February 22, 2019

Science

“What Gates thinks about global poverty, artificial intelligence, political freedom, clean meat, and humanity’s future.”

“Scientists bred healthy baby mice from same-sex parents for the first time.”

“Reality Is just a bunch of hallucinations we collectively agree on.”

“At the neighborhood level, these differences are sometimes even more drastic, appearing even when communities are only a few miles apart.”

The discovery of ancient petroglyphs is shining a light on a dark age.

“1.5 degrees Celsius of warming will be much worse than the 1 degree Celsius we’re experiencing now.”

“Dogs become most irresistible to people just when they need us most.”

Half a degree may not sound like much, but it could have disastrous effects.

“After researchers resurrected a long-dead pox, some critics argue that it's too easy for scientists to make decisions of global consequence.”

There’s a possible new moon in the distant reaches of our solar system, which could mean a new planet as well.

“How a sunbeam split in two became physics’ most elegant experiment…”

“NASA went searching for micro black holes in Antarctica. Instead, it detected cosmic rays shooting from the ground…”

Entrepreneurs are getting excited about the moon. Not only is it a symbol of human ambition, it’s also a blank slate for profiteering.

“Every drink is downed amid cultural expectations and societally mediated attitudes about women and power. Those things… have a stronger causal influence than the alcohol alone.”

“If things had gone just slightly differently on a tense night in 1983, today would be the 35th anniversary of the start of of World War III, for whoever was left alive to observe such an occasion.”

“Our species might have diverged 500 million years ago, but octopuses on ecstasy behave just as people do in many ways.”

If IQ tests are any indication, Americans are getting stupider. Some think environmental factors could be to blame. Others say that it's our culture which is to blame for making us stupider.

Climate change can be difficult to document. That's why scientists and journalists traveled to Greenland to study the slow transformation of ice. Follow the link to see the stunning photos of a landscape in flux.

Fast fashion is notoriously hard on the environment, but perhaps it doesn't have to be. Scientists are hard at work creating sustainable, biodegradable fabrics.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take a look at how scientists are trying to control hurricanes before they happen. These ideas might be crazy enough to work.

There are more scientists than ever before. Knowledge is more easily shared than ever before. All of this sounds like good news for scientific progress. So why are we seeing a slow-down?

There’s a powerful force that might be shaping all of your decisions and behaviors. Its called “societal tightness” and sociologists are beginning to understand how it works.

A new study sheds light on how animals pass ancestral knowledge from generation to generation. “Wildlife conservation isn’t just about raising the numbers on a population count. It’s also an act of cultural preservation.”

The United States Geological Survey is mapping space for potential mining ventures in the future. Along with planning future Mars colonies, is the talk of mining a sign that scientists are giving up on Earth?

It sounds too good to be true – a nonaddictive opioid painkiller without lethal side effects. It could be a crucial tool in battling the opioid crisis, and it may soon be a reality.

It sounds too good to be true – a nonaddictive opioid painkiller without lethal side effects. It could be a crucial tool in battling the opioid crisis, and it may soon be a reality.

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JJ Editor's Daily Picks

"Political leaders from all French parties, including former presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, joined Jews and non-Jews in Paris’s Place de la Republique to condemn antisemitic acts."

"Eighty years ago tonight, thousands of Americans gathered in New York to rally behind the Nazi Party and its ideals. An Oscar-nominated short documentary retrieves footage of the event, but leaves out the context that gives it meaning."

"The PM has persuaded the religious-Zionist Jewish Home to partner with the Kahanists of Otzma Yehudit. It makes cynical political sense for his interests, but what of Israel’s?"

"IFC’s series Documentary Now! began as an affectionately parodic tribute to the classics of nonfiction cinema. Its first episode, “Sandy Passage,” was a note-perfect evocation of the Maysles brothers’ Grey Gardens..."

"Making our choices count is, however, far from straightforward, and this is the subject of Martin Hägglund’s book This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom."

"Teens in the United States are coming of age at a time when digital technology is truly ubiquitous, where smartphones are all of our “constant companions.”"

"...the Smollett story, if the “trajectory” leads to evidence of fakery, would actually reveal something else modern America is about: victimhood chic."

"Cool in the humanities isn’t that different from cool in other areas of cultural life, like planking, hotdog-legs photography, mason jar rehabilitation, and novels whose main character is a city."

"It’s true that high-octane, hardworking child-rearing has some pointless excesses, and it doesn’t spark joy for parents. But done right, it works for kids..."

"Cape Town in South Africa is a foodie destination. Some people in its renowned restaurant industry are trying to spread the food wealth citywide."

"...for many “space expansionists,” escaping Earth is about much more than dodging the bullet of extinction: it’s about realizing astronomical amounts of value by exploiting the universe’s vast resources to create something resembling utopia. "

"After facing persecution in the former Soviet Union and a new wave of antisemitism in the United States, Marya Zilberberg decides to put her Jewishness on display."