Western fires are burning higher in the mountains and at unprecedented rates as the climate warms

As the risk of fires rises in areas once considered too wet to burn, it creates hazards for mountain communities and for downstream water supplies.

Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Ph.D. Student in Engineering, McGill University • conversation
Sept. 13, 2021 ~9 min

Electricity prices have reached record highs – and the time-poor could suffer most

Time-poor households, like single parent families, are caught between rising prices and unhelpful tariffs.

Timur Yunusov, Postdoctoral Researcher on Flexibility in Energy Demand, University of Reading • conversation
Sept. 13, 2021 ~6 min

SpaceX Inspiration4 mission sent 4 people with minimal training into orbit – and brought space tourism closer to reality

The Inspiration4 mission sent four civilians to space for three days. Though still funded by a billionaire, the mission is a step forward in the nascent space tourism industry.

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
Sept. 10, 2021 ~7 min

Biden's pandemic plan overlooks mask mandates and vulnerable populations

President Biden outlined a six-point strategy to confront the pandemic. But two public health scholars believe it would work better with help from states.

Alexandra Skinner, Research Fellow of Health Law, Policy and Management, Boston University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2021 ~6 min

Over-the-counter rapid antigen tests can help slow the spread of COVID-19 -- here's how to use them effectively

Making rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 cheaper and more accessible can catch the infectious cases before they spread and help everyone resume normal activities safely.

Zoë McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Sept. 10, 2021 ~8 min

Over-the-counter rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 can help slow the spread of the delta variant -- here's when to use them

Making rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 cheaper and more accessible can catch the infectious cases before they spread and help everyone resume normal activities safely.

Zoë McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Sept. 10, 2021 ~8 min

How 'engagement' makes you vulnerable to manipulation and misinformation on social media

You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray.

Filippo Menczer, Luddy Distinguished Professor of Informatics and Computer Science, Indiana University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2021 ~9 min

American Muslims are at high risk of suicide - 20 years Post-9/11, the links between Islamophobia and suicide remain unexplored

Islamophobia increased post-9/11. Twenty years later, American Muslims are still dealing with the mental health effects – and research barriers limit what is known about what puts them at risk.

Amelia Noor-Oshiro, PhD Candidate in Public Health, Johns Hopkins University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2021 ~10 min

9/11 survivors' exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

Those directly exposed to toxic dust and trauma on and after 9/11 carry with them a generation of chronic health conditions, which are placing them at higher risk during the pandemic and as they age.

Roberto Lucchini, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, Florida International University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2021 ~10 min

Biden's proposed tenfold increase in solar power would remake the US electricity system

A decade ago, solar power was a tiny sliver of the US energy supply. Today it’s expanding rapidly – and the Biden administration wants to make it much, much bigger.

Joshua D. Rhodes, Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
Sept. 10, 2021 ~9 min

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