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The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists - Vox

Science is in big trouble. Or so we’re told.<p>In the past several years, many scientists have become afflicted with a serious case of doubt — doubt in the very institution of science.<p>Explore the biggest challenges facing science, and how we can fix them:<p>Academia has a huge money problem<br>• Too many …

How sea otters help save the planet

New research into the complex links of the food chain suggest that the lovable mammals play a key role in managing carbon dioxide levels<p>Charles Darwin once mused on the impacts that predators could have on the landscapes around them. In particular, he wondered – in <i>On the Origin of Species</i> – how …

How Nasa's Juno Jupiter probe could be about to solve the solar system's biggest mystery of all

It is, say experts, the hardest thing Nasa has ever attempted. Little wonder, then, that the cheers of its jubilant scientists reverberated around the world, last week, as spacecraft Juno arrived in the Jovian system after an epic five year, 1.8 billion mile, journey.<p>‘Welcome to Jupiter,’ said …

Astronomy

Google DeepMind Researchers Develop AI Kill Switch

Breathe easy.<p>Artificial intelligence doesn't have to include murderous, sentient super-intelligence to be dangerous. It's dangerous right now, albeit in generally more primitive terms. If a machine can learn based on real-world inputs and adjust its behaviors accordingly, there exists the potential …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists are figuring out the keys to convincing people about global warming

Understanding the greenhouse effect, the expert consensus, and that humans are causing global warming are gateways to support for climate policies<p>The latest survey data from Yale and George Mason universities underscores the partisan divide on climate science denial – 73% of Americans realize that …

Nasa calls out climate change deniers on Facebook

Nasa has taken time out from its usual work of exploring the galaxy to call out climate change deniers on Facebook.<p>Nasa's comments were posted …

New 'Time Slice' Theory Suggests You're Not as Conscious as You Think You Are

Our conscious perception of the world feels like a continuous and uninterrupted flow, but a new study suggests that it’s actually more like the …

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece <i>Dr. Strangelove</i> in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, unspools his paranoid worldview—and the explanation for why he drinks “only distilled water, or rainwater, and only …

Critical Thinking

Microsoft Is 'Deeply Sorry' Its Artificial Intelligence Bot Became Horribly Racist | VICE News

Microsoft has issued an official apology after the company's artificial intelligence bot was tricked into posting a deluge of racist, anti-Semitic, and otherwise hateful remarks on Twitter, forcing it to be taken offline last week.<p>The tech company designed the bot, which it named "Tay," to be an …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists have found a way to recycle sunlight, and it could cause a solar-power revolution

The world of solar cells could be on the cusp of a revolution, as researchers seek to boost efficiency by harnessing the power to recycle light.<p>A new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, considers the properties of hybrid lead halide perovskites, a group of materials already making …

Clean Energy

7 science-backed tips for reading faster and retaining more

But as modern readers, it's hard to find time to spend in their company.<p>Adding to that is the fact that, even when we do find the time, it's not always a given that we'll retain what we've read.<p>But what if we could? Would you feel more confident at work? Would you start a new project? Would you be …

The Brain