Vanessa Portillo

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Ancient Chinese Medicine Outright Blocks Sperm From Egg

Regular birth control and Plan B all wrapped up in one method, and without any of the annoying side effects.<p>What if there was a birth control that …

The forecast for Proxima b: Wet with a chance of alien life

Researchers modeled the climate of the nearest exoplanet and found the weather might be much more pleasant than nearby worlds in our own solar system.<p>Last year we learned the closest star beyond our solar system hosts a planet, Proxima Centauri b or Proxima b, that looks like it's situated in such …

Northern California

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why dark matter matters (and is kind of our frenemy)

Excerpt: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry<p><i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Astrophysics for People in a Hurry <i>by Neil deGrasse Tyson</i><p>So dark matter is our frenemy. We have no clue what it is. It’s kind of annoying. But we desperately need it in our calculations to arrive at an accurate description …

Tesla Semi: analysts see Tesla leasing batteries for $0.25/miles in 300,000 electric trucks for $7.5 billion in revenue

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company plans to unveil its electric semi truck, called ‘Tesla Semi’, in September, which is sooner than most industry watcher anticipated.<p>Now analysts covering the company are weighing in the new trucking business in their valuation of the company and coming …

Tesla

This Zesty Lime Chicken And Black Bean Rice Is The Perfect Easy Dinner

Dinner goals!

Onions

Taste Beyond The Tongue

A New Device Uses Sunlight to Create Drinking Water From Air

An Urgent Need Met<p>According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 663 million people — one in ten — lack access to safe water. Fully one-third of …

Google’s window-mounted air conditioner could have its own window

Google could be developing a new idea for a bladeless air conditioner that offers a better seal with your window and lets you see straight through …

Here’s one way to get out of a black hole!

Two weeks ago I attended an exciting workshop at Stanford, organized by the It from Qubit collaboration, which I covered enthusiastically on Twitter. …

Quantum Computing

Tesla is now worth more than Ford after delivering a record number of cars for the quarter

Tesla delivered 25,000 cars in the first quarter while Ford’s sales dropped more than 7 percent in March.<p>Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer helmed by Elon Musk, set a new record in the first quarter by delivering 25,000 vehicles.<p>The 14-year-old company is now worth more than 113-year-old …

75 U.S. mayors won’t enforce climate policy rollback

Cities pledge to double down on climate action in response to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump<p>In an executive order signed yesterday, President Donald Trump proposed sweeping changes to the way the country regulates energy production and emissions, including rolling back most …

Santa Monica

Stephen Hawking is going to space

Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists and cosmologists, is getting to achieve one of his dreams. Hawking will head into …

Stephen Hawking Fears He 'May Not Be Welcome' in U.S. Under Trump

Renown British physicist Stephen Hawking fears he may not be welcome in the U.S. under President Trump, who he said is leading America’s “definite …

Scott Pruitt

Should you install solar panels on your roof? Ask Google

In 2015, Google launched Project Sunroof, a map that shows which houses have enough sun exposure for solar panels to be a viable energy source. …

A Fan Edited BREAKING BAD into a Two-Hour Movie

Believe it or not, there are people in this world who have never watched <i>Breaking Bad</i>. The show’s been over for a few years now, but the fact remains …

Tribes ask judge to stop Dakota Access oil from flowing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two Native American tribes who are suing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline have asked a judge to head off the imminent flow of …

Ethnology

Check out Europe's crazy clean energy plan

Wind turbines are a great way to go green. Too bad people <i>feel</i> that they’re so gosh darn loud. So, if nobody wants turbines in their backyards, what can densely populated countries do to produce cleaner energy? Why not just build a massive artificial island surrounded by wind turbines out in the sea?<p>…

Renewable Energy

By 2030, You'll Be Living in a World That's Run by Google

<i>I was asked on Quora what Google will look like in 2030. Since that is one of the most important issues the world is facing right now, I took some</i> …

Trump’s Climate Views: Combative, Conflicting and Confusing

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, drew criticism on Thursday for saying that carbon dioxide was not a primary contributor to global warming, contradicting years of established science. But his boss, President Trump, has similarly raised doubts about the cause of global …

Fossil Fuels

Here Are The Foods You Should Eat (And Avoid) To Live Longer

A new study found that half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are linked to poor diet.

Nutrition

Congress Orders NASA To Be On Mars By 2039

We’ve all done it. We’ve all seen something ridiculous, maybe a terrible reality show, maybe an awful political event, and muttered to ourselves “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.” It might surprise you that Congress feels the same way, as they’ve approved NASA’s budget and told it to go …

Scientists Have Found a Way to Reverse the Signs of Aging

Why We Age<p>In the absence of an actual fountain of youth, people have turned to drugs, creams, and even blood to prevent aging. But it turns out one …

NASA Bill Stresses Mars Missions, Leaves Earth Science Intact

Congress just passed a new authorization bill for NASA that reemphasizes the GOP-led legislative branch’s desire to see the agency concentrate its …

Those Jobs Are Never 'Coming Back'

A significant part of Trump’s campaign centered on the angst of the white middle class and the ongoing loss of jobs in the Rust Belt. And that focus gave him his margin of victory.<p>Trump promised to bring those jobs back, a sentiment that resonated powerfully with the electorate. The problem is—as …

Emerging Technology

Why 'Thor: Ragnarok' May Be Marvel's 2017 Wild Card

As you probably know, <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> dropped a bunch of images from the third <i>Thor</i> movie yesterday afternoon in advance of Tim Stack’s big cover story. Chris Hemsworth got the shave and a haircut he’s desperately needed since <i>The Avengers.</i> Everyone else (Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Jeff …

Marvel Universe

New Floating Platform Harvests Wind and Wave Energy

Danish clean-tech company Floating Power Plant (FPP) has developed and patented a technology platform that includes a floating wind turbine combined …

Renewable Energy

Patient shows brain activity for 10 minutes after death

When are we no longer considered alive? When, exactly, do we cross into the land of the dead?<p>The answer may not be as clear-cut as we previously …