Eclipse Of Reason: Why Do People Disbelieve Scientists?

Eclipse Of Reason: Why Do People Disbelieve Scientists?If you’ve been paying attention, you know that on Aug. 21, we’re in for a special cosmic treat: the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

What We Can Learn From The 2017 Solar Eclipse

What We Can Learn From The 2017 Solar EclipseIf you you’ve never seen a solar eclipse before, you should make an effort to witness the breathtaking event on August 21

Microbes Have Their Own Version Of The Internet

Microbes Have Their Own Version Of The InternetCreating a huge global network connecting billions of individuals might be one of humanity’s greatest achievements to date, but microbes beat us to it by more than three billion years. 

5 Technologies That Could Shape Your Future

5 Technologies That Could Shape Your FutureFlying warehouses, robot receptionists, smart toilets… do such innovations sound like science fiction or part of a possible reality?

Self-driving Cars Are Coming But Are We Ready?

Self-driving Cars Are Coming But Are We Ready?It’s been 60 years since the cover of Popular Mechanics magazine gave us the promise of flying cars. But our personal mobility options remain, today and for the foreseeable future, earthbound.

Is America's Digital Leadership On The Wane?

Is America's Digital Leadership On The Wane?American leadership in technology innovation and economic competitiveness is at risk if U.S. policymakers don’t take crucial steps to protect the country’s digital future.

The Next Step In Sustainable Design: Bringing The Weather Indoors

The Next Step In Sustainable Design: Bringing The Weather IndoorsA building’s primary purpose may be to keep the weather out, but most do such an effective job of this that they also inadvertently deprive us of contact with two key requirements for our well-being and effectiveness: nature and change.

How We Can We Build Our Dream World by Adopting A Fresh Outlook

Can We Build Our Dream World by Adopting A Fresh Outlook?We now have reached the stage of evolution where we are ready to accept the world for what it must be: a product of our united imagina­tion. This thought is the sky above, the stars overhead, and the invisible canvas covering the world. The material science worldview is a stage in...

This Magic Alloy Could Mean Cheaper Solar Power

This Magic Alloy Could Mean Cheaper Solar PowerResearchers have developed a new kind of semiconductor alloy capable of capturing the near-infrared light located on the edge of the visible light spectrum.

10 Ways That Astronauts Are Helping You Stay Healthy

Is The World We Live In We've Created Giving Us Cancer?

Astronauts on the International Space Station are growing crystals that could help develop new drugs for use on Earth. Here are ten healthcare technologies that have already come from space:

Who Feels The Pain Of Science Research Budget Cuts?

Who Feels The Pain Of Science Research Budget Cuts?Science funding is intended to support the production of new knowledge and ideas that develop new technologies, improve medical treatments and strengthen the economy.

How Facial Recognition Works?

How Facial Recognition Works?The Trump administration’s efforts to impose new immigration rules drew attention – and legal fire – for its restrictions on the ability of people born in certain majority Muslim countries

Is Walking Barefoot on the Earth Good for You?

Is Walking Barefoot on the Earth Good for Health, Heart & Soul?What happens when you take your shoes and socks off and walk barefoot on the surface of the Earth? As antioxidant electrons from the Earth enter the body through the bottoms of the feet, they neutralize the free radicals widely thought to be responsible for the...

New Cheaper Solar Battery Is Made With A Pee Ingredient

New Cheaper Solar Battery Is Made With A Pee IngredientA battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours.

How To Spot Alternative Facts In Science

How To Spot Alternative Facts In ScienceThe Volkswagen emissions scandal and past promotions of tobacco are two examples of “alternative facts” in science’s past, a researcher warns.

How The Internet Has Turned An Age-old Problem Into A New Threat

How The Internet Has Turned An Age-old Problem Into A New ThreatThe year 2016 will go down in history as the year in which fake news really took centre stage. It played a decisive role in major events such as the outcome of the US elections and the British Brexit vote.

Ready Or Not Here Come The Driverless Cars

Ready Or Not Here Come The Driverless CarsWhen a May 2016 crash killed the person operating a Tesla Model S driving in Autopilot mode, advocates of autonomous vehicles feared a slowdown in development of self-driving cars.

Getting A Scientific Message Across Means Taking Human Nature Into Account

Getting A Scientific Message Across Means Taking Human Nature Into AccountWe humans have collectively accumulated a lot of science knowledge. While this knowledge is impressive, it’s not distributed evenly. Not even close. There are too many important issues that science has reached a consensus on that the public has not.

