Science

August 23, 2019

Would Joe Kennedy run towards Ed Markey from the left — or the fitting?

Rep. Joe Kennedy III will reportedly decide whether to launch a 2020 primary challenge against Sen. Ed Markey in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the question is why.
August 23, 2019

More than 100 vapers have contracted a extreme lung illness, per CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that it’s looking into 153 possible cases of a mysterious lung disease that seems to be associated with e-cigarette use. The agency says it’s investigating the illness alongside 16 states where the cases were reported from June 28th to August 20th.
August 22, 2019

Wildfires Are Becoming so Frequent and Intense They Are Turning Forests From Carbon Sinks Into Climate Heaters | Opinion

In 2014, we traveled to the northern boreal forests of Canada to set experimental fires that would help us understand the effect of wildfires on the global carbon cycle. Sadly, we never got the chance to set those fires, because the firefighters enlisted to help us were busy dealing with an area the size of Belgium that was already burning.
August 22, 2019

Scientists Think This Type of Body Fat Could Be Good for You

Brown fat could help get rid of harmful compounds linked to conditions such as obesity and diabetes, scientists believe.
August 22, 2019

Researchers suggest a brand new method for dismantling on-line hate networks

How do you get rid of hate speech on social platforms? Until now, companies have generally tried two approaches. One is to ban individual users who are caught posting abuse; the other is to ban the large pages and groups where people who practice hate speech organize and promote their noxious views.
August 22, 2019

Autism Wristband That Predicts Aggressive Outbursts in Children With 84% Accuracy Created by Scientists

Scientists have created a wearable device they say can predict aggressive outbursts in people with autism.
August 22, 2019

Business Roundtable Statement Doesn’t Mean Corporations Will Dramatically Change Operations: ‘Only Time Will Tell’

Over 180 major CEOs said Monday that they were redefining the social purpose of corporations to endorse more social responsibility, prompting a flurry of analyses touting the renewed social mission of large businesses. But the statement, if realized, is just the beginning of a longer process to restructure how corporations operate, experts in business administration, management and social corporate responsibility told Newsweek.
August 22, 2019

11-Year-Old Boy Bitten in Apparent Shark Attack in Florida

Wednesday morning, an 11-year-old Canadian boy escaped with minor injuries in an apparent shark attack while vacationing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to reports.
August 22, 2019

Why an MIT Media Lab professor resigned over the varsity’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein

A week and a half after his death, Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to MIT continue to roil the Cambridge university.
August 22, 2019

Extremely Rare ‘Fire Cloud’ Appears Above Washington—And Scientists Flew Through It

NASA's Earth Observatory has shared spectacular images of a rare phenomenon identified by researchers as they flew through a thunderstorm triggered by wildfire.