Indigenous Communities Science and Culture

New study provides a blueprint for engaging indigenous peoples in REDD+ forest monitoring

By Mike Gaworecki Accurately evaluating forest carbon stocks is difficult to do in remote rainforests where researchers are afforded limited access. It is widely believed that only experts can properly measure forest biomass, but a new study found that well-trained indigenous technicians are just as effective at collecting the necessary data to monitor forest carbon variability. […]

Modern Science Science and Culture

What dung beetles are teaching us about the genetics of sex differences

Cris Ledón-Rettig, Indiana University, Bloomington Picture a lion: The male has a luxuriant mane, the female doesn’t. This is a classic example of what biologists call sexual dimorphism – the two sexes of the same species exhibit differences in form or behavior. Male and female lions pretty much share the same genetic information, but look […]

Human Rights Science and Culture

Current Regulations Unable to Control Trade in Products from Slave Labor, Expert Says

By Ana Aranha and João Diaz – Repórter Brasil Leading expert on modern-day slavery Kevin Bales talks about the lack of tools available to stop the flow of money from consumers to networks facilitating human rights abuse and environmental destruction. Kevin Bales is co-founder of the advocacy group Free the Slaves and professor of Contemporary Slavery […]

Climate Change Science and Culture

What do gorilla suits and blowfish fallacies have to do with climate change?

Article by John Cook, George Mason University Image: Pardon me while I blow this out of proportion. Blowfish image via www.shutterstock.com. A famous psychology experiment instructed participants to watch a short video, counting the number of times players in white shirts passed the ball. If you haven’t seen it before, I encourage you to give the following […]

Science and Culture

Allison Davis: Forgotten black scholar studied – and faced – structural racism in 1940s America

Article by David Varel, Case Western Reserve University Photo: Allison Davis, circa 1965. Courtesy of the Davis family. When black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week in 1926 (expanded to Black History Month in 1976), the prevailing sentiment was that black people had no history. They were little more than the hewers of wood and […]

Climate Change Science and Culture

Puerto Rico: A “Canary in the Coal Mine” for Climate Change

By Janice Cantieri This article originally appeared in Medill Reports Chicago, December 7, 2016. Republished with permission. In Alexi Correa’s coastal town of Loiza, Puerto Rico, families are raising their furniture on milk crates and building second floors onto their concrete homes to adapt to frequent flooding caused by sea level rise. They are witnessing […]

Science and Culture

The Rise of Next Gen Science

Interview with Aaron Pomerantz By Kristina Aluzaite Investigating obscure and undiscovered insect species deep within rainforests with a portable Next Generation sequencer, studying colorful butterfly wing nanostructures, and talking science – that’s how Aaron Pomerantz, the Next Gen Scientist lives. Currently pursuing his PhD in Entomology at UC Berkeley on the topic of structural coloration […]