How Virtual Reality Technology Is Changing The Way Students Learn

How Virtual Reality Technology Is Changing The Way Students LearnFor many years, schools and universities have had to change the way they work and teach in order to fit in with technology. Only more recently are we seeing technology being designed and utilized specifically for education contexts.

An Infinite Number of Possible Realities: How Do You Get There?

An Infinite Number of Possible Realities: What You See is What You GetIf you can imagine a future event in your life based on any one of your personal desires, that reality already exists as a possibility in the quantum field. This means that the quantum field contains a reality in which you are healthy, wealthy, and happy, and...

Is It Safe To Microwave Your Food?

Is It Safe To Microwave Your Food?Today every kitchen would seem “under-equipped” without a microwave, with its efficient ability to cook, defrost and reheat a variety of different foods.

Mass Data In Garbage Out Is The Nemesis Of Big Data

Big data is big news these days. But most organisations just end up hoarding vast reams of data, leaving them with a massive repository of unstructured – or “dark” – data that is of little use to anyone.

The Biggest Mistake In The History Of Science

The Biggest Mistake In The History Of ScienceScience is one of the most remarkable inventions of humankind. It has been a source of inspiration and understanding, lifted the veil of ignorance and superstition, been a catalyst for social change and economic growth, and saved countless lives.

How To Protect Your Privacy During These Turbulent Times

How To Protect Your Privacy During These Turbulent TimesProtecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that a man’s house is his castle.

Bits Of Your Brain Go To Sleep While You’re Awake

Bits Of Your Brain Go To Sleep While You’re AwakeWhen we are in a deep slumber our brain’s activity ebbs and flows in big, obvious waves, like watching a tide of human bodies rise up and sit down around a sports stadium.

This Tiny WiFi Radio Could Get Us Closer To The Internet Of Things

This Tiny WiFi Radio Could Get Us Closer To The Internet Of ThingsUntil now, there’s been no way to control all sorts of devices, wirelessly, via the internet because there’s been no two-way radio smart and small enough to make this possible. A new technology called HitchHike could change that.

Which Electric Car Is Greener The Battery Or The Fuel Cell?

Which Electric Car Is Greener The Battery Or The Fuel Cell?Communities would be better off investing in electric vehicles that run on batteries instead of hydrogen fuel cells. The reason? Hydrogen offers few additional energy benefits besides clean transportation.

How One Dark Corner Of The Internet Is Spreading Its Hate

How One Dark Corner Of The Internet Is Spreading Its HateThe internet is full of dark places. There are websites where people gather to share illegal images, buy illicit drugs and air offensive opinions that wouldn’t be tolerated on most mainstream sites.

Sustainable Aquaculture Is Possible, With The Right Science

Sustainable Aquaculture Is Possible, With The Right ScienceAquaculture is in the spotlight again, with an ABC investigation raising concerns over the sustainability of the expansion of Tasmania’s salmon-farming industry.

What Is The Dark Web And How Does It Work?

What Is The Dark Web And How Does It Work?We often hear about the dark web being linked to terrorist plots, drug deals, knife sales and child pornography, but beyond this it can be hard to fully understand how the dark web works and what it looks like.

Your Brain Has Been Lying to You!

Your Brain Has Been Lying to You!Did you know that you actually “see” the world upside down? Well, you do. You just don’t know it because your brain has fiddled around with your perceptions so that you think you see the world right-side up. This is one of many examples of how the brain rethinks what it sees.

What Do Sugar And Climate Change Have In Common?

What Do Sugar And Climate Change Have In Common? Why do we think that climate sceptics are irrational? A major reason is that almost none of them have any genuine expertise in climate science (most have no scientific expertise at all), yet they’re confident that they know better than the scientists.

New COF Material Could Mean Electric Cars Charge Faster

New COF Material Could Mean Electric Cars Charge FasterAn electric car currently relies on a complex interplay of both batteries and supercapacitors to provide the energy it needs to go places. But chemists are developing a new material that could change that.

Finding Better Ways To Get Hydrogen Fuel From Water

hydrogen from water9 9With hydrogen power stations in California, a new Japanese consumer car and portable hydrogen fuel cells for electronics, hydrogen as a zero emission fuel source is now finally becoming a reality for the average consumer.

Machines No Longer Need Our Help To Learn

Machines No Longer Need Our Help To LearnResearchers working with swarm robots say it is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by observing them—without being told what to look for.

Will Tesla Put A Solar-powered Battery In Every Home?

solar house 8 28One year ago Tesla Motors announced plans to build its Gigafactory to produce huge numbers of batteries, giving life to the old saying, “if you want something done right, do it yourself.”

