Fireworks can torment veterans and survivors of gun violence with PTSD – here's how to celebrate with respect for those who served

Setting off fireworks may be fun for you, but for some of your neighbors it could be a traumatic experience.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  war  ptsd  noise  july-4  fireworks  war-veterans  flashbacks  fourth-of-july  combat-veterans

Coronavirus: why we should end the pandemic ban on reusable cups

Recently washed cups could be safer than single-use containers that could have been sitting around for ages.

Sarah Pitt, Principal Lecturer, Microbiology and Biomedical Science Practice, Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, University of Brighton • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus waste single-use-plastic

China and AI: what the world can learn and what it should be wary of

The world needs to engage seriously with China’s AI development and take a closer look at what’s really going on.

Hessy Elliott, Researcher, Nesta • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence china technology

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?

Anjana Susarla, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: social-media politics donald-trump activism political-activism black-lives-matter campaigning k-pop filter-bubble tiktok political-campaigns

Climate change: 40°C summer temperatures could be common in UK by 2100

A new study lays bare the average summer heat people in the UK can expect by century's end.

Lisa Baldini, Lecturer in Environmental Science, Teesside University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change heat temperature-records greenhouse-gas-emissions

Gold mining leaves deforested Amazon land barren for years, find scientists

Mining strips nitrogen from the soil and means the forest struggles to grow back even after mines are abandoned. 

David Galbraith, Associate Professor in Earth System Dynamics, University of Leeds • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: tropical-forests deforestation amazon-forest tropical-deforestation amazonia gold-mining

What primates can teach us about managing arguments during lockdown

Primates have evolved behavioural strategies that can minimise the risk and costs of conflict.

Nicola F. Koyama, Senior Lecturer in Biological & Environmental Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  conflict  primates  aggression  monkeys  non-human-primates  post-conflict  arguments

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also the blame

Tribal lands are hot spots for COVID-19 infections and deaths. Racism is one of the reasons.

Sonja Michal Smith, Graduate student, Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Northern Arizona University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  indigenous-people  george-floyd  arizona

The US isn't in a second wave of coronavirus – the first wave never ended

The recent spike in new coronavirus cases in the US is not due to a second wave, but simply the virus moving into new populations or surging in places that opened up too soon.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic transmission sars-cov-2 new-york 1918-flu-pandemic florida texas second-wave eradication

COVID-19 messes with Texas: What went wrong, and what other states can learn as younger people get sick

Texas hospitals are filling up with new COVID-19 cases, and many of the people falling ill are young.

Tiffany A. Radcliff, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic leadership social-distancing behavior texas

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