Steph Castonguay

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Why it's OK for taxpayers to 'snoop' on scientists

If the public pays your salary, citizens have the right — within limits — to see what you're doing. That's the principle at the core of the federal<p>Freedom of Information Actand of the many similar state freedom of information laws.<p>Although politicians like Hillary Rodham Clinton get the most …

Surveillance

The secrets of extraordinary survivors

When faced with trauma, some people manage to emerge stronger than ever. How do they manage it? Michael Bond investigates.<p>Eugenie is telling me the story of the end of her life. At least, it is the end of the life she used to know.<p>Three years ago, government soldiers came to her home in Kinshasa in …

Mental Health

What Does It Take To Produce Nuclear Fusion — In Your Garage?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Amateur Hour.<p><b>About Taylor Wilson's TED Talk</b><p>Taylor Wilson is a self-taught nuclear physicist who sees every obstacle as a challenge. He describes how — at age 14 — he built a working nuclear fusion reactor in his garage.<p><b>About Taylor Wilson</b><p>Taylor Wilson astounded …

TED Talks

Eating Carbs Helped Humans Develop Big Brains

Take that, Atkins diet<p>Humans are physically different from other apes in some important ways—including the fact that humans have much bigger brains, which use about a quarter of the calories we consume. But figuring out the diet that facilitated our big, energetically expensive brains hasn’t been …

We’ve Consumed More Than the Earth Can Produce This Year

Thursday, August 13, is Earth Overshoot Day, when resource use is expected to outstrip the capacity for production—and it’s getting earlier every year.<p>Biocapacity Deficits and Reserves<p>Biological capacity, or biocapacity, is a way to measure an area's ability to produce biological materials …

Climate Change

Ride shotgun with New Horizons in this video of the Pluto flyby

One month ago today, the New Horizons spacecraft completed a 3-billion-mile journey across the Solar System and performed a flyby of Pluto. The images that it sent back were breathtaking and beautiful. Sadly, there was no video of the epic event — until now! Vimeo user Bjorn Jonsson made a …

Drug combo shows promise for skin cancer 'in transit' - Futurity

New melanoma research finds a combination therapy is highly effective at treating patients with skin metastases.

Can a basic shapes game quell anxiety? - Futurity

A video game-like exercise involving basic shapes helped anxious college students stay more focused and feel less anxious.

Mindfulness