Embracing Open Innovation By Expanding Citizen Science Involvement

Since 1900 the Audubon Society has sponsored its annual Christmas Bird Count, which relies on amateur volunteers nationwide. USFWS Mountain-Prairie, CC BYOver the years, citizen scientists have provided vital data and contributed in invaluable ways to various scientific quests. But they’re typically relegated to helping traditional scientists complete tasks the pros don’t have the time or resources to deal with on their own.

How Algorithms Can Be More Fair Than Humans

How Algorithms Can Be More Fair Than HumansAmazon recently began to offer same-day delivery in selected metropolitan areas. This may be good for many customers, but the rollout shows how computerized decision-making can also deliver a strong dose of discrimination.

How Human Should Robot Companions Be?

How Human Should Robot Companions Be?What would your ideal robot be like? One that can change nappies and tell bedtime stories to your child? Perhaps you’d prefer a butler that can polish silver and mix the perfect cocktail?

Is The Next Solar Revolution Replacing Fossil Fuels In Mining?

The Next Solar Revolution Could Replace Fossil Fuels In MiningRecently Sandfire Resources, a gold and copper producer based in Western Australia, announced its new solar power plant will soon start powering its DeGrussa mine. By replacing diesel power, the 10-megawatt power station, with 34,000 panels and lithium storage batteries, is expected to reduce the mine’s carbon emissions by 15%.

What Happens If The San Andreas Fault Cracks

What Happens If The San Andreas Fault CracksThe director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, Thomas Jordan, made an announcement recently that would have sent a chill down the spine of every Californian: that the San Andreas fault appears to be in a critical state and as such, could generate a large earthquake imminently.

Is Internet Freedom A Tool For Democracy Or Authoritarianism?

Is Internet Freedom A Tool For Democracy Or Authoritarianism?The irony of internet freedom was on full display shortly after midnight July 16 in Turkey when President Erdogan used FaceTime and independent TV news to call for public resistance against the military coup that aimed to depose him.

The Victorians Had The Same Concerns About Technology As We Do

 John Orlando Parry, ‘A London Street Scene’, 1835. © Alfred Dunhill Collection (Wikimedia Commons)We live, we are so often told, in an information age. It is an era obsessed with space, time and speed, in which social media inculcates virtual lives that run parallel to our “real” lives and in which communications technologies collapse distances around the globe.

Is Technology Making Us Dumber Or Smarter? Yes

Is Technology Making Us Dumber Or Smarter?The smartphone in your hand enables you to record a video, edit it and send it around the world. With your phone, you can navigate in cities, buy a car, track your vital signs and accomplish thousands of other tasks. And so?

How We Walk And Talk May Predict Trends

How We Walk And Talk May Predict TrendsMobile phone data may reveal an underlying mathematical connection between how we move and how we communicate. This could make it easier to predict how diseases—and even ideas—spread through a population.

What Social Insects Can Teach Us About Resilient Infrastructure

What Social Insects Can Teach Us About Resilient InfrastructureAccidents, natural disasters and random or targeted attacks can cripple human infrastructure. Our transportation networks, supply chains and communication networks are increasing in size and becoming more complex as our populations grow.

Did Our Helpless Babies Make Humans Smarter?

Did Our Helpless Babies Make Humans Smarter?"Our theory explains specifically why primates developed superintelligence but dinosaurs—who faced many of the same environmental pressures and had more time to do so—did not. Dinosaurs matured in eggs, so there was no linking between intelligence and infant immaturity at birth," says Celeste Kidd.

Science Is Best When The Data Is An Open Book

Science Is Best When The Data Is An Open BookIt was 1986, and the American space agency, NASA, was reeling from the loss of seven lives. The space shuttle Challenger had broken apart about one minute after its launch.

Science Relies On Computer Modelling – So What Happens When It Goes Wrong?

Science Relies On Computer Modelling – So What Happens When It Goes Wrong?From the transforming discovery of penicillin to the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, science progressed with mind-boggling speed even before there were computers. Much of this is down to the robustness of the scientific method: scientific results are validated by being replicated and extended by other scientists.

Why The Internet Isn't Making Us Smarter

Why The Internet Isn't Making Us SmarterIn the hours since I first sat down to write this piece, my laptop tells me the National Basketball Association has had to deny that it threatened to cancel its 2017 All-Star Game over a new anti-LGBT law in North Carolina – a story repeated by many news sources including the Associated Press.

How Email Has Survived And Continues To Thrive

How Email Has Survived And Continues To ThriveAsk around – everyone has an opinion about their email and their inbox, and it’s not always positive. From information overload, zero inbox and leaked email scandals to the much-hyped triumph of workflow software like Slack and Asana, email has certainly had a bad rap recently.

