The world's southernmost tree hangs on in one of the windiest places on Earth – but climate change is shifting those winds

A team of researchers found the southernmost tree and forest on Earth at the extreme tip of South America. Wind limits where trees grow on Isla Hornos and those wind patterns are shifting.

Brian Buma, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, University of Colorado Denver • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: climate-change south-america trees wind discovery exploration

Coronavirus: how the pharma industry is changing to produce a vaccine on time

Medical innovation is often accelerated in a time of crisis.

Stephen Morris, Research Fellow in Vaccine Process Analytics, UCL • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: biotechnology covid-19 vaccines pharmaceuticals coronavirus-2020 pharmaceutical-industry coronavirus-vaccine

The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.

Paul Deutchman, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: morality psychology inequality competition motivation behavioral-economics evolutionary-psychology psychology-research fairness morals punishment justice deterrence stealing moral-outrage theft inequity social-inequity

The Arctic hasn't been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet

Extreme shrinkage of summer sea ice is just the latest evidence of rapid Arctic warming – and what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay there.

Steve Petsch, Associate Professor of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
yesterday ~9 min

Tags: climate-change greenland arctic paleoclimate russia carbon-dioxide-co2 siberia arctic-warming sea-ice norway pliocene boreal-forest

Biodiversity: where the world is making progress – and where it's not

The world missed all 20 targets for stemming the tide of biodiversity loss. But there has been some progress over the last decade.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: climate-change biodiversity extinction united-nations wildlife invasive-species habitat-loss species-loss unep convention-on-biodiversity

Your child's vaccines: What you need to know about catching up during the COVID-19 pandemic

A pediatrician answers parents' questions about catching up on missed childhood vaccinations and why that's so important.

Irène Mathieu, Pediatrician, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 schools pandemic health-care vaccines measles pediatric-care flu-shots childhood-vaccination

Nobel Prizes have a diversity problem even worse than the scientific fields they honor

With 3% of science Nobels going to women and zero going to Black people, these awards are an extreme example of how certain demographics are underrepresented in STEM fields.

Marc Zimmer, Professor of Chemistry, Connecticut College • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: women-in-stem nobel-prize women-in-science discrimination stereotypes stem-careers innovation-and-invention nobel-laureates imposter-syndrome underrepresented-students role-models leaky-stem-pipeline stem-role-models science-role-models racist-stereotypes

Is the EU 'cheating' on its net-zero emissions plan? Here’s what the science says

'Carbon sinks' like forests and the soil have already been factored into the carbon budget – they should not be double-counted.

Wolfgang Knorr, Senior Research Scientist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change carbon-emissions net-zero carbon-budget emissions-targets global-carbon-budget

Reptiles: one in three species traded online – and 75% aren't protected by international law

Reptiles are consistently overlooked by regulators of the trade in wildlife, but many face extinction in the wild.

Tanya Wyatt, Professor of Criminology, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation reptiles illegal-wildlife-trade snakes online-crime wildlife-trade lizards crocodiles

Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands

Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.

Scott Fitzpatrick, Professor of Anthropology + Associate Director, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: archaeology caribbean cuba radiocarbon-dating jamaica islands human-migration trinidad human-settlements artifacts human-settlement

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