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If we alter the genetics of insect pests to reduce their populations, what are the benefits and risks?

Posted on: February 26th, 2021 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

There could be major benefits in public health (an end to malaria, perhaps), agriculture, native plant and wildlife conservation, and other areas. But to fully understand the risks, we need more research before we release gene-drive modified insects into the environment.

How can we increase the use of renewable electricity, especially when natural gas is so cheap?

Posted on: November 24th, 2020 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

To broaden the use of renewable sources of electricity we need new storage and transmission strategies, more efficient generation, and pricing that covers electricity’s hidden costs.

Are GMO crops safe?

Posted on: November 24th, 2020 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

Based on what we know now, yes. Experts reviewed hundreds of research studies and found no persuasive evidence that consuming genetically modified foods has harmful health effects. Nor have scientific studies pointed to any obvious direct environmental problems caused by genetically engineered crops.

What are some effective ways to lessen climate change?

Posted on: November 24th, 2020 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

Using energy more efficiently, switching to fuels that produce less (or no) greenhouse gases, and capturing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions before they enter the atmosphere are all steps toward lessening future climate change.

Does quality early childhood education lead to more successful lives as adults?

Posted on: September 15th, 2020 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

Yes, many studies have found that quality early learning experiences contribute to people’s success as adults.

Are there other planetary systems like ours?

Posted on: August 11th, 2020 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

Almost certainly yes. Nearly every star in the night sky is likely to have planets around it. Astronomers don’t yet know for certain if any of those planetary systems are like ours. But they hope to find out soon.

How can we defend ourselves against cybersecurity threats?

Posted on: March 10th, 2020 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

With vigilance, smart behavior, and diligent preparation for new attacks. The digital world is constantly evolving and staying secure in cyberspace requires protective measures that evolve with it.

Can mental and emotional disorders be prevented?

Posted on: March 3rd, 2020 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

There’s promising evidence that some mental and emotional disorders—such as anxiety, depression, and substance use—can be prevented, especially if action is taken early in life.

Why can we trust the information produced by scientific research?

Posted on: February 25th, 2020 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

Science is the best way we know to develop reliable knowledge. It’s a collective and cumulative process of assessing evidence that leads to increasingly accurate and trustworthy information.

How does space weather affect us here on Earth?

Posted on: February 18th, 2020 by Terrell Smith Juth No Comments

Space weather brings us the shimmering auroras known as the Northern and Southern Lights. But its effects aren’t always so benign. In certain circumstances, it can wreak havoc on our technology-dependent civilization.