May 23, 2019

Science

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

"With many other countries already studying the Asian playbook, the United States and Europe could benefit from doing the same."

"Trump's cursing is one of the most straightforward parts of his appeal... Trump is not the only politician whose profanity has stood him in good stead."

"‘If we get all of this because Netanyahu wants to make Trump happy, that’s fine with us,’ says local council rep in Golan Heights as plans ramp up for ‘new’ neighborhood honoring U.S. president..."

"...there is something worth paying attention to in this latest petition from fans keen to have a creative work made the way that they want it. The comments on the petition are instructive."

"The sunny job numbers and steady growth hide the fact that most people think the economy works only for people in power."

"Like many other Americans, I now wear AirPods all day at my desk to combat the awful tyranny of the open office. Since they don’t cancel noise, they provide me with writing music..."

"The logic of attributing mental states to nonhuman animals is complicated. We cannot use deductive inference, because there are no general rules..."

"As the canon of English literature slowly, gradually opens itself up to books by women and authors of color, Modern Library and Penguin Classics have just launched two new series..."

"Egalitarian couples assume their progressive ideology will carry the day. Sociologists know that it doesn’t.... sharing child care is associated with valuing gender equality..."

"Business Booms for Sephardic Food: Women are leading the way as small businesses bring traditional recipes to the commercial marketplace..."

"With most animal populations, the niches that encase the populations are of constant size. Animal societies growing in a given niche have dynamics neatly fitted by equations with a constant limit or ceiling."

"Now some 200,000 Jews live in Germany, a nation of 82 million people, and many are increasingly fearful.... 85 percent of respondents in Germany characterized anti-Semitism as a “very big” or “fairly big” problem..."