Ian Andrew McLeod

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Here's what it takes to be an astronaut

Chris Hadfield had wanted to be an astronaut for as long as he can remember - a dream that seemed out of reach for a young boy growing up on a corn farm in a country with no astronaut program. But he stuck to it. Hadfield spent his time learning mechanics on tractors and old cars, and later trained …

After eight futile years, Shell has given up drilling for oil in the Arctic

After eight years and $7 billion of work, including some humiliating seafaring blunders and the black eye of the environmental spotlight, Shell has abandoned a high-stakes effort to find oil in the Arctic sea near Alaska.<p>The oil giant appears to have decided that, while global warming is melting a …

When firefighters speak out on climate change, we ought to listen up

Climate change is worsening the fires that ravage many parts of America each year. Grime-streaked firefighters battling one of the 167 active wildfires currently scorching portions of the US west will tell you as much. What they have encountered on the firelines in the past few years is evidence …

Climate Change

Bernie Sanders takes aim at 'greedy' Koch brothers

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is making the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch the face of a …

The Breakthrough Message competition aims to build a digital portrait of life on Earth. Making it could increase respect for the preciousness of life<p>Related: Stephen Hawking launches $100m search for alien life beyond solar system<p>The scientific search for extraterrestrial civilisations has …

Universe

Your New Ride To Space

You don’t need a rocket to leave Earth. There’s a slower, gentler trip in the works—and it comes with a cocktail.<p>When Alan Eustace lifted off into space from the New Mexico desert this past October, it was with a quiet whoosh, and a slight jostle of his harness. The 57-year-old computer scientist …

The US just tapped into a surprising source of renewable energy for the first time

The project involves the Azura prototype, built by Northwest Energy Innovations. Azura is a 45 ton machine that moves with the swells of the waves capturing their complex motion in 360 degrees, making it more efficient than other wave generators that only capture a particular movement in the waves …

Eric Holder, Wall Street Double Agent, Comes in From the Cold

Eric Holder has gone back to work for his old firm, the white-collar defense heavyweight Covington & Burling. The former attorney general decided …

The director of Avatar just designed a clever alternative to ugly solar panels

Everything James Cameron does is <i>big</i>.<p>Eighty-five years after the world's largest ship sank, the famed Hollywood director turned the RMS Titanic's fatal voyage into a movie that set records for longevity at the box office.<p>"Avatar," meanwhile, needs its own Wikipedia page to list all the records it …

Welcome to the Dawn of the Age of Robots

Growing up, I believed that very soon we would all have robots like Rosie, from <i>The Jetsons</i>, cleaning up after us. For those out there who are too young to remember <i>The Jetsons</i>, Rosie is the family's domestically adroit robot maid. After all, why should anyone waste time doing dishes or folding …

Softbank will spend $20 billion to power India's solar ambitions

This article is published in partnership with Time.com. The original version can be found here.<p>By Rohit Inani @josefkisdrunk<p>The Japanese telecoms …

California's "Grand Experiment" in Climate Policy Is Working

<i>(Senate leader Kevin De Leon kicks off free low-income solar installations in Sacramento CA. Photo credit: GRID Alternatives)</i><p>Sometimes we need to look back in order to see the road forward.<p>Whenever I reflect on the success of California's climate policies, I like to hop in my time machine and dial …

This startup is looking to revolutionize lithium ion batteries

All eyes have been on Tesla’s planned massive battery factory, under construction just outside of Reno. But on the other side of the country, in …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Yoga event draws thousands, including UN chief, to Times Square

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, dressed in white, joined the yoga gathering late in the morning in one of the most recognizable squares in the world.<p>Ban hailed the many benefits the ancient exercise could bring to people around the world.<p>"To all of you I say: Namaste!" the UN leader told the …

Urgent action needed to tackle pollution in Great Lakes: report

Canada and the United States are failing to mitigate the threat chemical pollution poses to the Great Lakes despite a well-intentioned water quality agreement hammered out almost three years ago, environmentalists say.<p>To express their concern, about two-dozen environmental groups on both sides of …

July 2015

Diversity

The 18-Rotor Volocopter Is Like a Flying Car, But Better

Picture a quadcopter drone, with the ability to take off and land vertically, hover, and fly autonomously in any direction.<p>Now picture that drone …

Flying Car

NASA's iconic images are now easier to find

NASA has just launched a mega photo library that masses more than 70 different collections together, with 138,000-plus images in total. Created by an archiving company called Luna Imaging, it includes plenty of famous photos from sources like Hubble, JPL and the Apollo missions. There are also …

Pope Advisor has Harsh Words for Climate Deniers

Peter Raven<p>Member<p>Pontifical Academy of Sciences<p>President Emeritus<p>Missouri Botanical Garden<p>The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, like the entire scientific community, considers that there's no debate about climate change or the fact that human beings have a major role in it. Those who try to spread …

The Cartel That Makes Sure Airplane Tickets Never Get Cheaper

It’s been a windfall year for the industry, but you won’t be getting any better accommodations or more affordable fares. What gives?<p>Screw the …

How to overthrow a Martian dictatorship

The governments we create on other worlds might turn nasty. Richard Hollingham meets a group plotting revolution in space.<p>Two short blocks from the London headquarters of Britain’s security service, MI6, a group of 30 men and women is plotting to overthrow the government.<p>Not – and I should make …

Canada should lead development of clean, renewable energy

<i>Collapsed prices, a looming recession, calls for a development moratorium, halting federal action on emissions – the oil sands are under pressure on many fronts. In coming days, contributors will offer views on how Canada's energy sector can move forward in a changing world. Today: renewable energy.</i><p>…

Owl-inspired technology could cut wind farm noise

Scientists from the University of Cambridge develop new coating for wind turbine blades, imitating the features that let an owl fly so quietly<p>Noisy wind farms and aeroplanes could be made much quieter by adapting them to mimic an owl’s wings, researchers have found.<p>Wind turbines could be allowed to …

The story of the invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing as well

The world has been clamoring for a super-battery.<p>Since about 2010, a critical mass of national leaders, policy professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and writers have all but demanded a transformation of the humble lithium-ion cell. Only batteries that can store a lot more energy for a …

Energy

A run-down of green technology’s most cutting-edge innovations, including transparent solar cells and microgeneration boilers<p>Earlier this year Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government and now the special representative for climate change, told a climate conference that …

Clean Energy

Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault

A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three-quarters of Earth’s species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and toxic to everything that lives there. Vast …

Biodiversity

White House Takes Huge Step Forward In Fight Over Marijuana Research

WASHINGTON -- The White House took a major step forward on Monday to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligned bureaucratic requirement that had long stifled scientific research.<p>By eliminating the Public Health Service review requirement, the Department of …

This is what a real climate plan looks like: Martin O’Malley’s bold approach sets the standard

Martin O’Malley laid out an aggressive, moral case for tackling climate change. Let’s hope it catches on<p>The Pope is a tough act to follow, but Martin O’Malley made a good show of it. Last week, on the same day that the pontiff released his new encyclical calling for a global effort to combat …

NASA Preps Mission To Search For Life On Europa, One Of Jupiter's Moons

The celestial body with the greatest potential for life in the solar system may not be Mars after all. Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, is believed to have an ocean just beneath its frozen crust -- and some scientists think it may have just the right ingredients for life.<p>Now, NASA is getting ready …