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Watch how quickly humans are changing the planet in these animations of NASA satellite images

From rising sea levels to an increase in wildfires.<p>A new website, EarthTime, aims to shows how humans have dramatically changed the planet — such as how glaciers are melting and where refugees are migrating — through time-lapse satellite photos.<p>The site’s interactive maps use images taken by NASA …

Time-lapse Photography

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Biology

Fewer Americans are dying from infectious diseases but it all depends on where you live

The overall chances of dying from an infectious disease are decreasing in the U.S., but the probability can vary greatly from county to county, …

Public Health

Scientists Have Discovered a New Organ in the Human Body

It’s not a second stomach or a mini-brain. But scientists have discovered an important new organ that may play a critical role in how many tissues …

Stem Cells

The massive new study on race and economic mobility in America, explained

Even black men born to wealthy families are less economically successful than white men.<p>Black Americans experience dramatically lower upward mobility than white Americans do — a difference that appears to be driven largely by significant economic disadvantages among black men.<p>These conclusions come …

Demographics

There's No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label

In the first half of the 19th century, one of America’s most prominent scientists was a doctor named Samuel Morton. Morton lived in Philadelphia, and he collected skulls.<p>He wasn’t choosy about his suppliers. He accepted skulls scavenged from battlefields and snatched from catacombs. One of his most …

Native Americans

You can now access 400,000 free high-res images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A year ago, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art embarked on an ambitious project to give everyone free access to images in its collection. Using the Creative Commons zero license (CC0), the third most visited museum in the world has essentially turned over a trove of high resolution images to any …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

It will take a political revolution to cure the epidemic of depression

What causes depression and anxiety? I have been a practicing psychologist and psychoanalyst for almost 40 years and have seen hundreds of patients …

This Software Works Just as Accurately as Your Lawyer--Only 200 Times Faster

Artificial intelligence startup LawGeex put its software up against a group of lawyers. The results were pretty eye-opening.<p>Watch out, attorneys. The bots are coming--and they're getting good at your job.<p>For some lawyers, contract review takes up a huge chunk of time and it can be extremely tedious.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

A new, huge review of gun research has bad news for the NRA - Vox

The findings, while limited, point in one direction: Gun control can save lives.<p>For decades, the federal government, with the support of the National Rifle Association, has made it very difficult to answer a question at the heart of American public health and safety: Does gun control work?<p>The …

Guns

Otter’s new app lets you record, transcribe, search and share your voice conversations

An app called Otter, launching today, wants to make it as easy to search your voice conversations as it is to search your email and texts. The idea to create a new voice assistant focused on transcribing everyday conversations – like meetings and interviews – comes from Sam Liang, the former Google …

Apps

Why teenage angst is so powerful when harnessed for a good cause

To many, teenagers are mercurial creatures. They can be moody and defiant, and seem to spend disproportionate amounts of time worrying about what others think of them. But all this angst and emotion can be harnessed for good, according to a new article published as part of a series in <i>Nature</i> and</i> …

‘Black Panther’ Is Groundbreaking, But It’s Shuri Who Could Change The World

“Black Panther” — which hit theaters on Thursday1 — is notable for a number of reasons. It is the first comic-book movie in decades to have a black …

How the GOP Used a Two Santa Clauses Tactic to Con America for Nearly 40 Years

From Alternet<p>- Advertisement -<p><i>This scam has been killing wages and enriching billionaires for decades.</i><p>Two Santa Claus<br>(Image by …

Massive crayfish that didn't exist 25 years ago are capable of cloning themselves — and it's terrifying scientists

A crayfish that is capable of cloning itself is taking over Europe — and scientists are taking note.<p>The marbled crayfish has a mutation that allows it to clone itself, reports Carl Zimmer at The New York Times. Zimmer profiled scientists studying the all-female species known for its massive size, …

Biology

Making The Case That Discrimination Is Bad For Your Health

When Arline Geronimus was a student at Princeton University in the late 1970s, she worked a part-time job at a school for pregnant teenagers in Trenton, N.J. She quickly noticed that the teenagers at that part-time job were suffering from chronic health conditions that her whiter, better-off …

Princeton University

Green sea turtles are turning all-female due to climate change

The same rising temperatures that are devastating Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are doing something very dramatic to the green sea turtles that are born alongside it: They’re turning them all into females.<p>When a turtle lays an egg, the sex of its hatchling is not yet determined. The sex of most …

I Was A Skeptic Of Mindfulness … Until I Tried To Make My Case

<i>Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ve been questioning whether some of our habits and</i> …

Mindfulness

Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t.

<i>Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ll be questioning whether some of our favorite habits and</i> …

Psychology

8 bad science and health ideas that should die in 2018

2018 can be a better year for science literacy and empirical evidence. Here’s a start.<p>There was good reason to feel that science and reason were under attack in 2017: Donald Trump spoke more mistruths than any other president on record (with little impact on his approval ratings), anti-science …

Payment for healthcare services is making the world poorer, says World Bank-WHO report on universal health coverage - Firstpost

Healthcare has become a luxury, only the rich can afford, the World Bank and World Health Organisation recently said.<p>The two world organisations were …

How Blockchain, A.I. And Other Tech Trends Will Disrupt Healthcare In 2018

The increased use of artificial intelligence and machine learning is shifting the paradigm of medical research and treatment. These advanced technologies are providing researchers real-time access to every white paper and clinical case study conducted on a genetic disorder.<p>Being able to develop …

Artificial Intelligence

These Are the 8 Types of Friends You Need in Your Life

Do your friends sometimes disappoint you? Ever feel like there is something missing in your relationships? You’re not alone.<p>Tom Rath and the Gallup …

Self-improvement

The real reason American health care is so expensive

Hint: single-payer won’t automatically fix it.<p>We hear it all the time: Americans pay more for health care than other developed countries. Way more. Health care spending accounts for 16 percent of the economy in the US, while the OECD average is 8.9 percent.<p>What we don’t talk about as much is why. …

Health Care

An innovative introductory economics course at Stanford is now free online

Econ 101, the introductory college economics course that is often held in overcrowded lecture halls packed with half-asleep freshmen, is finally getting a facelift.<p>At the front of the class is Raj Chetty, a 38-year-old economist who publishes some of the field’s most intriguing papers year after …

UC Berkeley

The US Coast Guard is operating floating prisons in the Pacific Ocean, outside US legal protections

If you've followed the War on Terror at all, you're almost certainly familiar with the US detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — a US prison that exists outside the realm of the US justice system.<p>Now, it turns out, there's a secret US detention system in the War on Drugs, too — and this one …

A New Bird Species Has Evolved on Galapagos And Scientists Watched It Happen

It's the first time humans have seen this in the wild.<p>For the first time, scientists have been able to observe something amazing: the evolution of a …

The Earth's Ozone Hole Is Shrinking And Is Now The Smallest It's Been Since 1988

Here's how we fixed it.<p>Here's a rare piece of good news about the environment: The giant hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer is shrinking and …

Scientists Find the Chemical That Suppresses Unwanted Thoughts in the Brain

When there's not enough of it, unwanted memories take over.<p>The brain does what it can to suppress unwanted thoughts, but we often end up wrestling …

Neuroscience

Trump’s Emergency Declaration Uncorks Exactly Two Cents For Each Opioid Addict

With nearly 2.6 million Americans addicted to prescription opioid painkillers or heroin, the Trump administration declared a public health emergency …

Affordable Care Act