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Climate Change

Black hole event horizons are real, new evidence suggests

Astronomers have shown that matter likely disappears after entering a black hole, refuting an alternate theory that matter is destroyed by colliding into a hard surface in space.<p>It's a big deal because humanity hardly understands what black holes really are. Hollywood has incorrectly envisioned …

Black Holes

‘Ghetto Tourism’: New York’s disturbing new trend

Upon hearing the word safari you’ll most likely picture the green, rolling hills of Africa or at the very least, an ill-fitting pair of khaki shorts. But what if I were to tell you a different kind of safari exists? One that takes place in Bushwick – one of New York’s most impoverished, if …

Giant iceberg close to separating from Antarctic ice shelf

A piece of ice the size of the US state of Delaware is close to breaking off from one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves. The break could …

Global Warming

A Traumatic Experience Can Reshape Your Microbiome

By Susie Neilson<p>I’m not disputing the scientific soundness of the whole brain-gut connection, but it really does sound a little bit like something out of a science-fiction story. I mean, you’re telling me that the trillions of tiny organisms that live in my gut, chomping up my food for me and …

Microbiology

An Additional Sixth Sense Has Been Detected on The Tongue

Can we taste water after all?<p>It's a question that goes back to Aristotle himself: Does water have a flavour, or is it devoid of taste?<p>For millennia, …

San Francisco

Draper’s DragonflEye cyber-bug takes flight

Back in January we heard about Draper’s efforts to outfit a living dragonfly with a sort of solar-powered mind control backpack. This project, known as DragonflEye, is cruising right along, and the R&D firm just released a video of the modified insect taking flight.<p>The idea is to control a living …

Synthetic Biology

10 Of The World's Most Isolated Luxury Island Resorts

The World's Most Isolated Island Resorts<p>In "Accommodation"<p>Is North Island, Seychelles the best honeymoon island in the world? George Clooney & Prince …

Great Barrier Reef

How to teach kids about climate change where most parents are skeptics

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho – Jakob Namson peered up at the towering ponderosa pine before him. He looked at his notebook, which was full of calculations …

Education

Rare species are leaving behind traces of DNA

Rare species can be difficult to detect, but scientists are looking to environmental DNA (traces of cells from skin, feces, and hair) to pin them …

Study Skills

Why Your Brain Craves Cigarettes When You Drink

You're experiencing the weird effect nicotine has on memory.<p>You know the feeling. You're two, maybe three drinks in, and you suddenly get a special hunger. It's like a void that you hadn't noticed, and now you want to fill it with something hot. Something so hot and filthy that you'll regret it …

Nicotine

A brain tumor gave me a persistent sense of déjà vu—and changed the way I think about memory

One drab afternoon a few years ago, something very unusual happened to me. I was lounging under a tree in a packed east London park when I experienced a sudden feeling of vertigo, followed immediately by an overwhelming and intense sense of familiarity.<p>The people around me vanished and I found …

The Ghost of Climate-Change Future

As record-breaking high tides overwhelm Hawaii, people are getting a preview of what life will be like in the decades to come.<p>The water is everywhere.<p>For the second time in a month, Hawaii’s coastlines have been swamped by epic tides. The phenomenon, known as a king tide, is actually a convergence …

Climate Change

It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon

Stephen Hawking is one of many scientists who see the possible near-term demise of our species. Spend that 401k!<p>While apocalyptic beliefs about the end of the world have, historically, been the subject of religious speculation, they are increasingly common among some of the leading scientists …

Climate Change

22 Optical Illusions That Prove Your Brain Sucks

What you think is reality is a lie. And we have the proof.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying …

Tutorials

We just hit 410 ppm of CO2. Welcome to a whole new world

This is not normal: We’re on track to witness a climate unseen in 50 million years by mid-century.<p>In pre-industrial times, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere stood at 280 parts per million. And that number has been rising ever since, warming the planet by 1.8 degrees F (1 degree …

Climate Change

Is Time Travel Possible, According To Science?

