Rebecca Taylor

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Total Inequality

Researchers know that it’s expensive to be poor. But they are only beginning to understand the sum of the financial, psychological, and cultural disadvantages that come with poverty.<p>Two years ago this month, Thomas Piketty published his massive tome on inequality, <i>Capital in the 21st Century</i>. …

The changing nature of Americans’ income

2015-06-26T07:30:19.000Z<p>It’s amazing what you can find when you spend some time in table 2.1 of America’s National Income and Product Accounts.<p>As …

Volcanoes on Venus May Still Be Awake

Data from the now-defunct European Venus Express orbiter show that volcanoes are erupting on the planet known as “Earth’s Evil Twin.”<p>New research has revealed a major secret about Venus, a planet whose thick shroud of clouds and 900°F surface temperature have made it difficult to study in the past. …

Astronomy

Feeling Anxious? Have a Pickle

I’m from northern Vermont, and am the descendant of a long line of uptight Puritans and taciturn ice fishermen. Chattiness is not our bag. At parties, we’re big on nail-biting reticence and we tend to have an over-developed concept of personal space. A lot of us, as kids, hid behind the couch when …

University of Maryland

Climb Yosemite’s El Capitan Like a Rock Star—From Your Computer

“El Capitan is something every climber aspires to climb one day,” says Peter Mortimer, a Sender Films’ co-director of <i>Valley Uprising</i>, a 2014 documentary about the climbing history in Yosemite National Park in California. “But relatively speaking, very few actually do it.”<p>Now it’s possible to …

Climbing

Hothouse Climate Slowed Dinosaurs’ Rise

It gets hot at the Hayden Quarry. Hot enough to keep away the biting gnats – eternal foe of the field paleontologist – and to require a brief siesta every afternoon in the cool of a nearby streambed. The August monsoons do little to help. The New Mexico desert greedily slurps every drop of moisture …

Scientists Finally Decide Which Bit of This Weird Animal is the Head

In 1977, British palaeontologist Simon Conway-Morris discovered the fossil of a truly weird animal, which he named <i>Hallucigenia</i> because of its “bizarre and dream-like quality”. He wasn’t kidding. The creature was so strange that it took fourteen years for scientists to work out which way up it …

Dinosaurs