Science & Media

Undark Podcast #8: Worse Than the Disease

Reporter David Tuller discusses a therapy prescribed for chronic fatigue syndrome — one for which supporting research is now unraveling. Also, Undark’s Tracker columnist Seth Mnookin on a rift within the National Association of Science Writers, and reporter Jeff Emtman on flesh-eating beetles.

Undark Podcast #7: Bombturbation & More

Join our podcast host and former NYT Science Times editor David Corcoran as he talks with writer Karen Coates about how U.S. bombing permanently altered the landscape in Southeast Asia. Also: Undark’s Tracker columnist, Seth Mnookin on Patient H.M., and reporter James Perla on a rare bat in Costa Rica.

Undark Podcast #6: The Crime of HIV Laws

Join our podcast host and former NYT Science Times editor David Corcoran as he discusses the criminalization of HIV with science writer Jessica Wapner, author of Undark’s recent feature on the topic. Also on tap: Undark’s Tracker columnist, Paul Raeburn, and Scienceline reporter Sandy Ong.

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.