200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction

For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.

Alessandro Antonello, Senior Research Fellow in History, Flinders University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~8 min

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The International Space Station at 20 offers hope and a template for future cooperation

Humans have been living on the International Space Station for two full decades. So what comes next for this ailing technology, and what does it mean for future International ventures in space?

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
Nov. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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The threat of 'killer robots' is real and closer than you might think

Outsourcing use-of-force decisions to machines violates human dignity and is incompatible with international law.

Ingvild Bode, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern Denmark • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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The Arctic hasn't been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet

Extreme shrinkage of summer sea ice is just the latest evidence of rapid Arctic warming – and what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay there.

Steve Petsch, Associate Professor of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~9 min

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Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Russian agents reportedly placed malware in U.S. voter registration systems in 2016 and are actively interfering in the 2020 election. Here's the state of election cybersecurity.

Douglas W. Jones, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Iowa • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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Mammoth task: the Russian family on a resurrection quest to tackle the climate crisis

The Zimovs want to restore the prehistoric 'mammoth steppe' ecosystem and see if it slows down – or even reverses – melting permafrost.

Charlotte Wrigley, PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
Sept. 7, 2020 ~24 min

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Novichok: how are victims surviving poisoning?

It's all about the dose.

Robert Chilcott, Professor, Centre for Research into Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
Sept. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Does Russia really have a COVID-19 vaccine?

Reports of Russia finishing development of a vaccine for COVID-19 called Sputnik-V are more complicated than they appear, an expert argues.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~8 min

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A COVID-19 vaccine needs the public's trust – and it's risky to cut corners on clinical trials, as Russia is

As Russia fast tracks a coronavirus vaccine, scientists worry about skipped safety checks – and the potential fallout for trust in vaccines if something ends up going wrong.

Abram L. Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
Aug. 12, 2020 ~7 min

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UK and US say Russia fired a satellite weapon in space

The UK says the Russian satellite launched "a projectile with the characteristics of a weapon".

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

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