How do you build tunnels and bridges underwater? A geotechnical engineer explains the construction tricks

Underwater construction is a complex and difficult task, but engineers have developed several ways to build underwater … mostly by not building underwater at all.

Ari Perez, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Quinnipiac University • conversation
June 10, 2024 ~9 min

The Indian election was awash in deepfakes – but AI was a net positive for democracy

Campaigns used deepfakes to connect with voters rather than deception, and AI also helped them break through language barriers.

Bruce Schneier, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School • conversation
June 10, 2024 ~8 min

The warming ocean is leaving coastal economies in hot water

Global ocean temperatures have been at record highs almost daily for over a year, and economies are feeling the heat.

Charles Colgan, Director of Research for the Center for the Blue Economy, Middlebury Institute of International Studies • conversation
June 10, 2024 ~9 min

Flight MH370: can underwater sound signals solve aviation’s greatest mystery?

Analysis of data from underwater microphones could help researchers discover the fate of missing flight MH370.

Usama Kadri, Reader of Applied Mathematics, Cardiff University • conversation
June 10, 2024 ~7 min

We’ve measured the cost of unsustainable industrial fishing on coastal communities – and it’s vast

A new report estimates the impacts of big fishing businesses with a previous track record of unsustainability on the local economy, jobs and people’s welfare in five developing countries.

Miren Gutiérrez, Investigator, Data Analysis, ODI • conversation
June 7, 2024 ~8 min

We’ve discovered a gene for trust – here’s how it could be linked to good health

A gene can help explain why people who easily trust others have better health.

Giuseppe 'Nick' Giordano, Associate Professor of Public Health Epidemiology, Lund University • conversation
June 7, 2024 ~6 min

Scientists call the region of space influenced by the Sun the heliosphere – but without an interstellar probe, they don’t know much about its shape

An interstellar probe could help scientists answer fundamental questions about how the Sun influences Earth, space and other planets in the solar system.

Sarah A. Spitzer, Research Fellow in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
June 7, 2024 ~9 min

Scientists and Indigenous leaders team up to conserve seals and an ancestral way of life at Yakutat, Alaska

Collaborative research by archaeologists, environmental scientists and tribal elders combines science and Indigenous knowledge to tell the story of centuries of life at a glacier’s edge.

Judith Dax̱ootsú Ramos, Assistant Professor of Northwest Coast Arts, University of Alaska Southeast • conversation
June 7, 2024 ~9 min

AI search answers are the fast food of your information diet – convenient and tasty, but no substitute for good nutrition

An information scientist explains that while Google’s AI Overviews and other AI search tools may look enticing, you shouldn’t rely on them to fill all your search needs.

Chirag Shah, Professor of Information Science, University of Washington • conversation
June 7, 2024 ~8 min

Menopause treatments can help with hot flashes and other symptoms – but many people aren’t aware of the latest advances

The number of patients prescribed hormonal therapy plummeted after 2002, due to findings experts have since questioned. With better understanding, more and more people are using these treatments.

Emily Gold Waldman, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Pace University • conversation
June 7, 2024 ~9 min