Vivian Mittelstaedt

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The Ocean Cleanup is about to send a giant plastic collector to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing at an alarming rate — and it’s already three times the size of France. Fortunately, help is on the way: …

In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

The J.F.K. Files: Decades of Doubts and Conspiracy Theories

The granddaddy of all conspiracy theories has re-emerged in the American psyche with the planned release of the National Archives’s final trove of records about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.<p>Kennedy’s death on Nov. 22, 1963, and the numerous investigations that followed were …

History

How climate change is affecting travel — and what you can do about it

When Kimberly Button drove her RV to Glacier National Park in Montana this summer, she expected relief from her muggy home town of Orlando. "We assumed that we'd have mild temperatures," she says. "We couldn't have been more wrong."<p>Instead, the Rocky Mountains baked in mid-90-degree temperatures. …

Climate Change

Three Americans win Nobel Prize in physics for gravitational wave discovery

Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. The three Americans are members of the LIGO-Virgo detector collaboration that discovered gravitational waves. The prize was awarded “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of …

Physics

‘The Vietnam War’ is a masterpiece — and a model for assessing our history

Many Americans’ moral vanity is expressed nowadays in their rage to disparage. They are incapable of measured judgments about past politics — about flawed historical figures who were forced by cascading circumstances to make difficult decisions on the basis of imperfect information. So, the nation …

Vietnam War

‘The American War’: Why you need to understand American racism to understand what happened in Vietnam

<i>After each episode of “The Vietnam War” airs, our new podcast — “The American War” — will break down the major themes and questions raised. We’ll talk to Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and others involved with the documentary for a new perspective on how the film was made and what it all means.</i><p><i>Subscribe:</i> …

Vietnam

Meet Lynn Novick, the most important documentarian you’ve never heard of

<i>[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.]</i><p>There is a distinctive style to a Ken Burns documentary — the camera’s smooth movement over black-and-white photographs, an …

Vietnam

A teenage girl has created a 3D-printed lens and app that can detect eye disease

The app uses an AI system to identify diabetic retinopathy in photos<p>A teenage girl has created a 3D-printed lens that, when fitted onto a smartphone and used with an app, can give a preliminary diagnosis for people with diabetic retinopathy, reports <i>IEEE Spectrum</i>. Diabetic retinopathy is the most …

Tesla's new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof – the company just announced pricing for its photovoltaic tiles, and they come in at …

Clean Energy

Jefferson’s powerful last public letter reminds us what Independence Day is all about

As the nation’s 50th Fourth of July approached in 1826, Thomas Jefferson was at one of the lowest points of his life.<p>The author of the Declaration of Independence turned 83 on April 13. Just two months before, his beloved eldest granddaughter, Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead, had died after childbirth …

Thomas Jefferson

The Guardian view on tackling our plastics problem: don’t bottle it

Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021. We cannot afford this addiction<p>Invention is the mother of necessity, warned Thorstein Veblen. So packaged water is now seen as essential by many, and a million plastic bottles are produced every minute worldwide, as the …

Pollution

Oklahoma Just Hit Temperatures of 100 Fahrenheit in The Depths of Winter

Okay, this is weird.<p>The Northern Hemisphere is in the depths of winter at the moment, with February usually the coldest month for the United …

When a Foreign Government Interfered in a U.S. Election — to Reelect FDR

From fake news to covert ops, aspects of Russia’s alleged efforts to boost Trump echo tactics pioneered in 1940.<p>Covert intelligence operations, propaganda, fake news stories, dirty tricks—all were used in a foreign government’s audacious attempt to influence U.S. elections. It wasn’t 2016; it was …

Hudson Valley

The Mother of All Muckrakers Knew How to Take On Men Like Trump

Ida Tarbell brought down, single-handedly, the first mega-corporation. Now that corporate morality has captured the White House we need her skills as …

Donald Trump

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Molecular Biology

3D-printed turbine can power 10,000 homes using carbon dioxide

These days engineers are fervently working towards solving a pressing crisis--efficient energy. GE Global Research has developed an ingenious carbon …

Carbon Dioxide

Solar Power Capacity Tops Coal for the First Time Ever

Solar power now accounts for more installed capacity than any other form of electricity generation, according to new data out Tuesday.<p>“About half a …

Scientists Have Identified a Virus With DNA Stolen From a Black Widow Spider

We've never seen anything like this before.<p>A recent effort to sequence the genome of an unusual virus has led to a bizarre discovery: one-third of …

Rosetta probe lands on comet 67P ending 12-year mission

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has finally collided with the comet it has been orbiting for the past two years, ending contact with its controllers back on Earth<p>Some space missions go out with a bang, others with a victorious return to Earth, but Rosetta’s final moment was marked simply by radio …

Space

Coming to a doctor’s office near you: Live-streaming your exam with Google Glass

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Jim Andrews is in a medical office wearing just a hospital gown, staring at his doctor of 11 years, who is staring back at him through the sleek, metallic lens of Google Glass.<p>As the doctor examines Andrews, a new kind of medical scribe is watching the examination, transcribing …

Google Glass

Read President Obama’s Speech at the Museum of African American History and Culture

President Barack Obama on Saturday spoke at the dedication of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, praising …

Archaeologists unearth huge Neolithic ‘Stonehenge’

Another ‘Stone Henge’ even bigger than the world famous heritage site and dating back nearly 5,500 years has been discovered by archaeologists.<p>First …

Plan To Save Humanity From Catastrophic Global Warming Gets A Boost

Why 31 countries joining The Paris Agreement is a big deal<p>Today, the Paris Agreement got a big boost. 31 countries ratified or accepted the Paris Agreement, an international climate change treaty, an international climate change treaty that calls upon nations to reduce their total greenhouse gas …

A New V-Shape Roof Can Collect Solar Power, Wind Power and Rain Water

Scientists have been busy designing a roof that uses not just solar power, but wind and rain power as well, to generate energy. There is a total of …

Renewable Energy

Is this the end for air conditioning? Scientists develop clothing which cools the body

An end to arguments over the temperature of office air conditioning could be on the horizon after scientists invented a material which cools the body by 4F.<p>The new cloth reflects sunlight while also allowing heat radiating from a person's body to escape.<p>While people have been wearing furs and …

Stanford University

Climate change is thawing deadly diseases. Maybe now we'll address it?

An anthrax outbreak in Russia came from a 75-year-old caribou carcass thawing out. It’s a warning sign of worse to come<p>Earlier this month, an outbreak of anthrax in northern Russia caused the death of a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother and put 90 people in the hospital. These deadly spores – …

Global Warming