Pets give companionship, cuddles and joy – and also unavoidable stresses

Pets often become an integral part of the family system, and some people say their bond to their pet is akin to that of a human child.

Emily Hemendinger, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~10 min

Heat waves can be deadly for older adults: An aging global population and rising temperatures mean millions are at risk

Older adults face greater health risks from extreme heat for several reasons. Communities can save lives by starting to make changes now.

Ian Sue Wing, Professor of Earth and Environment, Boston University • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~10 min


Why you shouldn’t take pebbles from the beach – here’s the science

People taking pebbles from some beaches in Cumbria, England, will now face fines of up to £1,000.

Suzana Ilic, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~5 min

Spirited Away play review: a wonderful artistic imagining of Studio Ghibli’s tale of environmental stewardship

Using a revolving stage and moving doors, the play perfectly captures a sense of awe and fantasy in this tale about environmental responsibility and the dangers of overconsumption.

Yuan Pan, Lecturer in Environmental Management & Sustainability, University of Reading • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~6 min

What is wind shear? An atmospheric scientist explains how it can tear apart hurricanes

Vertical wind shear can keep tropical storms in check, particularly during El Niño years. When El Niño is gone, wind shear is often not as strong.

Zachary Handlos, Atmospheric Science Educator, Georgia Institute of Technology • conversation
May 21, 2024 ~4 min

I sailed across oceans in search of microplastics – a new film charts my journey

A new film charts the voyage of an all-women crew who crossed oceans to sample microplastic pollution.

Emily Duncan, Associate Researcher, Conservation Biology, University of Exeter • conversation
May 21, 2024 ~7 min

International development can tackle the climate and migration crises together

Aid would be much better spent if donors listened to the people they are trying to help.

Nathan Einbinder, Senior Research Fellow in Agroecology and Human Geography, University of Plymouth • conversation
May 21, 2024 ~8 min

New fossil brings us a step closer to unravelling the mystery of feather evolution

Understanding more about feathers could change the way we think about dinosaurs.

Maria McNamara, Professor, Palaeobiology, University College Cork • conversation
May 21, 2024 ~7 min


TikTok law threatening a ban if the app isn’t sold raises First Amendment concerns

The law forcing TikTok to be sold or banned is meant to protect Americans from Chinese government influence and privacy intrusions. But does it undermine a bedrock American principle?

Gautam Hans, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell University • conversation
May 21, 2024 ~8 min

What is wind shear? An atmospheric scientist explains how it can tear down hurricanes

Vertical wind shear can keep tropical storms in check, particularly during El Niño years. When El Niño is gone, ii’s often not as strong.

Zachary Handlos, Atmospheric Science Educator, Georgia Institute of Technology • conversation
May 21, 2024 ~4 min

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