articles by The Conversation


The 'female' brain: why damaging myths about women and science keep coming back in new forms

Strong evidence shows that females often outperform males in many spheres of science, disproving the myth that they lack the cognitive capacity.


Sperm has fooled scientists for centuries: they don't 'swim', they move with as its tail 'spins'

Sperm 'drills' into the fluid like a spinning top by rotating around itself whilst its tilted axis rotates around the centre.


Human body can cope with occasional over eating but continuous binging will have serious health effects

As little as 24 hours of overeating can have some negative consequences for our health, including elevated blood sugar concentrations.


Carbon emissions are chilling the atmosphere 90km above Antarctica, at the edge of space

In the high atmosphere above Antarctica, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases do not have the warming effect they do in the lower atmosphere


The WHO's risky communication strategy created confusion around COVID-19

In the first days of the outbreak, WHO prefered to communicate over Twitter, which goes against the agreed communication plan in the 2005 IHR.


Cozy Bear: Russian cyberthreat to COVID-19 vaccine research identical to a skilled intrusion in 2016 US elections

While some patriotic hackers in Russia may indeed operate independently of Moscow, others seem to have strong ties to national intelligence services.


Pooled testing for coronavirus could be fastest, cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Researchers have shown that pooled testing is about as accurate as individual testing in pools as large as eight people.


Climate won’t warm as much as we feared, but will cross the limits we've set, scientists say

Researchers explain why relaxed efforts against carbon emissions will not avoid substantial warming.


How deadly is COVID-19? Actual fatality rates are tricky to uncover, but researchers are getting closer

Estimates of fatality rates give everyday people an understanding of their COVID-19 risk, which varies from person to person.


Retractions and controversies over coronavirus research show that the process of science is working as it should

The urgency to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic certainly contributed to the publication of sloppy and possibly fraudulent science.


Digital streaming brought best of live theatre to global audiences during COVID lockdown. But what comes next?

While streaming has proven popular, making theatre accessible to a wider audience across the country, it raises the question how it can help live theatre’s return and what role it might play once it’s back.


UAE's Mars orbiter mission seeks to bring Hope to more places than just the red planet

Despite being the third-richest country in the world, the UAE’s scientific and engineering community is still small.


Tennis has enjoyed a golden generation, but a golden era has eluded the sport

Serve-and-volley tennis was not a feature of the sport from its inception, and it only came to prominence in the 1950s. However, it presented a genuinely innovative way to explore court geometry.

Arts & Culture

Can expressive prosthetic limbs change our perceptions towards disability?

The idea is that by transforming prostheses into accessories, expressive versions can help users make positive statements about themselves.


On Léon's 25th anniversary, looking for honest girlhood representations not coloured by male gaze

As 2020 marks 25 years of Léon, assessing the latent sexual potential that defines adolescent girl representations and the need to focus on authenticity


As Kanye West announces 2020 Presidential run, examining the global allure of the celebrity politician

The rise of such candidates is a sign of political decline of democracies and wider frustration with professional politicians who voters feel disillusioned and distant from.


Lithium-rich giants: Sun, stars like it produce huge amounts of lithium late in their lives

One percent of giant stars in the universe are lithium-dense, but how they create their lithium remains a mystery.


COVID-19 treatments: Which drugs, therapies are proven to work, and which ones don’t?

We have made amazing progress in the treatment of COVID-19. Two therapies, in particular, have already been shown to help.


What an ocean hidden under Antarctic ice reveals about the future of our planet's climate

Research shows that if warming exceeds 2℃, major ice shelves would collapse, releasing ice, lifting the sea level by up to three metres by 2300.