Four things tsunami-vulnerable countries must do to prepare for the next disaster

We can’t prevent natural disasters from happening, but we can be better prepared for when they do.

Ravindra Jayaratne, Reader in Coastal Engineering, University of East London • conversation
today ~7 min

Russia could unleash disruptive cyberattacks against the US – but efforts to sow confusion and division are more likely

Russia probably has the means to attack US electrical grids and otherwise create havoc but probably won’t go that far. Instead, watch for disinformation aimed at undermining the US and NATO.

Justin Pelletier, Professor of Practice of Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
yesterday ~9 min


Wordle has been hacked – but that's not going to ruin the fun

This deceptively simple online word guessing game has captured the English-speaking world.

John Dixon, Lecturer, Computer Science, University of Hull • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Revenge: the neuroscience of why it feels good in the moment, but may be a bad idea in the long run

Thinking about revenge makes the brain’s reward centres light up.

Geoff Beattie, Professor of Psychology, Edge Hill University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Everything we see is a mash-up of the brain's last 15 seconds of visual information

The brain is basically a time machine that ensures what we see is stable and continuous

David Whitney, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Methane in the atmosphere is at an all-time high – here's what it means for climate change

Recent estimates put atmospheric methane at 1,900 parts per billion – close to triple its pre-industrial average.

Euan Nisbet, Professor of Earth Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Yes, Wordle has been hacked – but that's not going to ruin the fun

This deceptively simple online word guessing game has captured the English-speaking world.

John Dixon, Lecturer, Computer Science, University of Hull • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end? 4 essential reads on past pandemics and what the future could bring

None of our authors can see the future, but many do have expertise that offers insights about what’s reasonable to expect.

Maggie Villiger, Senior Science + Technology Editor • conversation
yesterday ~7 min


The herbicide dicamba was supposed to solve farmers' weed problems – instead, it's making farming harder for many of them

Farmers are stuck in a chemical war against weeds, which have developed resistance to many widely used herbicides. Seed companies’ answer – using more varied herbicides – is causing new problems.

Bart Elmore, Associate Professor of History and Core Faculty in the Sustainability Institute, The Ohio State University • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

New federal wildfire plan is ambitious – but the Forest Service needs more money and people to fight the growing risks

After another devastating wildfire year in the West, the Biden administration has a plan to ramp up forest thinning and prescribed burns. Two foresters explain why these projects are so important.

Susan Kocher, Cooperative Extension Forester and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

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