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.

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

Now the Crayola folks make a proper chemistry set with 16 out-of-the-box projects and 34 more that use household ­ingredients, from erupting volcanoes and glow worms to three types of slime.$25Styling by Kiki StevensThis article appears in the September issue.

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Despite the challenges they bring, some social platforms are already using AI to analyze memes, including Facebook, which this week shared details about how it uses a tool called Rosetta to analyze photos and videos that contain text.Facebook says it already uses Rosetta to help automatically detect content that violates things like its hate speech policy.

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

It’s a contrarian idea that questions conventional thinking about international aid, it has low overhead, it’s easily scalable using mobile phones, and it’s measurable.Faye, the GiveDirectly cofounder, called the study “the first ever A/B test for USAID.” Zeitlin, the Georgetown professor and coauthor of the study, says this research aligns with Silicon Valley’s interest in disruptive ideas because it questions the effectiveness of traditional aid programs.A recent cash-transfer study showed early gains disappearing over time.

New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

Because the technology now exists to build these satellite hackers, we're stuck in a quandary: If your enemy can launch such orbiters, and you don't match them, you run the risk of having your space infrastructure quietly slaughtered.NASA's peaceful program for satellites with these servicing capabilities is called Restore-L.

Rich Nations Vowed Billions for Climate Change. Poor Countries Are Waiting.

Rich Nations Vowed Billions for Climate Change. Poor Countries Are Waiting.

But it came two months after disagreements among the Green Climate Fund’s board members prevented the fund from approving new projects at a routine meeting.Activists demonstrating in front of the United Nations building on Friday in Bangkok, where a climate change conference was being held.Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesSome observers say the fund’s funding shortfall and bureaucratic malaise have dimmed expectations for the talks in Poland, which were already bound to be difficult.“The lack of real money coming through is really undermining trust in the negotiations” around how to put the Paris accord in place, said Brandon Wu, the director of policy and campaigns at ActionAid USA, an advocacy group that monitored the Bangkok meeting.

Call for Applications: NatureNet Science Fellows

Call for Applications: NatureNet Science Fellows

Now in its fifth year, the Conservancy’s NatureNet Science Fellows program is specifically designed to broaden conservation science and research in ways that tackle climate change — our world’s most pressing challenge — head on.