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Netflix’s Altered Carbon misses the point of cyberpunk

An aesthetic isn’t the same thing as a world<p>Netflix’s new science fiction TV series <i>Altered Carbon</i> ticks all the boxes for a modern-day cyberpunk series. Based on a 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan, it’s about a hardboiled investigator named Takeshi Kovacs who lives in a world where human …

Unnatural selection: The "evolution machine" that drives bacteria to produce new drugs

If there's one thing life is good at, it's adapting to new environments, but that's not always a good thing. Bacteria are fast adapting to …

Cutting-edge immunotherapy treatment approved for another deadly cancer

By Laurie McGinley<p>, Reporter<p>The Food and Drug Administration approved a second version of a groundbreaking treatment Wednesday that genetically alters patients' cells to attack cancer — this time, to fight aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma.<p>The treatment is for adults with certain types of large …

Immunotherapy

The world's tropical forests now emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined

Scientists have a wake-up call for the world.<p>Tropical forests are now a threat in our fight against climate change. They emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined, according to a study recently published in Science. This wasn't always the case.<p>After all, trees absorb CO2 from the …

Forests

Vintage Photos Reveal What America Looked Like Before Pollution Was Regulated

We've come a long way.<p>The Trump administration plans to try to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's main initiative to fight …

Pesticides

Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible, new analysis shows

Goal to limit warming to 1.5C to avoid the worst impacts of climate change was seen as unreachable, but updated research suggests it could be met if strong action is taken<p>The highly ambitious aim of limiting global warming to less than 1.5C remains in reach, a new scientific analysis shows.<p>The 1.5C …

Climate Change

History: Of chemistry and conflict

Books & Arts | Published: 06 September 2017<p>Alex Wellerstein<p><i>Nature</i> <b>volume 549</b>, pages 28–29 (07 September 2017) | Download Citation<p>Alex Wellerstein …

Remembrance Day

Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study

Dating from 1,000 years before Pythagoras’s theorem, the Babylonian clay tablet is a trigonometric table more accurate than any today, say researchers<p>At least 1,000 years before the Greek mathematician Pythagoras looked at a right angled triangle and worked out that the square of the longest side …

Mathematics

Solar Panels Go Green — Literally. Here's Why That's a Big Deal

Tiny particles make bluish-black photovoltaic panels bright green, bringing high-efficiency solar panels of many colors a step closer to reality.<p>With highly rated models now running in excess of 20-percent efficiency, solar panels have gotten pretty good at turning sunlight into electricity. …

Open Sourcing Plans for “Low-Tech, High-Thinking” Water Filters

Everyone deserves reliable access to safe water. All too often efforts to create water systems in developing countries are stymied by a lack of community insight and context appropriate solutions. Some studies have shown that 35-50% of these water systems become inoperable after five years. …

Leonardo da Vinci’s Visionary Notebooks Now Online: Browse 570 Digitized Pages

Quick, what do you know about Leonardo da Vinci? He painted the <i>Mona Lisa</i>! He wrote his notes backwards! He designed supercool bridges and flying …

Nuclear Weapon Waste Site Official Says to Brace For More Leaks

Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely.<p>Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June …

Old Coal Mines Have a Place in the Future of Clean Energy

Ben Chafin sees the future of clean energy in abandoned coal shafts.<p>The Virginia state senator, whose Appalachian district is pockmarked with empty …

David Byrne working on new music with Brian Eno and Oneohtrix Point Never

It has been confirmed that a new album is currently "in progress".<p>David Byrne has revealed that he’s working on new music with Brian Eno and Daniel …

New Albums

Why German Turks Voted for the Autocrat Far Away

HAMBURG, Germany — Imagine a German politician accusing another country’s government of using “Nazi methods,” while demanding the reintroduction of capital punishment and the incarceration of both the opposition and journalists. Hilarious and untenable? Not in the eyes of many Turks who live here …

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Tiny virus batteries remove water pollutant

Scientists have developed a method to remove a common persistent pollutant in under 10 minutes using metal nanoparticles supported on genetically …

Liquid energy storage system gets the "MOST" out of the Sun

Solar power is potentially the greatest single energy source outside of controlled nuclear fusion, but the Sun is literally a fair weather source …

Scientists Create a New Kind of Liquid That Can Push Itself Along a Flat Surface

How the... ?<p>Moving a liquid from point A to point B typically requires either a sloping surface or a pump of some sort to apply pressure.<p>A new kind …

9 Latest & Greatest Water Filter Technology Advancements

In an infographic released by Pj Dore Co. & Ltd, 360,000 people die each year from water-related diseases. This is because not every household has …

Graphene Turns Decades-Old Space Energy Technology into Ultra-Efficient Thermionic Generator

The TEC prototype in operation at the Stanford Lab.(Image courtesy of Elsevier.) Researchers at Stanford University have found a way to take …

Stanford University

The Real Problem with Nuclear Power

Environmentalist concerns about nuclear power for decades have centered largely on the safety issues associated with a potential nuclear meltdown and …

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

Our democracy is broken: here's a utopian idea for fixing it | Zoe Williams

Pessimism reigns, but the introduction of citizens’ juries could help us to reconnect with politicians and fall back in love with politics<p>While in so many obvious and petrifying ways politics has never been bleaker, there is a level on which I have never felt more optimistic. And for better reasons …

That time Wilt Chamberlain went to the Parthenon with a badass sword

Chamberlain at the Parthenon<p>A basketball god strolls the ruins<p>Wilt Chamberlain is often considered to be in the pantheon of legendary NBA players, …

Graphene's Crazier Than We Thought, Can Handle 1,000 Times More Current Than Regular Material

Holy crap.<p>Just when you thought graphene couldn't get anymore impressive, and 2016 was done surprising us, graphene has gone and knocked one out of …

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status

With this list, you'll feel like you can dominate the Trivial Pursuit literature section.<p><i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann,</b> …

How Simple Hydrogen Could Solve Renewable Energy's Biggest Problem

A promising technology that injects hydrogen into existing gas pipelines could be the key to stabilizing renewable energy generation.<p>One of the biggest problems with renewable energy is the way supply and demand can fluctuate wildly. If the wind stops blowing or the sun goes down, renewable energy …

Renewable Energy