An infectious disease expert explains new federal rules on 'mix-and-match' vaccine booster shots

As boosters are authorized for all three COVID-19 shots available in the US, the ability to swap out vaccine types looks to be a boon to the immune system.

Glenn J. Rapsinski, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences • conversation
Oct. 22, 2021 ~9 min

Environment Bill: UK government offers five principles for protecting nature – here's why they won't work

The bill promises to prevent environmental damage and harm where possible, but what will this entail?

Benjamin Sachs, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of St Andrews • conversation
Oct. 22, 2021 ~7 min

Plastic waste is hurting women in developing countries – but there are ways to stop it

Women and girls in low-income countries are disproportionately likely to be affected by the plastic waste that’s flooding our planet.

Kutoma Wakunuma, Associate Professor of Information Systems, De Montfort University • conversation
Oct. 22, 2021 ~7 min

Doomscrolling COVID news takes an emotional toll – here's how to make your social media a happier place

Do you regularly find yourself scrolling through COVID news stories on social media, and can’t tear yourself away? You’re not alone.

Shaaba Lotun, PhD candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Essex • conversation
Oct. 22, 2021 ~6 min

Parents were fine with sweeping school vaccination mandates five decades ago – but COVID-19 may be a different story

Public health experts know that schools are likely sites for the spread of disease, and laws tying school attendance to vaccination go back to the 1800s.

James Colgrove, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health; Dean of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, Columbia School of General Studies, Columbia University • conversation
Oct. 22, 2021 ~9 min


The future of work is hybrid – here's an expert's recommendations for success

Even when the pandemic ends, the vast majority of US companies are expected to let many employees continue to work at least part time from home.

Alanah Mitchell, Associate Professor and Chair of Information Management and Business Analytics, Drake University • conversation
Oct. 22, 2021 ~8 min

Extreme rain heads for California's wildfire burn scars, raising risk of mudslides – this is what cascading climate disasters look like

Studies show climate change is raising the risk of cascading hazards that alone might not be extreme but add up to human disasters. Communities and government agencies aren’t prepared.

Amir AghaKouchak, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine • conversation
Oct. 21, 2021 ~8 min

The horse bit and bridle kicked off ancient empires – a new giant dataset tracks the societal factors that drove military technology

Did ancient technological advancements drive social innovation, or vice versa? Studying cause and effect in the ancient world may seem like a fool’s errand, but researchers built a database to do just that.

Peter Turchin, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Connecticut • conversation
Oct. 21, 2021 ~10 min

Extreme rain heads for California's burn scars, raising the risk of mudslides – this is what cascading climate disasters look like

Studies show climate change is raising the risk of cascading hazards that alone might not be extreme but add up to human disasters. Communities and government agencies aren’t prepared.

Amir AghaKouchak, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine • conversation
Oct. 21, 2021 ~8 min

A social species? Newly discovered fossils show early dinosaurs lived in herds

The complex social behaviour in early dinosaurs observed in a new study lines up with other fossil evidence that dinosaurs were more bird-like than crocodilian-like.

Michael J. Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol • conversation
Oct. 21, 2021 ~7 min

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