Becky McCauley Rench

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Science For Space Farming Is Also Being Used to Grow Weed

Of course it'd come to this.<p><i>The Martian</i> brought the issue of growing plants in space to a mainstream audience, but scientists are still struggling to get funding for further research on the topic. Mike Dixon of the Canadian University of Guelph has figured out a surefire way to get funding for his: …

Farming

Drone Data Sparks a New Industrial Revolution

<b>From airplane inspection to agricultural mapping, the increasing availability of drones and the information they can provide is changing how</b> …

Intel Corporation

How a Canadian Pharmacist Is Planning to Overthrow the Tyranny of Doctors

Roger Simard wants to monitor every patient with smart wearables.<p>Roger Simard likes wearables. When I met the digital health entrepreneur and pharmacist at a downtown office building in Montreal, he was wearing four on his right arm: two name-brand fitness trackers and two prototypes. After showing …

EU proposal would classify robots as 'electronic persons'

Parliamentary motion aims to create a legal framework for automation, amid concerns over unemployment and social security<p>A new proposal from the European Parliament calls for working robots to be classified as "electronic persons," and for their owners to pay social security on their behalf. The …

The Future

Experts Says a 'Space Base' Halfway Between The Moon And Earth Could Be Built in 10 Years

We can't wait.<p>The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced an ambitious plan to build a space base between Earth and the Moon, which astronauts …

Do snails hold the secret to AI?

A new study from the UK shows that snails use only two neurons in their brains to make decisions, which is an extremely simple process, and yet they …

Scientists have found evidence that antibiotics may have unintended effects on babies

While babies learn to walk and talk, there’s another crucial piece of development taking place: the microbiome.<p>This collection of bacteria in our gut plays a crucial role in the way we break down food, put up defenses against pathogens, and even how we feel. Less robust microbiomes have been …

Microbiology

Germany polygamy: Minister says migrants must abide by the law

<b>Germany will not recognise polygamy or marriages involving minors, Justice Minister Heiko Maas has said</b><p>"No-one who comes here has the right to put his cultural values or religious beliefs above our law," he told Bild.<p>In some Islamic countries, men are allowed to take up to four wives, but in …

I quit medicine. Here's what future doctors should know going into it | Rachel Kwon

Doctors need to be more involved with healthcare bureaucracy. Focusing only on patient care shortchanges everyone<p>There is a saying in teaching hospitals: “Don’t get sick in July.” That’s when new interns begin their training as doctors, with orientations starting in late June.<p>New residents may be …

Health Care

Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson wants to set aside half of the planet as protected areas for nature. But is this possible? And, if so, how would it work?<p>As of today, the only place in the universe where we are certain life exists is on our little home, the third planet from the sun. But also as of …

Loneliness

Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

Scientists Found a Possible Deal Breaker in the Quest to Build a Space Elevator

Carbon nanotubes have been pegged as the wonder material that could finally allow us to build a space elevator. A discouraging new study suggests …

My Dishwasher Is What's Wrong With Capitalism

Six years ago we paid about $700 for a new KitchenAid dishwasher. Since then, we've spent considerably more than that getting it repaired. Each repairman (and they've all been men) who came to our house told us the same thing: most of today's appliances are junk. Both the workmanship and the parts …

US government may legalize autonomous cars by July

The current state of autonomous vehicles in the U.S. is fragmented. Some states allow testing and semi-autonomous driving, others are staunchly against Google, Uber, and even leading automakers like General Motors testing self-driving vehicles in their state.<p>That may change in July, when the …

Autonomous Cars

Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment

I teach the Constitution for a living. I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one. I …

Guns

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What we eat is seen as more important than ever. And everywhere we are urged to go organic: we are told it is more nutritious, it improves animal welfare and helps the environment. In reality, that is mostly marketing hype.<p>In 2012 Stanford University’s Centre for Health Policy did the biggest …

NASA and the UAE Just Signed a Space Agreement to Collaborate on Mars

“Every single nation can play a part in our journey to Mars."<p>Early Sunday morning, NASA announced it had signed a "significant" space agreement with the United Arab Emirates' space agency, one that NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said will help advance NASA's journey to Mars.<p>Bolden has spent the …

Space Science

Farmers have modified our food for at least 10,000 years, why does it matter all of a sudden?

In the past week you’ve probably eaten crops that wouldn’t exist in nature, or that have evolved extra genes to reach freakish sizes. You’ve probably eaten “cloned” food and you may have even eaten plants whose ancestors were once deliberately blasted with radiation. And you could have bought all …

Agriculture

New tool brings personalized medicine closer - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Scientists from EPFL and ETHZ have developed a powerful tool for exploring and determining the inherent biological differences between individuals, …

Why do we really need space travel?

To paraphrase Einstein '<i>Passion without science is blind, and science without passion is lame'</i>. The case for human expansion into the cosmos is often made with passion but involves little actual science. Here's what I mean.<p><b>Manifest Destiny V2.0</b><p>First of all, whether humans reach the stars, or even …

Germany May Have Driverless Trains By 2023

Deutsche Bahn chairman looks toward the future of transit<p>Germans are speeding toward a future of driverless trains. At least, that's what Deutsche Bahn chairman Rudiger Grube has been telling German newspapers. He says that by 2021, 2022, or 2023, the German railway company, Deutsche Bahn, will …

Should broadband data hogs pay more? ISP economics say “no”

The idea has a certain logic—those who use more should pay more—but should it work IRL?<p>It's Memorial Day, all Ars staff is off, and we're grateful …

How To Get That Money For Rural District Broadband

Technology in School<p>How To Get That Money For Rural District Broadband<p>Jun 1, 2016<p><b>FINDING THE</b><p>RAINBOWINTERNET CONNECTION: Hey, rural school district …

Education

Making Home Internet Service More Affordable

Last year, 67 percent of Americans had broadband access at home, which was actually three percent lower than it was in 2013, according to Pew Research Center. That's still a lot of people, but it also shows that nearly a third of Americans lack basic home Internet service.<p>Some of that is due to …

Chattanooga Was a Typical Postindustrial City. Then It Began Offering Municipal Broadband.

Downtown Chattanooga looks like a lot of postindustrial cities: wide streets, a mix of old brick buildings, and uninspired ’60s-era brutalism. Except …

Net Neutrality

Ireland plans to make high-speed broadband a right for every citizen

Politicians in Ireland plan to make fast, affordable broadband a legal right for every citizen.<p>The country’s new communications minister Denis Naughten said on Wednesday (June 1) the government will ensure fast internet is enshrined in the country’s Universal Service Obligation (USO). Naughten …

Net Neutrality

Broadband Expansion Gains Momentum

The government is handing out billions of euros in subsidies to help extend high-speed Internet to all of Germany by 2018. Deutsche Glasfaser, a …

Internet traffic to triple by 2020, says Cisco

The latest edition of Cisco’s Visual Networking Index predicts a near tripling of internet traffic during the coming years as more than a billion …

Influx of Younger, Wealthier Residents Transforms U.S. Cities

Educated, relatively high-earning workers are flocking to urban neighborhoods at a rate not seen since at least the 1970s<p>CLEVELAND—Joe Baur grew up in a leafy suburb a half-hour outside central Cleveland. But when it came time to settle down with his wife, the couple chose Ohio City, a neighborhood …

Urban Design