Robert Maurer

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If We Stopped Emitting Greenhouse Gases Right Now, Would We Stop Climate Change?

Climate Change<p>Earth’s climate is changing rapidly. We know this from billions of observations, documented in thousands of journal papers and texts …

Climate Change

8 shocking facts about refugees from our new data tool

More than 152 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance globally — and at least 64 million have been forced to flee their homes.<p>While …

Africa

Google's AlphaGo Proves Its Mettle Against a Team of Five

Going Strong<p>Google’s Go-playing artificial intelligence (AI) continues its winning streak at this week’s Future of Go Summit, happening in the …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Need You to Solve This Chess Problem to Help Find The Key to Human Consciousness

What separates us from supercomputers.<p>Consciousness is the most important quality of a human being, but scientists have struggled for millennia to …

Roger Penrose

Scientists Just Accidentally Discovered a Process That Turns CO2 Directly Into Ethanol

Converting pollution into fuel.<p>If scientists can figure out how to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuel - and do it at an industrial scale - …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

The hip-hop architect on how music and the environment can influence one another

By looking at how architecture changes the community, Michael Ford want us to consider how community can shape architecture<p>From its early roots in the Bronx to its current status as a worldwide cultural movement, hip-hop has never lost its street-level sensibility. When writing songs, rappers and …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Are you smart enough to understand this physicist explain string theory?

Renowned theoretical physicist, Brian Greene, explains string theory as if he's talking to a graduate student of physics and then he boils it down for the rest of us.<p>Greene is the co-founder of the World Science Festival, which has a new initiative called "City of Science" which is a 5-event series …

Physics

A Virus Is Stealing The Black Widow’s DNA To Create Its Own Venom

The bite of the Black Widow spider is widely feared, and for excellent reason. A black widow’s venom contains latrotoxin, which can cause muscle rigidity, pain, and vomiting. It’s rarely fatal to humans, but it’s not exactly a party, either. So the news that a virus can steal the genes of a black …

Biology

10 things you should never say to someone with depression

If you have a friend or family member who is depressed, you may not know what to say or you may say things that make the person feel worse. So how can you express your support?<p>Although you have the best intentions, it’s a difference between what you mean to say and what’s really being heard, said …

Launched: A Synthetic Biology Factory for Making Weird New Organisms

Need a yeast that spits out rose oil? The synthetic biology company Ginkgo Bioworks is on it Photo: Eliza StricklandThe automated lab at Ginkgo …

Biology

This pill could make your dog (and maybe you) live longer

<b>(CNN) —</b> See Momo.<p>See Momo run.<p>See Momo run faster, farther and with far more vigor, energy and youthfulness, his owners say, now that he's taking a drug meant for humans with cancer.<p>"It's been remarkable," Paola Anderson said as she watched Momo, her 13-year-old white Pomsky, run around the …

University of Washington

I’m married, but I still travel solo

In 2001, single and 32, I spent a bunch of months backpacking. Pre-cellphone era. Alone. In French-speaking countries. In West Africa.<p>I rode helmet-less on mopeds and sunscreen-less on bull-drawn carts. I slept on roadsides in Ivory Coast and rooftops in Mali. I ate whatever food was available, …

Ivory Coast

Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos

A controversial foreign PR firm known for representing unsavory characters was paid millions by the Pentagon to create fake terrorist videos.<p><i>By</i> …

23 Easy Ways To Make Your Groceries Last As Long As Possible

Put an end to throwing out sad, spoiled produce.

A Chinese company is accused of undermining the security of the internet

Researchers at Mozilla put together a lengthy technical analysis of their findings, which accuse the Shenzhen-based WoSign of handing out certificates for websites to people who had no business getting them or backdating their date of issuance to get around security protocols.<p>WoSign is a …

Information Security

The world passes 400ppm carbon dioxide threshold. Permanently

We are now living in a 400ppm world with levels unlikely to drop below the symbolic milestone in our lifetimes, say scientists. Climate Central reports<p>In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when …

Climate Change

Human Chimera Research's Huge (and Thorny) Potential

It is striking just how little we know about human development, especially given we are now decades into the modern era of biology. How is it …

Want to Double Your Employee Loyalty? Science Says Provide These 3 Things

Engaged employees can increase your revenues and profits over 200 percent. Here are the three things businesses can do to drive devotion.<p>Humans make relationships harder than they need to be. At our very core, we crave only three things (after food, shelter, and good Wi-Fi service):<p>To feel safe. "I …

Employee Engagement

WATCH: You Are Actually Two Brains Living in One Person

This is really freaking us out.<p>People toss around the term "mind-blowing" a lot these days, but when it comes to knowledge that is capable of …

The Brain

Greek migration minister urged to resign over Macedonia blunder

Yannis Mouzalas under pressure to step down for failing to use full name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia<p>The Greek defence minister, Panos Kammenos, the head of the ruling coalition’s junior party, has called on the migration minister to resign for failing to use the full name of its …

Europe

How Can We Write About Science When People Are Dying?

Paris was horrific.<p>Yet as I watched that horror unfold, in a city that was once known as “The Paris of the Middle East,” dust clouds were falling onto a street streaked with blood. Beirut had been hit by one of the deadliest bombings since the Lebanese civil war ended in 1990.<p>It was a story that …