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This Was The Decade Climate Change Slapped Us In The Face

This Was The Decade Climate Change Slapped Us In The Face

Nature, Science

Broken temperature records, unnatural disasters, and homes lost would show just how catastrophically humans had transformed the planet. It’s been a decade of adapting to a new normal while clumsily figuring out how to safeguard the future from a climate crisis that’s only going to get worse.

The Canadian Genius Who Created Modern AI

The Canadian Genius Who Created Modern AI

Science, Tech, Videos

For nearly 40 years, Geoff Hinton has been trying to get computers to learn like people do, a quest almost everyone thought was crazy or at least hopeless – right up until the moment it revolutionized the field. In this video, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance meets the Godfather of AI.

A Banana Grown At Subzero Temps Also Has An Edible Peel

A Banana Grown At Subzero Temps Also Has An Edible Peel

Food, Innovation, Nature, Science

A Japanese farm introduced a new crop this winter: an organic banana with a peel that’s thin enough to eat. In a nod to this appealing outer covering, Setsuzo Tanaka, the banana’s inventor, has named his creation the Mongee (“mon-gay”) banana — which means “incredible banana” in Japanese.

The Real Story Behind The Myth Of Area 51

The Real Story Behind The Myth Of Area 51

Science, World

For decades, Nevada’s Area 51 Air Force facility has represented the eye of a conspiratorial hurricane that swirls around “evidence” that aliens exist and are hiding behind its walls. Books, TV shows, and even massive online “raids” have tried to glimpse beyond its stark signs warning against trespassers.

What Facial Recognition Steals From Us

What Facial Recognition Steals From Us

Science, Tech, Videos

In just the past five years, the meaning of the human face has quietly but seismically shifted. That’s because researchers at Facebook, Google, and other institutions have nearly perfected techniques for automated facial recognition.

Korvaa Is The World’s First Headphones “Grown” From Bio-based Materials

Korvaa Is The World’s First Headphones “Grown” From Bio-based Materials

Design, Innovation, Science, Tech

Helsinki-based multidisciplinary design studio Aivan recently unveiled Korvaa, the world’s first headphones made exclusively from microbially grown materials. Created using synbio, Korvaa is the first physical implementation of the technology and marks a potential shift away from a fossil fuel-based economy.

Is Our Brain Hard-Wired To Be Optimistic?

Is Our Brain Hard-Wired To Be Optimistic?

Psychology, Science

Psychologists have found that 80% of people have, what they define as an optimism bias and that’s regardless of whether they believe themselves to be more pessimistic or realistic. The optimism bias is our tendency to underestimate the likelihood of negative events and overestimating the likelihood of positive events.

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
Radical Hydrogen-Boron Reactor Leapfrogs Current Nuclear Fusion Tech

Radical Hydrogen-Boron Reactor Leapfrogs Current Nuclear Fusion Tech

Innovation, Science

HB11 Energy is a spin-out company that originated at the University of New South Wales, and it announced today a swag of patents through Japan, China and the USA protecting its unique approach to fusion energy generation. Fusion, of course, is the long-awaited clean, safe theoretical solution to humanity’s energy needs.

The Rail Industry’s Secret, Decades-Long Fight Against The Climate

The Rail Industry’s Secret, Decades-Long Fight Against The Climate

Business, Nature, Science

For nearly 30 years, America’s four biggest rail companies—which move the majority of the country’s coal—have spent millions to deny climate science and block climate policy. They have joined or funded groups that attacked individual scientists and rejected reports from major scientific institutions.

Are There Bacteria In Your Brain?

Are There Bacteria In Your Brain?

Science

The brain is protected from the bacterial menagerie of the body by the blood-brain barrier, and is considered a sterile organ. Which made it all the more surprising when Rosalinda Roberts, along with Charlene Farmer and Courtney Walker, realized that the unknown objects in their slides were bacteria.

How To Keep The Earth As Inhabitable As Possible

How To Keep The Earth As Inhabitable As Possible

Nature, Science

We’ve been behind where we need to be for decades now, and the fact that we’ll be living in a hotter, less hospitable world is an inevitability. The only uncertainty left is how quickly we respond and how much damage we’re going to be able to prevent.

How Space Tries To Kill You And Make You Ugly

How Space Tries To Kill You And Make You Ugly

Long Reads, Science

Outer space is the most noxious of substances: devoid of air and filled with a soup of deadly particles in the form of high-energy photons and energetic bits of atomic nuclei. The lack of gravity there affects every element of your being, as even the proteins in your body can’t figure out which way is up.

Weaponizing Biotech: How China’s Military Is Preparing For A ‘New Domain Of Warfare’

Weaponizing Biotech: How China’s Military Is Preparing For A ‘New Domain Of Warfare’

Politics, Science

Today’s advances in biotechnology and genetic engineering have exciting applications in medicine — yet also alarming implications, including for military affairs. China’s national strategy of military-civil fusion has highlighted biology as a priority, and the People’s Liberation Army could be at the forefront of expanding and exploiting this knowledge.

