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How Social Isolation Is Killing Us

My patient and I both knew he was dying.<p>Not the long kind of dying that stretches on for months or years. He would die today. Maybe tomorrow. And if not tomorrow, the next day. Was there someone I should call? Someone he wanted to see?<p>Not a one, he told me. No immediate family. No close friends. He …

Psychology

Killing Net Neutrality Has Brought On a New Call For Public Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission’s 3-2 vote to repeal net neutrality rules has many worried that internet service providers will now build the …

Net Neutrality

Robotic wheelchair gives you a piggyback ride

Most wheelchairs, even the most advanced ones, have conventional seats. They're basically furniture on wheels. And that creates problems. It can be hard to sit in the chair if you're getting out of bed, while you're stuck in a position that puts many things out of reach. That's where Tmsuk's …

Wheelchairs

Temperatures In Alaska Have Risen So Fast A Computer Didn't Believe The Data And Deleted It

'It was bound to happen'<p>A team of climate scientists got something of a shock earlier this month when they discovered that one of their monitoring …

Climate Change

Want To Be More Innovative? In 1 Sentence, This MIT Scientist Nails What's Getting in the Way

Leaders and their organizations are scrambling to innovate, here's why they are failing.<p>It isn't just that leaders and their organizations want to innovate. Regardless of sector, the environment in which we all operate today demands that we must. More than a nice-to-have, a growing body of research …

All 16,000 of this Chinese megacity's bus fleet will be electric by year's end

Shenzhen, China – home to more than 11 million people – rolled out a pilot of electric buses all the way back in 2011. Despite being ahead of the …

Shenzhen

BMW invests in solid-state batteries with ‘2-3X’ energy capacity for next-gen electric cars

BMW becomes the latest major automaker to invest in bringing automotive grade solid-state batteries to production after announcing a new partnership with Solid Power.<p>Solid Power is a Colorado-based startup that spun out of a battery research program at the University of Colorado Boulder.<p>The company …

Batteries

Who Takes the Bus or Train? Not Many Americans

Elon Musk's disdain for it aside, public transportation is simply not an option for most.<p>Elon Musk doesn't like public transportation. At an event in California last week, the Tesla Inc. and SpaceX chief executive offered this assessment:<p>Why do you want to get on something with a lot of other …

Elon Musk

Garden Shed Becomes a Backyard Retreat

Backyard bliss<p>A party is under way at garden designer Rebecca Sweet’s house in Los Altos, California. But while the guys hover around a buffet table …

Landscaping

Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

Mathematics is full of weird number systems that most people have never heard of and would have trouble even conceptualizing. But rational numbers …

Mathematics

A Shelf that Easily Transforms Into a Temporary Desk

twofold: a compact wall shelf that can be transformed into a space-saving temporary desk with just one touch.<p>Design Team<p>studio michael hilgers for …

Furniture

This Chinese startup's electric SUV is a lot cheaper than Tesla's

Competition is heating up for Tesla in the world's biggest market for electric cars.<p>Shanghai-based startup NIO is the latest Chinese company to try to get in on the action. It unveiled a 7-seater electric SUV at a glitzy launch event in Beijing over the weekend.<p>Starting at 448,000 yuan (about …

Warren Buffett

Read the “Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down” Letter That Albert Einstein Sent to Marie Curie During a Time of Personal Crisis (1911)

Marie Curie’s 1911 Nobel Prize win, her second, for the discovery of radium and polonium, would have been cause for public celebration in her adopted …

Marie Curie

‘World’s most eco-friendly cruise ship’ will have retractable solar sails

When completed in 2020, the Ecoship will also have a closed-loop water system.<p>For cruise ships, it’s not easy being green. The typical vessel burns hundreds of tons of fuel oil and creates roughly 80,000 liters of sewage a day, with some ships dumping poorly treated sewage into the seas. But the …

