Brooke Potts

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20 Vegetarian Dinners You'll Love This Fall

It's hard to be sad about summer's departure when fall favorites like pumpkin, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, apples, and more are rolling into …

Midwest greenhouse heated with geothermal energy produces citrus year-round for $1 per day

Those who live in the Midwest United States understand how difficult it can be to eat local during winter. But for Russ Finch and his community, the …

The Top 40 Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century

It's probably best not to know too much about this sci-fi–inflected indie before you watch – though it's okay to be aware ahead of time that director …

Best science fiction and fantasy books in August

In Marina J. Lostetter’s <b>Noumenon</b> (Harper Voyager), astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has discovered a strange star that holds the promise of alien life. He works tirelessly to prepare a mission that will take eons to travel to the star, knowing he’ll never get to see the fruits of his labor. However, …

Ohio Lawmaker Suggests Letting People Die If They've Overdosed Twice Before

It's your third "strike?" No ambulance for you.<p>An Ohio Councilman believes that having an opioid addiction should be a death sentence: he wants to create a "three strikes" policy in which anyone in that state's Middletown who has overdosed twice before would not receive emergency care because it's …

Regressive gender politics are resurgent in 2017, as demonstrated by a Republican bill that would be devastating to women’s health<p>A decade or two ago, the notion that 13 men would be plotting the fate of American women’s healthcare behind closed doors, that they would delight in defunding the …

Feminism

How Many of The 2017 Locus Award-Winning Books Have You Read?

Since 1971, The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has presented the annual Locus Awards in recognition of the best in science-fiction and fantasy …

This Site Shows You How a JPEG Image Was Edited in Lightroom

When I just got into post processing images in Lightroom, struggling to get around the software as most self taught beginners do, there have been …

Craig Venter's ‘Digital-to-Biological Converter’ Is Real

Right now, it prints proteins. In the far future, it could print human babies on Mars.<p>Craig Venter thinks that sending living organisms to other galaxies on spaceships is "definitely" science fiction. It's much more realistic, he thinks, to print them on-site using digital representations of their …

We could soon be painting our houses with ‘solar paint’ for clean energy

Imagine if painting the outside of your house not only made it look easy on the eye, but also took care of all of your home’s energy needs.<p>This, it …

Clean Energy

The 13 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017

It's been a good year for sci-fi escapism.<p>In 2017, current events made escaping into a sci-fi story all the more appetizing, and there were lots of great choices.<p>Below are our 13 favorite sci-fi books from 2017. They include stories about underground lunar societies, a Manhattan partially covered …

Science Fiction

The 7 Essential Sci-Fi Books for June 2017

From time travel to the apocalypse.<p>Summer is the season of sultry nights, beach weekends, arguments over what “the song of the summer” truly is, and …

Science Fiction

Computer programme can detect whether farm animals and pets are in pain

A computer programme that can detect whether farm animals or pets are in pain has been developed by scientists at Cambridge University.<p>The artificially intelligent system has been designed to recognise five different facial expressions in sheep and estimate whether the animal is suffering and how …

World’s first commercial CO2 capture plant goes live

Carbon dioxide capture gets serious with a new commercial plant in Switzerland<p>A Swiss company on Wednesday is set to become the world’s first to commercially remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into a useful product.<p>Climeworks, which will begin operations at a facility …

4 Solar-Energy Innovations That Make Fossil Fuel Obsolete

If you are wondering about the efficacy of solar as a source of energy, just take a look at the logic of visionary entrepreneur, Elon Musk: "The …

Clean Energy

U.S. needs to accelerate growth in green jobs by treating climate change like the crisis of WWII

In this era when every day can bring another profoundly disturbing bit of news about climate change, it’s easy to miss the good news about what’s …

Renewable Energy

13 True Crime Books As Unbelievable As HBO’s 'Mommy Dead and Dearest' Documentary

True crime has the tendency to lend itself to over-dramatization and spectacle. While true crime books, television shows,podcasts, and movies have …

Crime

'Put Up or Shut Up': North Carolina Meteorologist Calls Out Climate Deniers

Frustrated by non-experts taking to the internet to dispute the science behind human-made climate change, North Carolina meteorologist Greg Fishel …

Global warming’s fingerprints are all over extreme weather

Group of scientists has aimed to develop an approach to investigating how climate change impacts extreme weather<p>When climate scientists examine whether the warming of the Earth has made extreme weather events such as heatwaves or downpours more likely, they generally do it on a case-by-case basis. …

Taylor Farms wants to make food without fossil fuels

As industries go, agriculture represents one of the worst environmental offenders, according to research by the United Nations Environment Programme. Farms need tending around the clock. So besides all the fertilizers, pesticides and water they use, farms also burn a lot of fossil fuels and money …

John Scalzi's Collapsing Empire: an epic new space opera with snark, politics and action to burn

A thousand years ago, the political elites of Hub -- the world where the most Flow channels enter and terminate -- established a religio-political …

Science Fiction

Stubborn plastic may have finally met its match: the hungry wax worm

Here's a caterpillar that thinks plastic tastes fantastic. Scientists have discovered that the larvae of the wax moth will easily munch through a common plastic known as polyethylene, turning it into a useful compound found in all kinds of consumer products.<p>The findings, published this week in the …

Record-breaking weather is being driven by global warming, scientists say

From record-breaking heat waves to catastrophic floods, extreme weather events these days tend to quickly inspire the same question: Is climate …

Climate Change

The EPA wants to know what you think about scrapping air-pollution and radiation rules

Many of those regulations were written by the Environmental Protection Agency, under the authority Congress granted it through the Clean Air Act.<p>President Donald Trump and many other conservatives see these rules as overly burdensome and believe the country should have fewer of them. Trump's EPA …

Widely-Opposed Pipeline 'Confirms Worst Fears' After Two Spills Into Ohio Wetlands

Energy Transfer Partners' new Rover Pipeline has spilled millions of gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio's wetlands. Construction of the $4.2 …

Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change

How psychology can trick us into keeping Earth habitable.<p>When Per Espen Stoknes looked at polls going back to 1989 assessing the level of public concern about climate change in 39 different countries, he found a surprising pattern in the data.<p>“Incredibly enough, it shows that the more certain the …

Europe’s Coal Power Is Going up in Smoke -- Fast

The long goodbye for coal in Europe is accelerating as the cost of shifting to green energy plunges.<p>Companies including Drax Group Plc, Steag GmbH to …

How Trump's First 100 Days Could End in a Government Shutdown

The historical marker on April 29 will coincide with the expiration of federal funding unless Congress can strike a bipartisan deal in time.<p>On April 29, President Trump hopes to be commemorating his 100th day in office by touting his successful appointment of a Supreme Court justice and his quick …

Military Spending

EPA seeks to derail cleanup of coal power plant pollution

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants.The Environmental …

Ex-Clergy Explain How They Realized There Is No God

"I certainly do not hate the church... I do, however, think that they are wasting a lot of time, effort, and money on nonsense."<p>Americans are losing their religion. According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, the percentage of the American population that identifies as Christian dropped …