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Intel CEO: AI Will Push Us Forward—If We Use It Responsibly

Fifty-five years ago, a sentient super­computer struck fear into millions of moviegoers with a chilling phrase: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” The trope of artificial intelligence (AI) as the plot twist in Stanley Kubrick’s futuristic dystopia 2001: A Space Odyssey is entertaining; the reality is far more mundane, yet crucial. We must...


SATURDAY 21. JANUARY 2023


How Our Cells Strategize To Keep Us Alive

Our cells, each composed of 100 trillion atoms made of particles from the Big Bang, are filled with all kinds of structures. These include organelles—little factories like energy-producing mitochondria—and tiny molecular machines like ATP synthase, whose rotor and shaft spin at up to 300 rpm to produce ATP, the molecules that transmit energy in our cells. The interior of our cells...


FRIDAY 20. JANUARY 2023


What Time You Eat Doesn’t Matter For Weight Loss, Study Finds

Recent diet trends have promised that clocks are as important for weight loss as scales. One such diet is known as intermittent fasting, which entails a schedule of alternating fasting and eating. A popular intermittent fasting schedule is time-restricted eating. By restricting eating to a limited number of hours a day, some proponents of this diet argue people can harness their bodies’...


THURSDAY 19. JANUARY 2023


Why a Startup’s Controversial Experiments to Cool the Earth Are on Pause

Make Sunsets, a company behind a recent controversial effort to cool the earth by releasing particles of sulfur dioxide (SO2) into the upper atmosphere to reflect incoming heat, is canceling its upcoming experiments in Mexico, following a rebuke from the Mexican government. “We have decided not to do launches in Mexico until we come up with a way to collaborate with the Mexican...

It’s Not Just You: The Flu Is Bad This Year

This winter has brought a cold reminder that SARS-CoV-2 isn’t the only virus we need to think about. After two winters during which influenza was subdued by pandemic precautions, the last few months have shown that the flu is still a major public health threat that can overwhelm busy hospitals and cost thousands of lives. This flu season is no 100-year outbreak. But it’s the most...


FRIDAY 13. JANUARY 2023


Exxon’s Climate Science Was Incredibly Accurate Starting in the 1970s, Study Confirms

(DENVER) — Exxon Mobil’s scientists were remarkably accurate in their predictions about global warming, even as the company made public statements that contradicted its own scientists’ conclusions, a new study says. The study in the journal Science Thursday looked at research that Exxon funded that didn’t just confirm what climate scientists were saying, but used more...


THURSDAY 12. JANUARY 2023


The Latest James Webb Image Reveals New Clues About the Origins of the Universe

The universe was a busy place 11 to 12 billion years ago—or just 2 to 3 billion years after the Big Bang. That is the period astronomers refer to as the “cosmic noon,” when young galaxies were forming stars at a fast and furious rate. High noon for the cosmos has long since passed—or it would seem to have. But there is one pocket in which it persists. And, in another in a...

The World Experienced Its Fifth Hottest Year Ever Recorded in 2022, NASA Confirms

(DENVER) — Earth’s fever persisted last year, not quite spiking to a record high but still in the top five or six warmest on record, government agencies reported Thursday. But expect record-shattering hot years soon, likely in the next couple years because of “relentless” climate change from the burning of coal, oil and gas, U.S. government scientists said. Despite a La...


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TUESDAY 10. JANUARY 2023


Why the Failure of the U.K.’s First Orbital Launch Is a Big Deal

Not a lot of people have heard of Spaceport Cornwall in the U.K., but last night more than 2,000 paying ticket holders showed up there to watch what was supposed to be the first orbital space launch from British soil. The payload: nine different satellites from both the military and the private sector. The launch company: Virgin Orbit, the U.S.-based operation owned by billionaire Richard...

Major Climate Disasters Cost the U.S. $165 Billion in 2022

A massive hurricane, a historic drought, and 16 other major disasters across the US collectively racked up $165 billion in damages and killed at least 474 people in 2022, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analysis published Tuesday. NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information track the biggest of the big disasters, each one costing at least $1...

2022 Was 5th Warmest on Record With ‘Devastating’ Global Climate Impacts

From drought in Europe to floods in Pakistan and melting polar ice, a rapidly-changing climate made 2022 a year of new extremes fueled by a relentless increase in the concentration of heat-trapping gases, according to the EU agency that tracks changes to Earth’s atmosphere. The year ended as the world’s fifth-warmest on record, with Europe heating up faster than anywhere else, it...


