THE CONVERSATION | Ski jump: Flying or falling with style?

If you or I jump in the air as high as possible, we can stay off the ground for about half a second. Michael Jordan

THE CONVERSATION | Not everyone is male or female – the growing controversy over sex designation

Check out your birth certificate and surely you’ll see a designation for sex. When you were born, a doctor or clinician assigned you the “male”

THE CONVERSATION | What will 2022 bring in the way of misinformation on social media? 3 experts weigh in

At the end of 2020, it seemed hard to imagine a worse year for misinformation on social media, given the intensity of the presidential election and

The Conversation | Comic book introduces kids to key concepts and careers in cybersecurity

Three 9-year-old girls are huddled around a Caesar wheel, an ancient tool for sharing secret messages. Cracking a code is one of many challenges the

THE CONVERSATION | Are people lying more since the rise of social media and smartphones?

Technology has given people more ways to connect, but has it also given them more opportunities to lie? You might text your friend a white lie to get out of going

THE CONVERSATION | Many scientists are atheists, but that doesn’t mean they are anti-religious

Distrust of atheists is strong in the United States. The General Social Survey consistently demonstrates that as a group, Americans dislike atheists more than any other religious group. According to

THE CONVERSATION | A quick guide to climate change jargon

As a major U.N. climate conference gets underway on Oct. 31, 2021, you’ll be hearing a lot of technical terms tossed around: mitigation, carbon neutral, sustainable development. The language can

THE CONVERSATION | The future of work is hybrid

COVID-19 has changed the way we work. Even before the pandemic, the U.S. workforce increasingly relied on remote collaboration technologies like videoconferencing and Slack. The global crisis accelerated the adoption of

THE CONVERSATION | Viruses are both the villains and heroes of life as we know it

Viruses have a bad reputation. They are responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic and a long list of maladies that have plagued humanity since time immemorial. Is there anything to celebrate

THE CONVERSATION | Does raising the minimum wage kill jobs?

For decades it was conventional wisdom in the field of economics that a higher minimum wage results in fewer jobs. In part, that’s because it’s based on the law of supply

THE CONVERSATION | What happens to your life stories if you delete your Facebook account?

If the latest deluge of Facebook controversies has you ready to kick the app to the digital curb, you are not alone. There are plenty of good guides out there

THE CONVERSATION | How your emotional response to the pandemic changed your behavior and your sense of time

The COVID-19 pandemic, now in its 19th month, has meant different things to different people. For some, it’s meant stress over new school and work regimes, or anxiety over the

THE CONVERSATION | Facebook’s scandals and outage test users’ frenemy relationship

When Facebook was down for most of the day on Oct. 4, 2021, did you miss it, were you relieved or some of both? Social scientists have compiled an expansive

THE CONVERSATION | Why improvisation is the future in an AI-dominated world

Rich Pellegrin University of Florida In his autobiography, Miles Davis complained that classical musicians were like robots. He spoke from experience – he’d studied classical music at Juilliard and recorded with classical

THE CONVERSATION | Looking for transformative travel? Keep these six stages in mind

After a cooped-up year, people are hungry to travel. But why do we travel in the first place? What is the allure of the open road? As a professor of religion, psychology

THE CONVERSATION | Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the Covid vaccine? The answer is no

I’m a fitness enthusiast. I also adhere to a nutrient-dense, “clean” eating program, which means I minimize my sugar intake and eat a lot of whole foods for the purpose

THE CONVERSATION | Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines: How effective are they?

John Hart Clinical researcher, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Fiona Russell Senior Principal Research Fellow; pediatrician; infectious diseases epidemiologist, The University of Melbourne In June, China reached a milestone of having administered more than one

THE CONVERSATION | Evidence shows that, yes, masks prevent Covid-19 – and surgical masks are the way to go

Do masks work? And if so, should you reach for an N95, a surgical mask, a cloth mask or a gaiter? Over the past year and a half, researchers have produced

THE CONVERSATION | Moon Festival: the immortal above

With the arrival of September and hints of cooler temperatures also comes one of most important traditional festivals in the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Zhongqiu jie 中秋節, also

The Conversation | Why students learn better when they move their bodies – instead of sitting still at their desks

My son’s kindergarten teachers, holding class on Zoom last year, instructed: “Eyes watching, ears listening, voices quiet, bodies still.” However, I noticed my 6-year-old’s hands would stay busy with items

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