SCIENCE - TECHNOLOGY - NATURE
THIS JANUARY WAS THE THIRD WARMEST ON RECORD GLOBALLY
While a powerful El Niño has faded, the globe's heat continues to be an
due largely to carbon pollution.
WHITE WATER: NASA PROBES SNOW'S EFFECT ON WATER RESOURCES
No resource on Earth is more precious than water; all life on the planet depends on it to survive.
PALEOLITHIC PEBBLES USED IN DEATH RITUALS UNCOVERED
Beach pebbles were "killed" 12,000 years ago in death rituals that involved using the stones as spatulas to paint the bodies of the dead, according to excavations in a cave in northern Italy.
TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF AUTONOMOUS TECH, WE NEED TO LEARN TO TRUST IT
Trust will be an important factor for the adoption of autonomous technologies like self-driving cars. Initially, we may think that we want artificial intelligence to think like humans, but if they are able to "think" better than us, we may need to reconsider.
HERE’S OUR PLAN IF WE MEET ALIENS
The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) League has an abundant list of protocols concerning contact with life on other planets. We can’t know for sure what to expect if, and when, aliens make contact, but our attempts to prepare give us fascinating insight into our own hopes and fears.
COULD WE BE OUTGROWING THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD?
Some scientific disciplines are becoming less compatible with the traditional scientific method. As science expands and asks more complex questions, is evidence becoming less relevant to the formation of new theories?
A LANDER IS GOING TO EUROPA TO TRY AND FIND ALIEN LIFE
In 2024, NASA will send a lander to Europa, one of Jupiter's four moons, to look for biosignatures that could indicate the presence or possibility of life. Europa has a very warm core and is thought to have a subterranean ocean, making it an ideal place to look for life.
EUROPEAN CITY SET TO TRANSFORM INDUSTRIAL SITE INTO REMARKABLE VERTICAL FOREST
To push the city toward a more eco-friendly future, Brussels is planning to build three vertical structures using recyclable materials, renewable energy sources, and 30,000 plants. This plan to redefine the urban landscape using nature is one of many being undertaken by cities across the globe, and it could prove very beneficial to the environment.
WORLD'S RAREST BOA SNAKE SEEN FOR 1ST TIME IN 64 YEARS
Brazil's elusive tree boa Corallus cropanii — also known as Cropan's boa — is one of the world's rarest boas, infrequently sighted and known from only a handful of dead specimens collected after the snake was first seen and described in 1953.
FACTS ABOUT GROUNDHOGS
Groundhogs, also called woodchucks, are large rodents. They are also one of the 14 species of marmot, or ground squirrels.