Mars missions from China and UAE are set to go into orbit – here's what they could discover

If China succeeds, it will be the first country ever to visit and land on Mars on its first try.

Daniel Brown, Lecturer in Astronomy, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Feb. 5, 2021 ~7 min

How Mars became the prize for the new space race – and why China is hellbent on winning it

India has already managed what China has not.

Steffi Paladini, Reader in Economics & Global Security, Birmingham City University • conversation
Feb. 4, 2021 ~7 min

Travelers coming from Italy may have driven first US COVID-19 wave more than those from China, study suggests

The results from an emerging study suggest governments should act quickly if they plan to impose travel bans – before the virus can spread widely to other countries.

Daniel Simon, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~6 min

Do COVID-19 travel bans work? Here's what happened when US restricted travel from China and Italy

Results from an emerging study on the two travel bans suggest that travelers coming from Italy drove the first wave in the U.S. more than those from China, which faced an earlier travel ban.

Daniel Simon, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~6 min

COVID-19 misinformation on Chinese social media – lessons for countering conspiracy theories

The type and amount of misinformation closely tracks tensions in US-China relations. Effectively countering the misinformation comes down to who does the debunking.

Kaiping Chen, Assistant Professor of Science Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
Jan. 28, 2021 ~8 min

Scientists suggest US embassies were hit with high-power microwaves – here's how the weapons work

High-power microwave weapons are useful for disabling electronics. They might also be behind the ailments suffered by US diplomats and CIA agents in Cuba and China.

Edl Schamiloglu, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, School of Engineering, University of New Mexico, University of New Mexico • conversation
Dec. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Chang'e 5: China launches sample return mission to the Moon – is it winning the new space race?

Some people are nervous about China's growing capabilities when it comes to space exploration.

John Bridges, Professor of Planetary Science, University of Leicester • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Chang'e 5: China to launch sample return mission to the Moon – is it winning the new space race?

Some people are nervous about China's growing capabilities when it comes to space exploration.

John Bridges, Professor of Planetary Science, University of Leicester • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

American timber industry crippled by double whammy of trade war and COVID-19

Wood, a major export of the US, has taken a hit from international tariffs compounded by COVID-19.

Andrew Muhammad, Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~7 min

200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction

For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.

Alessandro Antonello, Senior Research Fellow in History, Flinders University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~8 min

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