Ethical frameworks, rules, laws: all try to have their say.
CRISPR technology could have momentous effects if it's used to edit genes that will be inherited by future generations. Researchers and ethicists continue to weigh appropriate guidelines.
China retaliated with tariffs on U.S. imports after Trump imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports.
Reuters/Ng Han Guan
The US-China trade war shows no signs of slowing down. Here's what readers need to know.
Keeping cool in Brooklyn.
Hot weather kills more Americans yearly on average than floods, tornadoes or hurricanes. Three scholars explain how cities can prepare and help residents stay cool.
Uber drivers protest outside of the New York Stock Exchange.
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
The Uber driver walkout raises questions about how workers can fight for better pay and benefits in the age of the gig economy – a topic frequently on the minds of Conversation scholars.
Just off Washington Square in New York City.
Trees clean urban air, store carbon, slow floodwaters and can be used to design safer streets. Scholars are starting to calculate what these services are worth – a fitting topic for Arbor Day.
Years after voting to leave the EU, the UK still has no clear plan of how to make Brexit work. These five articles chart the history of an intractable problem.
Attorney General William Barr at an April 18 press conference about the public release of the special counsel’s report on Donald Trump.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
As the special counsel's investigation of Trump turns into a partisan battle in Congress, here are four key issues to follow.
A student on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, trying out the hijab on World Hijab Day, 2017.
AP Photo/Russell Contreras
For Muslim women, the hijab is not simply about religion. They may wear it for a variety of reasons. On World Hijab Day. women – Muslim and non-Muslim, are invited to experience this head covering.
An image from the International Space Station captures plumes of smoke from California wildfires on August 4, 2018.
From the curious to the serious – a bird's eye view of the unique ways in which The Conversation covers the world.
‘The Dog’ (1820-1823) by Francisco Goya.
Museo del Prado
As people have grown closer and more connected, the old definition of loneliness slipped away – and a new one has emerged.
Plastics are hard to avoid in daily life.
Researchers unpack the vast impact of plastic on our society – from emerging health worries and pollution to recycling and plastic's contributions to modern convenience.
No longer tangled and pointing in the right direction.
Fixes for small pieces of massive problems show that overarching crises may be less hopeless than they appear.
CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology is being used in field from agriculture to medicine to food security and disease control.
You may not agree with using the gene-editing tool, CRISPR, to alter the DNA of human babies. But what about using it to engineer plants? Or wipe out one of the world's most dangerous creatures?
One of 2018’s unforgettable images: Maria Meza and her twin daughters sprint from tear gas lobbed at the border wall between the U.S and Mexico in Tijuana, Nov. 25, 2018.
Reuters/Kim Kyung Hoon
The migrant caravan was one of the biggest international stories of 2018, a roving human drama that laid bare Central America's pain for all the world to see.
Candlelight vigil at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Scholars helped put a persistent problem into a larger context with their research.
Science is the lens through which we can see the world in a new, deeper way.
I asked researchers to explain simply the phenomena that came up in my own life – and probably yours too.
The U.S. is getting older, more suburban and less fertile.
Older. More suburban. Less fertile. More diverse. This year, Americans grappled with some major shifts in the demographic landscape.
Even when black men attain higher education and greater social status, their health is still not as good as white men’s health, a study this year found.
If a person in the US has lots of money, he or she has access to some of the best health care in the world. The story is very different for poor people and minorities.
Demonstrators in front of the White House call for greater gun control following the Feb. 14, 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The Parkland school shooting not only spurred unprecedented national protests for gun control – it also prompted debates about the best ways to keep students safe.
Protesters fill the streets outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
This year, The Conversation celebrated the 50th anniversary of 1968 with its first podcast, 'Heat and Light.' These are some of the most interesting stories we uncovered – ones that still resonate in 2018.