Science

February 21, 2019

Academy reverses plans, will air all awards stay at Oscars

NEW YORK (AP) — Bowing to a backlash that had threatened to engulf an already blunder-plagued Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday reversed its decision to present four awards during the commercial breaks of this year’s Oscar broadcast.
February 21, 2019

LGBTQ Group Drops Martina Navratilova for Saying Women Competitions With Transgender Women Are 'Unfair'

A group dedicated to supporting LGBTQ athletes dropped tennis legend Martina Navratilova from the advisory board after she opined that allowing athletes who are transgender to compete against female athletes is “cheating and unfair.”
February 20, 2019

Paid household depart is an funding in public well being, not a handout

Most Americans – on both sides of the political aisle – say they support paid parental leave. However, we haven’t yet found the political will to make it happen. In part, that’s because the discussion always seems to start with the question, “How do we pay for it?”
February 20, 2019

Don’t be fooled by faux photos and movies on-line

One month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an “Access Hollywood” recording of Donald Trump was released in which he was heard lewdly talking about women. The then-candidate and his campaign apologized and dismissed the remarks as harmless.
February 20, 2019

MIT: Amazingly Strong Lobster Bellies Could be Used to Build Armor of the Future

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have said lobsters could be key to creating super-strong and flexible armor in the future. The underbellies of these famous crustaceans contain a translucent membrane that scientists have now found to be one of the toughest hydrogels in the world.
February 20, 2019

Air Purifiers Don't Remove Pollution—however They Could Be Contaminating Our Water and Soil Instead | Opinion

I recently found myself in the surreal world of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing the next generation of pollution sensors that one day you might find inside your phone. The exhibits I saw suggested the next big thing in home technology could be anything from intelligent cat litters to internet-enabled teapots, with everything powered by mysterious machine learning and the unfathomable blockchain. 
February 20, 2019

How YouTube helps flat-earthers manage

It’s been a big month for conspiracy theories. Last week, Rep. Adam Schiff sent a strongly worded letter to Google and Facebook about the way their platforms recommend anti-vaccination content to parents, potentially putting healthy populations at risk. This week, new reports are taking a deeper look the unintended consequences of YouTube recommendations, starting with the conspiracy theory that the earth is flat.
February 20, 2019

Ancient Humans Hunted Monkeys Then Turned Their Bones Into Weapons to Hunt More Monkeys

The first humans to arrive in Sri Lanka were able to survive by hunting monkeys then making weapons from their bones, scientists have said. The discovery shows these early humans came to thrive in an extreme, rainforest environment—one that our ancient hominin relatives do not appear to have mastered. 
February 20, 2019

Newt Gingrich: If China Dominates 5G, They Will Control The Future | Opinion

China and the West are locked in a struggle for control of the future of communications technology, the next generation internet, and the flow of information.
February 19, 2019

How smallpox devastated the Aztecs – and helped Spain conquer an American civilization 500 years in the past

Recent outbreaks in the U.S. have drawn attention to the dangers of measles. The Democratic Republic of Congo is fighting a deadly outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds.