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The planet is getting so hot, we'll soon be wearing air conditioners

Imagine a planet with an environment so harsh that humans wear climate-controlled suits to get around. Now imagine that planet is Earth. There’s little doubt our home world is taking a turn for the torrid, making it harder and harder…

A new food made from 'thin air' could be a game changer for our planet — and beyond

Someday, meals may not so much be cooked, as generated. As in, take a little water, add a dash of carbon dioxide, and give it an electrical jolt. Dinner is … materialized. But you’re probably going to want fries with…

Irish teen wins Google Science Fair with project to remove microplastics from water

[embedded content] Google Science Fair launched in 2011 as a way to challenge students around the globe to figure out solutions to some of the world’s largest problems, and this year’s winner focused on a problem we’re still wrapping our…

Searching for aliens in the town with no WiFi

Wondering what “Atlanta to Appalachia” is all about? It’s part of an occasional series about life in the wilds of West Virginia through the eyes of a couple who never dreamed they’d love it there. Read previous installments here. *…

Bugs experience chronic pain, too

Ever wonder why bugs run like their very lives depend on it when you discover their secret lair? Maybe it’s because more times than not, we go full Godzilla on them. Who wants to stick around to get stomped in…

Reimagining our public streets

Ford’s latest initiative envisions human-centered design in every aspect of our public spaces When you picture a city of the future, is it full of flying cars and robots zipping around your house, à la the Jetsons? Or maybe it’s…

The scientists are gone, but this ghost lab is still doing vital research

Over the years, the Halley VI Research Station has done a lot of good work for humanity. In fact, from its frosty address in Antarctica, the lab first noted the hole in Earth’s ozone layer back in the 1985. Since…

Why not wearing shoes does a body good

It turns out, after all these millennia, Mother Nature still makes the most functional footwear. Science just took a very long time to acknowledge her handiwork. In a new study, published in the journal Nature this week, an international team…

These students came up with an ingenious way to keep buildings cool

From Mount Everest’s slushy summit to the fading ice fields of Greenland, the dial on the global furnace ticks ever upward. And so, too, the air-conditioning dial. Climate may change, but old habits, they die hard. No one wants to…

The huge carbon footprint of cement (and what we can do about it)

When you manufacture cement, you heat up limestone and other clay-like materials to an astounding 2,552 degrees Fahrenheit (1,400 Celsius). Creating temperatures that high requires an awful lot of energy and (usually) a large amount of fossil fuels. Not only…