How the trees in your local park help protect you from disease

Invisible to the eye, the microbial life in the air around us can vary depending on our environment.

Ross Cameron, Senior Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Are you a climate change hypocrite? Here’s why you shouldn’t worry

Climate hypocrisy matters for governments – but not individuals.

Bennet Francis, Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar in Climate Justice, University of Reading • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Where coronavirus variants emerge, surges follow – new research suggests how genomic surveillance can be an early warning system

By merging genomics with classical epidemiology, researchers are able to predict new disease outbreaks based on which viral variants are on the rise.

Darwin Bandoy, Ph.D. Student in Integrative Pathobiology, University of California, Davis • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~8 min

MDMA may help treat PTSD – but beware of claims that Ecstasy is a magic bullet

There's buzz about MDMA – yes, the same ingredient in the street drug known as Ecstasy – being a game changer in the treatment of PTSD. A psychiatrist who treats PTSD says, "Not so fast."

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~9 min

Four ways to make sure your passwords are safe and easy to remember

Passwords have been around for decades and we’re still getting it wrong.

Steven Furnell, Professor of Cyber Security, University of Nottingham • conversation
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Are graphene-coated face masks a COVID-19 miracle – or another health risk?

Some face masks now come with a coating of graphene, a substance that can kill microbes. Is it safe to breathe it in?

C. Michael White, Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut • conversation
May 4, 2021 ~7 min

Developing countries need to chart their own course to net zero emissions

Countries cannot be expected to all tread the same path to net zero emissions.

Lavanya Rajamani, Professor of International Environmental Law, University of Oxford • conversation
May 4, 2021 ~7 min

The rush to net zero by 2050 risks piling pressure on low-emitting countries

Countries cannot be expected to all tread the same path to net zero emissions.

Lavanya Rajamani, Professor of International Environmental Law, University of Oxford • conversation
May 4, 2021 ~7 min

The world’s data explained: how much we're producing and where it's all stored

The growth in information production appears unstoppable.

Melvin M. Vopson, Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Portsmouth • conversation
May 4, 2021 ~6 min

Two classes of trans kids are emerging – those who have access to puberty blockers, and those who don't

Puberty-suppression therapy gives trans teens the gift of time and the ability to attain a more desirable appearance.

Travers, Professor of Sociology, Simon Fraser University • conversation
May 4, 2021 ~10 min

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