Inside The Race To Build The Best Quantum Computer On Earth

Inside The Race To Build The Best Quantum Computer On Earth

Innovation, Long Reads, Science, Tech

Given their size and wealth, both Google and IBM have a shot at becoming serious players in the quantum computing business. Companies will rent their machines to tackle problems the way they currently rent cloud-based data storage and processing power from Amazon, Google, IBM, or Microsoft.

How Long Will Australia Be Livable?

How Long Will Australia Be Livable?

Nature, Science

As the country suffers through one of its worst droughts on record, and heat waves shatter temperature records not once but twice within the same summer week, some are asking whether Australians can afford to keep returning to the same parched, scorched landscapes.

Austin Rossborough

Inspiration
Austin Rossborough
The Dark Side Of Electronic Waste Recycling

The Dark Side Of Electronic Waste Recycling

Business, Nature, Science, Tech

Electronics can be hazardous when disposed of improperly, and the Basel Action Network, or BAN, investigates the underground world of the e-waste trade. The nonprofit group secretly embeds trackers in discarded devices, then hands them to recyclers to see where they end up, exposing bad practices in the process.

Could Air-Conditioning Fix Climate Change?

Could Air-Conditioning Fix Climate Change?

Innovation, Nature, Science

Air conditioning systems can replace the entire air volume in an office building five or 10 times an hour.  Machines that capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—a developing fix for climate change—also depend on moving large volumes of air.  So why not save energy by tacking the carbon capture machine onto the air conditioner?

Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual For Cops

Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual For Cops

Crime, Science, Tech

Palantir is one of the most significant and secretive companies in big data analysis. The company acts as an information management service for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, corporations like JP Morgan and Airbus, and dozens of other local, state, and federal agencies.

The Metaphysics Of The Hangover

The Metaphysics Of The Hangover

Health, Science

A hangover is about being poisoned, no doubt. The toxins linger in the body and must be expelled, or waited out. We’re sick with a mini-flu and need to get better. But isn’t a hangover about more than physical toxins, at least some of the time? I’ll wager that a hangover is frequently about shame as well.

Inside SpinLaunch, The Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Inside SpinLaunch, The Space Industry’s Best Kept Secret

Science, Tech

Last summer, a secretive space company took up residence in a massive warehouse in the sun-soaked industrial neighborhood that surrounds Long Beach Airport. The company is building a massive centrifuge to accelerate rockets and send them screaming into space.

How A Volcano In Hawaii Became A Battleground For Astronomy

How A Volcano In Hawaii Became A Battleground For Astronomy

Long Reads, Science

Native Hawaiians are protecting the mountain of Maunakea, at the heart of Hawaii’s Big Island, from the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) at its summit, where the facility would join venerable observatories like the twin Keck domes and NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility.

Hacking Darwin

Hacking Darwin

Innovation, Life, Science

We are on the verge of perhaps the greatest innovation in the history of our species — a genetically altered future in which many of us will conceive our offspring in labs. If we want to control this future, now is the time to question what we want it to be.

Nina Dodd

Inspiration
Nina Dodd
The Rise Of Junk Science

The Rise Of Junk Science

Long Reads, Media, Science

Fake publications are corrupting the world of research—and influencing real news. At the most benign level of the junk industry are papers, published in journals with no effective screening process, that are obvious nonsense.

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

Science, Videos

Edward Makuka Nkoloso of Zambia had dreams to land Zambians on moon and mars beating the US and USSR in the Space race. He did everything he could with his limited resources to make his dream a reality but could he fulfill his dreams?

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Science, Tech

For almost two decades after becoming world champion in 1985, Garry Kasparov dominated the game with a ferocious style of play and an equally ferocious swagger. In 1997, at the height of his powers, Kasparov was crushed and cowed by an IBM supercomputer called Deep Blue.

Letting Slower Passengers Board Airplane First Really Is Faster, Study Finds

Letting Slower Passengers Board Airplane First Really Is Faster, Study Finds

Economics, Science

Commercial airlines often prioritize boarding for passengers traveling with small children, or for those who need extra assistance, before starting to board the faster passengers. It’s counter-intuitive, but it turns out that letting slower passengers board first actually results in a more efficient process.

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

Explainers, Innovation, Science, Tech

Instead of the bits that today’s network uses, which can only express a value of either 0 or 1, the future quantum internet would utilize qubits of quantum information, which can take on an infinite number of values. A quibit is the unit of information for a quantum computer; it’s like a bit in an ordinary computer.

What Happens To Your Body After You Die?

What Happens To Your Body After You Die?

Explainers, Science, Videos

Whatever your beliefs, most people seem to agree that the body left behind when we depart this mortal coil is just a heap of bones and flesh. Assuming that nature is left to its own devices, our bodies undergo a fairly standard process of decomposition that can take anywhere from two weeks to two years.

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