Alessandro Craparo

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Coffee, Bees and Climate Change Are Linked In Ways You May Not Have Expected

Pollinators such as bees play a key part of producing the beans that go into your morning cup of coffee.<p>In fact, they are responsible for about 20 to 25 percent of coffee production by increasing the plants' yield, Taylor Ricketts, the director of the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for …

Ecology

How to Learn About Buddhism

A Guide for the Completely Befuddled Beginner<p>Although Buddhism has been practiced in the West since the early 19th century, it's still alien to most …

Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed

It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is real, problematic for the planet, and has been exacerbated by human activity.<p>But what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have …

Climate Change

A perfectly-timed photo of the space station and the moon puts human achievements in perspective

The International Space Station is the size of a football field. But a stunning image by Spanish photographer Dani Caxete shows it as a tiny figure dwarfed by the moon—a jaw-dropping reminder of the magnificence of nature, and the persistence of human achievement.<p>The image is on the shortlist for …

Astronomy

Spending 10 days in absolute silence changed the way I think, act, and work

<i>In this opinion piece, Payal Sheth, a global marketing manager at the Boston Consulting Group, explains how an ancient meditation technique helped change the way she thinks and engages with people.</i><p>Yes, you read that right. Silent meditation.<p>One might ask: Isn't it obvious that you are almost always …

Record Coffee Earns $601 Per Pound at Best of Panama Auction

The recent Best of Panama coffee auction, presented by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama, shattered previous price records, with one winning …

Panama

"Coffee naps" are a thing, and will change your GD life

The words “coffee” and “nap” don’t usually go together. But a strategy that pairs the two actually makes sense—and could be the energy boost you need …

This Is How to Train For Your First Ultramarathon

Shutterstock<p>Allow Enough Time to Train<p>This is no couch-to-5k plan that you can run on a whim — running an ultramarathon (anything over 26.2 miles) …

Drinking more coffee leads to a longer life, two studies say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Greater consumption of coffee could lead to a longer life, according to two new studies published Monday.<p>The findings have resurfaced the centuries-old conversation on coffee's health effects.<p>One study surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study …

Coffee

New Map Shows Where Extreme Floods Will Be Normal by 2050

These parts of the world aren't ready for what's coming.<p>Thanks to climate change, the frequency of major flooding events is increasing at an alarming …

What Is the Oldest Tree in the World?

The planet's trees have seen plenty of history pass by their trunks. In fact, they began to populate Earth 385 million years ago, toward the end of …

Archaeology

Hawking says Trump's climate stance could damage Earth

<b>Stephen Hawking says that US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could lead to irreversible climate change.</b><p>Prof Hawking said the action could put Earth onto a path that turns it into a hothouse planet like Venus.<p>He also feared aggression was "inbuilt" in …

Donald Trump

I went from sedentary academic to 100-mile marathon runner—thanks to the science of self-control

Most people have days they’ll never forget. For me, that day is April 26, 2011.<p>It was my first time appearing on National Public Radio. As part of the program <i>All Things Considered</i>, host Michele Norris interviewed me about my research that suggested increasing narcissism in pop music lyrics. Michele …

Self Control

Science Uncovers The Origin Of The First Light In The Universe

When we look out at the Universe today, highlighted against the vast, empty blackness of the sky are points of light: stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Yet there was a time in the distant past before any of those things had formed, just after the Big Bang, where the Universe was still filled with …

Dark Matter

How quantum trickery can scramble cause and effect

Logic-defying experiments in quantum causality can twist the notion of time itself.<p>Albert Einstein is heading out for his daily stroll and has to …

Three Spectacular Nebulae Caught Together, Revealing Stunning Details About Star Birth

The Omega Nebula, the Eagle Nebula and Sharpless 2–54 all line up in space. Here’s a never-before-seen view of them all together!<p><i>“It shows you</i> …

Why Light Roast Coffee May Be Healthier Than Dark Roast

Coffee fanatics already know that their beverage of choice is rich in antioxidants, which may explain many of the health benefits associated with a …

Global warming brews big trouble in coffee birthplace Ethiopia

Rising temperatures are set to wipe out half of Ethiopia’s coffee-growing areas, with loss of certain locations likened to France losing a great wine region<p>Global warming is likely to wipe out half of the coffee growing area in Ethiopia, the birthplace of the bean, according to a groundbreaking new …

Coffee

What Ultrarunner Jim Walmsley Can Teach Us About Performance

When Walmsley toes the starting line of June’s Western States 100 in Squaw Valley, Califor­nia, it will be the culmination of a year’s worth of 100-mile training weeks on the rugged terrain outside his Flagstaff, Arizona, home. In that time, the 27-year-old has also set course records at six of the …

Grand Canyon

The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity

Scientists are exploring how organisms can evolve elaborate structures without Darwinian selection.<p>Charles Darwin was not yet 30 when he got the …

Today's Paleo Diet Looks Nothing Like What Cavemen Used to Eat

Growing research debunks the myth that the paleo movement replicates the diet of our ancestors. Here's what they were actually eating.<p>Followers of the paleo philosophy claim to draw their nutritional guidelines from Neanderthals. But stark differences in geography and agriculture, thousands of …

Nutrition

'It's pretty high': runner tells how he scaled Everest twice in a week

Kilian Jornet made climbs without fixed ropes or oxygen and suffered illness on first ascent but is laid back about his exploits<p>Forty-eight hours after racing up Mount Everest twice in a week, Kilian Jornet flew home to Norway where, rather than popping corks and collapsing into bed, he celebrated …

Mountaineering

Cosmic inflation: Higgs says goodbye to his 'little brother'

In the first moments after the Big Bang, the universe expanded many billions of times faster than today. Such rapid expansion is likely due to a …

Physics

Scientists discover plants have 'brains' that decide when to sprout

Researchers are quickly learning that plants are far more complex than once thought. Not only has it been determined that plants are capable of …

Making a Plan

Fastpacking is a brilliant sport. Simply said, it’s a sport where you strap a small amount of gear, food, and water on your back and go running and …

Climber Completes the Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent Ever

Alex Honnold has become the first climber to free solo Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall.<p>YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA—Renowned rock climber Alex Honnold on Saturday became the first person to scale the iconic nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan without using ropes or other …

Climbing

Is There Really A Cosmological Constant? Or Is Dark Energy Changing With Time?

According to physics, the universe and everything in it can be explained by just a handful of equations. They’re difficult equations, all right, but their simplest feature is also the most mysterious one. The equations contain a few dozen parameters that are – for all we presently know – …

Dark Matter

16 Times Hipsters Ruined Coffee For The Rest Of Us

Actually, can I just get it in a cup instead of an avocado? Thanks.<p><i>This post was translated from Spanish.</i>

Coffee

The Last Days of Ueli Steck

On the evening of April 29, roughly 15 hours before world-renowned alpinist Ueli Steck died in a fall in Nepal last month, he sent a text message by satellite phone to his climbing partner, 26-year-old Tenji Sherpa. The pair had planned to climb to the South Col of Everest that day, an important …

Mountaineering

Physicists Are Probing The Centre of Our Galaxy to Find The Missing Fifth Force of Nature

"If true, it's revolutionary."<p>Our current understanding of the Universe states that it's governed by four fundamental forces: gravity, …