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.
Clergy sex abuse was among the biggest religion stories of 2018. In this photo, a demonstrator holds up a protest sign at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma
For scholars, researching the Catholic Church can mean a laborious process involving several years. And talking to survivors of clergy sex abuse can carry its own pain and personal toll.
The Kavanaugh hearings were about the only thing Congress has done with a link to #MeToo.
In the last year, workplace culture faced major upheaval for working women. We at The Conversation put together our reporting on that very topic from 2018.
Maybe it’s time to reconsider those long-held ideas?
Popular wisdom may be popular, but sometimes it's downright wrong. Five stories from The Conversation's 2018 politics coverage interrogate popular wisdom – and find it lacking.
Some tropical frogs may be developing resistance to a fungus that has devastated species like
Atelopus varius, the variable harlequin frog.
A look at new research published in 2018 on fossa, deepsea corals and tropical frogs developing resistance to a deadly fungus.
Beware the strings attached to social media
and smartphone use.
Academic research highlights the dangers – personal and societal – of giving too much time and attention to social media.
A colorful Martin Luther figure, part of an exhibition in Germany, in 2017.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer
On Oct. 31, 1517, a German monk, Martin Luther, started the Protestant Reformation. Its impact went far beyond the split in the Church that most people are familiar with.
A homeless man in Times Square.
AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
With such an enormous challenge, where would it make sense to start? We looked into our archives for stories on what it would take to eradicate homelessness in the US today.
Father and son reunited after being detained in Texas.
A record number of immigrant children are being detained in the US. Here's what you need to know.