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 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 Working from home

Working from home: Twitter reveals why we’re embracing it Mixing worlds. unsplash.com/@charlesdeluvio Fiona Carroll, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Mohamed Mostafa, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Simon Thorne, Cardiff Metropolitan University The effects of coronavirus on the economy already appear bleak. Unemployment and government borrowing are soaring and a recession seems inevitable. Yet amid these worrying developments there […]

The Conversation, on Fibre Optics and Community-driven innovation

The remote British village that built one of the fastest internet networks in the UK © B4RN, Author provided Kira Allmann, University of Oxford Nestled between Lancashire’s stand-out beauty, the Forest of Bowland, and the breathtaking vistas of the Yorkshire Dales, the serene, postcard-perfect village of Clapham seems far removed from the COVID-19 pandemic. But […]

Coronavirus: The Conversation, on AI

Coronavirus: how the pandemic has exposed AI’s limitations AI has its limitations in a crisis. Shutterstock Kathy Peach, Nesta It should have been artificial intelligence’s moment in the sun. With billions of dollars of investment in recent years, AI has been touted as a solution to every conceivable problem. So when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, […]