Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Forget Growing Weed—Make Yeast Spit Out CBD and THC Instead

Now researchers have turned to yeast to do something more improbable: manufacturing the cannabis compounds CBD and THC. The reason researchers and cannabis companies are interested in alternative ways of producing cannabinoids is that working with the original plant is messy and complicated.

Get Ready For Gravitational Waves All Day, Every Day

Get Ready For Gravitational Waves All Day, Every Day

For example, multiple signals of the same gravitational wave allow you to pinpoint more precisely where it originated, much like GPS uses multiple satellites to locate your position, says Jo van den Brand of VU Amsterdam, who leads an Italy-based gravitational wave observatory known as Virgo.

What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet

What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet

“In short, Russia would need to do two things: Ensure that the content Russians seek to access is actually located somewhere in the country, and ensure that routing and exchanges could all occur domestically,” says Nicole Starosielski a professor at New York University and author of The Undersea Network .

Facebook Cracks Down on Networks of Fake Pages and Groups

Facebook Cracks Down on Networks of Fake Pages and Groups

If a troll runs two fake news pages but only one of them violates Facebook’s policies, the company can’t take down the other until it breaks the rules as well.

Super-Fast Airport Scanners Are Coming—Eventually

Super-Fast Airport Scanners Are Coming—Eventually

It has installed a system at the Oakland Airport in California, not for passengers, but to screen employees as they come to work on the sensitive “air side” of operations, or as they move backward and forward several times a day from "land side." Evolv’s millimeter-wave scanners look like bulked-up versions of the beepy theft-prevention gates near the doors of some stores, and they can grab an image in a fraction of a second, as opposed to a more typical two seconds.

Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse

Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse

In other words, our internet-and-smartphone-driven age does not represent, as we might think, its own huge shift from the Enlightenment tradition, but rather the most recent stages of a shift that started with disembodied voices and faces streaming out of clunky boxes.Two of the most accessible and relevant of this canon are similar in topic, though written nearly a generation apart: Daniel Boorstin’s The Image and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death.

Tumblr's Porn-Detecting AI Has One Job—and It's Bad at It

Tumblr's Porn-Detecting AI Has One Job—and It's Bad at It

“I believe they've forgot about adding enough cartoon data in this case, and probably other types of examples that matter and are SFW,” he says.“Computers are only recently opening their eyes, and it's foolish to think they can see perfectly.”Reza Zadeh, MatroidWIRED tried running several Tumblr posts that were reportedly flagged as adult content through Matroid’s NSFW natural imagery classifier, including a picture of chocolate ghosts, a photo of Joe Biden, and one of Burstein’s patents, this time for LED light-up jeans.

Now You Can Sequence Your Whole Genome for Just $200

Now You Can Sequence Your Whole Genome for Just $200

“It’s important to note that, right now, the medical profession is not recommending this for healthy patients,” Green says.And while Veritas’ test covers 200 genetic predispositions for disease compared to 23andMe’s nine, customers might decide that information isn't worth $1,000—Veritas will be competing with companies like 23andMe on the perceived value of all that genetic information until it can accomplish the sub-$200 genome.To get ahead in that regard, Veritas wants to integrate genetic data into the everyday.

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

A raft of work also started to emerge on the affects of changing weather patterns, heat waves, and access to clean water on people’s health. For example, health scientists came to grasp that they need anthropologists, sociologists and economists for a full understanding of the impact of climate change.

Three innovative approaches for managing disaster risks

Three innovative approaches for managing disaster risks

These methods to use innovation and new technologies in disaster risk management were recently featured at the 2018 Understanding Risk Forum, a five-day conference that showcases the latest developments in disaster risk assessment.

Building housing on flood plains another sign of growing inequality

Building housing on flood plains another sign of growing inequality

Yet all parties involved in housing know that cities are facing more rainfall and flooding due to climate change. However, the waterfront area still remains a flood plain, and is still affected by storm surges associated with climate change.

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

Far-sighted adaptation to rising seas is blocked by just fixing eroded beaches

As we have explained elsewhere, short-term actions to adapt to coastal flooding can actually increase risks to lives and property. As we see it, market forces and public risk reduction policies interact in unexpected ways, reducing incentives for communities to make long-term plans for retreating from the shore.

Climate Museum Sends Distress Signals to Stimulate Discussion

Climate Museum Sends Distress Signals to Stimulate Discussion

30, among many other events.The artist Justin Brice Guariglia created the signs and included one among his works in Storm King Art Center’s group climate exhibition (through Nov. 11), one of many projects that have recently tackled the topic.Ms. Massie and Mr. Knight are hoping to find a permanent home for the museum, which is temporarily on Governors Island, the site of some of the “Climate Signals” programs coming up.

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Culture is important for the rebuilding in a post-disaster setting, to help the community recover. What’s the role of culture during post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction processes? While divided, the two communities are making joint efforts to safeguard and restore cultural heritage that matters to both.

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

In advance of the Global Disability Summit, and drawing on a recent report titled “Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management” from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and the Recovery (GFDRR) and the World Bank, here are five actions that development institutions, governments, and other key stakeholders can take to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind in the aftermath of a disaster.

Think Rivers Are Dangerous Now? Just Wait

Think Rivers Are Dangerous Now? Just Wait

On the other hand, the models show that a region like Eastern Europe may see a decrease in maximum river water flow.“In other places, Brazil for example,” Betts says, “parts of the country are projected to see an increase in flooding risk.