Christmas trees can stay fresh for weeks – a well-timed cut and consistent watering are key

From picking the tree to getting it home to setting it up, the choices you make can help it stay fresher – and safer – longer.

Curtis VanderSchaaf, Assistant Professor of Forestry, Mississippi State University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

How to keep your home warm during very cold weather (on a budget) – and avoid dangerous heating 'hacks'

Cranking the heating up 24/7 isn’t an option for most people.

Mari Martiskainen, Professor of Energy and Society, University of Sussex • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Arrakhis: the tiny satellite aiming to reveal what dark matter is made of

By spotting and counting tiny galaxies, we can work out how much dark matter is hiding in the cosmos.

Andreea Font, Reader in Theoretical Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Picky eater? Research shows it could be in your DNA

Our experiences of taste are so vivid and personal it can be hard to imagine how people can turn their nose up at your favourite comfort food. Research shows the explanation could be in your genes.

Nicola Pirastu, Senior Manager Biostatistics Unit at Human Technopole and Honorary Fellow, The University of Edinburgh • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

China's new space station opens for business in an increasingly competitive era of space activity

China has completed construction of the Tiangong space station, and science projects are now underway. The station is an important piece of China’s ambitious plans for space activity in coming years.

Scott Shackelford, Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

What is voluntary sterilization? A health communication expert unpacks how a legacy of forced sterilization shapes doctor-patient conversations today

The term voluntary sterilization, referring to the choice to receive permanent birth control, arose as a contrast to the involuntary, or forced, sterilization that stems from the eugenics movement.

Elizabeth Hintz, Assistant Professor of Health Communication, University of Connecticut • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

70 years on from London's Great Smog, we still need cleaner air to protect health

A new report by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer sets out what must happen.

William Bloss, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Ada Lovelace's skills with language, music and needlepoint contributed to her pioneering work in computing

Lovelace was a prodigious math talent who learned from the giants of her time, but her linguistic and creative abilities were also important in her invention of computer programming.

Corinna Schlombs, Associate Professor of History, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
Dec. 8, 2022 ~8 min

How do floating wind turbines work? With 5 companies winning the first US leases to build wind farms off California's coast, let's take a look

Some of the most powerful offshore wind is over water too deep for a standard wind turbine. Engineers found a way around the problem.

Matthew Lackner, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UMass Amherst • conversation
Dec. 8, 2022 ~7 min

Cumbria coal mine: empty promises of carbon capture tech have excused digging up more fossil fuel for decades

Here’s what I’ve learned from researching the history of UK climate policy.

Marc Hudson, Research Fellow in Industrial Decarbonisation Policy, University of Sussex • conversation
Dec. 8, 2022 ~4 min