Death risk rises for older adults with dementia after hurricanes

Older adults with Alzheimer's or other dementia have a heightened risk of death following exposure to a hurricane, research shows.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
March 16, 2023 ~5 min

How to use free satellite data to monitor natural disasters and environmental changes

Time-lapse animations that once took days to create are now easy to build with publicly available satellite images and free online tools.

Qiusheng Wu, Assistant Professor of Geography and Sustainability, University of Tennessee • conversation
March 14, 2023 ~7 min

International law doesn’t protect people fleeing environmental disaster – here’s how it could

Why the UN Refugee Convention should be updated to protect climate migrants.

Morgiane Noel, PhD Candidate in Law, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
March 13, 2023 ~7 min

New insights into training dynamics of deep classifiers

MIT researchers uncover the structural properties and dynamics of deep classifiers, offering novel explanations for optimization, generalization, and approximation in deep networks.

Center for Brains, Minds and Machines • mit
March 8, 2023 ~6 min

Countries are relying on forests and soil to absorb their remaining carbon – it's a risky way to reach net zero

National strategies depend on natural methods to offset emissions – but acknowledge this may not be possible.

Naomi Vaughan, Associate Professor in Climate Change, University of East Anglia • conversation
March 6, 2023 ~8 min

Scientists explain how an infection can produce genetic diversity

A new study illuminates the way pathogens — and pheromones — alter social behavior in animals.

Alice McCarthy • harvard
March 3, 2023 ~5 min

New study offers clues to how shifting climate may change ocean ecosystems

By studying the fossil record of one group of organisms, researchers now worry that human-driven climate change may return us to an “Earth of 8 million years ago ... detrimentally restructuring the marine communities of the entire ocean.”

Wendy Heywood • harvard
March 3, 2023 ~6 min

Large language models are biased. Can logic help save them?

MIT researchers trained logic-aware language models to reduce harmful stereotypes like gender and racial biases.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
March 3, 2023 ~7 min

Why prey animals often see threats where there are none – and how it costs them

False alarms are common in prey animals, but what causes them and how can they be avoided?

Mike Webster, Lecturer, School of Biology, University of St Andrews • conversation
March 2, 2023 ~7 min

Disaster survivors need help remaining connected with friends and families – and access to mental health care

Food, shelter and medical supplies are important but not the only things that help people get back on their feet.

Yunus Emre Tapan, Ph.D. Student in Political Science, Northeastern University • conversation
Feb. 27, 2023 ~8 min