The threat of 'killer robots' is real and closer than you might think

Outsourcing use-of-force decisions to machines violates human dignity and is incompatible with international law.

Ingvild Bode, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Southern Denmark • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence china war united-nations russia uk us military warfare killer-robots

The Arctic hasn't been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet

Extreme shrinkage of summer sea ice is just the latest evidence of rapid Arctic warming – and what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay there.

Steve Petsch, Associate Professor of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change greenland arctic paleoclimate russia carbon-dioxide-co2 siberia arctic-warming sea-ice norway pliocene boreal-forest

Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Russian agents reportedly placed malware in U.S. voter registration systems in 2016 and are actively interfering in the 2020 election. Here's the state of election cybersecurity.

Douglas W. Jones, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Iowa • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cybersecurity hacking russia florida north-carolina elections malware voting wikileaks bob-woodward voter-registration voting-machines russian-hacking election-security

Mammoth task: the Russian family on a resurrection quest to tackle the climate crisis

The Zimovs want to restore the prehistoric 'mammoth steppe' ecosystem and see if it slows down – or even reverses – melting permafrost.

Charlotte Wrigley, PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
Sept. 7, 2020 ~24 min

Tags: permafrost ice russia interdisciplinarity climate-crisis siberia in-depth insights-series woolly-mammoth

Novichok: how are victims surviving poisoning?

It's all about the dose.

Robert Chilcott, Professor, Centre for Research into Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
Sept. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: russia toxicology alexei-navalny novichok

A COVID-19 vaccine needs the public's trust – and it's risky to cut corners on clinical trials, as Russia is

As Russia fast tracks a coronavirus vaccine, scientists worry about skipped safety checks – and the potential fallout for trust in vaccines if something ends up going wrong.

Abram L. Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
Aug. 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus vaccines sars-cov-2 phase-3-trial anti-vaccination vaccination russia vaccine-research coronavirus-vaccine covid-19-vaccine vaccine-safety clinical-trials vaccine-hesitancy phase-1-trial phase-2-trial

A 20,000-tonne oil spill is contaminating the Arctic – it could take decades to clean up

Climate change is thawing permafrost and increasing the risk of these accidents, and the region has fewer of the bacteria that can 'clean up' oil spills.

Antonia Law, Lecturer in Geography, Keele University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: permafrost arctic russia siberia oil-spill

The UAE's Mars mission seeks to bring Hope to more places than the red planet

A new country launches a mission to Mars. A space expert explains what this means for the Middle East and the African continent.

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space mars india russia united-states space-exploration japan international-space-station united-arab-emirates mars-exploration space-race

100 degrees in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  environment  permafrost  arctic  heat  ice  russia  alaska  snow  wildfires  siberia  sea-ice  arctic-amplification

Triple-digit heat in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  environment  permafrost  arctic  heat  ice  russia  alaska  snow  wildfires  siberia  sea-ice  arctic-amplification

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