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The last several years have even given skeptics reasons to consider reducing our fossil fuel use and replacing it with something else. The problem is that so many of the “something else” alternatives can’t be counted on to keep our cities powered up (try using solar energy at night), and we currently don’t have the technology to store excess energy for a (literal) rainy or windless day. Sure, lithium-ion batteries are growing in capacity, but they’re not yet city-sized and tend to catch fire from time to time. We need a stable, safe, reliable source of power that doesn’t rely on burning fuel – something like nuclear energy.
Cannabis hyperemesis syndrome The scent of a woman Chaos is present everywhere, in physical and biological worlds. The meat paradox
Joan Mitchell returns to the stage. Is robotic automation making us safer? Should we end aging? The regulatory capture of the USDA
You can file this under “those who don't know history are destined to repeat it,” according to George Santayana. At least that was part of my takeaway on a Smithsonian article on coal, which, in the early 1800s was a new-fangled fuel. Understanding the slow acceptance of this fuel source may provide some context as today’s alternative sources come online.
Ferdinand the Bull’s real-life model, Civilón Geomythology pairing our cultural myths with geologic findings What will food be like in the future, more like Soylent Green or Impossible Burgers – Oreos may foretell our food future. Woke words
An excellent commencement address; after all, it is the season Living with pain “Because we live in the past when we are online, we will find ourselves fighting over the past.” The downside of letting machines do our work.
Americans expect that when the tap is turned on, fresh drinking water comes out. This expectation is increasingly questionable. There is a water crisis in the U.S. The increase of severe droughts in the southwestern U.S. has led to very low levels in lakes, rivers, and groundwater across the area. Water shortages are already common and expected to worsen in the coming years. What are we to do?
Can science inform the abortion debate? Are you more likely to die from heat or cold? Could it be that part of our institutional problem is bullshit jobs? Ten things wrong about science reporting – I tried to avoid them all, not always successfully
Trip report: Josh goes into a Manhattan CVS to buy some Tylenol and is horrified by generic drug discrimination. Then he steals a piano.
Scientific writing could use an English major Which is worse, stupidity or malignant intent? Hype and alarmism hype’s evil twin in today’s scientific enterprise. A bright, refreshing wine with a bit of a smoky aftertaste – from the nearby wildfires.
Knowing our genetic structure is just the tip of understanding what makes us. A public health victory in the time of COVID The trees are talking to one another For some, the gift of blood is more of a saleable commodity
What meditation can teach us about listening to others? It is time to BBQ – a chemistry lesson you can eat Does science uncover new “truths” or continue to enslave the “already exploited?” AARP’s conflicted interests