Global warming may be behind an increase in the frequency and intensity of cold spells

Cold snaps can affect everyday services and infrastructure, putting lives at risk.

Beatriz Monge-Sanz, Senior Researcher, Department of Physics, University of Oxford • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Honey bees are suprisingly abundant, research shows – but most are wild, not managed in hives

Wild honey bee colonies outnumber those managed in commercial hives.

Oliver Visick, PhD Student in Ecology and Evolution, University of Sussex • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Jupiter’s moon Europa produces less oxygen than we thought – it may affect our chances of finding life there

Only about 12kg of oxygen is produced per second on Europa, which is on the lower side of previous estimates from about 5kg to 1,100 kg per second.

Andrew Coates, Professor of Physics, Deputy Director (Solar System) at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Demand for computer chips fuelled by AI could reshape global politics and security

The effects of AI’s growth on global security could be difficult to predict.

Alina Vaduva, Director of the Business Advice Centre for Post Graduate Students at UEL, Ambassador of the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise, University of East London • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Why do bees have queens? 2 biologists explain this insect’s social structure – and why some bees don’t have a queen at all

A queen’s main job in the hive is to lay eggs and pass genes on to offspring. But many bee species do just fine without queens or big colonies.

Aviva Liebert, Professor of Biology, Framingham State University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Could the days of ‘springing forward’ be numbered? A neurologist and sleep expert explains the downside to that borrowed hour of daylight

Americans have long been divided over adopting permanent standard versus permanent daylight saving time. But support for permanent standard time grew dramatically between 2021 and 2024.

Beth Ann Malow, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

Estimated 2.5 million people displaced by tornadoes, wildfires and other disasters in 2023 tell a story of recovery in America and who is vulnerable

Census data and research show all things are not equal in disaster displacement, as two experts in disaster recovery explain.

James Kendra, Director, Disaster Research Center and Professor, Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

River pollution is causing harmful outbreaks of sewage fungus in the UK

Sewage fungus is actually not a fungus. Our expert explains what it is, where it lives and what can be done to reduce outbreaks in polluted rivers.

Dania Albini, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Aquatic Ecology, University of Exeter • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

Biden executive order on sensitive personal information does little for now to curb data market – but spotlights the threat the market poses

The dangers posed by the largely unregulated commercial data market prompted the Biden administration to try to prevent adversarial countries from exploiting Americans’ sensitive personal data.

Anne Toomey McKenna, Visiting Professor of Law, University of Richmond • conversation
March 2, 2024 ~9 min

Texas fires: With over 1 million acres of grassland burned, cattle ranchers face struggles ahead to find and feed their herds

The state’s largest wildfire on record tore across the heart of Texas cattle country, and more days of strong winds were forecast. A rangeland ecologist explains why the flames spread so fast.

Karen Hickman, Professor and Director of Environmental Science, Oklahoma State University • conversation
March 1, 2024 ~6 min