The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

Dan Winters Eighteen months later, Sheila Advento, having become the fifth patient in Lee’s trial on September 18, 2010, woke groggily in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recovery area to find her new hands.

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

It’s the biggest monarch butterfly breeding site the U.S. Forest Service manages in the Intermountain West. What you plant in your garden and flowerbeds this growing season will help or hinder pollinators, including monarchs. Everyone can help.” A monarch caterpillar eats a leaf on a butterfly milkweed plant.

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

The Trail of Opportunity and More Eye Candy From Space The long and Martian road: In August 2010, the Opportunity rover looked back and took a photo of its tracks in the Red Planet’s sand.

Bid Adieu to the A380, the World's Jumbo-est Passenger Jet

Bid Adieu to the A380, the World's Jumbo-est Passenger Jet

It even produced a study called “Trailer truck trajectory optimization: the transportation of components for the Airbus A380.” That’s just to build the thing—actually flying it required rejiggering airport infrastructure .

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System NASA announced that, after 15 years and 5,000 charge cycles, the Mars rover Opportunity is officially dead.

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

Later calls to the public to rise to the moment include the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-World War II Western Europe; JFK in June of 1963 demanding civil rights legislation, and Lyndon Johnson re-affirming and expanding that a year later, and then articulating a vision for a “great society” that launched a series of government programs ranging from public housing to Medicaid.

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

Photo © Eframgoldberg / Wikimedia Commons Male orchid bees have specialized legs that can collect plant scent compounds and then store them in leg sacs.

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump’s Plan to Keep America First in AI President Trump's executive order directs federal agencies to support AI research and commercialization. The White House says it will ask agencies in areas such as health and transportation to release data that could advance AI research, using mechanisms that protect privacy.

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

Space Photos of the Week: The Galaxy Next Door

If you’re able to divert your eyes from the big show in the upper right, take a look at the object in the center of the image: That blue cloud is LHA 120-N 180B, likely an active star-forming region.

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Republicans said during the hearing that the Obama FCC's net neutrality regime led internet providers to decrease their investment in broadband infrastructure.

The World Might Actually Run Out of People

The World Might Actually Run Out of People

“Once that decline begins, it will never end.” Penguin Random House But Empty Planet is not a book about statistics so much as it is about what’s driving the choices people are making during the fastest period of change in human history.

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream All the Bowls For a complete day of baby-animal cuteness and Super Bowl insanity, you'd normally need a cable subscription that includes CBS for the Super Bowl, Animal Planet for the Puppy Bowl, and the Hallmark Channel for the Kitten Bowl.

The Batman Will Hit Theaters in 2021—Minus Ben Affleck

The Batman Will Hit Theaters in 2021—Minus Ben Affleck

This week: Batman gets a release date, Oscar Isaac might be going to Dune , Universal has a new plan for its monster mashup, and Zack Snyder is going back to making zombie flicks.

And Now, the Weather: Mars-like, With a Chance of Apocalypse

And Now, the Weather: Mars-like, With a Chance of Apocalypse

In 2004, Meehl and Claudia Tebaldi predicted that climate change would lead to worse, more frequent heat waves; turns out they were right. “The cold air kind of pinches and stretches into two border vortices,” says Judah Cohen, a climatologist with Atmospheric and Environmental Research.

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream All The Bowls For a complete day of baby animal cuteness and Super Bowl insanity, you'd normally need a cable subscription that includes CBS for the Super Bowl, Animal Planet for the Puppy Bowl, and the Hallmark Channel for the Kitten Bowl.

Can Drones Help Stop the Spread of Kenya’s Invasive Cactus?

Can Drones Help Stop the Spread of Kenya’s Invasive Cactus?

Photo © Gustavo Lozada/TNC Some call it a green hell: As the invasive cactus species Opuntia engelmannii spreads in Kenya, it covers everything. Photo © Gustavo Lozada/TNC Mapping Cactus Just as Lozada surmised, the cochineal insects are an extremely effective biocontrol.

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

This App Lets Kenya's Farmers Monitor Crops From Eyes in the Sky

Using free satellite data from the UN, PlantVillage can monitor biomass on a plot of land, giving small-scale farmers insight into how their crops are developing.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its HiRISE camera capture the surface of the planet in unprecedented detail, and that includes dunes like the ones seen here. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, stars, and galaxies aren’t even the half of it.

A 'Multicultural Toilet' and Other Innovations to Fix Flying

A 'Multicultural Toilet' and Other Innovations to Fix Flying

Collins Aerospace's M-Flex Duet is a self-service snack bar that can fold out of the way for landing and takeoff. Rockwell Collins Industry supplier Collins Aerospace wants to reclaim the eight feet or more of open space in front of the emergency exit doors on widebody, twin-aisle jets.

So Is Hulu Just Trolling Netflix Now, or What?

So Is Hulu Just Trolling Netflix Now, or What?

Beginning February 26, the price for Hulu's cheapest plan, the ad-supported one, will drop from $7.99 to $5.99 per month.

Our children’s planet: What does their education have to do with climate change?

Our children’s planet: What does their education have to do with climate change?

Helping with that transition is an especially important challenge for the World Bank because most of the population growth in the coming decades will be in developing countries. I like to think that Korea’s embrace of sustainability was in part facilitated by World Bank supported environmental education programs in the 1990s.

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

Want to Boost Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

And of the women who said they wouldn’t use the nearby transit option, 20 percent said they were avoiding the line for fear of harassment or for their safety—on the train, at the station, or on the walk to and from it.

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day Organic matter sits in open-air tanks where microbes feed on it and release CO2 as a byproduct.

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight The Airbus jet was just 2,800 feet up and nowhere near its cruising speed when the engines failed, giving pilots Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles just a few minutes to find a safe path to the ground.

Netflix Raises Prices to Stockpile for the Streaming Wars

Netflix Raises Prices to Stockpile for the Streaming Wars

Related Stories “On the surface, it does seem to be a bit of jeopardy to increase prices when the competitive services are coming,” says Tony Gunnarsson, a senior analyst at Ovum focused on the streaming media business.

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships

A Strange Kind of Data Tracks the Weather—and Pirate Ships Spire A group of apes is called a shrewdness; a group of ferrets is called a business; a group of small satellites is called a constellation.

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

The Simple Engineering That Will Keep NYC's L Train Rolling

Explaining its full shutdown plan in 2016, the MTA said the tunnel’s bench walls “must be replaced to protect the structural integrity of the two tubes [east and west] that carry trains through the tunnel.” Replacing these things involves jackhammering away concrete, removing the rubble, replacing the cabling inside, setting new concrete, and having it dry.

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York Has Averted a Subway Line Shutdown. Now What?

New York City's plans to dodge transit disaster during the L train shutdown included building more infrastructure for cyclists, bus riders, and walkers.

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

What Is the Dark Side of the Moon?

(In the case of our moon, astronomers think it once whirled faster about its axis.) But over time, gravity from our planet exerted torque on bulges in the lunar surface, forcing its rotation into synchronization with its orbital period.

The Seed Collectors

The Seed Collectors

It gives you an idea of where things are at now.” Photo © Kris Millgate / www.tightlinemedia.com Trevor Bloom is one researcher very interested in what’s happening now. Photo © Kris Millgate / www.tightlinemedia.com Comparing those collections to modern-day observations is intriguing.

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