Two-thirds of Earth's land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms – that's a problem for people, crops and forests

The projected loss of water storage on land as global temperatures rise is especially alarming in the Southern Hemisphere – and in parts of the US.

Yadu Pokhrel, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

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You’re not alone in eating more comfort food during COVID

A new survey shows that food-secure people didn't change their diets much, but many are turning to more comfort food than usual.

Brad Buck-Florida • futurity
Jan. 6, 2021 ~6 min

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Taking fish out of fish feed can make aquaculture a more sustainable food source

Fish farms feed millions of people around the world, but they also consume a lot of fish that are dried or ground up to make aquafeed. Researchers are developing more sustainable alternatives.

Pallab Sarker, Associate Research Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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A better kind of cybersecurity strategy

New model shows why countries that retaliate too much against online attacks make things worse for themselves.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Your robot vacuum could spy on you

Dust and dirt aren't the only things your robot vacuum can pick up. New research shows how hackers could use them to listen to private conversations, too.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Dec. 7, 2020 ~6 min

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Saurabh Amin: Striving to make our infrastructure safer

The systems engineer focuses on making transportation, electricity, and water infrastructure more resilient against disruptions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Rolls Royce plans 16 mini-nuclear plants for UK

The firm says the project will create 6,000 new jobs in the Midlands and the North of England

Nov. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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A circular economy could end waste – at the cost of our privacy

Manufacturers will increasingly track the products they sell to make recycling them more profitable.

Anitha Chinnaswamy, Assistant Professor of Computing, Coventry University • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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Delinquent electric bills from the pandemic are coming due – who will pay them?

Many Americans have been unable to pay their electric bills during the COVID-19 pandemic, racking up billions of dollars in delinquent bills. Where will the money come from?

Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, University of Florida • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~9 min

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Climate change and food demand could shrink species’ habitats by almost a quarter by 2100

Mammals, birds and amphibians worldwide have lost on average 18% of their natural habitat range as a result of changes in land use and climate change, a new

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 6, 2020 ~5 min

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