For millions of Americans, high-speed internet is unavailable or unaffordable − a telecommunications expert explains how to bring broadband to the places that need it the most

Affordable access to high-speed internet brings educational opportunities, economic development and better access to health professionals.

Christopher Ali, Pioneers Chair in Telecommunications & Professor of Telecommunications, Penn State • conversation
today ~7 min

What is ‘techno-optimism’? 2 technology scholars explain the ideology that says technology is the answer to every problem

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is one of this concept’s biggest enthusiasts.

Jean Hardy, Assistant Professor of Media & Information, Michigan State University • conversation
today ~6 min

Do implicit bias trainings on race improve health care? Not yet – but incorporating the latest science can help hospitals treat all patients equitably

Many Black patients experience stark differences in how they’re treated during medical interactions compared to white patients.

Tiffany Green, Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
today ~11 min

Nearsightedness is at epidemic levels – and the problem begins in childhood

While reading, scrolling and focusing on other objects near our faces increase the risk of developing myopia, a little time outdoors in the sun can help mitigate it.

Andrew Herbert, Professor of Psychology, Visual Perception, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
today ~7 min

How trains linked rival port cities along the US East Coast into a cultural and economic megalopolis

Love it or hate it, the ‘Acela Corridor’ has developed a widely recognized identity thanks to the trains that link it together.

David Alff, Associate Professor of English, University at Buffalo • conversation
today ~9 min

Why Germany ditched nuclear before coal – and why it won’t go back

Understanding Berlin’s nuclear exit, one year on.

Trevelyan Wing, Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Geopolitics and Centre Researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG), University of Cambridge • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

A Nasa rover has reached a promising place to search for fossilised life on Mars

The Perseverance rover has arrived at what’s thought to be an ancient shoreline on Mars.

Sean McMahon, Chancellor's Fellow in Astrobiology, The University of Edinburgh • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

What you eat could alter your unborn children and grandchildren’s genes and health outcomes

Studies show a parent’s poor diet could affect the genes of generations to come – and set up children and grandchildren for obesity and cardiovascular issues.

Thomas D. Crenshaw, Professor of Animal and Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

‘I might as well stop and diversify into holiday lets’ – new research reveals the reality of farming after Brexit

Some farmers are bewildered and anxious about changes to the way they work.

Deema Refai, Associate Professor in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, University of Leeds • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

From the coast to the deep sea, changing oxygen levels affect marine life in different ways

Marine species respond to ocean deoxygenation in different ways depending on where in the ocean they live.

Marco Fusi, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, Newcastle University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min