Julian Alexander

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We’re Creating A Protein Bubble That’s Going To Destroy The Planet

Now an investment action group is making a similar case around food production, saying there’s no way we can keep eating meat at the current rate …

12 times the vegan diet wasn't good for you — or the planet

Thinking about quitting burgers and pizza in the name of health or the environment? You'd be in good company. Roughly 7.3 million Americans follow a …

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A Shape-Changing Shirt Displays How Your Workout Is Going

Second skin shows what's within<p>In the future, gym rats might brag about how their workout is going not with numbers on a treadmill, but by revealing a colorful display on their shirts. German designer Simone Schramm has designed a garment that reacts to a wearer’s heart rate by expanding or …

Prototyping

Six vehicles powered by coffee, saltwater, sewage and other crazy fuels

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>When it comes to advances in automotive technology, the search for alternative fuels is pretty exciting. Of course, you've heard about biodiesel engines converted to run on used vegetable oil that sputter out little more than water and the faint smell of French fries. However, …

Biogas

Scientists turn old plastic bottles into fuel

<b>(CNN) —</b> Millions of tons of plastic garbage pollute our world. What if we could turn them into fuel instead?<p>That's the ambitious plan of a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China.<p>The technique involves …

Google boasts quantum computing breakthrough with first display of real-world use

Scientists team up with Google to demonstrate one of the first real-world uses for quantum computers.<p>US and UK scientists have teamed up with Google …

Elon Musk’s Master Plan Confirms What We Already Know About The Future Of Cities

Next up is autonomy, and Musk goes in hard, making a reference to the recent death of a Tesla driver when his car crashed while in Autopilot mode.<p>I …

Tesla

The Things You Don't Remember Shape Who You Are

If the brain doesn’t get adequate stimulation during critical years, there may be everlasting consequences.<p>What is the earliest memory you have?<p>Most people can’t remember anything that happened to them or around them in their toddlerhood. The phenomenon, called childhood amnesia, has long puzzled …

The Brain

Cheap and clean: Australian company creates hydrogen with near-zero emissions

With hydrogen tipped to become an important clean energy fuel, a new process may be the solution to powering electric vehicles and heating buildings<p>An Australian company is using “cheap as dirt” iron ore to convert methane in natural gas into hydrogen. Importantly, their process generates near-zero …

Fancy life in an eco-village? Welcome to the hi-tech off-grid communities

Residents in an eco-village project piloted in the Netherlands will produce solar and biogas power, grow their food and recycle waste into fertiliser<p>“If you look at any long lasting eco-village, it has usually been about religion, polyamory or drugs,” says James Ehrlich, president of …

Sustainability

Physicists Have Mixed Matter And Light at Room Temperature For The First Time

Whoa.<p>In a lovely demonstration of light's quantum effects, physicists in the UK have just mixed a molecule with light at room temperature for the …

We're about to become more intelligent than at any other point in human history

We know of humans that we consider super-intelligent, but we don't yet know how to engineer that intelligence — or exceed it — in people.<p>But some researchers think that advances in genomic science and machine learning are going to open up new avenues of possibility in that realm, potentially …

Singularity

Physicists Have Figured Out How Supermassive Black Holes Turn Galaxies Into Cosmic Graveyards

Lights out.<p>An international team of scientists appears to have solved a longstanding mystery in astronomy, identifying the potential cause of what …

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How Quantum Entanglement Can Help You Understand Many-Worlds

Last week, I wrote a big long post about why entanglement doesn’t allow faster-than-light communication, and included a passing mention that was related somehow to the “Many-Worlds” Interpretation of quantum physics. That post was long already, so I didn’t have room to say more, but that remark …

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn't Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

My colleague-in-blogging Ethan Siegel does a regular reader-request feature, and this week’s edition drifts into my territory, answering a question about using quantum entanglement for faster-than-light communication. As I jokingly said on Twitter, Ethan’s answer is pretty good for an astronomer, …

My Morning Routine: Why I Do the Same Things Every Day, and How I Work from Anywhere

<b></b>I’ve been a longtime fan of MyMorningRoutine.com, which regularly interviews interesting people to learn how they spend their mornings. Some of my …

Time Management

How cheap does solar power need to get before it takes over the world?

It's easy to get ridiculously excited about solar power these days. The panels keep getting cheaper as technology improves. Large photovoltaic arrays are sprouting up around the globe. Sure, solar still produces only 1 percent of the world's electricity, but it's growing at double-digit rates each …