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Biofuels: Good or bad for the environment?

Industrialized countries have subsidized the use of biofuels in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But campaigners say a focus on …

Biofuel

How biased is your news source? You probably won’t agree with this chart

Are we even aware of our biases anymore?<p>If you look at this chart and are convinced your “extreme” source belongs in the middle, you just might be …

Alex Jones

Imaginary Worlds Brought to Life With Unexpected Photo Combinations

Have you ever dreamt of surfing on clouds or exploring the sparkling spiral arms of the galaxy? German self-taught Photoshop expert Justin Peters visualizes these surreal fantasies in his growing portfolio of digital art. Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s quote, “Everything you can imagine is real,” …

Art

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

Affluence—not willpower—seems to be what’s behind some kids' capacity to delay gratification.<p>The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the …

Indiana University

This Power Plant Runs on CO2

Carbon capture costs nothing in NET Power’s new plant, which uses supercritical carbon dioxide to drive a turbine Photo: Michael Thad Carter/The …

Adorable little girl has the most terrifying imaginary friend ever

Kids just say the<p>darndestmost soul-crushingly terrifying things, don't they?<p>Meet Ruby, 3, who either has an extremely vivid imagination or is being …

Adaptable and driven by renewable energy, saildrones voyage into remote waters

<b>In March 2009, engineer Richard Jenkins broke the world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle by sailing a bright green sailboat on wheels</b> …

Pentagon’s microwave weapon stops vehicles in their tracks

It's nonlethal, as long as you're not a car<p>The Radio Frequency Vehicle Stopper (RFVS) is a device that immobilizes a vehicle while in motion. Spearheaded by the Pentagon's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWD), it will stop vehicles from attacking pedestrians in urban environments or military …

Montreal researchers use willows to decontaminate polluted soil, groundwater

In an east-end Montreal neighbourhood, a polluted piece of former industrial land has become a garden.<p>Willows sway in the breeze, creating a pleasant …

This tree beautifully reveals the relationships between languages

For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer's go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world's largest language families.<p>All of the languages illustrated …

Relationships

The big Republican science quiz: how much don't you know?

This week the GOP reminded us once again just how much they champion science. First Mo Brooks, a congressman from Alabama, pondered whether rocks falling into the ocean could be causing rising sea levels at a hearing of the House science, space and technology committee. Then Bill Gates revealed …

George W. Bush

Mesmerizing Slow Motion Footage of Small Magnets Completely Engulfing Larger Magnets

The YouTube channel Magnetic Games has posted a wonderfully mesmerizing slow motion video that shows how small magnets completely engulf a larger …

These Lizards Are Full of Green Blood That Should Kill Them

They somehow seem to have evolved this weird trait several times.<p>In 1969, two biologists wrote about three lizards from New Guinea whose insides were green. The color ranged from a deep blue-green to a vivid lime hue, and it was everywhere. The lizards’ bodies, when dissected, revealed green bones, …

Study: Electric Cars Actually Increase Pollution

An in-depth study found that, contrary to widespread belief, zero-emissions vehicles actually increase the amount of pollution that is emitted into …

Man who helped save more than 2 million babies gives final blood donation

James Harrison has donated blood for 60 years, but unlike most donors, his blood contains a precious antibody that is used to make a lifesaving …

50+ Free Things to Do With Your Kids That Will Give Them an Epic Summer

As moms, we usually go out of our way to avoid hearing our kids say "I'm bored," especially during the Summer months when we want them to have memorable, warm-weather days to look back on. But keeping kids of all ages entertained can be hard <i>and</i> expensive. You want a healthy mix of family …

One simple chart shows why an energy revolution is coming — and who is likely to come out on top

The cost of solar power is decreasing so rapidly, it's now cheaper than coal, based on a new analysis.<p>A recent report from Lazard shows how the costs of producing electricity from various sources are changing. Energy from utility-scale solar plants — plants that produce electricity that feeds into …

Taylor Stitch Hackney Jacket

Taylor Stitch have introduced another excellent looking piece of outerwear. The Hackney Jacket is a tasteful mix of form and function, it is is …

Rihanna Wins the Met Gala in a Bedazzled Pope’s Hat

The unofficial queen of the Met Ball stuns in Maison Margiela.<p>In recent years, <b>Rihanna</b> has established herself as the unofficial queen of the Met Ball, as she always manages to adhere to the theme yet, at the same time, completely surprise. This year, for the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the …

This Spinning Arrow Illusion Always Points Right, and It's Stumping the Internet

We love a good optical illusion around here, even if it makes us scratch our heads for hours on end. The latest visual mystery comes to us in the …

Netflix's The Rain Has a Pretty Freakin' Incredible Soundtrack — Here Are All 23 Songs

<b>The Rain</b> is one of Netflix's most exciting new shows for a couple of reasons. Despite covering ground well-trodden by sci-fi series before it, the Danish apocalyptic tale about a group of young people struggling to survive in a world where the rain is filled with fatal toxins is an immensely …

Your Body Acquires Trillions of New Mutations Every Day

And it’s somehow fine?<p>As you read this article, the cells in your body are dividing and the DNA in them is being copied, letter by letter. So long is the human genome—more than 3 billion letters—that even an astonishingly low error rate of one in many million letters could amount to 10 new …

Mutations

California to make solar mandatory for new homes starting 2020

Solar power has been around for years, even decades, but it has never caught on in the consumer market for two reasons. One is affordability, the …

Now you can see China's solar power boom from space

China is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, but it's also leading the world in clean energy investment and deployment. The growth in …

Wind energy takes a toll on birds, but now there's help

With more than 50,000 wind turbines in place across the U.S., wind power now accounts for 8 percent of the nation's energy-generating capacity — and experts predict that figure could rise to 20 percent by 2030.<p>But all that clean, renewable energy comes with a high cost to the nation's wildlife. …

FDA approves new drug that prevents migraines without side effects

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new migraine drug on Thursday.<p>Aimovig, known generically as erenumab, is the first drug in a new class of headache medicines. It's been shown to stop migraine headaches before they start.<p>The drug would be approved for patients who have tried other drugs …

Medicine

Scientists create mutant enzymes that eat plastic bottles

Mutants exist and they're helping to save the planet.<p>OK, not <i>those</i> kinds of mutants. But these are equally cool.<p>An international team of scientists has created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drink bottles, according to the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (the link …

Pollution

The Best of Nathan Pyle

Nathan Pyle has given us some great comics over the years. Today, he posted a gallery of the "58 funniest drawings I have drawn as a drawer." It …

New satellite to spot planet-warming industrial methane leaks

Methane leaking from oil and gas facilities around the world – a major contributor to global warming – is set to be spotted from space.<p>The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has announced it aims to launch a satellite called MethaneSAT by 2021 to scan the globe and make major leaks public. That …

Oil & Gas Industry

Sea Turtles Use Magnetic Fields to Find Their Birthplace Beach

Sea turtles use the earth’s magnetic fields to navigate back to the area where they were born decades earlier, according to a new study that used loggerhead genetics to investigate their travels.<p>After swimming for years in a giant loop from nesting grounds in North Carolina and Florida to North …

Zoology