MONDAY 9. JANUARY 2023


Ozone Hole Over Antarctica Could Fully Heal by 2066, Says U.N. Report

(DENVER) — Earth’s protective ozone layer is slowly but noticeably healing at a pace that would fully mend the hole over Antarctica in about 43 years, a new United Nations report says. A once-every-four-years scientific assessment found recovery in progress, more than 35 years after every nation in the world agreed to stop producing chemicals that chomp on the layer of ozone in...


THURSDAY 5. JANUARY 2023


World’s Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Expected New Study Warns

The world’s glaciers are shrinking and disappearing faster than scientists thought, with two-thirds of them projected to melt out of existence by the end of the century at current climate change trends, according to a new study. But if the world can limit future warming to just a few more tenths of a degree and fulfill international goals — technically possible but unlikely according...

Natural Weather Weirdness Boosted By Climate Change Behind Extreme Start to 2023

In a world getting used to extreme weather, 2023 is starting out more bonkers than ever and meteorologists are saying it’s natural weather weirdness with a bit of help from human-caused climate change. Much of what’s causing problems worldwide is coming out of a roiling Pacific Ocean, transported by a wavy jet stream, experts said. At least one highway in drought-mired California...

2022 Was the UK’s Hottest Year Ever Recorded

(LONDON, U.K.) — Britain had its warmest year on record in 2022, official figures showed Thursday, the latest evidence that climate change is transforming Europe’s weather. The Met Office weather agency said the provisional annual average temperature in the U.K. was 10.03 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit), the highest since comparable records began in 1884. The previous record was 9.88...


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Anyone Hoping for Aliens to Contact Earth Will Have to Wait Another 400 Years At Least

Nobody knows for certain what the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi did or didn’t say at the lunch with colleagues at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico that took place in 1950. But as the perhaps apocryphal story has it, Fermi was holding forth on the sheer number of stars in the sky and the sheer number of intelligent civilizations the planets orbiting them might...


TUESDAY 20. DECEMBER 2022


The Mars InSight Lander Is Powering Down. Here’s What It Discovered Over its Lifetime

The tweet that came from Mars Monday morning actually didn’t originate from anywhere near there. It came from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where the mission of the Mars InSight lander is managed. Still, the message was a poignant one. “My power’s really low,” read the tweet, which was accompanied by a picture taken by the spacecraft,...


FRIDAY 16. DECEMBER 2022


A New Satellite Will Study How Climate Change is Altering Nearly All of Earth’s Water

The universe is thought to harbor uncounted worlds that are home to water. The one we know best, of course, is our own, and as of 3:46 a.m. PT this morning, we set about working to know it better still. That was the moment, as NASA reports, that the SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) satellite blasted off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to begin a three year campaign to study the height...


THURSDAY 15. DECEMBER 2022


Crewmembers Are Trapped Aboard the International Space Station Until a Leak Is Fixed—Or Rescue Arrives

Things got dicey yesterday aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Late in the day, Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin were preparing for a spacewalk when exterior cameras showed a stream of white flakes pouring from the Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station. Simultaneously, telemetry indicated a drop in pressure in the Soyuz’s coolant tank, indicating that it...


WEDNESDAY 14. DECEMBER 2022


The Arctic is Heating Up, Disrupting the Planet and Local Communities, NOAA Report Shows

Mid-September, 2022, was not a good time to be living along the Bering Coast in Western Alaska. That was the week Typhoon Merbok, a Category One storm, struck the region, packing sustained winds of 130 km/h (80 mph), causing 15 m (50 ft.) waves and inundating communities along 1,600 km (1,000 mi.) of coastline. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a state of disaster on Sept. 17, saying at the...


TUESDAY 13. DECEMBER 2022


The U.S. Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Is a Huge Milestone—But Unlimited Clean Energy Is Still Decades Off

In some ways, scientists at the Department of Energy’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) have been a bit down and out. The $3.5 billion facility was designed to replicate the atom-smashing reactions that occur inside the sun, a difficult process that requires enormous amounts of heat and pressure, and could theoretically solve humanity’s energy and climate woes. But technical...