John Martinez

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Want to Raise Your IQ? Neuroscience Says to Take Up This Easy Habit

It's probably not what you think, but it's scientifically demonstrated to improve how you think.<p>Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that's that.<p>Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning …

humanbrain

This is how often you should clean your home, according to science

For most of us, the thought of steaming our carpets or cleaning out the crisper section of the refrigerator makes us want to crawl under the covers. …

Cleaning

The majesty and misfortune of the world's polar bears, in photos

On thin ice<p>The majesty and misfortune<br>of the world's polar bears<p>On thin ice<p>The majesty and misfortune<br>of the world's polar bears<p>The polar bear is more …

Large-scale conversion to solar energy could affect Earth’s climate - Conservation

One of these days, we are all going to have to make the switch to renewable energy – if not out of concern about climate change then simply because …

Climate Change

‘A Tale of Two Foxes’ Wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

Canada amateur photographer Don Gutoski has been crowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 for the remarkable photo above, titled “A Tale of Two …

Nature Photography

A Stanford researcher found a bizarre way to cut down on trash in the US

And new studies from Stanford suggest that these creepy crawlers could be incredibly good for the environment.<p>Two papers, published in Environmental Science and Technology this week, found that mealworms can eat Styrofoam, turning a huge source of waste into compost that can be safely used on …

Here's how much of the world would need to be covered in solar panels to power Earth

Solar energy is a seriously underrated resource.<p>More power from the sun hits the Earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year, yet …

How To Become A Genius

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence.<p>You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re smarter than the average American, according to a study from YouGov. Yet when it comes to IQ, …

The Brain

Top 18 houseplants for purifying the air you breathe, according to NASA

Houseplants do wonders for a house: they breathe new life to a room, add a bright pop of color, and purify the air. Not all plants are equally …

Solar Power Towers Are 'Vaporizing' Birds

But they aren't the deadliest energy source for our feathered friends<p>The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada is set to come online in March. Once completed, it will use thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a tower, melting millions of pounds of salt contained inside. The molten salt …

Here’s how we’re ruining one of the world’s largest lakes

<i>This story was reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>At Ibrahim Mohammed’s fish stall, business is slow.<p>He’s sitting behind a …

Earth's Dashboard Is Flashing Red—Are Enough People Listening?

As scientists and much of the public differ on the causes of climate change, the planet keeps getting warmer … and the effects are adding up.<p>Scientists are having trouble convincing the public that people are changing the climate.<p>A Pew Research Center survey, released last week as part of a broader …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …

In Climate Talks, Spotlight Turns to India

U.S.-China deal on carbon emissions ramps up pressure on New Delhi to get more aggressive in moving away from coal.<p>India's new prime minister, a Hindu nationalist and former tea seller, recently urged his country's schoolchildren to help save the planet by relishing the delight of a full moon.<p>"On a …

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How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

When scientists talk about the destruction of rain forests or the acidification of oceans, we often hear about the tragic loss of plants and animals.<p>But ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley say there's also a human tragedy that frequently goes unnoticed: As fish and fauna are wiped …

What our descendants will deplore about us

How will the future view us? Tom Chatfield asked some of the world’s best minds, and discovered that we will be seen as barbaric in ways we may not even realise.<p>I had a discussion that made me ask a disconcerting question: how will I be viewed after I die? I like to think of myself as someone who …

Team unearths what may be secret weapon against antibiotic resistance

if they can make strains of bacteria which product this in the lab, and people have been genetically modifying foods for 2 decades, using bacterial …

Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.<p>The researchers compare their impact with that reported in Silent Spring, …