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Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

Thanks to the modern electric grid, you have access to electricity whenever you want. But the grid only works when electricity is generated in the same amounts as it is consumed. That said, it’s impossible to get the balance right all the time. So operators make grids more flexible by adding ways …

Clean Energy

Nudity Alone Doesn't Lead to Automatic Sexual Objectification, Study Shows

It's all about the pose.<p>Imagine, for a moment, the suntanned, scantily clad masses on the beach on a hot day. You’ve got to admit: It’s hard not to …

Psychology

The Clairvoyance of the Fourteen-Year-Old Aretha Franklin

An inarticulate misery, and yet the desperate need to articulate it, is what brought the thunderous wonder of Thomas A. Dorsey’s “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” to the earth. In August of 1932, the musician, who had left the packed blues clubs and rent-raising parties of the South for a …

Aretha Franklin

The Russia Investigations: Trump On Collision Course With National Security World

<i>This week in the Russia investigations: President Trump strikes back at one of his most politically dangerous critics. Will a short-term victory have longer-term costs?</i><p>The revocation, Part 1<p>President Trump made good on his threat to revoke the security clearance held by former CIA Director John …

Donald Trump

America’s Largest Veterans Group Rains on Trump’s Parade

Trump appears to put blame for higher estimate on D.C. officials who ‘know a windfall when they see one’<p>Opponents to President Donald Trump’s plans …

Donald Trump

Scientists Drastically Sped Up Production of a Mineral That Harvests CO2

We need to do something about all this CO2.<p>If we’re going to have any hope of reversing the troubling trend of years that get steadily hotter on …

Climate Change

A 1912 Newspaper Article About Coal Has a Prescient Climate Change Warning

Two billion tons of coal was burning back then and it only would go up.<p>A post that reached the top of Reddit on Thursday today offers a glimpse of …

Climate Change

Now We Understand How Marijuana Makes Inflammatory Bowel Disease Bearable

No wonder people with IBD often turn to the drug.<p>People who live with inflammatory bowel disease deal with a lot of physical discomfort, and for some …

Immune System

Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.

If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.<p>Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration.<p>It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in …

Immigration

'Yes, we did have you to get some of your bone marrow': Desperate parents hit back at critics who slammed them for having genetically engineered baby girl so she could help cure their son, 4, of a deadly disease

A couple have hit back at critics who have slammed their decision to have a sixth child to save her older brother's life.<p>Andrew and Olivia Densley, …

Genetic Engineering

Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight

(Reuters) - In a suburban Minneapolis laboratory, a tiny company that has never turned a profit is poised to beat the world's biggest agriculture …

Genetic Engineering

Limited edition VW camper van celebrates 30 years of the Hotel California

In this 30th year of the California camper van, the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon will welcome another new Volkswagen camper van in addition to the …

Campervans

Gene-silencing technology gets first drug approval after 20-year wait

The US Food and Drug Administration’s decision breathes new life into RNA-interference therapies.<p>US regulators have approved the first therapy based …

FDA

Ancient human ancestors went extinct because they were lazy

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, scientists now believe an ancient ancestor of modern humans died off because they were too lazy for …

Anthropology

Glaucoma may be a curable autoimmune disease, say scientists

Glaucoma, the blinding condition which affects nearly 500,000 people in Britain, may be an autoimmune disease which could be cured, scientists believe.<p>The common eye problem was thought to occur when fluid builds up in the eye, crushing the optic nerve and causing irreversible damage to the …

Medical Research

How to See the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower

Science & InnovationStarstruck<p>Anticipation is high for this year’s sky show, which peaks over a moonless weekend with projected rates of 90 to 120 meteors an hour.<p>Sky-watchers around the world are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower, which will be at its best from August …

Astronomy

New Zealand will ban plastic bags for good

In an effort to tackle plastic pollution, New Zealand is committed to banning plastic bags for good.<p>On Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and …

New Zealand

Cancer immunotherapies

Nature Biomedical Engineering | Article<p>The combination of systemic immune checkpoint inhibition with local administration of a hydrogel containing …

Immune System

Study shows global forest loss over past 35 years has been more than offset by new forest growth

A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, the State University of New York and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has found that new …

Climate Change

Human ageing not caused by wear and tear but unhelpful genes, study suggests

Humans do not age because of wear and tear but because biological processes - which once helped us - fail to shut off, new research suggests.<p>Scientists from University College London, Lancaster University and Queen Mary University of London believe that once-useful genetic programmes continue to …

University of London

Rand Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russia President Vladimir Putin that "emphasized the importance of further engagement" between the two leaders.<p>“I was honored to deliver a letter from President Donald J. Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s …

Donald Trump

Engineering Earth's climate might quell global warming, but it could come with a cost

When Mount Pinatubo violently erupted in 1991, the volcano blasted millions of tons of gas well over 20 miles into Earth's atmosphere. After …

Climate Change

These Cities Have The Nicest Weather in America, According to Science

Almost too good to be true.<p>Our society has collectively decided that some weather is better than others. When was the last time 50 degrees Fahrenheit …

Weather

You Can Learn Everything Online Except for the Things You Can't

I've seen several quotes that say something like this: "Everything I learned in college can now be found online for free."<p>Is that true or false? …

College & University

Elon Musk's Plan to Take Tesla Private Could Obliterate Auto Industry's Profits

Imagine if Elon Musk delivers on his take Tesla (TSLA) private Twitter pledge.<p>Leave it to a hardcore Tesla bull to speculate on how a private Tesla …

Tesla

These half-billion-year-old creatures were animals—but unlike any known today

So-called Ediacaran organisms have puzzled biologists for decades. To the untrained eye they look like fossilized plants, in tube or frond shapes up …

University of Cambridge

One of the largest banks issued an alarming warning that Earth is running out of the resources to sustain life

One of the world's largest banks says the planet is running out of resources and warns that neither governments nor companies are prepared for climate change.<p>The world spent its entire natural resource budget for the year by August 1, a group of analysts at HSBC said in a note that cited research …

Climate Change

Unregulated fertility technologies are being used to create babies

Mitochindrial replacement techniques, which produce "three-parent babies," promise to allow infertile couples to have babies, and even allow people …

Molecular Biology

73 Years Later, the "A-Bomb" Ginkgo Trees Still Grow in Hiroshima

"There’s a huge paradox at the heart of this ginkgo story."<p>On August 6, 1945, an Allied plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, creating a …

Hiroshima

Trump Supreme Court pick: Presidents can ignore laws they think are unconstitutional

<b>(CNN) —</b> Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2013 asserted that it's a "traditional exercise" of presidential power to ignore laws the White House views as unconstitutional, as he defended the controversial practice of signing statements prevalent in George W. Bush's White House.<p>The comments …

The White House