Slums like this one in Rio de Janeiro embody the problems Paul Ehrlich warned of in ‘The Population Bomb.’
Fifty years ago biologist Paul Ehrlich published 'The Population Bomb,' an apocalyptic warning that overcrowding would lead to wars and famine. Here's what the book got right and wrong.
Some U.S. nonprofits are praising China’s anti-pollution efforts.
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Just like with Cold War-era red-baiting, there's an apparent effort to discredit and undermine critics of the US government.
Shifting family structures mean our understanding of housework needs updating.
Existing theories of housework focus on traditional gender roles. But they need to be updated to reflect a more nuanced idea of gender, one that allows for dynamics in same-sex relationships.
Income and gender roles are not the only factors in the division of household chores.
Housework is typically thought of as a gendered or economic exchange, but a new study emphasises the role played by the knowledge we gain about our partner over the course of a relationship.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed shrinking Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and allowing more public access and road maintenance.
Environmental law and natural resource experts respond to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's proposals to shrink four national monuments and allow logging, fishing and other activities in six more.
Elephants express many extra genes derived from the critical tumour suppressor gene TP53.
Elephants naturally avoid cancer after 55 million years of evolution. Scientists are studying if they can extract lessons that could help people.
Millions of Americans in nine states will vote on Nov. 8 for the right to do this.
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Nine states are deciding whether to legalize marijuana. Yet the drug's prohibition at the federal level has created an unstable financial environment for producers and retailers.
How can justice be blind to race?
Criminal justice experts suggest one way to change the system to eliminate racial bias.
A 19th-century photograph of a women’s restroom in a Pittsburgh factory.
It wasn’t even until the late 19th century that this was codified into law.
A good way to stash cash?
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Terrorist groups don't need to go to Panama to create a shell company. They can easily hide their money in many U.S. states.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
Behind the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon lie decades of controversy over federal control of public land in western states.
Modern cattle in Kenya.
Steven Goldstein, Washington University St. Louis
New research upends the previous theory that tsetse flies – and the disease they carry – were the main reason the spread of livestock domestication in Africa stalled out for a thousand years.
Here’s looking at you.
Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen
Winners of the Wellcome Images Award 2015 tell us about how they got their special shot.
Evan R. Buechley
What kind of coffee you buy matters a lot to birds — key indicators of biodiversity in the tropics which likely provide many environmental and economic services.
Yin and yang or two peas in a pod?
Relationships are often interpreted as the outcome of an exchange of goods and services. Common knowledge says that the sexes want different things from a partner. These preferences are often reduced to…
The sex ratio in your community may affect what you’re looking for in a relationship.
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Research among the Makushi of southwestern Guyana shatters stereotypes about men wanting casual sex and women wanting relationships.
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Although the midterms are typically referred to as federal elections, there is no federal entity that governs the conduct of elections in the US. There are basic election laws governing the timing of federal…
A finch, doing its own dirty laundry with pesticides.
Sarah A. Knutie
Darwin’s finches, a group of 14 species found only in the Galapagos Islands, are perhaps most well known as one of the inspirations for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. A classic…
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Jason Shepherd, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Utah answered questions posed by the public on Reddit. The Conversation has curated the highlights. Cognitive disorders…
Improving life conditions for humans has been linked to increased carbon emissions. Professor Andrew Jorgenson’s research…