Tag: Informative

How Science Helps the Warriors Sleep Their Way to Success

How Science Helps the Warriors Sleep Their Way to Success

For 10 years, Andre Igoudala slept terribly. Back in college, the Golden State Warriors forward would play videogames late into the night. Eventually he’d crash, sometimes as late as 4 am, only to wake up a few hours later for practice. Then came class. When […]

The Many Shades of Bad Physics

The Many Shades of Bad Physics

What happens when you see bad physics in the world? Does it make you angry? Does it make you laugh? Do you have to hold back a tidal wave of “well, actuallys” because of the overwhelming wrongness? Some might feel that way, but I think […]

It’s Time for the Next Wave of Ocean Exploration and Protection

It’s Time for the Next Wave of Ocean Exploration and Protection

This week marks the 10th Annual World Oceans Day, a global confluence of ocean-awareness events intended to bring our oceans the level of public attention they deserve. As we both have had the opportunity to explore a fair amount of our globe’s seas, on this […]

Wanna Pull Water Out of Air? Grab Some Ions or a Weird Sponge

Wanna Pull Water Out of Air? Grab Some Ions or a Weird Sponge

Find yourself adrift at sea, surrounded by undrinkable water, and you will parch to death. Find yourself lost in a desert and you will meet the same fate, also surrounded by water, also undrinkable. That’s because, even in the driest of lands, the air is […]

Elections Don’t Work at All. You Can Blame the Math

Elections Don’t Work at All. You Can Blame the Math

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died in December of 2017; the election to replace him was Tuesday. No one knows who won. Partially that’s because the votes are still trickling in. Mail-in ballots merely had to be postmarked by election day, and as I write […]

We Need to Talk About Robots Trying to Pass as Humans

We Need to Talk About Robots Trying to Pass as Humans

Westworld is a hell of a show, but the sense of dread it elicits is nothing new. Pygmalion sculpted a woman who came to life. Same goes with the Golem, only with mud. The amalgamated Frankenstein jolted awake to get all murderous. Humans creating life […]

Alternatives to Cobalt, the Blood Diamond of Batteries

Alternatives to Cobalt, the Blood Diamond of Batteries

When John Goodenough created the first lithium-ion rechargeable battery at Oxford in 1980, he needed some cobalt. Experiments had already established that the metal is energy-dense, perfect for small batteries that need a lot of power.1 So Goodenough made the cobalt himself, heating the precursors […]

Can This State Finally Put a Price on Carbon?

Can This State Finally Put a Price on Carbon?

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Beth Brunton’s magenta umbrella shields her from the weather on an April afternoon in Seattle. It’s a curious sight, because today is the first day in months without a drop of rain. It’s 75 degrees, […]

Solar Panels Power New Schools—and New Ways of Learning

Solar Panels Power New Schools—and New Ways of Learning

Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip—to her own school. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. On her […]

Crispr Fans Fight for Egalitarian Access to Gene Editing

Crispr Fans Fight for Egalitarian Access to Gene Editing

A journalist, a soup exec, and an imam walk into a room. There’s no joke here. It’s just another day at CrisprCon. On Monday and Tuesday, hundreds of scientists, industry folk, and public health officials from all over the world filled the amphitheater at the […]