Have you ever dreamed of traveling through time? Not at the standard, “boring” rate that we normally do — at one second per second — but either:<p>faster, so that you wound up far into the future while remaining the same age,<br>• slower, so that you could accomplish much more than anyone else over the same …

Physics

5 Great Portrait Photography Locations You Can Find Right Outside Your Door (Shutterbug Video)

Do you want to shoot outdoor portraits but can’t find any decent locations to serve as backdrops? Maybe you should be looking closer to home. That’s …

Sunken pleasure: California will need mountains of sand to save its beaches

Up to two thirds of SoCal’s sandy shores may erode by 2100 without extra human help<p>Southern California’s beaches are an essential part of the state’s identity. The sandy, blond shorelines are like Hollywood or the towering redwoods—iconic. They are also an important piece of California’s more than …

Sea Level

Physicists create mind-bending 'negative mass' that accelerates backwards and could help explain black holes

Scientists have created a fluid with "negative mass" which they claim can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos.<p>Washington State University physicists explained that this mass, unlike every physical object in the world we know, accelerates backwards when pushed.<p>The …

Physics

Climate Change Is Making Life Even Harder for This Remote Village

For people who live near the Arctic, melting ice may signal the end of their world as they know it.<p>Back in November, environmentalist Twitter had a giant collective freakout when a graph showing the amount of sea ice in the Arctic went viral (or at least as viral as a graph about global warming can …

Dog Food

Psychedelic drugs induce 'heightened state of consciousness', brain scans show

Study records what appears to be the first evidence for mind-opening state experienced by users of LSD, ketamine and psilocybin<p>Brain scans have revealed the first evidence for what appears to be a heightened state of consciousness in people who took psychedelic drugs in the name of science.<p>Healthy …

Consciousness

The 5 Most Ironic Times Bill O’Reilly Accused A Rapper Of Moral Failings

The host of The O’Reilly Factor is currently facing numerous allegations of sexual assault.<p>Bill O'Reilly, host of <i>The O'Reilly Factor</i> is out at Fox …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Scientists say the Great Barrier Reef is officially dying

In recent years, things have been overwhelmingly bad for the Great Barrier Reef.<p>Scientists say that one of our world's greatest natural treasures is now truly "terminal." This news comes after sequential, massive bleaching events — which is what happens when ocean temperatures rise beyond levels …

Is 100% renewable energy realistic? Here’s what we know.

Reasons for skepticism, reasons for optimism, and some tentative conclusions.<p>The world has agreed to a set of shared targets on climate change. Those targets require deep (80 to 100 percent) decarbonization, relatively quickly.<p>What’s the best way to get fully decarbonized? In my previous post, I …

UC Berkeley

The small Scottish isle leading the world in electricity

Some 1.3 billion people lack regular access to electricity. With its reliable independent grid powered by wind, water and solar, a remote Scottish island could hold the key to a solution.<p>The Scottish island of Eigg has a precarious connection to the outside world – which I experienced first-hand …

tea room

The Arctic Is Turning Green at an Alarming Rate, And Scientists Finally Know Why

"Our entire idea about how this ecosystem works is different."<p>Arctic sea ice is turning progressively greener, and for years now, scientists couldn't …

Global Warming

Climate change: China calls US 'selfish' after Trump seeks to bring back coal

State-run tabloid says Beijing cannot fill vacuum left by US and urges west to pressure Trump on global warming<p>Chinese state media has lambasted Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back many Obama-era environmental regulations, with a state-run tabloid saying that: “No matter how hard Beijing tries, it …

Clean Technology

Know Before You Go: Paris

If Paris is a croissant, crafted with immeasurable pride, kneaded by the hands of many, some visitors only get a taste of the flaky exterior. Whether you’re traveling for a long weekend or coming back for more, here’s a quick primer on getting to, from, and around this iconic city with ease.<p><b>>> When</b> …

Madrid attractions: what to do and see in summer

<b>Why go?</b><p>The Spanish capital shuts down somewhat during July and August and you'll find some restaurants and bars closed as their owners and staff have escaped to the coast. But the museums and sights remain open and visitors can also experience the city's wonderful summer nightlife, when madrileños …