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I Canoed to the Arctic Ocean, and What Did I Find? A Balmy Beach

Water that’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit would be pleasant just about anywhere, let alone in the Arctic Circle.<p><b>This is the fifth and final installment in a series of dispatches on climate change. Follow along here</b><i>.</i><p>INUVIK, NWT—About a million.<p>That's how many paddle strokes it took me to canoe the entire …

Global Warming

In 20 to 40 years, most Americans won’t have sex to reproduce. Get ready.

For 100 million years, all our ancestors reproduced basically the same way. A male reproductive organ deposited sperm into a female reproduction organ, where it could fertilize eggs — leading to baby ancestral tetrapods, mammals, primates, and eventually humans. The past 60 years have seen this …

Science says you get your intelligence from your mama

If your mother has ever praised you for being the most intelligent human being on the planet, she was also unknowingly commenting on how smart she …

Deep-sea volcano a hotspot for mysterious life

GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii (AP) — The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts.<p>The three-man submarine went down, down, down into the abyss and drew within sight of something no human had ever laid eyes …

Fish

Scientists caught black holes swallowing stars — and burping energy back up

Supermassive black holes are voracious beasts. Their tremendous gravitational pull sucks in everything that gets too close, including stars.<p>For the first time, astronomers have clearly observed at infrared wavelengths what happens after a black hole eats a star: it burps back up a brilliant flare …

Black Holes

Five Chicago officers face firing over slaying of black teen | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The chief of Chicago’s police department recommended on Tuesday that five officers be fired over their role in the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager, an incident that heaped national scrutiny on the nation’s second largest police force.<p>Black Lives Matter protesters chant …

Crime

Officials: Woman kidnapped by husband dead, man brain-dead

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping his wife while he was under home confinement on charges he beat and abducted her two months ago has been declared brain dead following a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said Wednesday.<p>The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said …

Crime

Obama administration announces grants to fight opioid epidemic, urging more funds for treatment

The Obama administration announced $53 million in grants Tuesday to help states fight the opioid epidemic, while warning that the amount is a fraction of the funding needed from Congress to address the crisis.<p>In comments timed to International Overdose Awareness Day on Wednesday, administration …

Ex-Atlanta police officer is indicted in death of unarmed man

A grand jury indicted a white former Atlanta police officer Wednesday on murder and other charges in the shooting of an unarmed black man.<p>After almost eight hours of testimony, the Fulton County grand jury indicted James Burns, who worked nearly three years for the Atlanta Police Department, in the …

Cannabis

More US adults are using marijuana and don't think it's risky

NEW YORK (AP) — Marijuana use is becoming more accepted among U.S. adults as states loosen pot laws, new national survey data shows.<p>More are using marijuana, using it more often and far fewer think it's risky, the government survey found.<p>That's understandable, experts say, as dozens of states now …

Cannabis

Donald Trump blasted by Mexican president as 'a huge threat' after pledge to ramp up deportations in tough immigration speech

Mexico's president rebuked Donald Trump as a threat to his country just hours after painting a positive picture of talks the two held on Wednesday to try to defuse tensions over the US presidential hopeful's anti-Mexican campaign rhetoric.<p>Enrique Pena Nieto issued the furious response to a major …

370kg of cocaine found in Coca-Cola factory in France

Coca-Cola workers found a huge stash of cocaine when they opened a delivery of fruit juice concentrate from Costa Rica at their factory in southern France.<p>The haul weighed 370kg (815 pounds) and has a market value of €50 million (£42m) said prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux, according to local newspaper …

DEA Set to Ban Chemicals Contained in Kratom

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday announced its intention to temporarily ban the chemicals contained in kratom, a popular herbal …

Cannabis

Fossil autopsy claims Lucy fell from tree

In a macabre twist, the hominid evolutionary tree’s most famous fossil star, Lucy, tumbled to her death from high up in a tree, a controversial new …

