In defence of woodlice and their complicated sex lives

Woodlice are everywhere but people don’t like them much. Here’s why they should be more popular.

Stuart Reynolds, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Bath • conversation
Dec. 8, 2022 ~7 min

People can have food sensitivities without noticeable symptoms – long-term consumption of food allergens may lead to behavior and mood changes

Food allergies have been linked to behavioral and mood disorders, including depression, anxiety and ADHD.

Kumi Nagamoto-Combs, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Dakota • conversation
Dec. 8, 2022 ~10 min

China's Belt and Road infrastructure projects could help or hurt oceans and coasts worldwide

China’s international lending projects have big potential impacts on oceans and coasts. By cooperating more closely with host countries, Beijing can make those projects more sustainable.

Rebecca Ray, Senior Academic Researcher in Global Development Policy, Boston University • conversation
Dec. 8, 2022 ~10 min

Toilets spew invisible aerosol plumes with every flush – here's the proof, captured by high-powered lasers

Toilets eject aerosol droplets that may carry disease-causing pathogens. Learning about how these particles move could help reduce exposure in public restrooms.

John Crimaldi, Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Dec. 8, 2022 ~7 min

Internet search results could be increasing your carbon emissions

New research highlights the problem of algorithmically embodied emissions.

Jutta Haider, Professor of Information Studies, University of Borås • conversation
Dec. 7, 2022 ~7 min

Why mourning a pet can be harder than grieving for a person

The death of a pet can be a deeply painful experience. But acknowledging the way pet grief is different can help people find consolation.

Sam Carr, Reader in Education with Psychology and Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath • conversation
Dec. 7, 2022 ~5 min

Harnessing the brain's immune cells to stave off Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases

Microglia, immune cells disguised as brain cells, are known as the janitors of the brain. Dialing up their usual duties just enough could provide an avenue to treat neurodegenerative disease.

Kristine Zengeler, Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience, University of Virginia • conversation
Dec. 7, 2022 ~9 min

Mosquitoes are not repelled by vitamins and other oral supplements you might take

A medical myth persists that the B vitamin thiamine is a systemic insect repellent that wards off mosquitoes when taken orally. But scientists have disproven this mistaken belief again and again.

Matan Shelomi, Associate Professor of Entomology, National Taiwan University • conversation
Dec. 7, 2022 ~8 min

How to stay warm when you're working from home (without turning the heating on)

Keeping your fingers and toes warm is the key.

Hugh Montgomery, Professor of intensive Care Medicine, UCL • conversation
Dec. 7, 2022 ~7 min

New food technologies could release 80% of the world's farmland back to nature

Cellular and microbial agriculture can make the same amount of food on a fraction of the land.

Katie Noble, PhD Candidate, Leverhulme Center for Anthropocene Biodiversity, University of York • conversation
Dec. 6, 2022 ~8 min