Category: Science

NASA Needs $1.6 Billion More to Send a Human to the Moon

NASA revealed Monday that it needs an additional $1.6 billion in funding for fiscal year 2020 to stay on track for a human return to the moon by 2024. The space agency's budget amendment comes in addition to the $21 billion...

/ May 15, 2019

Bad Air Linked To Dementia, Bezos’ Lunar Lander, and More News

Air pollution is worse for us than we thought, the world's richest man unveiled his moon craft, and Mother's Day is around the corner. Here's what you should know, in two minutes or less.Today's HeadlinesEvidence suggests air pollution might cause...

/ May 10, 2019

A Physics Analysis of Every Jedi Jump in All of *Star Wars*

May the Fourth Be With You. That's Star Wars Day, May 4. Now for some Star Wars physics—because that's what I do. Yes, I have a bunch of Star Wars physics (here is a list). But since this is a...

/ May 4, 2019

Real-life zombies you’ll find in nature

Actually, nope. This is the grossest Walking Dead episode of all time. A parasitic, microscopic barnacle called Loxothylacus panopaei infects a small crab called the white-fingered mud crab. According to the National Resources Defense Council, the barnacle is an invasive...

/ May 1, 2019

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

Today brings sad news in the world of consumer robotics. Anki, maker of Vector, a toy-like autonomous countertop robot, is shutting down, and hundreds of people are losing their jobs. It’s a brutal answer to a question we asked last...

/ April 30, 2019

Ancestry.com’s Racist Ad Tumbles Into a Cultural Minefield

On Thursday, the world’s largest DNA testing company, Ancestry.com, pulled a video advertisement amid a cascade of criticism on social media. The ad, titled “Inseparable” and cinematically shot to portray a gauzy, gothic moment on the streets of the antebellum...

/ April 19, 2019

How to Cook With Weed—and a Dash of Tasty, Tasty Science

Mac and cheese. Peanut butter and jelly. Asparagus and … cannabis oil with a citrusy terpene profile? Welcome to food pairings in the heady era of cannabis legalization.A new breed of chef is thriving, experimenting with how to infuse dishes...

/ April 19, 2019

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

On Thursday, the New York City Council voted into law a sweeping set of rules to fight climate change, a metropolis-scaled version of a Green New Deal. And if the lawmakers and policy wonks who built the bills have their...

/ April 18, 2019

Why a (Very Bad and Unsafe!) Playground Stunt Sends Folks Flying

[embedded content] Why do people do such dumb things? In today's dumb thing, these kids decide to use the wheel of a gasoline-powered scooter to spin up a small merry-go-round at a park. Oh, don't worry, they have helmets on...

/ April 15, 2019

The Math of How Crickets, Starlings and Neurons Sync Up

When the incoherent claps of a crowd suddenly become a pulse, as everyone starts clapping in unison, who decided? Not you; not anyone. Crickets sing in synchrony; metronomes placed side by side sway into lockstep; some fireflies blink together in...

/ April 7, 2019

The Construction Industry Needs a Robot Revolution

In debates about the future of work, technology is often portrayed as the villain. One recent study calculated that 38 percent of jobs in the United States were at a “high risk” of being automated during the next decade. In...

/ April 6, 2019

The Quantum Computer: Annihilator of Contemporary Blockchain Technology

With the popularity of cryptocurrencies on the rise, specialists in the area worry about how, when it comes about, quantum computers will threaten blockchain technology, which at the moment still lacks reliable data security. Photo by Pawel Janiak on Unsplash Looming...

/ April 5, 2019

The Dangers of Government-Funded Artificial Intelligence

By Christian Hubbs Artificial Intelligence is widely seen as a strategic technology and has thus engendered national development plans from countries across the globe to promote its progress. For quite some time, the United States has been conspicuously on the...

/ March 30, 2019

Facts about the human brain everyone gets wrong

Fold your hands together, with one thumb on top. Is the dominant thumb the left one or the right? Actually, don't bother. While the left-/right-brained paradigm is a useful symbolic way to discuss different thinking styles, it doesn't square with...

/ March 22, 2019

Women’s Pain Is Different From Men’s—the Drugs Could Be Too

Men and women can’t feel each other’s pain. Literally. We have different biological pathways for chronic pain, which means pain-relieving drugs that work for one sex might fail in the other half of the population. So why don’t we have...

/ March 19, 2019

Free Speech and Shutting Down the Vaccine Debate

By Truthstream Media This is a much bigger issue beyond whether or not you are “pro” or “anti” vaccines. It’s a larger situation about free speech in a society where the public square has gone digital, and major corporations, political...

/ March 17, 2019

A Ferocious Shrimp Inspires a Robot Claw That Shoots Plasma

The pistol shrimp, aka the snapping shrimp, is a peculiar contradiction. At just a few inches long, it wields one proportionally sized claw and another massive one that snaps with such force the resulting shockwave knocks its prey out cold....

/ March 15, 2019

Scientists Want You To Get A Brain Chip To Make You Smarter; And Intelligence Agencies Absolutely Won’t Abuse This Technology Implanted In Humans

By Aaron Kesel The next big evolutionary Orwellian technology is coming.  Soon you will be able to implant yourself with a brain chip to be super smart, CBS Chicago reported. Elon Musk has previously criticized humans at a conference in Dubai. He...

/ March 7, 2019