Evolution

Dogs understand both language and intonation, making their brains similar to humans'

Scientists have come up with proof that shows dogs not only understand human language, but also know the difference between genuine praise and …

The Brain

Scientists find 3.7 billion-year-old fossil, oldest yet

Scientists have found what they think is the oldest fossil on Earth, a remnant of life from 3.7 billion years ago when Earth's skies were orange and its oceans green.<p>In a newly melted part of Greenland, Australian scientists found the leftover structure from a community of microbes that lived on an …

Earth Science

Alzheimer's: New drug that halts mental decline is 'best news for dementia in 25 years'

The first drug that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease is finally on the horizon after scientists proved they can clear the sticky plaques from the brain which cause dementia and halt mental decline.<p>Hailed as the "best news" in dementia research for 25 years, the breakthrough is said to be a potential …

Get ready to share the road with cars that have no one behind the wheel

The day when you pull up next to a car in traffic and find no one sitting at the steering wheel is probably closer than you think. As TechCrunch’s Lora Kolodny noted yesterday, California has amendments to a bill before its legislative assembly that would allow for the testing of cars without any …

Autonomous Cars

Why more people are suddenly dying on U.S. roads

Fatalities on U.S. roads rose alarmingly last year and so far 2016 is on track to be even worse.<p>In the week before much of the nation hits the road for the long Labor Day weekend, the federal government issuedwhat it termed an unprecedented call to action to determine what's gone wrong.<p>In 2015, …

Roads

Central Bankers Unite in Fiscal-Policy Plea

article<p>Central bankers in charge of the vast bulk of the world's economy delved deep into the weeds of money markets and interest rates over a three-day conference here, and emerged with a common plea to their colleagues in the rest of government: please help.<p>Continue Reading Below<p>Mired in a world …

Internal FCA Software Was Used to Steal 100 Cars in Houston

FCA threatens to punish users who give out key codes<p>A car theft ring was using Fiat Chrysler’s internal DealerCONNECT software to steal cars in the Houston, Tex., area. Now, FCA has issued a warning to all that use the software that there will be consequences for those that provide “key codes, …

Google Hiring Airbnb Executive Is Latest Step Toward Starting Self-Driving Car Business

Google X’s Self-Driving Car unit hired Shaun Stewart, a high-level Airbnb executive, in a move that appears to underscore the Alphabet Inc. project’s transition from R&D initiative to commercial operation.<p>Stewart, who was global head of vacation rentals for Airbnb, is now a director for the Google …

Autonomous Cars

Here’s Baidu’s new all-electric self-driving test car

Self-driving cars have a tendency to become more adorable as big tech companies iterate their design, and Baidu’s new modified Chery eQ all-electric test vehicle is no exception. It resembles Google’s updated self-driving car, the panda-like EV, but it’s got more cabin room and still uses an …

Autonomous Cars

How will driverless cars make life or death choices? Google exec admits he doesn't know

As Uber rolls out its driverless cars in Pittsburgh, Google futurist Ray Kurzweil says he's still working out the moral dilemma in the case of a potentially fatal accident by an autonomous vehicle.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I think …

Autonomous Cars

Smoking Weed Helps You See Better in the Dark

You're not just stoned and delusional if you think your eyesight is better when you're high. Scientists have figured out how cannabis could increase night vision.<p>Back in 2004, a group of researchers observed that Moroccan fishermen had developed a ritual of smoking strong cannabis resin before …

Cannabis
Asia
LGBTQI

‘Ghost galaxy’ made of mysterious dark matter discovered by scientists

Scientists have found a “ghost” galaxy – roughly the same mass as our own, but entirely made up of dark matter.<p>Dragonfly 44 is almost entirely made …

Dark Matter

New Earth-like planet found orbiting our closest neighboring star

The universe just got a whole lot smaller. This week scientists at the European Southern Observatory confirmed the discovery of an Earth-like …