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.
Nov. 13, 2020 • ~8 min
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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?
Nov. 4, 2020 • ~7 min
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Outsourcing use-of-force decisions to machines violates human dignity and is incompatible with international law.
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.
Sept. 30, 2020 • ~9 min
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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.
Sept. 14, 2020 • ~7 min
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The Zimovs want to restore the prehistoric 'mammoth steppe' ecosystem and see if it slows down – or even reverses – melting permafrost.
Sept. 7, 2020 • ~24 min
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Reports of Russia finishing development of a vaccine for COVID-19 called Sputnik-V are more complicated than they appear, an expert argues.
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.
Aug. 12, 2020 • ~7 min
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The UK says the Russian satellite launched "a projectile with the characteristics of a weapon".
July 23, 2020 • ~5 min
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