The James Webb Space Telescope is providing astronomers with images and data that reveal secrets from the earliest era of the universe.
It has been one year since the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and six months since the first pictures were released. Astronomers are already learning unexpected things about the early universe.
Powerful politicians in the US once called for the dissolution of the CIA. How relevant is it today?
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The audio version of a long form article on the history of the CIA and its relationship with Russia.
China began promoting potatoes as a staple in 2015 in an effort to combat food insecurity.
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Why countries need to shift what their citizens eat, and what the optimum diet for our planet might be. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Liverpool fans have embraced the Egyptian footballer with chants including “Mohamed Salah, a gift from Allah.”
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Listen to Discovery, a series via The Conversation Weekly podcast, telling the stories of fascinating research discoveries from around the world.
Drinking is going out of fashion among young people in some parts of the world, but not others.
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Young people in high-income countries now drink much less than their counterparts 20 years ago. But the opposite is happening in developing countries. Why? Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
In deep brain stimulation, electrodes – the pale white lines – are implanted into a patient’s brain and connected to a battery in a person’s chest.
Deep brain stimulation and trasncranial magnetic stimulation treat mental illness by sending electrical currents into parts of the brain. Every new patient provides researchers with a wealth of information. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Around the world 55 million people live with dementia. Researchers are still looking for answers on what causes it and how to treat it.
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The world’s longest running cohort study reveals risk factors for dementia. Families of athletes with early-onset dementia tell their stories. Could viruses cause Alzheimer’s? Listen to the Uncharted Brain: Decoding Dementia podcast series.
Traumatic brain injury from sports such as American football is linked with a form of dementia called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Listen to the second episode of our series Uncharted Brain: Decoding Dementia via The Anthill podcast.
Benin Bronzes: 944 objects looted in the 19th century from the Kingdom of Benin are in the British Museum in London.
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Momentum is growing for the restitution of objects, such as the Benin Bronzes, stolen during colonialism. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Hands across the divide: a statue in Northern Ireland.
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We talk to a political scientist and a philosopher about how to bring countries back from dangerous levels of polarisation. Listen to The Conversation Weekly.
Uncharted Brain: Decoding Dementia is a new podcast series from The Conversation.
A podcast and long read series exploring new research into the brain and dementia.
Tibetan monks at a monastry in Gansu province in China. New research shows sending a child to a monastery can have surprising evolutionary advantages for a family.
Listen to the first episode of Discovery, a new series available via The Conversation Weekly podcast, telling the stories of fascinating new research discoveries from around the world.
For many species, human actions are the biggest factor in their evolution.
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In this week’s episode of The Conversation Weekly, we speak with three scientists who study the ways plants and animals evolve in a world dominated by humans.
Digital nomads: ditch the office chair for a backpack.
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How governments around the world are trying to woo digital nomads. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Fossil fuel investors can use an obscure legal mechanism found in many international trade agreements to sue countries if their projects are blocked.
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Experts are concerned that a legal mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement could affect countries’ moves to cut fossil fuel emissions. Listen to The Conversation Weekly.
Psychedelic experiences are deeply tied to mystical and counterculture ideas that are often at odds with science.
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Today’s psychedelics researchers still have to deal with the fallout of the decadeslong freeze on research. Listen to ‘The Conversation Weekly’ podcast.
The edge of the Thwaites Glacier extends into the Amundsen Sea in western Antarctica.
If and when the Thwaites Glacier melts, it will result in nearly 0.6 metres of sea level rise, but it holds back another three metres of sea level rise lurking within the Antarctic continent. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Windcatchers in Iran use natural air flow to keep buildings cool.
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The story of a Dutch double agent who spied on the Stasi. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
The audio version of an in-depth article on the 12 best ways to get cars out of cities.