Science & Media

Africa’s Nursery for Einsteins

Moving beyond the traditional international development model, physicist Neil Turok has a bigger goal for Africa — finding the next Einstein. And with the addition of more research institutions — and a quantum research center on the way — the continent is better prepared than ever to do so.

Abstracts: Asthma, Anthrax, and More

Exposure to a traditional farming lifestyle may put children at a lower risk for developing asthma. An anthrax outbreak in northern Russia is thought to have originated from an infected reindeer carcass that thawed due to unusually warm weather. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.

Undark Podcast #5: Conflict & Conservation

Join our podcast host David Corcoran as he discusses with writer Alexandra Ossola her journey into mountains of Colombia to find a rare hummingbird and the parallels she saw with the people who share its territory. Also: Undark’s Tracker columnist, Paul Raeburn, talks about fair use of copyrighted material.

Mimicking Climate Change

As temperatures around the world continue to set records, many climate scientists use computer models to understand the changes that are coming. But more and more are creating micro-environments to mimic rising temperatures and decreased rainfall to see what the planet’s future might actually look like.

El Feroz Dinosaurio y los Científicos Invisibles

Cuando un equipo de paleontólogos encontraron un nuevo dinosaurio que habitó al norte de la Patagonia hace 90 millones de años, la noticia del hallazgo se esparció a gran velocidad por el mundo. Pero para la mayoría de los periodistas científicos angloparlantes, los investigadores argentinos no existieron.

When Does ‘Fair Use’ Become Unfair?

In the United States, “fair use” is defined as having “the right to use copyrighted material without permissions or payment under some circumstances — especially when the cultural or social benefits or the use are predominant.” That seems straightforward, but it has puzzled journalists for decades.