Cruise Ships

Ketamine found to rapidly reduce suicidal thoughts and depression

After recently drifting into recreational circles due to its hallucinogenic properties, ketamine is now being re-evaluated among medial researchers …

Health

The Best Way to Build Trust With Clients? Highlight Your Weaknesses First

Get your clients to trust you by using the principle of authority.<p>Don't you wish you could make deals faster? One of the reasons it takes so long to make a deal is the lack of trust between you and your client. As everyone knows, it takes a long time to build a relationship. The Online Marketing …

The Creators Of This Algae Plastic Want To Start A Maker Revolution

It’s grown locally, processed locally, 3D-printed locally, and sold locally. And its inventors think it could change how we buy just about everything.<p>A new bioplastic made from algae could replace oil-based plastic completely according to its inventors, potentially turning the manufacturing …

Sustainability

Scientists have beaten down the best climate denial argument

Clouds don’t act as a climate thermostat, and they’re not going to save us from global warming<p>Climate deniers have come up with a lot of arguments about why we shouldn’t worry about global warming – about 200 of them – but most are quite poor, contradictory, and easily debunked by consulting the …

Climate Change

Young people want walkable neighbourhoods, but safety is a worry

We all know physical activity is good for us; that most of us should do more of it; and that walking is a cheap and convenient physical activity. So, …

Richard Thaler

Dyson employees are in the dark about top-secret electric car

Working at Dyson is like working in a vacuum.<p>The UK-based luxury appliance maker has been developing an all electric car for the past several years, …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla motor, Shelby Cobra body, Kia battery: watch electric Cobra stun a race crowd

In 1962, a 39-year-old Carroll Shelby stuffed a Ford V-8 into an AC Ace to create one of the most sought after performance cars ever made, the AC …

Electric Vehicles

Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography by Walter Isaacson review – unparalleled creative genius

Flamboyant, illegitimate and self taught, he was unreliable and an unashamed self-publicist. He was also one of the most gifted and inventive men in history<p>In 1501, desperate for Leonardo to paint her portrait, the immensely rich Isabella d’Este employed a friar to act as go-between. The friar met …

Walter Isaacson

Elon Musk Calls Transit Expert 'An Idiot' and Says Public Transport 'Sucks'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk went decidedly low-brow in an exchange with transportation experts on Friday, following reports of comments in which Musk called …

Elon Musk

Renault Launches New ‘Zoe Star Wars’ Electric Vehicle Just In Time For ‘The Last Jedi’: Can Tesla Keep Up?

Renault has launched a new electric vehicle connected to the release of <i>The Last Jedi</i> as part of their longstanding marketing partnership with the …

Star Wars

Carbon tax to increase at start of 2018

Albertans will see a hike to the provincial carbon tax in the new year, but the next increase won’t come until at least 2021, Environment Minister …

Climate

SpaceX Just Launched a Completely Recycled Spacecraft For The First Time in History

Future of space travel.<p>Today is a monumental day in SpaceX's history. For the first time ever, the spaceflight company flew a mission using mostly …

SpaceX

Making eye contact with your baby can synchronize your brainwaves

<b>The hypothesis</b><p>Previous research has demonstrated that babies and parents achieve synchronization in a number of different ways. The most outward is …

The Brain

Biggest Quark Spotted in Whole New Way

Imagine you are baking a cake. You use the same ingredients that you always use, and boom, cake. But now, imagine your surprise when you discover you …

Physics

Boulder Joins Denver In Vision Zero Traffic Fatality Plan

Transportation Master Plan calls for awareness campaign to reduce serious traffic crashes<p>BOULDER, CO -- <b>From the City of Boulder:</b> Each year, more than …

Urban Design

A New Kind of Soft Battery, Inspired by the Electric Eel

The animals inspired the design of the very first battery. Two centuries later, they're at it again.<p>In 1799, the Italian scientist Alessandro Volta fashioned an arm-long stack of zinc and copper discs, separated by salt-soaked cardboard. This “voltaic pile” was the world’s first synthetic battery, …

Fish