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March for Science: Protesters gather worldwide to support 'evidence'

March for Science

Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in four years: report

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink Corp is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.<p>Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries …

Tesla

Global 'March for Science' protests call for action on climate change

Tens of thousands rally across the world in a rebuke of Donald Trump’s dismissal of climate science<p>Hundreds of global protest marches in the name of science kicked off in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday, ahead of large crowds expected across the US.<p>Tens of thousands of scientists are this …

Climate Change

Breaking down The Last Jedi trailer scene by scene

The light side, the dark side, space battles, and more<p>The first trailer for <i>The Last Jedi</i> has arrived, and it looks pretty amazing. There’s a lot going on in it: Rey training with Luke! Space battles! Kylo Ren looking pissed! It’s enough to give us a taste of the next Star Wars film, but doesn’t …

Star Wars

Rex Tillerson wastes no time: The State Department rewrote its climate change page

New website language provides clues for how the State Department will address climate change<p>The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative tracked the changes to the Office of Global Change web page and shared them with Climate Central. They are the first changes to the State Department site …

Say What? Wyoming Considering a Bill to Penalize Utilities That Use Solar Power

Conservatives in some states are taking an adversarial approach to renewable energy. Wyoming's GOP-dominated legislature may take that position to a …

Renewable Energy

Apple convinces 3 more suppliers to switch to renewable energy

Three more of Apple’s suppliers say they are committed to making the switch from energy generated from fossil fuels to using 100% renewable energy to make iPhone components.<p>Despite Donald Trump’s plan to roll back environmental regulations, Apple Inc is continuing on with the promises it made under …

Sea Level

New Mathematical Equation Shows How Fast Humans Are Wrecking Earth

By Robin ScherIt is impossible to predict the future. What we can do is extrapolate a vision from our current body of scientific knowledge, mixed …

Climate Change

25 Profound Quotes from Aristotle On Happiness, Self-Mastery and Mindful Living

Aristotle is one of the topic thinkers in history. Though he is often defined as a philosopher, he covered many topics such as biology, zoology, …

Trump's budget cuts might make the next pandemic way more deadly

President Trump proposed a US$54 billion military budget increase to solidify the security of our nation. However, the government also recognizes pandemic threats as an issue of national security – one that knows no borders.<p>In the last four years, we have faced the Ebola epidemic – contained after …

Flu

Solar breaks 50% of California electricity for first time – driving wholesale rates negative

According to the EIA, California solar power has been driving wholesale electricity rates towards – and sometimes below – $0/MWh – and on March 11th total solar power production broke 50% of demand. The increase in utility-scale solar power , which grew 50% in the state in 2016, is quickly changing …

Renewable Energy

Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down

The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.<p>Stunning drops in the cost of wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

Interior Dept. agency changes website from family visiting park to a giant pile of coal

Even the smallest of symbolic details can't escape the changes of life in Trump's America. The government agency responsible for overseeing a staggering 258 million acres of land, including ecologically vital conservation areas, has changed the image on its homepage from a scenic park vista to a …

Renewable Energy

Coalition of 17 states challenges Trump over climate change policy

A coalition led by New York state insists the Trump administration has a legal obligation to regulate the emission of carbon pollution: ‘The law is clear’<p>A coalition of 17 US states filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against efforts by Donald Trump’s administration to roll back climate change …

Sea Level

Zunum Aero’s electric passenger plane hopes to offer cheaper flights by 2020

Zunum Aero, a company backed by funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue’s tech venture arm, has revealed its plans to create a hybrid electric aircraft designed for regional flights with plans to fly by 2020. The aircraft would have a range of around 700 miles at launch, and the plan is to get …

Air Travel

Coal is dying, and Trump can’t save it: But there are much better alternatives for coal country and our economy

Whatever Trump claims, coal jobs aren't coming back. But a "just transition" to a different future is possible<p>Donald Trump is wrong again — it’s not government regulation that’s killing off the coal industry. It’s the marketplace. Even if that could be reversed, today’s coal mining is much less …

Coal

Alternative truths and some hard facts about coal

Is coal finished, to be displaced by renewables in a move that will solve climate change and clean up air quality across the world? Is coal — as one …

Renewable Energy

America's Cult of Ignorance—And the Death of Expertise

More people are better educated than ever before, and knowledge is easier to come by. So why do we so often scorn those who plainly know more than we do?<p>“<i>There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread</i> …

Foreign Policy

Greenland's Coastal Ice Caps Passed an Unprecedented Tipping Point, and None of Us Even Noticed

There's no turning back now.<p>Greenland's coastal glaciers and ice caps have passed a pivotal tipping point - a new study concludes that they've melted …

Global Warming

Why One Powerful Republican Doubts Trump's Climate Policy

“If they don’t get it together, we’re going to have a different administration in four years.”<p>Less than a month into the Trump administration, Ted Thomas told his colleagues that everything was not as peachy as it may have seemed.<p>“In the past three weeks, to me as a Republican appointed by a …

Foreign Policy

Climate Change Denialists in Charge

As President Trump prepares to unveil an executive order to dismantle President Barack Obama’s climate change policies, Washington’s policy-making posts are filling with officials who have a record of openly denying the established science of human-caused climate change.<p>Climate denial starts at the …

Climate Change

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says AI taking US jobs is '50-100 more years' away — but it's already beginning to happen

On Friday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin answered a slew of questions in an interview with Axios' Mike Allen about the global economy and US labor market, including about the threat of artificial intelligence (AI) affecting American jobs.<p>Mnuchin is not overly worried. Concerns about AI and …

Secretary of the Treasury

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.<p>One problem with framing the goal this way, …

Climate Change

New Japanese solar cell is closest to reaching maximum efficiency

Solar energy is the hottest thing in eco-living, and everybody wants in on it. People are installing solar panels in their homes, governments are creating smart grids and companies like Google want to run completely on renewable energy and help people do the same.<p>However, the more we start to …

Green Energy

Here’s How Much More Your Fridge Would Cost if Trump’s Budget Cuts Happened 40 Years Ago

New fridges are 20% bigger than the ones you’d find in American homes 40 years ago, but they also use four times less energy, saving the average …

Renewable Energy

Global Coal Plant Development in Freefall

On the heels of the United States retiring its 250th coal-fired power plant yesterday, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and CoalSwarm released our third …

Renewable Energy

The Wonder Material That May Make Spray-On Solar Cells a Reality - Bloomberg

Imagine a future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles -- and at prices …

Solar Power

What creepy stuff will your ISP do once the FCC allows them to spy on your internet usage?

Senate Republicans have introduced a bill to ensure that the FCC won't be able to prevent your ISP from spying on your internet usage and selling …

Net Neutrality

19 House Republicans call on their party to do something about climate change

With the Republican Climate Resolution, Climate Solutions Caucus, and Climate Leadership Council, Republicans are trying to end their party’s climate denial<p>While the Trump administration is veering sharply toward climate science denial, 19 House Republicans have taken steps to pull the party in the …

Climate Change