Will omicron – the new coronavirus variant of concern – be more contagious than delta? A virus expert explains what researchers know and what they don't

It’s too early to say whether the newly identified omicron variant is going to overtake delta. But particular mutations in the new strain have researchers deeply concerned.

Suresh V. Kuchipudi, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Penn State • conversation
Nov. 30, 2021 ~8 min

Sweden's flight-free movement: how views about holiday air travel are changing

Swedish views on holidays are shifting towards reducing air travel, media analysis shows.

Kimberly Nicholas, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science, Lund University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2021 ~6 min


How uncertainty can impair our ability to make rational decisions – new research

High levels of uncertainty can make us obsessive compulsive, causing physical changes in the brain.

Aleya Aziz Marzuki, PhD Candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Cambridge • conversation
Nov. 30, 2021 ~8 min

'Hunker down' is not enough: 2021 hurricane season showed US isn't prepared as climate-related disasters push people deeper into poverty

The most vulnerable communities are being pushed deeper into poverty with each climate-related disaster. Part of the problem is that government aid helps the wealthiest people most.

Karen Jacobsen, Henry J. Leir Chair in Global Migration, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University • conversation
Nov. 29, 2021 ~10 min

What maps made by 20th century suffragists can teach us about holding leaders to account on climate change

Women’s rights activists used maps to highlight which regions hadn’t given women the vote: we can use the same tactics to push climate action.

James Cheshire, Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography, UCL • conversation
Nov. 29, 2021 ~7 min

Why people in some parts of England pay far more than others to heat their homes

People in some areas are paying hundreds of pounds more to heat their homes every year.

Ruchi Choudhary, Professor of Architectural Engineering, University of Cambridge • conversation
Nov. 29, 2021 ~7 min

When 'hunker down' isn't an option: The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season showed how low-income communities face the highest risks

The most vulnerable communities are being pushed deeper into poverty with each climate-related disaster. Part of the problem is that government aid helps the wealthiest people most.

Karen Jacobsen, Henry J. Leir Chair in Global Migration, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University • conversation
Nov. 29, 2021 ~10 min

Who invented video games?

Video games are everywhere. So who was the first person to come up with the idea of playing a game on a computer screen?

Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Professor of Computational Media, University of California, Santa Cruz • conversation
Nov. 29, 2021 ~7 min


How vulnerable is your personal information? 4 essential reads

Data breaches have become a fact of life. Here are articles from The Conversation that detail the threat, why it happens and what you can do to protect yourself.

Eric Smalley, Science + Technology Editor • conversation
Nov. 29, 2021 ~7 min

Reverse vaccination technique in mice suggests new way to teach the immune system not to attack lifesaving treatments

A recent lab-stage study finds that preexposure to the proteins used to treat conditions like hemophilia A could help train the immune system to tolerate rather than attack therapies.

Sathy Balu-Iyer, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo • conversation
Nov. 29, 2021 ~5 min

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