'When I look at an animal, I think the best place for it is in the wild, in a protective area, or something similar.' Photo by World Bank Photo Collection on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'When I look at an animal, I think the best place for it is in the wild, in a protective area, or something similar.' Photo by World Bank Photo Collection on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'When I look at an animal, I think the best place for it is in the wild, in a protective area, or something similar.' Photo by World Bank Photo Collection on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

World-renowned environmental conservationist Dr Jane Goodall shares her views on the future of our planet and how we should think about animals. The interview comes right after her talk at the British Council's Café Scientifique evening in Hong Kong yesterday.

'Desertification will ultimately damage the planet’s ability to provide what we need to live.' Photo by Lighttruth on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Desertification will ultimately damage the planet’s ability to provide what we need to live.' Photo by Lighttruth on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Desertification will ultimately damage the planet’s ability to provide what we need to live.' Photo by Lighttruth on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

The 'Drylands, Deserts and Desertification' (DDD) conference, organised by Ben Gurion University’s Blaustein Institute for Desert Research (BIDR) in Israel, with a panel discussion hosted by the British Council, takes place this week on 17-20 November. Vivian Futran Fuhrman, PhD candidate at Ben Gurion University, explains why desertification is a threat to us all.

'My aim was to discuss some of the biggest questions in science today with a language that is accessible to everybody.' Photo by Sweetie187 on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'My aim was to discuss some of the biggest questions in science today with a language that is accessible to everybody.' Photo by Sweetie187 on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'My aim was to discuss some of the biggest questions in science today with a language that is accessible to everybody.' Photo by Sweetie187 on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How can we make complex scientific ideas more accessible? Dr Roberto Trotta tells us about his attempt to describe the universe using the most common 1,000 words of English and explains why science ultimately speaks to us through the language of mathematics. Roberto will be speaking at the English Language Council Lecture on Science and the English Language, live-streamed from London on 13 November.

'Another promising application is in the use of graphene.' Micro-focussing an Argon-ion laser onto a graphene sample. Photo by University of Exeter under Creative Commons licence.

'Another promising application is in the use of graphene.' Micro-focussing an Argon-ion laser onto a graphene sample. Photo by University of Exeter under Creative Commons licence.

'Another promising application is in the use of graphene.' Micro-focussing an Argon-ion laser onto a graphene sample. Photo by University of Exeter under Creative Commons licence.

As we celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development today, Adam Murphy, Ireland's 2014 winner of science communication competition FameLab, looks at the benefits nanotechnology can bring to our lives.

'Online social networks will not necessarily improve your ability to manage more friendships at the same time.' Photo by Jason Howie on Flickr/CC

'Online social networks will not necessarily improve your ability to manage more friendships at the same time.' Photo by Jason Howie on Flickr/CC

'Online social networks will not necessarily improve your ability to manage more friendships at the same time.' Photo by Jason Howie on Flickr/CC

How does brain size affect the number of social ties we can maintain? Marta Daniela, winner of science communication competition FameLab in Portugal, explains. If you're in London on 26 September 2014, you can see live presentations on science topics by other FameLab alumni at the Natural History Museum.