The Conversation

The Conversation US arose out of deep-seated concerns for the fading quality of our public discourse – and recognition of the vital role that academic experts can play in the public arena. The Conversation’s mission is particularly resonant in the U.S., where people universally sense that the country’s social fabric is strained and the common ground people share is shrinking. Information always has been essential to democracy – a societal good, like clean water. But many now find it difficult to put their trust in the media. And with little consensus about what to believe, it only becomes harder to reach agreement with fellow citizens regarding what’s truthful. The Conversation US seeks to be part of the solution to this problem.

The Conversation

As the Climate Changes, Architects and Engineers Need to Design Buildings Differently

November 7, 2019

In the past seven years, four major disasters have caused serious disruptions in the Northeast and Midwest United States....

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The Conversation

Better Batteries Fuel a Surge of Electric Scooters in India and China

October 31, 2019

Two-wheelers – motorcycles and motorized scooters – account for the majority of vehicles on the roads in developing countries. China...

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The Conversation

We Used Smartphones to Screen Children for Vision and Hearing Loss

October 19, 2019

Healthy hearing and vision in early childhood are the foundation for success at school. Hearing and vision difficulties are...

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The Conversation

New Technologies Can Be a Force for Good in Africa if They’re Developed from the Ground

October 3, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa is at a point where new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) could present both opportunities and...

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The Conversation

How to Harness the Potential of a Massive E-Waste Dump in Ghana

September 21, 2019

Agbogbloshie in Ghana is a vast urban area that houses a massive e-waste recycling dump. Situated on the banks...

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The Conversation

We Have the Blueprint for Liveable, Low-Carbon Cities. We Just Need to Use It

September 19, 2019

Over the past seven years more than 100 research projects at the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living,...

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The Conversation

How Buildings in Johannesburg Could Benefit from Green Roofs

September 16, 2019

There are about 500,000 square metres of green space in Chicago in the United States. Many of these are...

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The Conversation

We Built an App to Detect Areas Most Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Haze

September 12, 2019

Forest and land-use fires are ravaging Indonesia’s Sumatra and Kalimantan islands. Haze from these fires threatens lives as inhaling...

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The Conversation

Coding in South African Schools: What Needs to Happen to Make it Work

August 29, 2019

South Africa is training a group of teachers to learn how to code and how to teach coding. The...

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The Conversation

How to Keep Buildings Cool Without Air Conditioning – According to an Expert in Sustainable Design

August 15, 2019

The warmer it gets, the more people crank up the air conditioning. In fact, AC is booming in nations...

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