Alison Sigmon

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What Love and Sadness Look Like in 5 Countries, According to Their Top GIFs

Sometimes words aren’t enough. Sometimes you need pictures. And sometimes those pictures are from another culture.

A 'Digital Alchemist' Unravels the Mysteries of Complexity

Sharon Glotzer has made a number of career-shifting discoveries, each one the kind “that completely changes the way you look at the world,” she said, …

My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it's not Orwell, he warned, it's Brave New World

The ascent of Donald Trump has proved Neil Postman’s argument in Amusing Ourselves to Death was right. Here’s what we can do about it<p>Over the last year, as the presidential campaign grew increasingly bizarre and Donald Trump took us places we had never been before, I saw a spike in media references …

Donald Trump

From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

With a president-elect who has publicly supported the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism, suggested that climate change is a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and appointed to his Cabinet a retired neurosurgeon who doesn't buy the theory of evolution, things might look grim for science.<p>Yet …

How Scientists Are Trying to Keep Genetic Engineering From Ruining the World

This week, researchers at UCSF announced they’d uncovered a key to making their genetically-engineered creations a lot less likely to accidentally …

What Could Your Genes Reveal About Your Future Health?

After the human genome sequence was successfully completed in 2003, there was a stampede to figure out how to use genes to mine personal health data. …

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How Small Forests Can Help Save the Planet

BIRKENFELD, Ore. — Eve Lonnquist’s family has owned a forest in the mountains of northwest Oregon since her grandmother bought the land in 1919. Her 95-year-old father still lives on the 157-acre property. And she and her wife often drive up from their home just outside Portland.<p>But lately, Ms. …

Welcome to the Dark Net, a Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free

Through the eyes of a master hacker turned security expert, William Langewiesche chronicles the rise of the Dark Net—where weapons, drugs, and information are bought, sold, and hacked—and learns how high the stakes have really become.<p>I. The Back Door<p>His name is not Opsec, but I will call him that …

A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find

Modern humans evolved in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago. But how did our species go on to populate the rest of the globe?<p>The question, one of the biggest in studies of human evolution, has intrigued scientists for decades. In a series of extraordinary genetic analyses published on Wednesday, …

How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat

The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show.<p>The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of …

The Confluence | Canoe & Kayak Magazine

T<b>his is a place where distance twists.</b> I awoke this morning only one mile from the nearest road, legs cramping as I stepped out of my sleeping bag …

Beauty and power: how Norway is making green energy look good

On the edge of a forest in northern Norway, an unusually handsome hydroelectric plant is generating a buzz<p>Ovre Forsland is a big departure from the hulking power stations that traditionally served our energy needs. It looks more like an elegant, custom‑built home from TV show <i>Grand Designs</i>.<p>Located …

Hydroelectric Power

NewsFactor

Thanks for stopping by.<p>For the past 20 years, NewsFactor Network and CIO Today have been providing daily news coverage for the technology …

Want to Finally Understand Physics? Read This Book

Physics is hard. It’s one of those subjects you studied for a bit in a required high school class, then left behind in college for something you …

Physics

How to Break Down Eggshells in Compost

Composting eggshells can be tricky because they often take a long time to break down. This tip will help speed up the process.<p>We have a short growing …

Gardening

Affidavit reveals details of Navajo girl's kidnapping and slaying

A stranger who lured 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike into his van with promises of watching a movie instead walked her into the hills of a remote area of the Navajo Nation, a place known for its breathtaking views and a monolithic rock outcropping that stands as a beacon for miles.<p>As the sun faded, the …

A New Map for America

THESE days, in the thick of the American presidential primaries, it’s easy to see how the 50 states continue to drive the political system. But increasingly, that’s all they drive — socially and economically, America is reorganizing itself around regional infrastructure lines and metropolitan …

Urban Design

Hike the 2,000-mile trail that most people never finish

The longest marked trail in the country runs from Georgia to Maine. It connects 14 states and passes through ridges and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range.<p>Parts of the AT are within a couple hours of driving for millions of Americans, but few have walked its full length.<p>Each year, thousands …

Hiking

Mark Zuckerberg Says That People Should Read These 23 Books During Their Lifetime

This reading list focuses on exploring 'different cultures, beliefs, histories, and technologies.'<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a single mission: to connect people around the world.<p>It's one reason why he decided to launch a Facebook-based book club last year, with a reading list that focused on …

Books

Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds

Water shortages affecting two-thirds of world’s population for a month every year and the crisis is far worse than previously thought<p>At least two-thirds of the global population, over 4 billion people, live with severe water scarcity for at least one month every year, according to a major new …