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The Case For The Chevy Bolt EV Over The Tesla Model 3

Not everyone looking for an EV needs the Model 3. Here’s an argument for probably the best alternative.<p><i>Disclaimer: I don’t own a Model 3, have not driven one, and probably won’t until Tesla begins offering Model 3 test drives at the end of July at the Tesla Century City (Los Angeles) …

Electric Vehicles

Rarity of cancer in elephants may help explain cancer in humans

Elephants have 100 times as many cells as humans. But they seldom get cancer. This is surprising, because cancer is a result of cell division gone wrong, and the more cells an organism has, the higher the chances that some will mutate into tumors. Also, because elephants live so long — between 60 …

Biology

Renewable Energy Won't Succeed Without This -- and Utilities Are Already Preparing

American electric utilities invested an estimated $7 billion in the trend in 2016. That's a 375% surge from a decade ago -- and it could just be …

Renewable Energy

How environmentally friendly are electric cars?

While the green credentials of electric cars vary depending on how that electricity is generated in the first place, they still have lower CO2 …

Citizen Science

First Shazam trailer is DC’s wacky answer to Justice League’s darkness

The over-the-top hero played by Zachary Levi is a hit with the Hall H crowd<p>DC Comics “expanded movie universe” get flack from viewers who prefer a lighter touch to the buttoned-up serious of the Snyderverse <i>and</i> from fans who see any form of humor as an egregious overstep in a mega-franchise …

Justice League

Britain's Big Butterfly Count Begins, With David Attenborough Leading The Charge

The United Kingdom is counting its butterflies today — and will keep going for the next three weeks.<p>The ninth annual Big Butterfly Campaign kicks off today, with a big boost from a legendary voice.<p>"I did it in my garden," Sir David Attenborough intoned. "Where are you going to do yours?"<p>The ask is …

David Attenborough

Washington, D.C., Is Counting All Its Cats. It Will Take 3 Years And $1.5 Million

Counting cats, much like herding them, is a complicated proposition.<p>But a coalition of groups in Washington, D.C., is giving it a shot.<p>PetSmart Charities, the Humane Society, the Humane Rescue Alliance and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are collaborating on a project called the D.C. …

Cats

Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression In Urban Communities

Growing up in Washington, D.C.'s Columbia Heights neighborhood, Rebecca Lemos-Otero says her first experience with nature came in her late teens when her mother started a community garden.<p>"I was really surprised and quickly fell in love," she recalls. The garden was peaceful, and a "respite" from …

Mental Health

Neptune, Titan, Jupiter, and Pluto look gorgeous in these new photos

A good week for space photography<p>Astronomers released some incredible images of our Solar System this week—let’s take a peek at some of the highlights.<p>Neptune<p>Above is the clearest picture of Neptune ever taken from Earth. It’s even better than similar pictures taken by the Hubble.<p>The trick is …

Astronomy

Cool your home without air conditioning

Strategies for chilling out.<p>Air conditioning makes it much easier to work through the summer. In fact, it’s an important tool for public health. But running your AC also increases your utility bill, drives up pollution by forcing power plants to burn more fossil fuels, and makes hot nights even …

Home Improvement

Star’s dimming and brightening may indicate it’s eating a planet

The sudden appearance of lots of iron in the star's corona appears suspicious.<p>Planets don't sit still. The seemingly stable orbits of our Solar …

Universe

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will ‘shake’ hands with sun, thanks to small push from Venus

Sending a spacecraft from Earth to a stationary target like the sun is like trying to throw a dart from a speeding train. That’s because Earth is …

Astronomy

3 Reasons Why Camera Filters Will Help You Take Better Photos Now

Maybe you don’t know it already, but camera filters can help you take better photos. No, we’re not talking about those software “filters” you might …

Photography

Termites are nature’s most amazing skyscraper engineers

Their towers even have central air.<p>The Namibian savanna is dotted with 13-foot-tall towers of sandy soil. Built by termites just a fifth of an inch long, these mounds aren’t only structural feats—they’re a biological extension of the 1.5-million-bug colony inside. Though researchers are still …

Microbiome

DC Comics unveils first-look at Batman/Joker mini-series from Marc Silvestri

Now this is a superhero/villain combo that has got us excited. DC Comics announced today at San Diego Comic-Con that Batman will team up with his …

