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Everything we've heard so far about the Pixel Watch, the rumored Google smartwatch said to be coming later this year

According to gadget tipster Evan Blass, Google has been working on a lineup of new products, including new Pixel phones, second-generation Pixel Buds, and a new smartwatch that will also fall under the Pixel branding.<p>This would be a major change for Google. In the past, Google has relied on …

Oil hits $60 a barrel for the first time in 2.5 years

Oil prices spiked to their highest level in two and a half years after a pipeline exploded in Libya.<p>Libya's state-run National Oil Corporation said the explosion jeopardized output by up to 100,000 barrels a day. The cause of the blast was unclear, the agency said.<p>U.S. crude oil prices spiked up to …

$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

Colossal funding in manufacturing plants by fossil fuel companies will increase plastic production by 40%, risking permanent pollution of the earth<p>The global plastic binge which is already causing widespread damage to oceans, habitats and food chains, is set to increase dramatically over the next …

Philip Hammond urged to publish Treasury's Brexit impact studies

Labour MPs write to chancellor saying public have right to see documents examining range of outcomes of Brexit<p>Philip Hammond has come under pressure to publish another set of hidden documents relating to how a series of possible Brexit outcomes, including no deal, will impact on the …

Philip Hammond

What Will It Really Take to Avoid Collapse?

By Jeremy Lent<p>For a moment, the most important news in the entire world flashed across the media like a shooting star in the night sky. Then it was …

This is how a molten salt nuclear reactor works

Keepin' it radioactive.<p>Radioactive elements produce heat as they decay. Nuclear plants draw power from this process, and typically ­stabilize the temperature with water. But during a power outage, H2O—which needs pumps to flow—can’t always prevent meltdowns. Molten salt reactors, which instead …

Energy

Is NASA covering up an asteroid collision that may take place next year? - IBTimes India

An asteroid which is as big as 2002 NT7 and flies at its pace has the potential to wipe out a continent and lead to climate change across the …

Physicists Demonstrate How to Reverse of the Arrow of Time

One of the more curious challenges in physics is to understand the nature of time. At the microscopic level, the laws of physics are symmetric with …

2017 was a great year to be rich

It's never a <i>bad</i> year to be rich, exactly. But 2017 turned out to be a particularly good one.<p>Rich people are doing so well these days that their spending on luxury goods isn't even keeping up.<p>Luxury spending rose 5% globally in 2017, the management consulting firm Bain & Company found. But that is a …

Stock Markets

Delta set to place huge order with Airbus

In what would be a blow to American aerospace giant Boeing, Delta Air Lines is set to order around 100 jetliners from European rival Airbus, according to two people familiar with the deal.<p>Atlanta-based Delta will announce a deal later Wednesday for the Airbus A321neo, the sources said. The …

The Larsen C ice shelf break has sparked groundbreaking research

In 2015, glaciologist Daniela Jansen reported that a large rift was rapidly growing across one of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice shelves, known as …

The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017

Off the coast of Louisiana, in an 8,000-square-mile swath of ocean, the marine life is suffocating to death. Nutrient pollution, flowing from the …

The President's plan to revisit the moon raises lots of questions—here are the answers

Should we go? Can we afford to go? All this, and more.<p>Donald Trump isn’t the first president to suggest we send people back to the moon, but his recent declaration sparked a lot of questions here at <i>PopSci</i>. Being science journalists, we went ahead and answered those queries, then compiled them here …

Space Science

The World Bank will stop fossil fuel financing beginning in 2019

In a move sure to be celebrated by opponents of fossil fuel-based energy, the World Bank has just made a huge announcement at the One Planet summit …

Trains canceled, flights grounded after snow hits Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Some trains were canceled, flights were grounded and a rugby match was called off on Sunday after Britain experienced heavy snow fall in some areas.<p>Britain's Met Office said there was an "amber weather warning" particularly across central England and warned travelers that "road, …

Scotland to be colder than Mount Everest as temperatures plummet to -12C

Country set for snow and ice chaos for most of the week.<p>Scotland will shiver in temperatures colder than Mount Everest for most of the week, …

Alberta's power grid to get green boost as auction bidders revealed

Alberta is set to unveil successful bidders for 400 megawatts of renewable energy projects in a major step by the oil-rich province toward transforming its power grid.<p>The province will announce results of a competition under its marquee renewable-energy program as early as Wednesday in Calgary, in …

Fly JAL Supersonic New York To London In 3 Hours

Related: JAL, Supersonic Flight<p>Easily one of the most exciting developments in luxury travel is supersonic flight, and it came one step closer this …

Australia Hits Worst Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Record

Australia’s finally done it! A new NDEVR Environmental analysis shows Australia has never been emitting more greenhouse gas when unreliable estimates …

China’s Anti-Pollution Efforts Get a Reality Check

China’s efforts to tackle air pollution are getting a reality check, with some regions told to revert to burning coal after shortages of natural gas …

The Most Dire Climate Change Predictions Are Also the Most Accurate, Warns New Study

A resident packs her car as the Thomas Fire approaches the town of La Conchita early on December 7, 2017. A new study suggests that the planet is far …

Climate Change

Heavy snowfall sweeps across UK, in pictures

Poland Risks Being the EU’s Rogue State

Behind the noise of Brexit negotiations, the talk in the European Union this year has been that there’s potentially a bigger problem in the east. And …

Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — The highway billboard at the entrance to town still displays a giant campaign photograph of President Trump, who handily won the election across industrial Ohio. But a revolt is brewing here in East Liverpool over Mr. Trump’s move to slow down the federal government’s …

Obama Administration

Is Fire a Gas, Liquid, or Solid?

The ancient Greeks and alchemists thought that fire was itself an element, along with earth, air, and water. However, the modern definition of an …

4 Basic Calculations Reveal the State of Your Finances

A few simple math problems to measure your financial health.<p>An older survey revealed that almost 40% of Americans described math as their least …

Personal Finance

Scientists have discovered a new form of matter called "Excitonium"

New Matter<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois have announced an exciting finding — the discovery of a new form of matter: excitonium. This …

The pundits were wrong about Assad and the Islamic State. As usual, they're not willing to admit it

The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. In 2014, the extremist group seemed to make substantial inroads in achieving its stated goal of a caliphate. It boasted tens of thousands of fighters and territorial control over an area roughly the size of South Korea. By almost every metric, …

Middle East

Boats full of dead people from North Korea keep showing up in Japan — here's why

Dozens of bodies have mysteriously washed up on Japan's shores over the past few weeks — and the evidence suggests they're coming from North Korea.<p>At least 40 corpses from about 15 boats have washed up along Japan's west coast since November, according to figures provided by Japanese authorities …

North Korea

Research suggests there are five types of anxiety and depression

Ah, anxiety and depression – the magical, miserable combo.<p>When you’ve got anxiety and depression, your thoughts and emotions can play out in all …