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  • Future seas

    To properly manage our oceans, we need to come together and agree on what we want them to look li...

    I knew I wanted to be a marine biologist from the age of 11. I'd gone to an aquarium with my parents and there was so...

    Oceans December 3, 2021
  • Charting a course to zero emissions: the challenge for global shipping

    For decades countries have shirked responsibility for emissions from global shipping. Now that in...

    On the sidelines at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the conference billed as the world’s ‘last best chance’ to a...

    Sustainability December 3, 2021
  • The AI making waves in complex mathematics

    Researchers are starting to use AI to develop and test abstract mathematical theorems – with surp...

    Artificial intelligence is used across myriad disciplines to trawl through troves of data too complex for the human b...

    AI December 3, 2021
  • The complex ethics of human history

    Researchers collecting and analysing ancient human DNA must navigate a minefield of ethical consi...

    Readers are advised that this article contains images of ancient human remains. At the end of this century’s firs...

    Ethics December 3, 2021
  • A stubborn optimist’s view from COP26

    The world of finance is making sense of climate change – and vice versa.

    The world has been to Glasgow and returned. Almost 200 nations and 120 heads of state attended COP26, but they weren’...

    Sustainability December 3, 2021
  • A simple swab to make a world of difference

    The next big thing in the prevention of cervical cancer has arrived – no Pap smears required.

    Cervical cancer is unique: it’s the one cancer that can be almost entirely prevented through a combination of vaccina...

    Medicine November 26, 2021
  • Heading for Mars? Not until a lot of work on novel space materials is completed

    Flying to the Moon is one thing. Could recent advancements in nifty space materials help us get t...

    “This is space. It does not cooperate.” This quote – by stranded astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian – encapsulates ...

    Space Exploration November 26, 2021
  • Premonition, seizures and memory: the strange phenomenon of déjà vu

    It’s a curious French expression for a feeling that many of us have experienced. What does it tel...

    It’s fair to say that Dr Anne Cleary, a professor at Colorado State University, never intended to study déjà vu. Clea...

    Body and Mind November 26, 2021
  • The art (and science) of procrastination

    Why can it take us so long to get around to the things we’ve said we’d do? Researchers have set t...

    Back in March, my mother called from Poland to ask if I could paint a particular sunset scene for her sister. I’d rec...

    Behaviour November 26, 2021
  • Shark-bait tourism

    Wildlife tourism is the fastest growing sector of the travel industry, bringing in billions of do...

    Three hours off the coast of South Australia, in the remote and rugged Neptune Islands, white sharks gather. These...

    Marine life November 26, 2021
  • Redlining the robots

    Advanced robotics are more than science fiction: the world needs to create an alliance to ensure ...

    Around the same time that Isaac Asimov published his short story introducing the laws of robotics in 1942, the world’...

    AI November 19, 2021
  • AI: is it starting to speak our language?

    Two new advances – Copilot and MT-NLG – show signs that the promise of AI is upon us: taking care...

    When someone once commented on the obvious African influences in his paintings, Pablo Picasso famously said, “Good ar...

    AI November 19, 2021
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