This weekend, we delight in presenting Eurythenes atacamensis – a new kind of giant crustacean. This very special shrimp resides in some of the deepest ocean trenches on the planet and is twice the size of its nearest relative. Johanna Weston, who identified the creature, takes us on a journey into some of the darkest places on the ocean floor to reveal how one goes about locating and naming a massive prawn.

The timing of this discovery couldn’t be more fitting since next week marks World Ocean Day. As part of The Conversation’s Oceans 21 series, we’re hosting a free webinar on June 8, bringing together experts to discuss what we can do to save our seas from environmental ruin. Find out more here. The latest episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast also looks at the marine world, this time from an economic perspective.

Back on dry land, we’re beginning to realise that it’s a difficult time to be a dog. You’ve luxuriated in a glorious year of constant attention from your housebound humans, who have walked you multiple times a day and rarely left your side. Now, all of a sudden, they disappear for hours on end to somewhere called “the office”. Sometimes they even spend the whole evening at a place called “the pub” and come back too late to watch any television with you. If you are a stressed out puppy experiencing anxiety over the curious behaviour of your owners, please advise them to read this guide on acclimatising you to post-lockdown life. Pandemic pooches need to be trained asap to cope with regular separation in order to prevent long-term behavioural problems.

The TV adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad is now available for viewing and, according to our reviewer, it’s a triumph of heartbreaking beauty — just like the book. Her thoughts here.

Also this week, a view on the Wuhan lab-leak theory, why older people must join the climate cause and geometrically baffling quasicrystals.

Laura Hood

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Eurythenes atacamensis, a giant scavenging amphipod from hadal depths of the Peru-Chile Trench. Alan Jamieson

How we discovered a giant new crustacean scavenging on the deepest depths of the ocean floor

Johanna Weston, Newcastle University

Deep ocean trenches are home to extraordinary biodiversity waiting to be discovered.

Shutterstock/James Kirkikis

Stressed pets: how to keep your dogs relaxed when leaving them alone

Niki Khan, Nottingham Trent University; Jenna Kiddie, University of Cumbria

Dogs that have grown used to being around humans all the time might suffer from separation anxiety.

Thuso Mbedu is plays Cora in The Underground Railroad, a woman on the run to freedom in the north of the US. Kyle Kaplan/Amazon Studios

The Underground Railroad: a heartbreakingly beautiful and brutal portrayal of the journey to ‘freedom’

Rebecca Fraser, University of East Anglia

At once tender and horrific, The Underground Railroad's use of visuals and sound beautifully portray the reality of slavery and its legacy in the US today.

B Christopher / Alamy

Why the climate movement must do more to mobilise older people

Aled Jones, Anglia Ruskin University; Bradley Hiller, Anglia Ruskin University

They hold financial and political power, yet the climate movement is currently dominated by youngsters.

Hillsborough campaigners pictured in 2016. Alamy/Phil Noble

Hillsborough disaster: a revealing analysis of the language in witness statements

Patricia Canning, Utrecht University

Witnesses spent a surprising amount of time talking about what didn't happen that day – which is very significant.

Brett Allen/Shutterstock

The Ocean Decade: the next ten years can chart a new course for the blue planet

Jack Marley, The Conversation

Join us for a free online discussion about the history and future of the world's oceans.

What is a ‘blue acceleration’ doing to our oceans? Avigator Fortuner/Shutterstock

The ocean economy is booming: who is making money, who is paying the price? Podcast

Gemma Ware, The Conversation; Catesby Holmes, The Conversation; Daniel Merino, The Conversation

Plus, why Brazilian women who lived through Zika are avoiding getting pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to episode 18 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.

Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Covid-19: why the lab leak theory must be formally investigated

Virginie Courtier, Université de Paris; Etienne Decroly, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU)

The lab accident theory of the origins of Covid-19 has gained traction in recent months. We need a proper investigation to find out what really happened.


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