Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for a very long time

Nick Longrich, University of Bath Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all species that ever lived, over 99.9%, are extinct. Some left descendants. Most – plesiosaurs, trilobites, Brontosaurus – didn’t. That’s also true of other human species. Neanderthals, Denisovans, Homo erectus all […]

The Science Behind the Things That Kill Us (And How to Conquer Them)

Whether it’s gorging on junk food, smoking cigarettes, or binge-watching Netflix in lieu of exercise, bad habits are just part of the human experience. But what is it about negative behaviors, products, and lifestyle choices that make them so attractive? And why are they so addicting?

Coronavirus: we’re in a realtime laboratory of a more sustainable urban future

Paul Chatterton, University of Leeds A pause has been forced on urban life. Quiet roads, empty skies, deserted high streets and parks, closed cinemas, cafés, and museums – a break in the spending and work frenzy so familiar to us all. The reality of lockdown is making ghost towns of the places we once knew. […]

A History of Pandemics (8000 B.C.-today)

Lindsay Holiday published two-part very informative video series titled “A History of Pandemics” on Youtube. These pandemics (and epidemics) have occurred countless times in the past, infecting, injuring and killing millions, and sometimes changing dramatically the course of human history. But, first, what is a pandemic? What is an epidemic?

Coronavirus: world’s response has slashed CO2 emissions – here’s how to keep them down

Simone Abram, Durham University How do you respond to a crisis? It’s obvious that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been dramatically different from anything provoked by repeated scientific warnings about climate change. The many organisations that declared climate emergencies throughout 2019 and 2020 have so far enacted nothing like the scale and speed […]

No Respecter of Borders: How Countries Respond to Contagion

The history of infectious diseases is as old as human history itself. From the Black Plague that ravaged the Middle Ages to the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic that claimed more lives than the Great War, these microscopic pathogens have proven time and again to be among humanity’s most cunning adversaries.

Evolution: that famous “march of progress” image is just wrong

Jordi Paps, University of Bristol and Cristina Guijarro-Clarke, University of Essex Evolution explains how all living beings, including us, came to be. It would be easy to assume evolution works by continuously adding features to organisms, constantly increasing their complexity. Some fish evolved legs and walked onto the land. Some dinosaurs evolved wings and began […]

Sustainability After Death? 5 Eco-Friendly Burial Methods

Adaptation to climate change will be the most significant disruption to our personal and social lives since the last Ice Age. Green living decisions are already affecting the way we construct our homes, get to work, and travel abroad. As our personal habits adjust to include carpooling, recycling, and energy conservation, so too are social […]

When will there be a coronavirus vaccine? 5 questions answered

Aubree Gordon, University of Michigan and Florian Krammer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Editor’s note: The coronavirus that started in Wuhan has sickened more than 4,000 people and killed at least 100 in China as of Jan. 27, 2020. Thailand and Hong Kong each have reported eight confirmed cases, and five people in […]