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Planet Nine, Show Thyself

Astronomers have found tantalizing new evidence that strengthens the case for a ninth planet beyond Neptune—but some still doubt its existence.<p>In 2016, when astronomers made the case for a ninth planet, orbiting far beyond Neptune, that could explain a strange clustering of objects in the outer …

Astronomy

The Supreme Court Just Made It A Lot Harder For You To Sue Your Employer

A new ruling allows employers to force workers into class-action waivers. As one justice put it, the case cuts to "the entire heart of the New Deal."<p>Employers who stiff their workers or discriminate against them just got a big lift from the Supreme Court, which issued a major ruling Monday making …

Class Action

A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto. …

Universe

Earth Shatters Climate Record, Sending Planet Toward 'Worst Case Scenario'

April was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures.”<p>April 2018 was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures” …

Climate Change

Where Americans Are Moving for Work

Most of the top cities are the usual suspects—but there’s something odd happening in Silicon Valley.<p>For American cities trying to attract jobs and job-seekers, it pays to be near universities and far from other big metro areas. That’s one takeaway from a new study produced by Glassdoor, an …

Silicon Valley

Exclusive: 40% in U.S. can't afford middle-class basics

At a time of rock-bottom joblessness, high corporate profits and a booming stock market, more than 40% of U.S. households cannot pay the basics of a …

Middle-class

Supreme Court Rules Federal Ban On Sports Gambling Is Unconstitutional

The 7-2 ruling paves the way for New Jersey and other states to legalize sports betting.<p>WASHINGTON ― The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that a federal ban on sports gambling is unconstitutional, a move that will pave the way for sports betting to spread across the United States.<p>The 7-2 …

New Jersey

In 2040, cash and credit cards will be relics of the past – Quartz

You’ve just got an electric autonomous taxi from the gym to work, picked up a coffee and—in the lift to your office—watched a short advert on the heads-up display projected by your wearable digital assistant, clipped to your collar.<p>In a matter of minutes, four transactions have taken place. And you …

Payment Systems

Bullshit jobs: why they exist and why you might have one

And why this professor thinks we need a revolution.<p>Do you have a job that you secretly believe is pointless?<p>If so, you have what anthropologist David Graeber calls a “bullshit job.” A professor at the London School of Economics and a leader of the early Occupy Wall Street movement, Graeber has …

London School of Economics

America's Housing Crisis Is Spreading To Smaller Cities

The next front in the battle over affordable housing isn't Boston or San Francisco. It's Boise.<p>“Have you considered the racket and the lights and the crowds and the traffic, and everything that’s going to happen to those of us who live here?”<p>It is a familiar sight in America: the public meeting, …

Housing

The new magnetism of mid-size cities

For many millennials, second cities are becoming their first choice<p>If, 10 years ago, you had asked 28-year-old Sarah Luckett Bhatia if she’d eventually return to her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, she “would have laughed in your face.”<p>Even just a few years ago, the prospects of coming home to …

Urban Design

There are rental bubbles forming in cities all around the US

The situation with rents in the most expensive US rental markets can be summarized like this: Free-fall in Chicago, where the median asking rent for two-bedroom apartments has plunged 32% from its peak, a similar collapse in rents in Honolulu, double-digit declines from the peak in New York City …

Real Estate

Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.<p>All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national …

Online Education

General Relativity explained like you've never seen before

A super-quick, super-painless guide to the theory that conquered the universe.<p>scroll down<br>to begin<p>For 100 years, the general theory of relativity has …

Physics

New galactic map shows the positions and brightness of 1.7 billion stars

Get all the details on the Milky Way’s celestial objects<p>This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way Galaxy that showcases the brightness and positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars. It’s the most comprehensive catalog of stars to date, and it …

Universe

Filthadelphia mapped: See how (and why) trash in your neighborhood stacks up

City of Philadelphia; 311 complaints<p>Trash Tirade<p>Even in a city long accustomed to living with litter, complaints to officials have surged. What’s …

New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Over the past 125,000 years, the average size of mammals on the Earth has shrunk. And humans are to blame.<p>That's the conclusion of a new study of the fossil record by paleo-biologist Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico.<p>Smith studied fossils going back 65 million years, when dinosaurs died …

Paleontology

We Need Bigger Cities, But We Also Need Unique Cities

“If you don’t want processed food, why do you want processed cities?” asks architect Vishaan Chakrabarti.<p>Think of the pedestrian bridges of Venice, or the steep, tiled streets of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Or the winding back alleys of Hong Kong, and the intricate apartment buildings of …

New Pa. Law Offers Guidelines on Domestic Abuse Bail

A new Pennsylvania law is in place to help guide judges setting bail for defendants accused of domestic abuse.<p>Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday …

Why New York City Stopped Building Subways

Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade.<p>In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and …

Urban Design

How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

Middle East

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

Study: Global warming is weakening key ocean circulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study.<p>The slowdown in the circulation — a crucial part of Earth's climate — had been predicted by computer models, but researchers said they …

Global Warming

An 88,000-year-old finger bone changes the story of early human migration

Scientists just gave the middle finger to the idea that early humans migrated out of Africa in a single surge.<p>In work published April 9 in Nature Evolution and Ecology, a massive group of international researchers including scientists from the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute, the …

Anthropology

Rising Philly Economy Can't Break Deep Poverty, Report Finds

Growing population. Most jobs in a quarter century. Still-rising home sales and residential construction.That's the good news for Philadelphia.• 9 …

Demographics

More Americans Are Dying From Suicide, Drug Use And Diarrhea

Americans are dying in different ways than they used to. As of 2014, more were dying from drug use than in years past, even as deaths from alcohol …

Who was here first? A new study explains the origins of ancient Indians

A new paper authored by 92 scientists from around the globe that was posted online this weekend could settle some major questions about the subcontinent’s history and what that means for various theories of Indian civilisation. The paper, titled “The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia,” …

Anthropology

Landless Americans Are the New Serf Class

While home ownership remains the dream of most Americans, fewer and fewer people here can afford to own one.<p><i>The suburban house is the idealization of</i> …