The Conversation, on 3D-printed medical technologies

This 3D printed ‘bone brick’ could transform how we treat bomb injuries – inside story Paulo Bartolo, University of Manchester For thousands of Syrian refugees who have suffered horrific blast injuries after being hit by barrel bombs and other devices of death in their war-torn homeland, the only option is amputation. When you see the […]

The Conversation, on china and quantum communications technology

China’s quantum satellite enables first totally secure long-range messages Andrey VP/Shutterstock Harun Šiljak, Trinity College Dublin In the middle of the night, invisible to anyone but special telescopes in two Chinese observatories, satellite Micius sends particles of light to Earth to establish the world’s most secure communication link. Named after the ancient Chinese philosopher also […]

The Conversation, on Blockchain and Sustainability

Three ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis Clint Adair/Unsplash, FAL Bernhard Reinsberg, University of Glasgow The world has failed to halt global warming. Four years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, most experts predict global warming will exceed the agreed thresholds, with disastrous consequences. As much as the […]

The Conversation, on learning and development from digital video games

Crucible: the science behind why watching others playing video games has become so popular Crucible is the first release from Amazon’s games studio Relentless. Relentless Game Studios Craig Weightman, Staffordshire University Amazon has taken a step into the highly lucrative world of gaming by releasing its first title, Crucible. A team-based action shooter, it hopes […]

The Conversation, on AI and Sustainability

AI can tackle the climate emergency – if developed responsibly William Potter/Shutterstock Victor Galaz, Stockholm University Our planet is altering at a dangerous pace due to climate change. And at the same time, we seem to be entering a period of unprecedented technological transformation. Advances in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and internet-connected devices are creating […]

The Conversation, on the challenges of videoconferencing

Zoom security: I’ve researched problems with video conferencing for years – here’s what you need to know Spot the intruder. Andrey Popov/Shutterstock Thomas Reisinger, De Montfort University The video conferencing app Zoom gained about 2 million new users in the first two months of 2020 – and that was before the World Health Organization declared […]

The Conversation, on videoconference fatigue

Zoom fatigue: how to make video calls less tiring Dean Drobot/Shutterstock Andrew Hines, University College Dublin and Pheobe Sun, University College Dublin Many new phrases have entered our vocabulary as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. “Zoom fatigue” refers to the mental exhaustion associated with online video conferencing. We can change how we […]

The Conversation, on autonomous vehicles and access to transport

Autonomous cars could revolutionise transport for disabled people – if we change the way we design Andrey Popov/Shutterstock Paul Herriotts, Coventry University The move towards driverless cars isn’t just a chance for people to relax at the wheel. It’s an opportunity to revolutionise personal transport in a way that offers life-changing benefits to people with […]