Milan Hecimovic

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Iron age potters carefully recorded Earth's magnetic field — by accident

<i>Ancient jar handles like this one, stamped with a royal seal, provide a detailed timeline of the Earth's magnetic field thousands of years ago.;</i> …

Earth Science

200 Coders and Hackers United to Save NASA's Climate Data From Deletion

Baggers and Taggers<p>With pages of climate-related documents and other environmental issues quickly disappearing from government websites, hackers, …

What Trump Should Learn From Reagan About Funding Energy Technology Research

The electric power industry is rife with speculation about President-elect Donald Trump’s potential impact on renewable energy.<p>During his campaign, Trump expressed doubts about the economics of renewable energy, saying wind and solar were “very, very expensive” and so forth. Despite these and …

Renewable Energy

How Teachers Can Help 'Quiet Kids' Tap Their Superpowers

When Lily Shum was little, she dreaded speaking up in class. It wasn't because she didn't have anything interesting to say, or because she wasn't paying attention or didn't know the answer. She was just quiet.<p>"Every single report card that I ever had says, 'Lily needs to talk more. She is too …

Teaching

The amazing artificial intelligence we were promised is coming, finally

We have been hearing predictions for decades of a takeover of the world by artificial intelligence. In 1957, Herbert A. Simon predicted that within 10 years a digital computer would be the world’s chess champion. That didn’t happen until 1996. And despite Marvin Minsky’s 1970 prediction that “in …

Artificial Intelligence

How To Harness The Brain Chemical That Makes You Trust Someone

Brain scientists still don’t understand why these simple behaviors release trust-inspiring oxytocin. But they know how.<p>Next time you’re having a fight with your partner try this: Reach out and touch them. Place your hand gently on their knee or their hand. Now, if the fight has escalated to …

The 10 most exciting countries to visit next year, according to Lonely Planet

The travel company's staff and community have trawled planet Earth looking for the most vibrant, exciting, and far-off destinations you should add to your itinerary next year.<p>The United States and Fiji made the list, as well as Australia, where the weak Australian dollar has assisted the country's …

The Best Triangle House Since The Pyramids

Leo Qbarsdebo’s Triangular Villa is built out of pieces of an old puzzle factory to be a treehouse for adults.<p>Triangles, and the sloping ceilings they create, don’t make a natural fit for human habitation. But for his idyllic wooden house in rural Sweden, architect Leo Qvarsebo embraced the …