Comics

Clone Wars Is Back to Finish What it Started

10 years ago, the <i>Star Wars</i> universe was forever changed with the arrival of the <i>Clone Wars</i> animated series. Now, for one final story, the animated …

Star Wars

Gorilla Glass 6 tackles the problem of cumulative smartphone damage

It should reach the market in "the next several months."<p>Coming soon to a smartphone near you: it's Gorilla Glass 6, the latest version of Corning's …

Mobile Technology

Whale Of A Plane: Airbus BelugaXL Makes First Flight

It's built for oversize cargo, but it also sports a smile: The Airbus BelugaXL took off on its first flight on Thursday, creating a unique sight as the jet with the bulbous upper half rolled down the runway.<p>The BelugaXL's paint job "features beluga whale-inspired eyes and an enthusiastic grin," the …

Aviation

Glass Has Ancient Origins But A High-Tech Future

The future of how you interact with computers depends on a technology that's more than 3,000 years old. It's a technology you already use every day, on your smartphone, your TV, in your home, your car and most likely at work. It's even in the wires that bring you Internet service at near-light …

Google Glass

Migrating Arctic Geese Are Confused, Exhausted By Rising Temperatures

Each spring, barnacle geese migrate more than 1,800 miles from the Netherlands and northern Germany to their breeding grounds in parts of Russia above the Arctic Circle.<p>The journey north usually takes about a month, and the geese make multiple stops along the way to eat and fatten up before they …

Birds

Physicists Go Small: Let's Put A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

When people think of particle accelerators, they tend to think of giant structures: tunnels many miles long that electrons and protons race through at tremendous speeds, packing enormous energy.<p>But scientists in California think small is beautiful. They want to build an accelerator on semiconductor …

Physics

How Nathan Fillion's Uncharted Fan Film Came to Be

When it came to casting <i>Uncharted</i> star Nathan Drake for director Allan Ungar’s fan film, there was only ever one choice: Nathan Fillion<p>“I had already …

Comics

Batman's Comic Gets Even Darker

It's satisfying knowing that writer Tom King is just beginning the second half of his already massive Batman run. There's certainly plenty of ground …

Bruce Wayne

'November Rain' Is The Oldest Song With A Billion YouTube Views – What's That Mean?

Earlier this week, Guns N' Roses' video for "November Rain" hit a curious milestone: Released in 1992, it's the oldest video ever to be streamed a billion times on YouTube.<p>That accomplishment speaks to many phenomena at once: Guns N' Roses' considerable staying power, the ambition of a song and …

Music

Marvel Teases X-Men Announcement for Comic-Con 2018

Now X-Men fans have even more to look forward to at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.<p>Marvel's official Instagram account teased a big announcement, …

Comics

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just beamed back mesmerizing new photos of the gas giant

Yesterday, a team of researchers announced the discovery of 12 new Jovian moons, bringing Jupiter's total up to 79. Last week, scientists revealed that data from NASA's $1 billion Juno mission suggested there may be a previously undiscovered volcano on Jupiter's moon Io. And last month, the team …

Astronomy

Astronomers discover 12 more moons of Jupiter, including an oddity

Our solar system's oldest and biggest planet, Jupiter, has many moons. And astronomers have just announced the discovery of a dozen more.<p>On Tuesday, the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center published the orbits for 12 newfound Jovian moons — bringing Jupiter's total to 79 moons, …

Astronomy

Today's Google Doodle Celebrates Georges Lemaître And The Big Bang

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 124th birthday of Georges Lemaître, the astronomer and physicist who first proposed the idea of an expanding universe which began with the event we now call the Big Bang.<p>Lemaître was born on July 17, 1894. During World War I, he served in the Belgian Army as an …

Google Doodle

Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too

Can't cool off this summer? Heat waves can slow us down in ways we may not realize.<p>New research suggests heat stress can muddle our thinking, making simple math a little harder to do.<p>"There's evidence that our brains are susceptible to temperature abnormalities," says Joe Allen, co-director of the …

University of California

8 Great Photo Accessories that Every Nature Photographer Should Know About

Nature photographer Steve Perry of Backcountry Gallery gets lots of questions from fellow photographers but one comes up more often than any other. …

Nature Photography