Alexis Palmer

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Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault

A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three-quarters of Earth’s species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and toxic to everything that lives there. Vast …

Biodiversity

The First Self-Driving Truck Takes To The Streets Of Nevada

But can it fight the Decepticons?<p>Last night at the Hoover Dam, the first licensed self-driving truck was unveiled to the world, begging the question: are there Autobots among us?<p>Not quite, though the Freightliner Inspiration does aspire to transform the trucking industry. The new truck is able to …

Roads

Puberty Suppression Now A Choice For Teens On Medicaid In Oregon

Michael was born biologically male 13 years ago on the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation.<p>Mom, Dee, remembers buying dresses for three nieces when Michael — who now goes by Michaela — was about 6 years old.<p>"When she saw those dresses, her eyes just lit up. And she said, 'Who are those for?' I'll never …

Puberty

Antarctica May Have Hit Highest Temperature on Record

But overall climate picture for southernmost continent remains "complex," say scientists.<p>Scientists have measured what is likely the highest temperature ever on Antarctica: 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 Celsius).<p>The measurements were made last Tuesday at Argentina's Esperanza Base, on the northern …

A simple injection could one day stop people from bleeding to death

'100 percent of the rats treated with the polymer survived' a traumatic injury<p>Blood loss kills a lot of people; one-third of deaths related to traumatic injuries are caused by bleeding. But a lab-made polymer could change that, as it was able to stop bleeding in rats whose femoral artery was cut, …

Secret Service Will Fly Its Own Drones To Protect The White House

To catch a predator. Or, more realistically, a quadcopter<p>Washington, D.C. is officially off-limits for drones. But just because it’s the law doesn’t mean people listen; in January, a small quadcopter crashed onto the White House lawn. Now, the Secret Service is taking new action to keep the skies …

Drones

What Are You Touching in NYC’s Subway?

It's such a unifying question. Whenever you've been on the subway and you grab something and you're like, "oh, that's wet, and that's weird" or you sit somewhere and the seat is still warm, and you know it's just warm, but it still feels weird.<p>I think the interesting thing is that people base their …

New York City

Dinosaurs on LSD?

A hallucinogenic fungus, perfectly preserved in amber, suggests that the fungus, the grasses it lived on, and grass-eating dinosaurs co-existed for …

15 Genius Ways You've Never Thought To Decorate With Books

Why relegate books to a few storage shelves when there are so many unexpected ways to incorporate them into your home design?<p><b>1.</b> Build a dreamy archway out of similarly-colored books to create a dramatic structure that can be used to decorate special events, or as a statement piece inside your home …

5 Sky Events This Week: Milky Way Gems Sparkle While Venus Snuggles With Leo

Changing Planet<p>The massive star factory known as the Trifid Nebula is a rare combination of three types of nebulae. Courtesy of ESO<p><b>Chances to easily hunt down stunning Milky Way treasures come sky-watchers’ way this week, thanks to our trusty moon pointing the way.</b><p><b>Cosmic teapot.</b> After nightfall on …

The Graphic History Of Sex On Screen

Since the dawn of film, we’ve shot nudity and sex. But only recently has it become art.<p>There’s an old saying in the film industry: What’s the difference between art and porn? Porn has better lighting. Nowhere is the connection between the two more apparent than in the below infographic by Fandor, …

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Jurassic fossils may mean that feathers were all in the family.<p>Almost all dinosaurs were probably covered in feathers, Siberian fossils of a tufted, two-legged running dinosaur dating from roughly 160 million years ago suggest.<p>Over the past two decades, discoveries in China have produced at least …

Mysterious molecules in space

Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum. Forged in the fusion furnaces of …

Ask Anything: Why Is The Milky Way A Spiral?

The galaxy getdown<p>The shape of our galaxy is nothing special. Among the other clusters of stars that can be easily observed from our corner of the universe, a few are blobby and egg-shaped, but more than two-thirds are so-called “disc galaxies,” or ones whose stars have settled into flat orbits, as …

Universe

Why is the speed of darkness faster than the speed of light?

Michael Stevens explains why darkness moves faster than light in this new episode of Vsauce. I usually find these explainers interesting because they …

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply …

Ford, Ram in heavy-duty towing spat

Every pickup truck commercial has the brand trying to convince us that its model is the biggest, brawniest vehicle on the block. But Ford and Ram appear ready to really throw down the gauntlet and scrap over the towing figures for their heavy-duty models, and it could potentially end up in …

21 Ways To See America For Cheap

The night is warm, the sun is setting, the PBR is flowing, and suddenly you find yourself with a burning and insatiable urge to explore the great United States before summer runs out.<p>Trust us: The classic cross-country trip of your dreams -- whether you've got a week in the car or a couple days by …