Luis Lopes de Mendonca

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SpaceX successfully launches and recovers second Falcon 9 in 48 hours

SpaceX has succeeded in launching another Falcon 9 into space, this time for client Iridium, a global satellite telecommunications provider. The Iridium-2 mission on Sunday saw a Falcon 9 take off from SpaceX’s Vandenberg Air Force base in California, with a payload of 10 satellites destined to …

A New Kidney Transplant Procedure Makes All Donors Compatible

The method effectively improves long-term survival and could end organ wait lists.<p>Desensitization is a new technique that prevents rejection of transplanted kidneys, which means that donors and patients can be much more easily matched. A new study of 1,000 patients shows its promise at changing how …

‘It's a superpower’: meet the empaths paid to read your mind

It is late on Friday at Piper’s diner in Koreatown, Los Angeles. David Sauvage, a slight 36-year-old man with an arresting stare, is preparing to empathise with me. “These aren’t ideal circumstances, but that’s OK,” he says. A few night owls busy themselves with eggs and tacos; a waiter carries a …

Empathy

Corpus callosum: Function and disorders

The corpus callosum connects the left side of the brain to the right side, each side being known as a hemisphere. The connection allows information …

University of Chicago

New Discovery Could Allow Us to Edit Memories to Make Them Less Traumatic

This is huge for those with PTSD.<p>Researchers have recently discovered two different types of memory use completely different processes in the same …

Neuroscience

Uranus Is Even Freakier Than We Thought

If David Lynch designed a planet, it would be Uranus. Much like every episode of <i>Twin Peaks: The Return</i>, Uranus is fiercely unique and weirdly …

Melting and cracking – is Antarctica falling apart?

Antarctica boasts a great many superlatives: it is the driest continent, the coldest, the remotest, the windiest and the highest on average. Right now, during midwinter, it is also the darkest. As a rift on the continent’s Larsen C ice shelf lengthens and gets closer to the ice front, we are …

Global Warming

4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier

You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong.<p>They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first …

Happiness

This Marine Biologist Has a Message for Climate Change Deniers: 'Get Over It'

Famed marine biologist Sylvia Earle issued an urgent call for humans to protect the world’s oceans and the planet more broadly in the face of climate …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Becomes 1st American to Receive Stephen Hawking Medal

NEW YORK — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson received the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication Tuesday (June 6), becoming the first …

Your Phone Is Wreaking Havoc on Your Productivity! Here Are 3 Ways to be Productive Without it. | Inc.com

Most of us have to be on our phones for work, often during office hours and after we go home. Because we're on our phones all the time, we can start to rely on them for things like managing our to-do lists and organizing other, non-work aspects of our lives. While there's nothing wrong with that, …

Elon Musk says he'll quit Trump's advisory councils if US leaves Paris climate deal

As President Trump eyes backing out of the world’s largest climate agreement, he may lose one of his most prominent advisors from the tech world. Today on Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that if President Trump publicly withdraws from the international Paris agreement, Musk will …

Australia's beautiful Great Barrier Reef can 'no longer be saved'

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world - but its days are numbered.<p>Although the country's government has invested …

Urban heat islands could gain serious sizzle by 2100

If you thought last year's heat waves were bad, brace yourself because there's a good chance things are going to become even more intense, especially …

As Trump ponders Paris Climate Agreement, here are 3 environmental crises happening now

President Donald Trump could announce his long-awaited final decision on whether or not to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change …

Trump's Relevance On Climate Change

At last week’s meeting of U.S. and European leaders, the American president refused to join the consensus supporting the Paris climate treaty, tweeting that he’d let us know what he thinks next week. While China, India, Europe, California and New York are all beginning the transition from fossil …

Thawing Arctic peatlands could release potent greenhouse gas

Scientists have long predicted that rapidly warming temperatures in the Arctic could unleash huge amounts of carbon trapped beneath the permafrost. …

Global Warming

Trump responds to Merkel criticism with furious tweet saying Germany does not pay its way

US President Donald Trump criticised Germany on Tuesday for its trade surplus and military spending levels, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel hammered home her doubts about the reliability of the United States as an ally.<p>On Monday, Mrs Merkel underlined her doubts about the reliability of the …

‘We have been poisoning ourselves’: has ice analysis revealed the truth about lead?

Analysis of an ice core taken from the Swiss Alps together with records dating from the time of the Black Death have revealed that there is no “natural” level of lead in the air, researchers have claimed.<p>Once in the body, lead is known to have harmful impacts on health, from behavioural to …

Ice Age

Glaciers are melting so much they are changing the shape of the Earth's crust

Glaciers are melting so much that they are causing the Earth’s crust to change shape.<p>And now scientists have used this effect to discover an alarming …

Global Warming

We have some interesting new info on why Antarctica is the slower-warming pole

Scientists believe they have settled one of the great polar puzzles − why Antarctica is warming at a rate so much slower than the Arctic region. And …

The World Could Enter Climate ‘Danger Zone’ If Trump Exits Paris Deal

Donald Trump wasn’t exaggerating when he said during his election campaign that the U.S. could “cancel” the Paris Accord on climate change.<p>A decision …

Climate

President meets with EPA chief on Paris climate pact

President Trump met with his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief ahead of his decision on whether to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate …

UN chief urges action on climate change as Trump debates

NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made an impassioned appeal Tuesday for the world to intensify action to combat climate change …

Will Trump's Climate Denial Impact Outcome of Huge UN Ocean Conference Next Week?

From severe coral bleaching to rising sea levels, climate change is drastically impacting the health of our oceans. However, these facts seem to …

Nitrous Oxide Poses Fresh Threat to the Arctic

The thawing of the Arctic permafrost is releasing a potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere that has rarely been considered as a threat despite its …

8 Staggering Predictions From Ray Kurzweil

You'll never die, for starters.<p>Want to know what the future’s going to be like? There’s no better person to ask than Ray Kurzweil, the intellectual …

Singularity

First cases of highly contagious dog flu confirmed in Florida

Florida has its first outbreak of a highly contagious strain of dog flu that appeared in the U.S. in 2015, according to the state Department of …

Is It Ever Okay to Lie to Your Lover?

​​Healthy relationships are built upon a foundation of trust. However, it is surprisingly easy to be deceptive in an intimate relationship. Research …