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By Robert Patalano, Lecturer of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Bryant University
While NASA rovers on the surface of Mars look for hints of life, researchers back on Earth are studying ‘echoes of life’ from ancient basins – hoping that the two sites might be similar.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Jack Burns, Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
For the first time since 1972, NASA is putting science experiments on the Moon in 2024. And thanks to new technologies and public-private partnerships, these projects will open up new realms of scientific possibility. As parts of several projects launching this year, teams of scientists, including myself, will conduct radio astronomy from the south pole and the far side of the Moon.

NASA’s commercial lunar payload services program,…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Joshua F.J. Inwood, Professor of Geography and Senior Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State
Derek H. Alderman, Professor of Geography, University of Tennessee
When historian Carter Woodson created “Negro History Week” in 1926, which became “Black History Month” in 1976, he sought not to just celebrate prominent Black historical figures but to transform how white America saw and valued all African Americans.

However, many issues in the history of Black Americans can get lost in a focus on well-known historical figures or other important events. (Full Story)

By Ronald Niezen, Professor of Practice in Sociology and Political Science/International Relations, University of San Diego
Collaboration with the enemy is a common and often painful part of armed conflict. It is also an issue in which I have both a professional and personal interest.

The war in Ukraine is, in many ways, a transparent conflict, with cellphone images, drone cameras and satellite imagery feeding a flow of data to social media platforms and news outlets.

But in Ukraine’s occupied territories, there are actions and…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Justin P. Klein, Director of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware
By Thomas Woolley, Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Cardiff University
Fiona Mathews, Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Sussex
A silent ballet takes place above our heads at night as Britain’s bat populations leave their roosts to forage for food. Although their initial movement away from roosts is fairly well understood, until recently little was known about how they returned home.

But our new research shows how bats may use a “leap-frogging” motion to make their way home, something which could help conservationists in future.

As they flit through the darkness, bats play a crucial role in the health of our…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Ashwin Dhanda, Associate Professor of Hepatology, University of Plymouth
One of my patients, Emma (not her real name), recently told me that she didn’t seek help for her alcohol problem because she was ashamed. She said that she didn’t want to waste anyone’s time on a self-inflicted problem. She lived with it for years, hiding bottles of alcohol so her partner wouldn’t find out. Only when she turned yellow and vomited blood did she call an ambulance.

What stopped Emma from asking for help? The answer, in large part, is stigma. The word stigma comes from ancient Greek, meaning a mark of shame or disgrace. Originally used to label slaves and criminals, these…The Conversation (Full Story)

By David Beer, Professor of Sociology, University of York
Thanks to algorithms, our music choices have gone from being informed by radio, music press, magazines and TV shows to a fine-grained level of personalisation.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Mario Poceski, Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religions, University of Florida
According to the Chinese zodiac signs, each year in the lunar cycle is associated with a particular animal. The cycle repeats every 12 years.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Jane Duncan, Professor of Digital Society, University of Glasgow
The fact that the presidency is attempting to get away with minimal regulation of bulk interception raises doubt about its commitment to ending intelligence abuse.The Conversation (Full Story)
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