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A last-resort ‘planet-hacking’ plan could make Earth habitable for longer — but scientists warn it could have dramatic consequences

One way to prevent the Earth's temperature from rising into a city-drowning, hurricane-strengthening, heat-stroke–triggering danger zone is to immediately switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.<p>At the moment, that transition seems unlikely. So scientists and tech innovators are also …

Climate Change

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Artificial Intelligence

Clean Energy Is Trouncing Oil, Gas and Coal in Trump Era - Bloomberg

President Donald Trump took office vowing to revive the coal industry’s fortunes. So far, the smart money has been on clean energy.<p>An index of 40 …

Energy

California confronts solar power glut with novel marketplace

California is a leader in solar and wind power. The Golden State is well on its way to reaching a self-imposed goal of getting a third of its …

Renewable Energy

Wind and Solar Don’t Harm the Power Grid, Says Dept. of Energy Study

The growth of renewable power, including wind and solar, has not harmed the reliability of the U.S. electricity grid, according to a draft U.S. …

Renewable Energy

California climate law touted as global model clears hurdle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved closer Monday to renewing a climate initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds up as a model for confronting global warming to be replicated around the world.<p>But a key hurdle remains.<p>The state Senate voted to give another decade of life to …

Climate

Robot cop found floating facedown in fountain

Commentary: One of the famed Knightscope security robots appears to have had a turn. In the wrong direction.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>"We have a new sheriff in town."<p>That's how MRP Realty announced the arrival of its new robot …

Robots

Here's Elon Musk's Plan to Power the U.S. on Solar Energy

"The sun is a giant fusion reactor in the sky."<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk — whose company makes electric cars and has a new solar roof panel division — …

Elon Musk

Elon Musk: regulate AI to combat 'existential threat' before it's too late

Tesla and SpaceX CEO says AI represents a ‘fundamental risk to human civilisation’ and that waiting for something bad to happen is not an option<p>Tesla and Space X chief executive Elon Musk has pushed again for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence because “by the time we are reactive …

SpaceX

Leaked draft of Rick Perry grid study debunks his attack on renewable energy

But will the Trump administration erase those findings from the final Energy Dept study?<p>Back in April, Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a study to …

Renewable Energy

US Customs can search phones but not data stored in the cloud

If you're entering or exiting the US anytime soon, take note: border officials can search your devices with or without probable cause, but they can't touch anything stored <i>solely</i> in the cloud. Acting US Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin McALeenan has revealed the limit of the …

Privacy

California takes first big step towards 100% clean energy

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved Senate Bill 100, taking an important step towards setting a …

Renewable Energy

Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Climate Change

Earth undergoing sixth 'mass extinction' as humans spur 'biological annihilation' of wildlife

The Earth is undergoing a sixth mass extinction, with scientists warning that the “biological annihilation” of wildlife is "more severe than perceived".<p>Blaming the overpopulation and over-consumption of humans, the researchers said the world had a window of about 20-30 years at most to tackle the …

Ecology

Top 30 artificial-intelligence books mentioned on stackoverflow.com

1. <b>Learning OpenCV</b><p>2. <b>Artificial Intelligence</b><p>3. <b>Algorithms of the Intelligent Web</b><p>4. <b>Speech and Language Processing</b><p>5. <b>Pattern Recognition and Machine</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

The dream of ‘clean coal’ is burning up

THE UNITED STATES can now officially count two disastrous, expensive failures of carbon capture and storage — a technology key to realizing the dream of “clean coal.” The Kemper County Energy Facility was supposed to burn cheap, dirty lignite coal without emitting climate-altering carbon dioxide. …

Energy

Tying loose ends? Gravitational waves could solve string theory, study claims

New paper suggests that the hotly contested physics thesis, which involves the existence of six ‘extra dimensions’, may be settled by cutting-edge laser detectors<p>String theory makes the grand promise of weaving together all of physics into a single sublime framework. The only downside is that …

Physics

Volvo to go electric and hybrid only starting in 2019

Announcement 'marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,' CEO says<p>All Volvo car models launched after 2019 will be electric or …

Electric Vehicles

We’re eating too much meat and it’s making us sick

While Senate Republicans work to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the future of health insurance in our country remains unknown. But what we do know is that chronic diseases and conditions continue to be the leading cause of disability and death and claim 90 percent of the US health care spending. …

Nutrition

Here Are All the Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Arriving in July

Detail from the cover for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 34th Annual CollectionWe’re well into summer now, but there’s still plenty of time to add …

Science Fiction

There is a point at which it will make economic sense to defect from the electrical grid

More than 1 million US homes have solar systems installed on their rooftops. Batteries are set to join many of them, giving homeowners the ability to not only generate but also store their electricity on-site. And once that happens, customers can drastically reduce their reliance on the grid.<p>It’s …

Renewable Energy

7 of 45 new EPA top staff come from the coal, oil, and chemical industries

Business Insider obtained a list of 45 official senior leadership hires for the EPA, and it's filled with people who have coal and oil industry connections. Many new hires worked close with EPA administrator Pruitt or other Oklahoma politicians – not an abnormal pick for someone like Pruitt.<p>A bit …

Climate

Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous

FRESNO, Calif. – Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer.<p>Officials announced that starting July 7 the weed killer's main ingredient, glyphosate, …

Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

CAPE GRIM, Tasmania — On the best days, the wind howling across this rugged promontory has not touched land for thousands of miles, and the arriving air seems as if it should be the cleanest in the world.<p>But on a cliff above the sea, inside a low-slung government building, a bank of sophisticated …

Carbon

New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly<p>As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much …

Global Warming

Dallas-based Energy Transfer now facing big troubles with $4.2B Ohio pipeline

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is making a mess of its biggest project since the Dakota Access pipeline.<p>Construction of the $4.2 billion Rover …

Environment

Huge Gangs Of Killer Whales Chasing Down And Harassing Alaskan Fishing Boats For Food

Killer whales used to peacefully co-exist with Alaska's fishing boats. Now gangs of the intelligent creatures won't let humans catch a bite.<p>After …

Oceans

NASA Finds 219 Possible Planets, Including 10 'Earths'

The worlds are part of the final census from the Kepler telescope, which found a total of more than 4,000 planet candidates over four years.<p>NASA just added 219 possible planets to its growing catalogue of worlds beyond our solar system, including 10 that are potentially temperate, rocky worlds like …

Exoplanets

A huge part of Antarctica is melting and scientists say that's bad news

<b>(CNN) —</b> Antarctica is experiencing weird weather, and the changes have some scientists worried about the future.<p>There's an area on the west side of the icy continent called the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and last January, scientists found a 300,000-square-mile portion of its perimeter was melting. …

Climate Change