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Obama's dirty secret: the fossil fuel projects the US littered around the world

Seemingly little connects a community in India plagued by toxic water, a looming air pollution crisis in South Africa and a new fracking boom that is pockmarking Australia. And yet there is a common thread: American taxpayer money.<p>Through the US Export-Import Bank, Barack Obama’s administration has …

Fossil Fuels

A group of high school students has made Martin Shkreli's $750-drug Daraprim for $2

To prove how much of a dick move that was, a group of high school students in Australia has now created 3.7 grams of Daraprim's active ingredient in their chemistry lab for just $20 - an amount that would sell in the US for between $35,000 and $110,000 at the current rate charged by Shkreli's …

Trump is headed to the White House. Did we just elect our first Jewish president?

Just as Bill Clinton wasn’t black, but he was called “America’s first black president…<p>I believe Donald Trump should be called “America’s first Jewish president.”<p>I should know. I’m an Ivy League-educated Jewish kid from New York.<p>Trust me, Donald Trump is as close as you can come to being our first …

Donald Trump

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Strange messages coming from the stars are ‘probably’ from aliens, scientists say

Scientists have heard hugely unusual messages from deep in space that they think are coming from aliens.<p>A new analysis of strange modulations in a …

Scientists Just Discovered a Major New Source of Carbon Emissions

File this under bad news for humanity’s climate ambitions: The dams and reservoirs we use to harness ‘clean’ hydroelectric power and irrigate our …

Digital attack on journalist raises specter of online censorship

After an unprecedented online assault took down cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs's influential cybersecurity blog, he was able to return to the …

The Docket: Supreme Court to tackle religious freedom, election rules in new term

The Supreme Court, while holding back on dealing with some of the country’s most controversial issues amid the vacancy on the bench, is still scheduled to tackle some key cases in its new term that starts Monday.<p>Almost 40 appeals are currently on the docket. About three-dozen more are expected to …

Sexual Harassment

Elon Musk’s Mars colonization announcement: start time, live blog, and streaming

Elon Musk

Telepathic Therapy: Brain Waves are Used to Remotely Control DNA-Based Nanobots

This is wild: a team of Israeli scientists developed a contraption that uses a person’s brain waves to remotely control DNA-based nanorobots — while …

How to beat the robots: the future of jobs in Australia

Aussie kids, we are told, no longer want to get their hands dirty, aspiring instead to a slick suit and a corner office.<p>But the reality of our …

Full Transcript from the First 2016 Presidential Debate Between Trump, Clinton

<i>The full transcript from the first presidential debate Monday at Hofstra University involving Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News, served as moderator.</i><p>HOLT: Good evening from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. I'm Lester Holt, anchor of "NBC Nightly …

Presidential Debate

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A Brief Explanation of the Kardashev Scale: How Far Can Humanity Really Advance?

Let’s be honest, we have our fair share of problems on planet Earth: war, floods, disease, poverty, and environmental destruction (the list goes on …

A Physicist Has Created a Lab-Sized "Black Hole"

The experiment's results may finally prove that Hawking radiation exists.<p>Black holes swallow up everything, and nothing escapes. This property, the most iconic characteristic of these mysterious space phenomena, had its first major challenge this week when Techonion professor Jeff Steinhauer posted …

Physics

The universe will be a frighteningly bleak place in a 'googol' years

"Where did we come from?" and "where are we going?" are two of my favorite questions as a human being.<p>But taking the very longest view, the answer to both turns out to be shockingly similar, according to University of Michigan physicist Fred Adams.<p>Adams and a colleague, Gregory Laughlin, who's now …

Black Lives Matter Releases Policy Agenda

It has been nearly two years since the killing of Michael Brown Jr. by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, touched off outrage and a national movement to save black lives from state violence. Now, just days ahead of the anniversary of Brown’s death, a coalition of organizations that grew from …

Black Lives Matter

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

<i>From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission.</i><p>July 19, 2016 — Ten miles south of Tel Aviv, I stand on a catwalk over two …

A scientist is building 'immortal' plasma rockets to send humans to Mars

Nearly 50 years after landing on the moon, mankind has now set its sights on sending the first humans to Mars.<p>The moon trip took three days; a Mars trip will likely take most of a year. The difference is in more than just time.<p>We'll need many more supplies for the trip itself, and when we get to …

This is the best scientific argument that your brain isn't a computer

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. The central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

The Most Controversial Line In Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech Was About Science

It wasn't about gender or race. It was much simpler.<p>It being the year 2016 and all, it’s hard to believe that a simple statement about trusting science was the most controversial line in Hillary Clinton’s nomination acceptance speech last night.<p>She slid it in between tearing through tax breaks for …

We may be about to solve the one of the biggest mysteries in the universe

NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScI)In case you haven't heard, there is a very, very big problem with the universe: About …

Dark Matter

Scientists Now Say Alcohol Is a Direct Cause of Seven Forms of Cancer

Analysis of reviews from several international cancer research bodies has found alcohol to be a direct cause of oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and breast cancer.<p>We're all aware of the risks associated with certain day-to-day activities. Walking and attempting to compose …

Scientists Get Closer to a Cure for OCD

New research by Duke University suggests there may be an eventual treatment for the disease.<p>Someday, the show <i>Monk</i> might not make any sense to us.<p>Brain scientists at Duke University tested lab mice who were bred with a low level of a brain receptor and found that they would excessively groom …

Clip-Air: How pod planes could change travel forever | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Hypersonics, electric propulsion, triple deckers -- think you've seen everything when it comes to new aircraft concepts?<p>Well just hold on a second, here comes the pod plane.<p>It's yet another revolutionary aircraft design, this one created by Switzerland's Federal Polytechnic Institute, that …

Aviation

Watch Microorganisms Play 'Pac-Man' for Science

The maze-like maps of 'Pac-Man' capture microorganism habitats better than traditional Petri dishes.<p>I still remember marveling when I was a kid at the LCD watches in the 1980s that let you play <i>Pac-Man</i>—at the time, I couldn't imagine anything smaller was possible. But researchers at the University …

Pacman

We need morality to beat this hurricane of anger

The Prime Minister resigns. There are calls for the Leader of the Opposition to likewise. A petition for a second referendum gathers millions of votes. There is talk of the United Kingdom splitting apart. The Tory succession campaign turns nasty.<p>This is not politics as usual. I can recall nothing …

Hole in ozone layer is closing and will be 'healed' by 2050, scientists say

The hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close, scientists have discovered.<p>Researchers from the University of Leeds and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, have confirmed the first signs of an increase of ozone, which shields life on Earth from the sun’s harmful …

Antarctica