Now's the time to rethink your relationship with nature

If all of humanity was wiped out tomorrow, it's estimated that the natural world would take at least five million years to recover from the damage humans have done to the world.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~6 min

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Goldenrod honey: misinformation is causing a biological invasion of this Canadian weed

Our study is the first to research the impact of online misinformation on biological invasions.

Johannes M H Knops, Professor & Head of Department Health and Environmental Sciences, Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Cannabis: the problem with defining products around THC content

Out of the 400 plus chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, CBD and THC are only the most well-known, and researched, cannabinoids.

Jessica Steinberg, DPhil Candidate in Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~8 min

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Is lab-grown meat good news for animals?

Singapore has approved 'chicken bites' containing meat grown in vitro. But not all animal advocates are happy about this.

Josh Milburn, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Philosophy, University of Sheffield • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Singapore approves cell-cultured chicken bites – who will be the first to try them?

The Singapore Food Agency has approved US food company Eat Just's cultured 'chicken bites' for sale.

Chris Bryant, PhD Candidate, University of Bath • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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Boeing 737 Max: why was it grounded, what has been fixed and is it enough?

Almost two years after crashing twice within five months and being pulled out of service, the Boeing 737 Max's return to the skies has now been approved.

John McDermid, Director, Assuring Autonomy International Programme, University of York • conversation
Nov. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Climate crisis: how museums could inspire radical action

How museums can reimagine themselves in the context of the climate crisis.

Rodney Harrison, Professor of Heritage Studies, UCL • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~25 min

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Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction

Driven by a desire to eliminate pain, some people have shockingly advocated taking the rest of nature with us.

Thomas Moynihan, Researcher, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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The way we use data is a life or death matter – from the refugee crisis to COVID-19

An algorithm driven world is dehumanising – but by understanding this we can call for a more equitable and human use of data.

Monika Halkort, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Social Communication, Lebanese American University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~22 min

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Cities need to embrace the darkness of the night sky – here’s why

Dark skies have value. They are a profoundly wonderful yet highly threatened natural asset.

Nick Dunn, Professor of Urban Design, Lancaster University • conversation
Nov. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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