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 Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be Alex Edelman/CNP/AP If it’s hard to imagine the sweeping changes proposed in the “Green New Deal” actually happening, don’t blame the Green New Deal.

Why Your Phone (and Other Gadgets) Fail You When It’s Cold

Why Your Phone (and Other Gadgets) Fail You When It’s Cold

Why Your Phone (and Other Gadgets) Fail You When It’s Cold Denis Kozhevnikov/TASS/Getty Images Across the Midwest today, hundreds of schools and businesses are closed, dozens of flights and trains have been canceled, and the governors of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan have declared states of emergency as a bone-chilling, breath-taking Polar Vortex bears down on the region.

America Needs Way, Way More Electric-Car Charging Stations

America Needs Way, Way More Electric-Car Charging Stations

(The researchers expect that come 2025, electrics will make up 15 percent of new car sales in California, 9 percent in those other states, and 1.4 percent everywhere else.) The report projects that Los Angeles will need 35,000 charging stations, about seven times the number it had in 2017.

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

Sonos Soundbars and Subs Are up to $200 Off Right Now

This week, Sonos has put its soundbars and subs on sale, likely to capitalize on the TV deals happening through Super Bowl weekend. The Sonos Sub carries a hefty price tag, but if you can afford it, buy it and stick it next to your couch.

Antibiotics Are Failing Us. Crispr Is Our Glimmer of Hope

Antibiotics Are Failing Us. Crispr Is Our Glimmer of Hope

Earlier this month, Janssen Pharmaceuticals—a division of Johnson & Johnson—announced an $818 million deal with a small Crispr startup called Locus Biosciences to develop a radical new way to rid the body of disease-causing bacteria, without causing resistance.

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 3: Wednesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

CES 2019 Liveblog Day 3: Wednesday’s News and Photos, Live From Las Vegas

Meantime, here's all the other news out of CES: Tea Tech Boiling water for tea or coffee is a multi-minute task that many of us do several times a day, and Heatworks claims it has a solution.

Netflix and Amazon Binged Wins at the Golden Globes

Netflix and Amazon Binged Wins at the Golden Globes

In today's installment: Netflix and Amazon stay Golden at last night's awards; Brad Bird embarks upon a new movie mission; and, for the third weekend in a row, audiences make a halibut of seeing Aquaman .

Photo Gallery: Capturing the Everyday Horror of Dairy Farming in Germany

Photo Gallery: Capturing the Everyday Horror of Dairy Farming in Germany

“I wanted to update the old-fashioned image of a cow in a green meadow that we know from ads and milk packages,” Teryoshin says, “to show the dystopian side of the milk production.” Germany’s $14 billion dairy farming industry rests squarely on the backs of 4.2 million cows—the majority Holsteins, a sturdy piebald favored around the world for its high milk yield.

The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

Goodnight Stories didn’t emerge spontaneously, though; they began to test it, six months before launching their now famed Kickstarter campaign, using the simplest of internet technologies: email.Crucial Tech for an Author: EmailIn 2014, The New York Times had 6.5 million subscribers to its email newsletters.

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

"Basically, how can we identify species and seed sources that are going to lead to better Christmas trees, and how can growers manage their farms to produce better trees," he says.The research Cregg and his colleagues are conducting today will likely influence what type of Christmas tree you buy from your local lot a decade from now.Consider Cregg's cold-hardiness experiments, one of which he's currently performing inside a chest freezer in the basement of MSU's Plant and Soil Sciences Building.

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

But unlike Monday’s textbook touchdown, today’s landing didn’t quite go as planned.The Falcon’s first stage, the largest and most expensive portion of the rocket, was expected to navigate itself back to land after launching the Dragon spacecraft.

Waymo's So-Called Robo-Taxi Launch Reveals a Brutal Truth

Waymo's So-Called Robo-Taxi Launch Reveals a Brutal Truth

“You’ve still got a fully driverless car interacting with the world, all of the other human-driven cars, pedestrians and cyclists and other things that are on the road at the same time.”The drivers are still here.

A New Captain Marvel Trailer Is Coming Tonight

A New Captain Marvel Trailer Is Coming Tonight

In today's installment: Captain Marvel readies for lift-off; Stephen King signs up for HBO; and Marvel breaks new ground.She Is the Captain NowMarvel will debut the next and perhaps final, full trailer for Captain Marvel tonight during ESPN's Monday Night Football game between the San Junipero Jawas and the Trouble City Tribbles (those are actual sports teams, right?) The movie, which stars Brie Larson as the titular good-doer, arrives next year.

What's the Fastest 100 Meter Dash a Human Can Run?

What's the Fastest 100 Meter Dash a Human Can Run?

At current top speeds of around 27 miles per hour, he says elite male sprinters like Usain Bolt put down roughly five times their body weight, in between .085 and 0.09 seconds.Just for fun, I ask Weyand what kind of numbers a sprinter would need to complete the 100 meter dash in 9 seconds, on the nose.

