winter

La Niña means we are forecast a wet winter – and people are struggling and ill-prepared.

Gabrielle Powell, PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, University of Reading • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was a record-smasher – and it's raising more concerns about climate change

There were so many tropical storms in 2020, forecasters exhausted the list of names and started using Greek letters. And that's only one reason 2020 was extreme.

Allison Wing, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Florida State University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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WWF vows to 'do more' after human rights abuse reports

The conservation charity is accused of working with guards who allegedly tortured and killed people.

bbcnews
Nov. 25, 2020 ~6 min

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