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John Muir Trust objects to proposed Glen Etive hydro schemes | The Great Outdoors

13th August 2018<p><b>Glen Etive hydro schemes would detract from Wild Land Area 9 that is afforded significant protection, say the John Muir Trust.</b><p>Wild …

Hiking

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Consciousness

How Your Brain Tricks You Into Believing Fake News

Sitting in front of a computer not long ago, a tenured history professor faced a challenge that billions of us do every day: deciding whether to …

Fake News

Apple crushed Alex Jones — then tossed him a lifeline

Why Apple might be getting more credit for banning Infowars than it deserves<p>Alex Jones’ fate was decided over the weekend, when Apple CEO Tim Cook and his vice president of software and services, Eddy Cue, met to talk about it. So says Dylan Byers in his daily newsletter, Pacific, which lays out …

Internet

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Mathematics

Special report: The aging, childless future

Since the dawn of humans, we have faced one inexorable challenge — how to support the rise and — in the last half century or so — explosion of the …

Demographics

A Cobra Strikes. A Magician Is Stricken. Middle Eastern Foes Unite.

CAIRO — Locked in a bitter political feud, the leaders of Egypt and Turkey can’t agree on much these days. But when confronted with the plight of a stricken magician this week, they set aside their differences in a scramble to save his life.<p>On Sunday an Egyptian cobra bit the Turkish illusionist …

Middle East

Index of Best AI/Machine Learning Resources

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning field is getting a lot of attention right now, and knowing where to start can be a little difficult.<p>I’ve …

To Start a New Life at Proxima Centauri, This Is How Many People We Need to Send

Multiple generations will live and die on the ship.<p>Humanity has long dreamed about sending humans to other planets, even before crewed spaceflight …

Break up Google

There are several ways to carve up Alphabet, the holding company of which Google is by far the largest and most important piece.<p>The particular lines …

Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point

In a renewed attempt at a grand unified theory of brain function, physicists now argue that brains optimize performance by staying near — though not …

Neuroscience

This one, newly discovered cell can remake a whole animal

Though often no bigger than an apple seed, planaria are the envy of the animal kingdom. Cut them into a dozen pieces, and each piece will regrow into …

The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.<p>Image above: Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequin<p>At 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly …

Disease

Scientists Have More Bad News About Your Favorite Vape Flavors

Our apologies to the churro vape juice lovers.<p>We all know that vaping makes you look cool. Oh yeah, and apparently it can also help you quit smoking. …

U.S. Air Force fugitive missing for 35 years found living in California

A U.S. Air Force officer who went missing in 1983 was found last week, living in California.<p>Capt. William Howard Hughes, Jr., who was going by the name Barry O'Beirne, admitted his true identity after becoming the subject of a passport fraud investigation during an interview with the U.S. …

U.S. Air Force

Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and the Feud Over Killer Robots

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg thought his fellow Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk was behaving like an alarmist.<p>Mr. Musk, the entrepreneur behind SpaceX and the electric-car maker Tesla, had taken it upon himself to warn the world that artificial intelligence was “potentially more dangerous …

Artificial Intelligence

The elephants, rhinos and lions had been killed. Then came a 21st-century Noah’s ark.

MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE, Malawi<p>Two decades ago, this patch of Malawian forest was almost emptied of wildlife. The last elephants had been poached. The lions had been caught in snare traps. Other species died off as their range was diced by machete-wielding farmers.<p>Now the animals have returned in a …

Wildlife

How Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became a Rock Star

The new doc ‘RBG’ chronicles the life of the trailblazing Supreme Court justice. Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen write about their experience …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

How Would We Know If Intelligent Life Existed on Earth Before Humans?

Reptilian menaces called Silurians evolved on Earth before humankind — at least in the "Doctor Who" rendition of the universe. But science fiction …

Neutrons

Chain Reaction: How a Soviet A-Bomb Test Led the U.S. Into Climate Science

The untold story of a failed Russian geoengineering scheme, panic in the Pentagon, and a Nixon-era effort to study global cooling.<p>On March 23, 1971, …

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

A City-Size 'Telescope' Could Watch Space-Time Ripple 1 Million Times a Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A gravitational wave detector that's 2.5 miles long isn't cool. You know what's cool? A 25-mile-long gravitational wave …

Black Holes

'Killer robots': AI experts call for boycott over lab at South Korea university

Developing autonomous weapons would make the security situation on the Korean peninsula worse. Toby Walsh, professor at University of New South Wales<p>Artificial intelligence researchers from nearly 30 countries are boycotting a South Korean university over concerns a new lab in partnership with a …

North Korea

Earth is slowly drifting away from the Sun into space, scientists warn

Come back! Come back! Copyright: Science Photo LibraryThe Sun’s getting older, and like a lot of people in middle age, it’s now struggling to pull – …

Nature Communications

Pope Francis wowed the world but, five years on, is in troubled waters

He entered office on a wave of energy but, as discontent grows over his attitude to abuse scandals, Francis faces opposition on all sides<p>Chatham House is one of the most important foreign affairs thinktanks in the UK. But on Wednesday its focus will not be a president, or an organisation like the …

Pope Francis

Is China's space laser for real?

It's not a Death Star super laser. It's a space broom.<p>In a recent article in scientific journal <i>Optik</i>, a faculty member at China's Air Force Engineering University proposed building a laser-armed satellite, a "broom" to do battle with the pernicious problem of space debris.<p>Laser-armed satellites, …

Photons entangled to make new form of light

Photons, the elementary particles that make up light, are known to be fast, weightless and to not interact with each other. But in new experiments, …

Quantum Physics

Today, Michio Kaku described what life will look like in twenty years

by Jolene Creighton February 11, 2018 Future Society 37648<p>Earlier today, Michio Kaku spoke at the World Government Summit in Dubai. I was fortunate …

NASA Shows Einstein Was Right: Our Sun Is Losing Mass—and Its Grip on Our Solar System

As our sun gets older, it's losing mass, and so its gravitational pull becomes weaker. As a result, the orbits of all the planets in our solar system …

The Magnetohydrodynamic Drive Is Real—and You Can Build One

I know it's an old movie (and it was an even <i>older</i> book before that), but I want to look at the physics of the special submarine drive in <i>The Hunt for</i> …

Magnetism