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2016 presidential race emerging as the first Uber election

The so-called sharing economy is fast emerging as a 2016 presidential battleground, exposing fundamentally different approaches over how to embrace new technologies without hurting American workers.<p>Eager to court millennial voters and deep-pocketed tech executives, Republicans have almost …

San Francisco

Supersonic Airplanes and the Age of Irrational Technology

Was the Concorde a triumph of modern engineering, a metaphor for misplaced 20th-century values, or both?<p>The box sat untouched in his bottom desk drawer. For weeks we discussed opening it, and one January morning he was ready. I set the box on his white bedsheets and removed the stack of passports, …

Forget About Meditation. This Simple Practice Can Change Your Life

Your yoga teacher, shrink and shaman all told you that you should practice meditation. You saw Ellen Degeneres endorse TM -- that's Transcendental Meditation for those who've lived under a rock for the past 50 years -- on TV and thought perhaps it was time to invest $1000 in your spiritual growth. …

Welcome To The Age Of The Micro-Singularity

You know it when it happens: All of a sudden, everyone on the Internet is talking about the same thing. What does it mean for the future of information?<p>Last month, over a billion people around the world suddenly knew the name and appearance of the very same woman, and simultaneously began …

Social Media

Pope Francis Talks Climate Change, Shocks Conservatives

Two major publications appeared on the scene this week – IEA 2015 World Energy Outlook Special Report and Pope Francis’ Encyclical titled <i>On The Care Of The Common Home</i>.<p>The <i>common home</i> being planet Earth.<p>The IEA document was expected, it’s title <i>Energy and Climate Change</i> says it all.<p>But the Pope’s …

Climate

This Is What San Francisco Could Look Like In 2033

It's been a wild year for San Francisco. Batkid took over the city, the tech community came under attack and the only thing people can agree on is that the rent is too damn high.<p>But if the city's big plans are any indication, the future looks bright -- projects are underway from the Embarcadero to …

How the Universe Pulled a Vanishing Act

The issues facing modern physics are so baffling that they've crossed a threshold and now fascinate the general public. We laymen have very little at stake, personally speaking, when scientists argue over the Big Bang--without advanced mathematical training, it's all but impossible to follow the …

What is the Magna Carta? Our guide for kids

Have you heard of the Magna Carta? Do you know what it is, or why it’s so important? On the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede, Eileen Cameron fills you in...<p>Imagine walking onto a field at Runnymede in June, 800 years ago in 1215. Things were probably quite different …

Magna Carta

How the Bandidos became one of the world's most feared biker gangs

The Bandidos motorcycle gang has a saying: "Cut one, we all bleed."<p>It's not clear who started the cutting, but there was plenty of bloodshed on Sunday when the Bandidos brutally clashed with members of several other bike gangs at a restaurant in Waco, Texas. A wild shootout in broad daylight left …

Early men and women were equal, say scientists

Study shows that modern hunter-gatherer tribes operate on egalitarian basis, suggesting inequality was an aberration that came with the advent of agriculture<p>Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely to have been founded on …

Anthropology

Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely<p>Space. The final frontier. But this is a planetary, not interplanetary tale. Here, on every surface of Earth, man has planted his foot, physical or otherwise. We have morphed from quest to conquest with frightening success, as our numbers increase</i> …

Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels?

The past three centuries of progress have been powered by coal, oil and gas. Burning much of what’s left will lead to environmental and economic catastrophe. Here’s how to save the earth without giving up on growth<p>The final chapters of The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell’s 2014 novel, describe a future …

Fossil Fuels

How one California farmer is battling the worst drought in 1,200 years

On a warm March afternoon, farmer Cannon Michael walks alongside wheat fields adjacent to his house in Los Banos, in California’s Central Valley. Most of these fields won’t be watered again this year.<p>“Wheat’s not a glamorous crop, but it makes a lot of bread,” Michael quips.<p>This wheat, though, …

Water

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

New quantum mechanics theory says parallel universes exist, interact

NRAO<p>The new theory, “Many Interacting Worlds” (MIW), states that parallel universes interact and that scientists may be able to test for this.<p>via …

NASA confirms there's an ocean on Jupiter's moon Ganymede

'Almost everywhere we look there's water.'<p>The largest moon in our solar system is hiding an ocean under its surface, according to observations made with the Hubble Space Telescope. Aurorae spotted by the telescope, confirmed the long-standing theory, and the findings were announced during a NASA …

The twisted morality of climate denial: How religion and American exceptionalism are undermining our future

Despite overwhelming scientific consensus, Americans remain split on climate change. Here’s why<p>James Inhofe, the senior Republican senator from Oklahoma and author of "The Great Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future," has recently become chairman of the Senate’s Environment …

Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?

With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.<p>In popular culture, they're often portrayed like members of a heavy-metal band: fur clad, shaggy haired, ape-like. But in most ways they were like you and me. They used fire and made tools, lived in social groups, and …

No one could describe the color 'blue' until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

<i>Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ever since the Citizens United decision. (Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images)</i><p>When Supreme …

We’re Still Getting ‘Huck Finn’ Wrong

A new book reminds us that Mark Twain would absolutely hate winding up on approved reading lists. Like his most famous creation, Huck Finn, he took a …

The Gig Economy Won’t Last Because It’s Being Sued To Death

If Uber, Lyft, and others don’t stop relying on contract workers, business could crumble. Is it time for a new definition of employee?<p>When Vilma and Greta Zenelaj came across a Craigslist job ad that promised they could make as much as $22 an hour and get paid fast, it seemed like a good deal. The …