Cosmology Is in Crisis Over How to Measure the Universe

Cosmology Is in Crisis Over How to Measure the Universe

“The other,” says Scolnic, “is that our standard model of cosmology isn’t correct.” In other words, the way humans think about the early years, maturation, and fate of the universe might be wrong somehow.Over the past few years, scientists like Scolnic have investigated those first two hypothetical misunderstandings.

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

DIY Internet Access Gets a Reboot From Grassroots Co-Ops

Area schools are handing out Chromebooks, doctors are exploring tele­medicine, and people no longer need to hoof it to a library for faster connections.In one sense, this is merely a story about how to end the rural-urban digital divide: Don’t rely on big corporations, and instead help locals band together with the kind of government grants or low-cost loans that helped bring electrification in the 1930s.

Thin, Flexible New Solar Cells Could Soon Line Your Shirt

Thin, Flexible New Solar Cells Could Soon Line Your Shirt

These combination or “multi-junction” cells have already hit efficiencies above 40 percent—twice that of a traditional solar panel on the market today.“The most important thing to getting this technology to the market is being very open to unique use cases,” says Paul Meissner, CEO of Silicon Valley-based startup Energy Everywhere, one of a handful of new companies trying to develop perovskite, along with other unproven technologies.

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley's High-Minded Tyranny

Bitcoin is dominated by a small cadre of investors, and “mining” new coins is so expensive and electricity-draining that only large institutions can participate; Facebook’s advertising system is exploited by foreign governments and other malevolent political actors who have had free rein to spread disinformation and discord; and Google’s informal structure allows leaders to believe they can act in secret to dispense with credible accusations of harassment.In Freeman’s unstinting language, this rhetoric of openness “becomes a smokescreen for the strong or the lucky to establish unquestioned hegemony over others.”Because “Tyranny” explains how things work, as opposed to how people say things work, it has become a touchstone for social critics of all stripes.

How Trumpy Bear Divided the World—and Conquered the Internet

How Trumpy Bear Divided the World—and Conquered the Internet

They are meant to: If you’re a Trump supporter, Trumpy Bear—who sports the President’s signature blond coiffure and red tie, and is stuffed with an American flag you can pull out the back of his fuzzy neck—is a hilarious gift that is, as the commercial says, “great for all American holidays.” If you’re not, it’s the sort of stupendously baffling object that makes you wonder what aliens would think if they visited Earth today.

RIP Stan Lee, the Man Who Made Comics Cool

RIP Stan Lee, the Man Who Made Comics Cool

And they appealed to people who felt the same, even before Lee and the other Marvel creators published the first African American heroes, the first Asian-American heroes, and strong, leading-character women in numbers large enough to populate a dozen summer crossovers.As Marvel Comics grew in popularity and sophistication through the 1960s, Lee realized that his stories never had to end.

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work TogetherZach Gibson/Getty ImagesThe arc of innovation has reached an inflection point: technological change now threatens to overwhelm us. And who better than tech-savvy Googlers to steer the Pentagon rightly?Social media is another arena where we need to better align technology and public purpose.

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

In 2016 conservative news blogger Matt Drudge accused the federal government of hyping the threat as Hurricane Matthew approached the U.S. coast, purportedly to play up possible links between extreme weather and climate change.

Hurricane Florence Is 50 Miles Larger, with 50% More Rain, Thanks to Climate Change

Hurricane Florence Is 50 Miles Larger, with 50% More Rain, Thanks to Climate Change

The first effects of the now Category 1 Hurricane Florence are already being felt in the Carolinas, where the storm is expected to make landfall later today, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

LA's Teaming up With Other Cities to Get Cheaper EVs

LA's Teaming up With Other Cities to Get Cheaper EVs

So LA is doing what most people do when the going gets tough: They lean on their friends.Los Angeles announced today it is teamed up with 30 US cities total to collectively work for better deals on electric cars (18 of them have committed to purchases already as 'founding cities'). Maybe you don't want your city to switch over to electric cars.

No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black

No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black

Not that I’m claiming credit, but as the CarbonBrief website has reported, the BBC has now done something similar – setting up a new one-hour course on reporting climate change “… covering the latest science, policy, research, and misconceptions to challenge, giving you confidence to cover the topic accurately and knowledgeably”.

Digital DJs Have New Ways to 'Spin' Their Tracks

Digital DJs Have New Ways to 'Spin' Their Tracks

By twisting, bumping, and tapping those hardware controls, the DJ can add some additional nuance and give the proceedings a human touch that software can't match.The only hang-up with Traktor is that it's almost four years old, and the rapid march of technological innovation—especially in touchsreen mobile apps—has led to similar tools that can out-match some of its key features.Today, Native Instruments is announcing a new version of its mega-popular Traktor suite for digital DJs. Traktor Pro 3 will be available next month, on October 18, for $99.

18 States Sue Government Over New Car Emissions Standards

18 States Sue Government Over New Car Emissions Standards

The suit, which was led by California, seeks to protect standards passed under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama that would raise fuel efficiency to about 50 miles per gallon by 2025. "The states joining today's lawsuit represent 140 million people who simply want cleaner and more efficient cars," California Governor Jerry Brown said.