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Scientists Say Only 10 Years Left to Save the Planet

The planet, as we know it, has been given a deadline: 10 years. According to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, if humans …

Musk: SpaceX Could Reuse 100% of Major Rocket Components by Next Year

Following his company’s first successful re-use of the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket, and its first-ever recovery of a protective nose cone, …

McCain: Using 'nuclear option' was big mistake

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) says both parties will "rue the day" the so-called nuclear option was invoked to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Mccain

Climate change impacting ‘most’ species on Earth, even down to their genomes

Three recent studies point to just how broad, bizarre, and potentially devastating climate change is to life on Earth. And we’ve only seen one degree Celsius of warming so far.<p>Climate change is rapidly becoming a crisis that defies hyperbole.<p>For all the sound and fury of climate change denialists, …

Climate Change

Doomsday’s approaching: The climate could hit a state unseen in 50 million years

If carbon emissions continue on their current trajectory, the atmosphere could reach an unseen level<p>No, the headline is not a typo. Current carbon dioxide levels are unprecedented in human history and are on track to climb to even more ominous heights in just a few decades.<p>If carbon emissions …

Access to justice was once a worker’s basic right. Now it’s a costly luxury | Aditya Chakrabortty

Fees have put employment tribunals out of reach for many. The supreme court must restore the balance<p>Laws that cost too much to enforce are phoney laws. A civil right that people can’t afford to use is no right at all. And a society that turns justice into a luxury good is one no longer ruled by …

Paul Ryan proudly unveils new law that allows states to drug test people on unemployment

House Speaker Paul Ryan proudly unveiled new legislation Sunday that would allow states to require unemployed Americans seeking welfare cash assistance to first pass a drug test.<p>The White House says President Donald Trump will sign it into law.<p>Ryan touted the bill by posting a photo of himself on …

Single-atom magnets store bits of data

<b>NEW ORLEANS —</b> ­The tiniest electronic gadgets have nothing on a new data-storage device. Each bit is encoded using the magnetic field of a single …

Backyard Aquaponics Mini Farm Connected To The Internet…

Rik Kretzinger grew up on a Christmas tree farm and spent his college years studying horticulture, but he found it too difficult to make a living as …

Produce your own water from thin air with SunGlacier's solar-powered DC03

If you’re alarmed by reports of dwindling water supplies across the globe, there has never been a better time to take matters into your own hands. …

Sudden death warning over faulty heart gene

<b>An estimated 620,000 people in the UK have a faulty gene that puts them at risk of developing coronary heart disease or sudden death, and most are unaware, a charity has warned.</b><p>The British Heart Foundation said the figure was 100,000 more than had been thought and could be even higher.<p>It said there …

Facts are the reason science is losing during the current war on reason

You’d think scientists could answer simple questions like ‘when did the dinosaurs live?’. But the truth about science is bad news for those seeking certainty<p>With controversy about science communication, facts and alternative facts hitting the headlines recently, I’ve been having a number of …

Science

Canadian scientists were followed, threatened and censored. They warn that Trump could do the same.

The Environmental Protection Agency's once-prolific Twitter account has not stirred since Inauguration Day. Neither has its blog, where staff used to write often about the agency's research, regulations and “Why Science Matters” — as one of the last entries put it.<p>Both have been dark since …

National Parks

83 rare genetic mutations found to affect a person’s height

Researchers have pinpointed 83 rare genetic variants that may directly affect a person’s height. These variants, described in a study published today in <i>Nature</i>, don’t occur very often, but some were found to be associated with height differences of up to two centimeters (0.78 inches).<p>Experts have …

Genetics

The world's most toxic countries laid bare on this alarming map

When the Paris Agreement came into effect in November, the global focus on climate change policies was decried as a vital step towards reducing the …

Pollution

We can officially collect solar energy without solar panels

The discussion on climate has persisted for decades since we first discovered that there is a man-made influence on the environment. From then, many researchers have come together to finagle innovations that reduce our industrial carbon footprint. One such innovation is the molecular leaf.<p><b>The</b> …

Computational method makes gene expression analyses more accurate

A new computational method can improve the accuracy of gene expression analyses, which are increasingly used to diagnose and monitor cancers and are …

Genetics

Bacteria, Methane, and Other Dangers Within Siberia's Melting Permafrost

For hundreds of thousands of years, the Siberian permafrost has been a giant freezer for everything buried within it. But global warming has put the …

Watch: The Brilliant Life of Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace is widely considered to be the first computer programmer. She worked with Charles Babbage on his proto-computer designs, and translated …

Automation Won't Create New Jobs Like Technology Did In The Past

“Increased productivity leads to more wealth, cheaper goods, greater spending power and ultimately, more jobs,” said the Wall Street Journal in the latest entry in the counterpoint to articles declaring the end of work.<p>People should trust things will work out and know the weight of historic …

Economics

Drowning the world in oil: Trump’s carbon-obsessed energy policy and the planetary nightmare to come

<b>Rex Tillerson (Getty/Nicholas Kamm/Salon)</b><p>The president-elect’s slogan should be: Make America Smoggy Again<p>Michael T. Klare<p>December 17, 2016 4:59pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p><i>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.</i><p>Scroll through Donald Trump’s campaign promises or …

Newly discovered genetic code controls bacterial survival during infections

Dedon and colleagues have previously shown that stresses such as radiation or toxic chemicals provoke yeast cells to turn on a system that makes …

Biochemistry

AI isn't coming for our jobs, it's coming for our planet and will one day 'colonise the galaxy'

Jürgen Schmidhuber is painting an image of the future of our Universe. And it’s plain to see, we are neither a real part of it, nor is it our …

Artificial Intelligence

These Skills Are Hard To Learn But Pay Off For The Rest of Your Life

<i>“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”</i> — <b>Ralph Waldo Emerson</b><p>The ability to expand your mind …

Self-improvement

A New V-Shape Roof Can Collect Solar Power, Wind Power and Rain Water

Scientists have been busy designing a roof that uses not just solar power, but wind and rain power as well, to generate energy. There is a total of …

Flooding of coasts caused by climate change has already begun | The Star

Yet Congress has largely ignored these pleas, and has even tried to block plans by the military to head off future problems at the numerous bases …

Miami Beach

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Naturally the BBC and others have been quick to trumpet the news that China and the US yesterday agreed to ratify last December’s Paris agreement on climate change. This “historic landmark”, it is being claimed, will be a major step towards saving the planet, by slashing the world’s emissions of …

California is about to find out what a truly radical climate policy looks like

California has long prided itself on being a world leader on climate change — and with good reason.<p>Within the United States, California is No. 1 (by far) in solar power and No. 3 in wind power. It boasts the third-lowest carbon dioxide emissions per capita behind New York and Vermont. Since 2000, …

Climate

Best Science/Nature Books Published This Summer

Forget the amorphous, ridiculous concept of a “beach read” — summer is the time for great science! Here are some of my favorite books about science …