Alejandro Cabrera

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Florida Rooftop Solar Ballot Measure Intended to Deceive Voters, Motion Alleges

In a motion filed on November 2nd in Florida’s Supreme Court, solar energy proponents have renewed their arguments that a proposed Florida …

Solar Power

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Question Authority, But Trust Science

There’s a big difference between skepticism and denialism.<p>The results of a new Pew Research Center poll on politics and climate change surprised even some of those who study public attitudes toward science. Forty-five percent of respondents who identified as conservative Republicans said they had …

Pew Research Center

‘Coal doesn’t benefit the poor’: Dan Kammen on energy access and poverty

<b>The role of coal in poverty reduction is contentious. The Overseas Development Institute’s recent Beyond Coal report argues that better options are</b> …

Harvard Study Decrypts the Ancient Mystery of Consciousness

What is consciousness? Is human consciousness seated in our mind, body, brain—or some combination of all three? These questions have mystified …

Consciousness

An Iconic Physics Experiment Could Unlock a Theory of Everything

The classic double-slit experiment could be the key to uncovering a unified theory of everything.<p>An iconic physics experiment may be the key to unlocking a theory of everything, according to a physicist from the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology. The double-slit experiment, which proves …

Quantum Mechanics

Educational Christmas gifts for children

Play time; it really is a crucial factor in the development of your child's cognitive ability. Not only does play time help develop good social skills through bonding with parents and friends, it can also improve decision-making skills and subject specific knowledge, depending on the toy or …

Human vision is determined based on information theory

Altmetric: 52<p>Citations: 1<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Alfonso Delgado-Bonal<br>• & Javier Martín-Torres<p><i>Scientific Reports</i> <b>volume 6</b>, Article number: 36038 …

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Venezuelan president's relatives face federal drug charges in New York

The US accuses the two men of attempting a multimillion-dollar drug sale in order to finance the family's grip on power. Defense lawyers are expected …

Venezuela

Scientists May Have Identified the Particles That Make Up Dark Matter

Mysterious and Dark<p>Understanding what dark matter is has proven to be amazingly difficult. Of course, one might expect this from a thing that is, for …

Dark Matter

The Real Threat to Democracy: Donald Trump's Culture of Sociopathy

Although the election is less than two weeks away, based on the current poll numbers, it's looking like America (and the world for that matter) will evade a streaking asteroid the size of Jupiter colliding into our planet.<p>According to the Mayo Clinic, "Antisocial personality disorder, also called …

Donald Trump

Scientific writing: A very short cheat sheet

Meenakshi Prabhune has a golden rule for effective science writing—keep it simple.<p>The life of a researcher is incomplete without undergoing the …

Writing

Genetic Architects Untwist DNA’s Turns With Crispr

When scientists finished sequencing the human genome in 2003, many researchers focused their attention on decoding the long strings of As, Ts, Gs and …

Scientists identify fossilized dinosaur brain tissue for first time ever

A brown pebble discovered on an English beach more a decade ago is actually the world's first known example of a fossilized dinosaur brain, scientists have confirmed.<p>The remarkable find is thought to have come from a large plant-eater such as the Iguanodon, which walked the earth about 133 million …

Mark Ruffalo Delivers Solar Panels to Camp Where Thousands Are Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline

<i>[Click here for the latest on the Dakota Access Pipeline: 141 Arrested During Police Raid of Camp Halting Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline</i><i>.]</i><p>…

Two-thirds of the world's wildlife is on track to get wiped out by 2020

The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of …

Biodiversity

Frog goes extinct, media yawns

Is the loss of a unique life form on Earth big news? Not according to most media outlets. But how can the public care about global mass extinction if they aren’t even told about its victims?<p>On 26 September, staff with the Atlanta Botanical Garden found a frog dead in his enclosure. The frog had big …

Extinction

We finally have an “artificial pancreas” for diabetes. But it's a letdown.

The first thing Melinda Wedding thinks about when she wakes at 6:15 am is checking her daughter Carson’s blood sugar to see if she needs another dose of insulin.<p>"Type 1 diabetes is constant," Wedding told me. "There’s no downtime."<p>Throughout the day she might look at her watch, which gives her a …

House Republicans Wage War on Medical Research

To re-enter the political mainstream, the right should end its unwarranted campaign against fetal tissue science.<p>The House Energy and Commerce Committee has a Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives that has held only two hearings since it was created a year ago. Its meetings are marked by …

Prenatal Development

Science-Based Weight Training

Training for strength is the most important and effective exercise that you can do, and virtually everyone, from teenagers to the elderly, can and …

Mathematical analysis reveals architecture of the human genome

Mathematical analysis has led researchers in Japan to a formula that can describe the movement of DNA inside living human cells. Using these …

Genetics

Appetite for destruction: You don’t have to be a vegetarian to see that our eating meat is killing the planet

Everything we eat has a carbon footprint but heavily carnivorous diets are a leading cause of greenhouse emissions<p>Whether you believe in climate change, like the majority of scientists, or believe it’s a hoax created by the Chinese to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive, like Donald Trump, the …

Agriculture

Evolution on a Galactic Scale

On a clear night, you can make out the band of the Milky Way in the night sky. For millennia, astronomers looked upon it in awe, slowly coming to the …

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Physicists Create World’s First Time Crystal - MIT Technology Review

Crystals are extraordinary objects, not least because of their symmetry. Crystals form repeating patterns that are the same in some directions but …

Quantum Mechanics

Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

On Wednesday evening, the city of Reykjavik, Iceland, turned off street lights and encouraged people to darken their homes so that everyone could watch the northern lights.<p>The city council released a statement saying street lights would be turned off in multiple sections of the city between 10 p.m. …

Northern Lights

How to change the world with a $1 microscope

MacArthur “genius” Manu Prakash wants the world to love science as much as he does.<p>When Manu Prakash was growing up in India, he was obsessed with skeletons. Upon finding a dead rabbit, he would clean and painstakingly reassemble its 200-plus bones.<p>"It physically told me how intricate every object …

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Tardigrades can live 30 years in a freezer and survive in space, and now we know why

Scientists discover adaptations to life in extreme environments in the tardigrade genome<p>Tardigrades — also known as "water bears" — are microscopic animals that can live through almost anything: 30 years in a freezer, rapid dehydration, boiling and freezing temperatures, massive doses of radiation, …

Biology