Apple's new emojis are more ammunition for the online generation wars

Millennials' favourite 😂 is the latest casualty of gen z's emoji snobbery.

Mark Brill, Senior Lecturer, School of Games, Film and Animation, Birmingham City University • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~7 min

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

The effects of the pandemic and recent engineering concerns with the new and still unflown Space Launch System may delay the Artemis programme.

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~8 min

Red kites and ravens swooped through Elizabethan London – and helped keep the city clean

Plague-wary Londoners tolerated mischievous red kites and ravens for their services to the city's sanitation.

Lee Raye, Associate Lecturer in Arts and Humanities, The Open University • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~6 min

Audio chatrooms like Clubhouse have become the hot new media by tapping into the age-old appeal of the human voice

Social media platform Clubhouse is a buzzy Silicon Valley darling, but its core attribute – audio chat – is unlikely to be a flash in the pan.

Damian Radcliffe, Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, University of Oregon • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~9 min

The exercise pill: How exercise keeps your brain healthy and protects it against depression and anxiety

Many doctors believe that exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that modern medicine has in its arsenal. But have you ever wondered why that is so? Your brain actually benefits, too.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~9 min

Curious Kids Live: exploring the solar system

Send us your questions – and join us live to hear about the solar system.

Grace Allen, Cities, Education and Young People Editor • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~1 min

Many Black Americans aren’t rushing to get the COVID-19 vaccine – a long history of medical abuse suggests why

Though COVID-19 has killed almost twice as many Black Americans as whites, Black people are the least likely racial group to say they're eager to receive the vaccine as soon as it's available to them.

Esther Jones, Associate Professor of English, affiliate with Africana Studies and Women's & Gender Studies, Clark University • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~9 min

How 'tiger farms' have turned a wild animal into a species worth more dead than alive

A production line takes tigers from zoos to be harvested for their meat, skin and bones.

Simon Evans, Principal Lecturer in Ecotourism, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~6 min

Five ways boredom could be changing your behaviour, for better or worse

Boredom can make you angry, impulsive or find meaning in life.

Wijnand Van Tilburg, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Essex • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~7 min

Black biomedical scientists still lag in research funding – here's why that matters to all Americans

There aren't just health care disparities between white and Black people. There are funding disparities too that make it harder for Black scientists to succeed in academia.

Omolola Eniola-Adefeso, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan Medical School • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~8 min