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Solar cars might be impressive. But vegan diets are better for the planet | Leilani Münter

It is not enough to cut down on fossil fuel emissions. Its also important to think about how meat consumption harms the environment<p>As a professional race car driver, I’m all too aware of the impact driving has on the planet. That’s why I don’t work with any fossil fuel companies and, since 2007, I …

Diets

9 Ways to Make Learning Irresistible

True story. The bell rang and nobody moved. <br>They were completely focused, totally engrossed. They probably didn't even hear the bell because they …

The Sneaky Life of the World’s Most Mysterious Plant

It looks so ordinary, this vine. But it’s not. It is, arguably, the most mysteriously talented, most surprising plant in the world.<p>It’s called <i>Boquila trifoliolata</i>, and it lives in the temperate rain forests of Chile and Argentina. It does what most vines do—it crawls across the forest floor, …

Why Science Teachers Are Struggling With Climate Change

Many middle and high school science teachers are getting climate change wrong.<p>That's according to the results of a new, national teacher survey backed by the National Center for Science Education and published in the journal Science.<p>Before we get to those results, a quick, climate science refresher …

Some want to limit justices to 18 years on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death a month before his 80th birthday and the potential impasse over replacing him is giving new …

Is Organic More Nutritious? New Study Adds To The Evidence

It's often a split-second decision.<p>You're in the produce aisle, and those organic apples on display look nice. You like the <i>idea</i> of organic — but they're a few bucks extra. Ditto for the organic milk and meat. Do you splurge? Or do you ask yourself: What am I really getting from organic?<p>Scientists …

University of California

‘We respect Islam and gay people’ … The gay teacher transforming a Muslim school

Primary teacher Andrew Moffat left his job after a backlash over his sexuality. Now he’s bringing his message of equality to a 99% Muslim primary in Birmingham<p>It took one complaint from a parent “as a Christian” to undo all Andrew Moffat’s work teaching children respect for people of different …

LGBTQI

35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality

<b>(romakoma via Shutterstock)</b><p>The money given out in Wall Street bonuses last year was twice the amount all minimum-wage workers earned combined<p>Larry Schwartz<p>July 15, 2015 5:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>While Hillary Clinton occasionally gives some lip service to the problem …

Income Inequality

Do these eight things and you will be more creative and insightful, neuroscientists say

Tests of human intelligence show that even as IQ, the measure of our analytical thinking skills, appears to be on the rise, our more expansive, creative thinking skills may be on the wane as our hyper-busy world promotes more narrow, analytical thought. Neuroscientist John Kounios, a professor of …

Creativity

Whole Foods Looks At Whole Picture And Makes Organic Growers Angry

Whole Foods is famous mainly for two things: having lots of organic food products for sale and being very expensive. Recently, they have been introducing a comprehensive system of conveying to their shoppers the environmental and social attributes of their food. In this system, dubbed “Responsibly …

Agriculture

Cancer Charities Scammed Millions From Donors, Feds Say

Let the donor beware: A federal lawsuit alleges four cancer charities have scammed consumers out of more than $187 million.<p>The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general in all 50 states and the District of Columbia announced Tuesday they have filed a lawsuit against the Cancer Fund of America, …

Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

Is your dream to live off-grid in any place of your choosing? The tiny egg-shaped Ecocapsule could be the low-energy home you’re looking for. …

Off-grid

How to Use The "O.H.I.O Method" To Beat Your Brain's Secret Coping Mechanism: Procrastination

<b>Procrastination is humanity’s most illogical problem.</b><p>How can people have such good intentions and yet be so totally unable to follow …

21 Vegan Barbecue Staples That'll Make Any Cookout An Herbivore's Delight

Just because you don't eat meat products doesn't mean you have to suffer through a vacuous frozen veggie burger while everyone else at the summer barbecue chows down on hot, delicious grill food.<p>You, dear vegan, deserve the very best. And, as it happens, the very best cookout foods are often vegan. …

The Genome Engineering Revolution

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ryan Clarke is a biochemistry PhD candidate with an interest in genetic engineering. He is a published scientist with a background in synthetic biology and social analytics. James Hyun is a PhD student in the life sciences with a background in molecular biology. He has published</i> …

Genetics

.ngo Domain Launches for Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations that tenaciously compete for funding and donations can now register for the new top-level domain .ngo as an imprimatur of …

Nonprofits

Alien Life on Oily Exoplanets Could Have Ether-based 'DNA'

In the search for life beyond Earth, scientists have justifiably focused on water because all biology as we know it requires this fluid.<p>A wild card, …

Watch gravity waves ripple through Earth's atmosphere

You might think of gravity as an invisible force here on Earth, but that's not entirely true... if you have the right computer simulation, that is. Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research have developed a climate model that shows the gravity waves in the upper atmosphere, where …

Large Hadron Collider captures incredibly rare particle decay for the first time

Experts say findings will help guide the quest to explain what physics cannot<p>For the first time, scientists at CERN have observed extremely rare leftovers from subatomic particles. The observations support a fundamental theory of particle physics, according to a paper published today in the journal</i> …

World's First 'Solar Road' Is Generating Even More Power Than Expected

An experimental bike path that also functions as a giant solar cell has far exceeded expectations in the six months it's been in use -- and that has scientists eyeing roadways as possible sources of solar energy to power street lights, traffic systems, and electric cars.<p>SolaRoad, as the …

See the 50 Best Images Taken by Hubble

Pillars of Creation: Originally taken on April 1, 1995, this image has become one of the most iconic to come from the Hu<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA/ESA/Hubble …

Universe

Charity email campaigns most successful if they have exactly 25 lines of text, research finds

Charitable email campaigns receive the highest click-through rate when they have exactly 25 lines of text and three or fewer images, according to …

How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

How To Design The Googleplex Of Schools

Alexandria, Minnesota’s new high school could teach your so-called “open office” a thing or two.<p>When the city of Alexandria, Minnesota, asked community members what they wanted in their new high school to be like, they replied, “like the Google campus.” So they hired John Pfluger of Cuningham Group …

Teaching

Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial

Research shows that when governments provide citizens with economic security, they embolden them to take more risks.<p>In 1988, Ronald Reagan traveled to the Soviet Union and gave a speech at Moscow State University, making the case for capitalism. America’s secret, he argued, was its entrepreneurs, …

Is this the world's most innovative street?

At first glance, Dennis and Carole Mick's house in Austin, Texas, is no different to tens of thousands of other U.S. homes. But their neighborhood, …

Sustainable Food in the City: 10 Smart Urban Farm Designs

The world’s largest indoor farm has already proven just how amazingly successful food production can be outside of standard agricultural setups, and …

Robert Reich or Thomas Piketty: How to End Income Inequality

Unlike climate change, where some insist that there is no scientific agreement that comes as the result of literally 100 years of observation, there is growing, if grudging, agreement that income and wealth inequality is a problem. On the business front, we’ve gone from the Economist wondering if …

See The Eiffel Tower's Gorgeous New Wind Turbines

Paris' iconic landmark is going green<p>When the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 it was only intended to last for 20 years. The tower has gone through a lot of renovations in the past 126 years, but the latest makeover is decidedly green. Last week, renewable energy firm Urban Green Energy installed …

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …