Climate change is relentless: Seemingly small shifts have big consequences

July 2021 was Earth’s hottest month on record and was marked by disasters, including extreme storms, floods and wildfires. Thomas Lohnes via Getty Images Climate change has been accumulating slowly but relentlessly for decades. The changes might sound small when you hear about them – another tenth of a degree warmer, another centimeter of sea… Continue reading Climate change is relentless: Seemingly small shifts have big consequences

Why do onions make you cry?

Need a handkerchief? Num LP Photo/Shutterstock Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Why do onions make you cry? – Dana L., age 12, Belmont, Massachusetts Onions are grown and used all over the world, and anyone… Continue reading Why do onions make you cry?

Weed withdrawal: More than half of people using medical cannabis for pain experience withdrawal symptoms

The use of cannabis, though safer than many other drugs, is not entirely without risk. AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file CC BY-ND In stark contrast to the overblown fears portrayed during decades past, these days, most people think cannabis is relatively harmless. While weed is indeed less dangerous than some other drugs, it is not without… Continue reading Weed withdrawal: More than half of people using medical cannabis for pain experience withdrawal symptoms

The spooky and dangerous side of black licorice

Black licorice gets its distinctive flavor from licorice root. PicturePartners/Getty Images Black licorice may look and taste like an innocent treat, but this candy has a dark side. On Sept. 23, 2020, it was reported that black licorice was the culprit in the death of a 54-year-old man in Massachusetts. How could this be? Overdosing… Continue reading The spooky and dangerous side of black licorice

Why we’ll always be obsessed with – and afraid of – monsters

‘Frankenstein’ via www.shutterstock.com Fear continues to saturate our lives: fear of nuclear destruction, fear of climate change, fear of the subversive, and fear of foreigners. But a Rolling Stone article about our “age of fear” notes that most Americans are living “in the safest place at the safest time in human history.” It continues: Around… Continue reading Why we’ll always be obsessed with – and afraid of – monsters

3 ways Black people say their white co-workers and managers can support them and be an antidote to systemic racism

People of color say they want office allies who offer honest feedback. 10’000 Hours/DigitalVision via Getty Images President Joe Biden committed the U.S. government to racial equity by issuing four executive orders on Jan. 26 that seek to curb systemic racism. In the orders, he cited the killing of George Floyd in 2020, which sparked… Continue reading 3 ways Black people say their white co-workers and managers can support them and be an antidote to systemic racism

How to meet America’s climate goals: 5 policies for Biden’s next climate bill

President Joe Biden wanted to have a clear plan before the U.N. climate conference starting Oct. 31 in Scotland. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images President Joe Biden’s new climate strategy, announced after his original plan crumbled under opposition in Congress, will represent a historic investment in clean energy technology and infrastructure if it is enacted. But… Continue reading How to meet America’s climate goals: 5 policies for Biden’s next climate bill

The scariest things in the universe are black holes – and here are 3 reasons

Falling into a black hole is easily the worst way to die. John M Lund Photography Inc/Getty Images Halloween is a time to be haunted by ghosts, goblins and ghouls, but nothing in the universe is scarier than a black hole. Black holes – regions in space where gravity is so strong that nothing can… Continue reading The scariest things in the universe are black holes – and here are 3 reasons

Kids are probably more strategic about swapping Halloween candy and other stuff than you might think

Children can use preferences for leverage. PeopleImages/E+ via Getty Images The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Children seem to understand that others will give up more things they don’t like to get fewer items they prefer. This tendency indicates that they can trade with sophistication. As a… Continue reading Kids are probably more strategic about swapping Halloween candy and other stuff than you might think

What is COP26? Here’s how global climate negotiations work and what’s expected from the Glasgow summit

U.N. climate summits bring together representatives of almost every country. UNFCCC Leer en español Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Scotland to discuss what to do about climate change. It’s a complex process that can be hard to make sense of from the outside, but it’s how international… Continue reading What is COP26? Here’s how global climate negotiations work and what’s expected from the Glasgow summit