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The Soybean Free Air Concentration Enrichment (SoyFACE) research facility at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Claire Benjamin/RIPE Project

Together, more heat and more carbon dioxide may not alter quantity or nutritional quality of crops

Many researchers have studied the impact of carbon dioxide and heat on crop growth inside greenhouses. But what happens in the real world? One team has just done this and the results are surprising.
True love could be hiding inside mounds of data. xtock/Shutterstock.com

Can you life-hack your way to love?

Trying to optimize the search for love can be naive. Using statistics and measurements isn't necessarily the best way to find a human partner.
Should privacy mean different things depending which side of the Atlantic you live on? pixinoo/Shutterstock.com

Data privacy rules in the EU may leave the US behind

The European Union has issued its first fine, cracking down on companies that misuse users' personal data. Why hasn't the US taken a similarly strong approach?
Millions of Americans suffer from food allergies. Albina Glisic/Shutterstock.com

Are microbes causing your milk allergy?

There has been a dramatic rise in life-threatening food allergies in the last few decades. Antibiotics, poor diet and C-sections have all been implicated. Now new evidence points to gut microbes.
Yes, I am a bit chilly, why? tim elliott/Shutterstock.com

Is winter miserable for wildlife?

When you're warm and cozy inside, it can be natural to wonder if the animals you see outside your window this winter are doing OK. Don't worry – they're doing better out there than you would.
An escalator with a pile of plastic bottles at the factory for processing and recycling. Alba_alioth/Shutterstock.com

Toward a circular economy: Tackling the plastics recycling problem

With all those blue recycling bins around you might think we are experts at recycling plastics. The truth is, that though many plastic items can be recycled, very few are. So what's the solution?
Someone’s too hot and someone’s too cold. Collage by The Conversation, combining images by Monika Wisniewska and Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.com

Offices are too hot or too cold – is there a better way to control room temperature?

Everyone has a different ideal temperature at any given time. It could be more comfortable to monitor people's body temperatures and adjust heating and cooling in response.
Ongoing wildlife studies are one kind of federally funded research that’s sidelined during a shutdown. USFWS

Science gets shut down right along with the federal government

Setting aside personal hardships for workers who don't see a paycheck during the shutdown, the research enterprise itself loses out, too. And unlike back pay, this lost time can never be made up.
How does the concept of science in the crosshairs affect opinions? gan chaonan/Shutterstock.com

Calling it a ‘war on science’ has consequences

Researchers found that aggressive messaging and framing current events as a 'war on science' had different effects on how liberals and conservatives felt about scientists' credibility.
They’re small and well-connected, but how safe are ‘internet of things’ devices? BeeBright/Shutterstock.com

The quiet threat inside ‘internet of things’ devices

As the number of 'internet of things' devices expands rapidly, so do security vulnerabilities to homes, businesses, governments and the internet as as whole.