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America's Power Sector Is Aging, As Demand For Energy Keeps Going Up [Infographic]

We're gonna need a younger workforce<p>A lot of attention is paid to America’s aging power infrastructure. As the 21st century continues on, and people purchase newer devices that demand more power from the grid, it’s easy to miss another essential part of the power puzzle: the skilled technicians and …

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Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

Drones Sacrificed for Spectacular Volcano Video

SAM COSSMAN, EXPLORER AND FILMMAKER:<br>It’s a glimpse into the center of the Earth. It’s like listening to the heartbeat of the planet. The physiological effects are significant in that you have every force down there trying to kill you.<p>I wanted to share Marum Crater that’s located in the island …

World Health Organization Approves 15-Minute Ebola Detection Test

As the epidemic winds down, this is good news for keeping the virus under control<p>Today, the World Health Organization gave the green light to doctors in West Africa to use the first ever rapid test for diagnosing the Ebola virus.<p>Until now, the standard way to check for Ebola in the region was to …

Spacewalkers Get Station Ready for New U.S. Spaceships

The US proposes the first Arctic-specific federal regulations for oil and gas drilling

The regulations would require companies to fortify their contingency plans in case of spills<p>The Obama administration yesterday proposed the first-ever federal regulations for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports. The rules would require companies to create …

Obama must be clear: War on extremism is a war on violent Islamism

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar — and sometimes it's not.<p>I couldn't help thinking of Sigmund Freud's purported quote as I listened to President<p>Obamatalk recently about terrorism and as I watched theWhite HouseandState Departmentspokespeople make fools of themselves trying to justify what he'd …

Cold Spice: Using Seasoning to Stay Healthy This Winter

Few things convey the arrival of the festive season as well as the smell of spices; from cinnamon to cloves to nutmeg, these scents are synonymous …

Japan launches asteroid-hunting spacecraft

Japan's space agency has launched an ambitious space mission which aims to mine an asteroid and hunt for clues about the birth of the solar system.<p>About the size of a fridge, and fitted with an explosive bullet, Japan's asteroid-hunting spacecraft embarked on a six-year space mission on …

The Pursuit of Deeper Learning

At this California charter school, students are evaluated based on yearly portfolios—not test scores.<p>On a recent Wednesday morning, 11th-grader Sophia Wellington took to the undersized stage at the front of her high school gym and, with seamless poise, demonstrated what a smarter method of …

New York just made sex reassignment surgery much more accessible

A letter from Governor Cuomo to insurers means that companies can no longer deny coverage<p>Governor Andrew Cuomo just made sex reassignment surgery in the state of New York more accessible than ever before. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, his office sent a letter to insurers this week that lays out …

Santa Claus deniers: why do they get so much airtime?

Santa-denial has surfaced again, this time on Australian television show The Project, in the guise of its guest Kitty Flanagan. It’s just the latest in a long line of controversies caused when Santa deniers are allowed to promote their views.<p>Why are these people tolerated in today’s modern media? …

NASA to receive more money than it requested for 2015

Space agency's budget to reach $18 billion next year after House of Representatives passes contentious bill<p>NASA is poised to see an increased budget for 2015, after the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan spending bill late Thursday. Under the so-called "Cromnibus" bill, the federal space …

Doorstep visits change attitudes on gay marriage

A single conversation with a gay or lesbian door-to-door canvasser had the ability to change attitudes on same-sex marriage in neighborhoods that overwhelmingly opposed such unions, according to new research.<p>In a study conducted in Los Angeles County and published Thursday in the journal Science, …

Scientists Say They've Figured Out Why Starfish Are Melting

From Mexico to Alaska, starfish have been mysteriously melting for more than a year. When a starfish first gets sick, its arms pretzel up and white lesions form on its skin. Next, the starfish, normally plush with water absorbed to keep its shape, starts to deflate. Then suddenly, its limbs begin …

Proved at last: Men really are idiots

Finally! A scientific explanation for<p>Johnny Knoxville— he of “Jackass” fame — and the fans who keep him at his dangerous and moronic antics: Male Idiot Theory.<p>New research has rigorously tested Male Idiot Theory, which posits that, well, men are idiots and are driven to take ridiculous risks …

Mystery Surrounds Delicate Nasca Lines Threatened by Greenpeace Stunt

Peru protests damage to ancient desert designs, still enigmatic to scholars.<p>Ancient line drawings in the Andean desert, one of history's biggest mysteries, generated a firestorm of complaints against an environmental group that damaged the lines in a stunt this week.<p>The environmental group …

These Pedal-Powered Pod Cars Travel Above City Streets, So You Can Avoid Traffic

They’ve already been installed in an amusement park. Next up: Google’s main campus.<p>Why drive to work when you can arrive in your own pedal-powered pod car, far above traffic? That’s the vision of a Canadian company called Shweeb, which hopes to soon begin installing what it calls the “most …

Redmayne and Cumberbatch have made science cool for school

The world of mouldy lab coats and asbestos bunsen burner mats has become the stuff of huge audiences, red carpet premieres and screaming fans<p>This year has seen mainstream films celebrating the achievements of, first, the mathematician Alan Turing and, now, Professor Stephen Hawking. And when, in …

Coming In 2015: The First Spacecraft Encounter With Pluto

What's on the horizon for the New Horizons spacecraft<p>On Saturday, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft awoke from a very long slumber. The space probe – which has been traveling for nearly nine years and has traversed 3 billion miles of space – has spent much of its life in “hibernation” in order to …

Is NASA Going To Let The Hubble Telescope Burn Up?

With no plans for future upgrades, the telescope faces a fiery end<p>Last month, six astronauts convened at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City to discuss the 2009 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. As it approached its 20th birthday, the telescope was in desperate need …

Proof Of Japan's Kamikaze Typhoons Found In Ancient Rocks

The Mongol army was no match for bad weather<p>A massive storm is currently battering northern California just after another storm bombed the United Kingdom. These weather events are huge news for the people living through them, but they are nothing compared to two storms that changed the course of …

How Scientists Are Learning to Write

"That's jargon-ish. Even some people in the sciences don't have an intuitive understanding of what that means."<p>The students tried not to look sheepish as their professor projected the article on the whiteboard, waiting for their work to be devoured by their classmates. It was the second class for …

It’s confirmed – men are mesmerised by high heels. Except me, that is

After well over half a lifetime studying, contemplating and documenting the vagaries of human behaviour and psychology, I must issue a confession. There is one significant trait of my fellow earthlings which leaves me utterly baffled and stumped. I am talking about shoes.<p>I first became fully aware …