When contemplating human extinction — a fun pastime! — we tend to imagine it in spectacular terms: nuclear holocaust, a life-destroying impact event, robots that finally outsmart us once and for all... Read more
When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides.
Instead, they found a shocker: fungicides, commonly thought to have no impact.
"Insecticides work; they kill insects. Fungicides have been largely overlooked because they are not targeted for insects, but fungicides may not be quite as benign - toward bumblebees - as we once thought. This surprised us," said Scott McArt, assistant profess... Read more on phys.org
The US fight against climate change hasn’t exactly made much progress recently. Just this week, for instance, the Trump administration spent its time at the UN conference on climate cha... Read more on Mother Jones
An old school bus is operating once again in service of education — and the classroom is South Los Angeles.
Nonprofit Community Services Unlimited (CSU) last weekend unveiled its Veggie Bus project, along with breaking ground on the Paul Robeson Community Wellness Center. The upcycled bus is part workspace and classroom, part seed library and plant nursery, and a small piece of CSU’s broader vision for readily available produce and living-wage jobs in South L.A.
The Big Five -- Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft -- aren't killing everybody and squashing all innovation. And not every start-up that scores venture funding from a prominent Silicon Valley firm turns out like Juicero or Theranos.
Start-ups still have a chance to go big if they operate honestly, and build their products and services around new technologies that the incumbents still haven't mastered.
While we used to think of mobile phones and cloud computing as cutting edge three or four years ago, th... Read more on CNBC