The Five Most Common Misunderstandings About Evolution

Do I resemble your great-great-grandfather by any chance? DaniRevi/pixabayGiven its huge success in describing the natural world for the past 150 years, the theory of evolution is remarkably misunderstood. In a recent episode of the Australian series of “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”, former cricket star Shane Warne questioned the theory – asking “if humans evolved from monkeys, why haven’t today’s monkeys evolved”?

Why Do We Have To Wait For Scientific News?

Peer-reviewed and published. Maggie Villiger, CC BY-ND Purposes of a press embargoExtra, extra! The embargo’s lifted, read all about it. Rumors were flying through the blogosphere this winter: physicists at the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) may finally have directly detected gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time predicted by Einstein 100 years ago in his general theory of relativity. Gravitational waves were predicted to be produced by cataclysmic...

Will Robots In Health Care Lead To A Doctorless Hospital?

Will Robots In Health Care Could Lead To A Doctorless Hospital?Imagine your child requires a life-saving operation. You enter the hospital and are confronted with a stark choice. Do you take the traditional path with human medical staff, including doctors and nurses, where long-term trials have shown a 90% chance that.. 

How Computers Help Biologists Crack Life's Secrets

How Computers Help Biologists Crack Life's SecretsOnce the three-billion-letter-long human genome was sequenced, we rushed into a new “omics” era of biological research. Scientists are now racing to sequence the genomes (all the genes) or proteomes (all the proteins) of various organisms – and in the process are compiling massive amounts of data.

A Simple Primer For Your Internet Privacy

A Simple Primer For Your Internet PrivacyThrough pressure from Google, Facebook, and other major providers such as Yahoo and Apple the world wide web is slowing becoming more secure, with web services using HTTPS to encrypt web traffic by default.

Are We Too Connected For Good Problem Solving?

Are We Too Connected For Good Problem Solving?"The research was just one experiment in a lab," Steve Lohr writes in the New York Times about the study, "but it does point to the larger subject of striking a balance between connectedness and isolation in the digital age."

Broadband Is The Key Infrastructure For The 21st Century

Broadband Is The Key Infrastructure For The 21st CenturyEarlier this month, the US Broadband Opportunity Council declared that broadband is “taking its place alongside water, sewer and electricity as essential infrastructure for communities”.

How Hungry Mealworms Can Recycle Styrofoam Trash

How Hungry Mealworms Can Recycle Styrofoam TrashEvery year, people in the US throw away 2.5 billion plastic foam cups—and that’s just a fraction of the 33 million tons of plastic that Americans throw out each year.

The Search Is On For Sustainable Plastics

The Search Is On For Sustainable PlasticsAs petroleum-based polymers foul our oceans and litter our lives, researchers seek more environmentally friendly ways to meet demand for durable, versatile materials.

Why It's Time The World Embraced Wikipedia

Why It's Time The World Embraced Wikipedia“Also: please note that we NEVER link to Wikipedia,” reads the email about an article for The Conversation Africa. I’m not surprised. The same sentiment is expressed in many course documents at universities and schools.

Polarised Light And The Super Sense You Didn't Know You Had

Polarised Light And The Super Sense You Didn't Know You HadEver fancied having a superpower? Something you can call upon when you need it, to hand you extra information about the world? OK, it’s not X-ray vision, but your eyes do have abilities that you might not be aware of.

A Handful Of Bronze-Age Men Could Have Fathered Two Thirds Of Europeans

A Handful Of Bronze-Age Men Could Have Fathered Two Thirds Of EuropeansFor such a large and culturally diverse place, Europe has surprisingly little genetic variety. Learning how and when the modern gene-pool came together has been a long journey. But thanks to new technological advances a picture is slowly coming together of repeated colonisation by peoples from the east with more efficient lifestyles.

Tomorrow's Battery Technologies That Could Power Your Home

Tomorrow's Battery Technologies That Could Power Your HomeThe recent announcement by Tesla of Powerwall, its new lithium-ion (Li-ion) based residential battery storage system, has caused quite a stir. It even raises the possibility of going off-the-grid, relying upon solar panels to generate electricity, and storing it with their own battery and using it on demand.

enarzh-CNtlfrdehiidjaptrues

follow InnerSelf on

google-plus-iconfacebook-icontwitter-iconrss-icon

 Get The Latest By Email

{emailcloak=off}

follow InnerSelf on

google-plus-iconfacebook-icontwitter-iconrss-icon

 Get The Latest By Email

{emailcloak=off}