Showing you're stressed may make you more likeable – new research

A first-of-its-kind study investigated what’s going on in other people’s minds during your nail-biting moments.

Jamie Whitehouse, Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 13, 2022 ~5 min

Pink pigeons in Mauritius made a remarkable comeback from near-extinction – but are still losing genetic diversity

The birds only live on one island and are all very closely-related.

Jim Groombridge, Professor of Biodiversity Conservation, University of Kent • conversation
May 13, 2022 ~6 min

Why a US task force is recommending anxiety screening in kids 8 and older

Up to 20% of US children have an anxiety disorder, and many suffer in silence.

Elana Bernstein, Assistant Professor of School Psychology, University of Dayton • conversation
May 13, 2022 ~10 min

A shrinking fraction of the world's major crops goes to feed the hungry, with more used for nonfood purposes

A new study finds that by 2030, less than one-third of the world’s major crop harvests will go directly to feed people.

Deepak Ray, Senior Scientist, University of Minnesota • conversation
May 13, 2022 ~6 min

What's behind the US baby formula shortage – and how to make sure it doesn't happen again

An infant nutrition expert explains what is behind the current formula shortage and what can be done to support hard-pressed parents.

Steven A. Abrams, Professorof Pediatrics, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
May 12, 2022 ~9 min

Say hello to Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy

Sagittarius A* is a massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Now that astronomers have imaged it, they can begin to learn more about black holes within other galaxies across the universe.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
May 12, 2022 ~8 min

The idea that power poses boost your confidence fell from favor – but a new review of the research calls for a second look

For a while it was all the rage to adopt Wonder Woman’s famous stance and other body positions that allegedly pumped up your confidence – until more studies of the phenomenon failed to find the connection.

Brad Bushman, Professor of Communication and Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication, The Ohio State University • conversation
May 12, 2022 ~8 min

How we captured first image of the supermassive black hole at centre of the Milky Way

We finally know that Sagittarius A* really exists.

Derek Ward-Thompson, Professor of Astrophysics, University of Central Lancashire • conversation
May 12, 2022 ~6 min

Trees aren't a climate change cure-all – 2 new studies on the life and death of trees in a warming world show why

More carbon dioxide in the air doesn’t necessarily mean more growth for trees, and the increasing risk of wildfires and drought has major consequences, as an interactive map shows.

William R.L. Anderegg, Associate Professor of Ecology, School Of Biological Sciences, University of Utah • conversation
May 12, 2022 ~8 min

How to grow plants on the moon – new study

Take note, future colonisers: you may be able to grow stuff in certain places on the Moon.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
May 12, 2022 ~8 min