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Obama just took the single largest action possible to combat climate change

It sets an important example for other nations; draft rules on the table before Monday already had helped galvanize climate commitments from other major polluting nations.<p>It remains true, though, that this is a second-best plan, for both the environment and the economy. Congress left the president …

Designer babies are coming — here's why some think that's a good thing

Alex Mit/Shutterstock<p>When two people decide to have a child, they're making a decision to pass on their DNA to a baby, with all the advantages and …

This is the future of food

Are you ready for lab-made hamburgers, bug-filled protein bars and 3D-printed cuisine? With the Earth's population rapidly approaching 8 billion and the race to keep up with food demand intensifying, industries have begun to drain essential resources and adversely affect the environment. Thanks to …

There is something very, very strange going on inside the heads of people using this fast-acting psychedelic

<b>(Alex Mit via Shutterstock)</b><p>Aliens? Elves? Cosmic elder gods? All three?<p>Phillip Smith<p>July 23, 2015 9:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet<p>Have you encountered stick men, machine elves or other discarnate entities while tripping brains on DMT? If so, you're not alone. The use of the …

NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds Earth's cousin

Earth 2.0<p>NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has spotted another Earth-like world. The space agency today announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, the smallest planet we've found yet orbiting inside a star's habitable zone — the places around a sun where it’s warm enough for liquid surface …

Why Aren't We Hearing More About Ceres?

Our nearest dwarf planet doesn't get much attention. It should.<p>Ceres is a strange, strange world. It was first discovered in 1801, and until 1852, it was considered a planet. The discovery of numerous other bodies in its region of space, including at least a couple that were smaller but also …

Astronomy

Three Experiments That Show Relativity Is Real

Having written up three of my favorite experiments demonstrating quantum phenomena, the next logical step is to do the same for the <i>other</i> great theory of modern physics, relativity. Like quantum mechanics, relativity predicts some strange phenomena, but also like quantum mechanics, it’s …

Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. | WIRED

Spiny grass and scraggly pines creep amid the arts-and-crafts buildings of the Asilomar Conference Grounds, 100 acres of dune where California's …

Angle of Incidence