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Will the Tea Party Era End Where It Started—In Wisconsin?

At the outset of the twenty-first century, Wisconsin was known for a certain social steadiness. Chilly and saturated with lakes and small towns, it mostly escaped the entropic pressures of exurban sprawl. Its self-identity was not as caught up in industrialization as that of some other Midwestern …

Government

International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy …

Biology

8 men and women once sealed themselves inside this enormous fake Mars colony for 2 years — here's what it's like today

A decade before Elon Musk founded his fast-rising rocket company, SpaceX, or spoke publicly about colonizing Mars, a different billionaire captivated the world with Biosphere 2.<p>Ed Bass, an oil tycoon, spent about $250 million to build and operate that facility as a proof-of-concept for a permanent, …

Physical Geography

12 Ways You Can Absolutely Make Money Online

For many people, making money online would be an absolute dream come true. If they could find a way to make money with a website or some other online venture, they could quit their job to focus on entrepreneurship, spend more time with their family, and finally take back control of their time and …

Marketing

Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand

If you’re interested in the end of the world, you’re interested in New Zealand. If you’re interested in how our current cultural anxieties – climate catastrophe, decline of transatlantic political orders, resurgent nuclear terror – manifest themselves in apocalyptic visions, you’re interested in …

New Zealand

Scott Pruitt confirms who he really works for in a tweet

The EPA's mission is to protect human health and the environment. Scott Pruitt is most interested in saving money for industry.<p>In a series of tweets …

Fossil Fuels

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party

The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion.<p>The Initiative on Global Markets’ panel of economic experts was recently asked about the Republican tax plan. Among the …

Lindsey Graham

World's first "negative emission" power plant turns CO2 into stone

For several years an international team of scientists has been working on a novel way to turn captured CO2 into solid minerals. The project is dubbed …

Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god

Intranet service? Check. Autonomous motorcycle? Check. Driverless car technology? Check. Obviously the next logical project for a successful Silicon Valley engineer is to set up an AI-worshipping religious organization.<p>Anthony Levandowski, who is at the center of a legal battle between Uber and …

Singularity

Climate Science Looks Back to Predict the Future—And It’s Not Pretty

Simulating past climates gives science an uncomfortably accurate picture of what the future holds: The last time it was only a little warmer than …

Climate Change

What Rep. John Conyers’s sweeping single-payer health care bill would actually do

117 House Democrats have signed on to a bill that would virtually nationalize health insurance.<p>While Republicans were trying and failing to repeal Obamacare, Democrats in Congress were quietly lining up behind a single-payer health plan that, as written, would fundamentally reshape American health …

What do future cities look like?

City planning in the 21st century often requires navigating a Pandora’s Box of complicated, interconnected issues. In population-dense urban centers …

The Trump administration doesn't understand climate change and this federal report proves it

Ron Sachs/Avalon via Zuma<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> HuffPost <i>and appears</i> …

Six ways Trump is 'dismantling' the US after six months in office

Business and the economy<p>Given all that Donald Trump promised the business world during his bombastic campaign, it’s tempting to dismiss the president’s first six months with a “meh”. It would also be myopic.<p>While protesters are worried about the future, the president has so far failed to pass his …

Donald Trump

Elon Musk just told a group of America’s governors that we need to regulate AI before it’s too late

Musk is terrified of an AI takeover.<p>Elon Musk doesn’t scare easily — he wants to send people to Mars and believes that all cars will be driving themselves in the next 10 years. He’s excited about it!<p>But there <i>is</i> something that really scares Musk: Artificial Intelligence, and the idea of software and …

The Internet is Going Nuts for This Landscape Photographer's Creative Images

Have you heard of the desert lake in Australia with extremely high concentration of salt? Well, it is the Lake Eyre and Murray Fredericks, an …

Rick Perry’s “review” of the energy grid is just what it looks like: a bid to save coal

10 pieces of evidence that Perry is doing exactly what Trump instructed.<p>Donald Trump has made it very clear that he wants to revive the flagging US coal industry. In statements and executive orders since taking office, he has instructed virtually every agency of his government to review its …

Raw wood furniture is inlaid with blue rivers of glass

Selecting wood to create furniture means that one has to be careful to choose pieces without too many flaws. Yet, there is great beauty in …

14 Protein-Packed Lunches for Plant-Based Eating

They say breakfast is the most important part of the day. Well, sorry chia pudding, but we want to argue that by highlighting the fact that lunch is pretty dang important too. Once our morning coffee wears off and we’re headed into the afternoon, we *need* a healthy dose of protein to help us motor …

Bold promises, fewer results: Trump's executive orders don't always live up to his claims

It’s been one of<p>President Trump’s favorite boasts since he took office: By his order, new oil and gas pipelines built in the U.S. will be made from American steel.<p>As is often the case, Trump has wrapped the claim into an anecdote he often repeats. Referring to his orders to revive the<p>Keystone …

Donald Trump

Scientists Are Exploring a Link Between Our Minds and the Quantum World

Could Quantum Consciousness Exist?<p>Despite all the research we’ve done, we still know relatively little about how the human brain works, and we know …

America last: The case for moral disengagement from politics in the age of Trump

<b>(Salon/Mireia Triguero Roura)</b><p>We may well be seeing the rise of fascism — but Democrats and liberals have helped make it possible. Just say no!<p>Anis Shivani<p>February 26, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>There are a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?<br>— Donald J. Trump, Feb. 6, 2017<p>There …

Political Science

Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems

ALMOST 150 years after photovoltaic cells and wind turbines were invented, they still generate only 7% of the world’s electricity. Yet something …

Renewable Energy

Futuristic power plant complex generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy

A newly designed futuristic power plant complex, EXOSPHERE, pioneers a unique paradigm for sustainable buildings in the Dominican Republic. Four wind …

Renewable Energy

Putin’s Revenge

Humiliated by the 1990s, Russia’s strongman is determined to win Cold War 2.0. He may be succeeding.<p>Twenty years before Vladimir Putin began his ingenious campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, his predecessor as Russia’s president stood on a dark street near the White House. In his …

Russia

A Hobbit-style apartment building rises in Japan

Green roofs for days<p>If hobbit homes were conceived as apartment complexes, they’d look like this new project completed in Takamatsu, Japan by architect Keita Nagata. Built over two and a half years, the five-unit building follows the mountainside site’s hilly terrain, piling one residence over …

Is the treehouse the pinnacle of sustainable living? - CNN Style

Sustainable Living

The Future Of Neighborhoods: Five Projects That Show How We’ll Live

Residential life could soon be changing.<p>1. We’ll Generate Our Own Resources<p><b>An ambitious experiment in the Netherlands could be a model for life off the grid.</b><p>When a new housing development called ReGen Village opens as early as next year on the outskirts of Amsterdam, residents won’t have to rely on …

An Exclusive Look at Tesla & SolarCity’s Battery Solar Farm in Paradise

<b>By Katie Fehrenbacher</b><p>Photograph by Fortune/Katie Fehrenbacher<p>November 17, 2016, 11:28 AM EDT<p>On the sleepy Hawaiian island of Kauai sits a first of …