The camera never lies? Our research found CCTV isn't always dependable when it comes to murder investigations

CCTV is a popular form of digital evidence but it can be unreliable and problematic.

Fiona Brookman, Professor of Criminology, University of South Wales • conversation
March 17, 2023 ~6 min

3 reasons the Willow Arctic oil drilling project was approved – it's the latest battle in a long fight over Alaska's North Slope

Biden vowed ‘no more drilling on federal lands,’ but Russia’s war on Ukraine and pressures at home are hard to ignore.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~9 min

New PFAS guidelines – a water quality scientist explains technology and investment needed to get forever chemicals out of US drinking water

The drinking water systems serving over 70 million people may not meet newly proposed water quality standards. It could cost hundreds of billions of dollars to fix that.

Joe Charbonnet, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~7 min

How we created the first map of an insect brain – and what it means for our understanding of the human brain

This new study could help researchers understand conditions such as autism and help fight climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of AI.

Michael Winding, Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~7 min

Venus: proof of active volcanoes – at last

Decades old images reveal that a volcano erupted on Venus in 1991.

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~8 min

Water in space – a 'Goldilocks' star reveals previously hidden step in how water gets to planets like Earth

Astronomers have long known where water is first formed in the universe and how it ends up on planets, asteroids and comets. A recent discovery has finally answered what happens in between.

John Tobin, Scientist, National Radio Astronomy Observatory • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~9 min

Why it's hard for the US to cut or even control Medicare spending

The program’s expenses are rising rapidly as baby boomers retire and health care costs grow.

Andrew Rettenmaier, Executive Associate Director of the Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~7 min

As bird flu continues to spread in the US and worldwide, what's the risk that it could start a human pandemic? 4 questions answered

Avian influenza viruses have evolved to infect birds, but the current H5N1 outbreak is also infecting a wide range of mammals. This suggests that it could mutate into forms that threaten humans.

Sharon Wu, PhD Student in Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~9 min

Is the Western drought finally ending? That depends on where you look

Reservoirs and streams are in good shape in California and the Great Basin, but groundwater and ecosystems are another story. And then there’s the Colorado River Basin.

Dan McEvoy, Associate Research Professor in Climatology, Desert Research Institute • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~9 min

Scottish bottle deposit scheme to be blocked – but evidence from Europe suggests it's the way forward

Evidence suggests that Scotland’s bottle deposit scheme would prevent huge amounts of litter from entering the environment.

Sharon George, Research Chair, Indigenous Approaches to Environmental Management, Keele University • conversation
March 16, 2023 ~6 min