America’s deadliest pest on its way to eradication

AUSTIN – Birth control for insects? It worked in the late 1930s to eradicate a deadly agricultural pest called the screwworm, and it worked again in this century when the screwworm showed up in the Florida Keys. The screwworm had not been seen in the United States for decades when it was found infesting endangered…

Erica Overfelt

Hello friends, I am Erica Overfelt, a junior studying Science & Agricultural Journalism emphasizing in Convergence and Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Atmospheric Science. My love for science started with my love for the outdoors. I soon realized my love for being outside must be protected, so I decided that I could have my…

Biased bots: why A.I. might lead to injustice, and how to avoid it

Rather than worrying about some far-fetched doomsday scenario akin to Terminator or I, Robot, artificial intelligence researchers are concerned with the real-world dangers presented by modern A.I. In recent years, eminent scientists and intellectuals, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned of the existential risk entailed by developing advanced artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence researcher Jennifer…

Isaac Vandyne

Hello. My name’s Isaac Vandyne—I’m a junior at the University of Missouri studying convergence science, health and environmental journalism, and economics. My primary aim as a writer is to discover, translate and share scientific knowledge with the public to improve decision making on both an individual and societal level. I’m very interested in the philosophy…