In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In fact, China’s push to continue cleaning up its air in the future could warm the entire northern hemisphere by 0.1 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, making it even tougher to keep the Earth’s temperature below the 1.5 Celsius degree (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warming limit that scientists say is necessary to avoid severe weather disruptions, increased rainfall, sea level rise, droughts, and other disastrous climate change effects by the year 2100.

Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?

Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?

Now a group of HIV researchers, impatient with the delay, has proposed taking one of those plans, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, as the basis of a comprehensive Covid-19 response, one that would define what it means to beat back this disease, and set out the steps to get there.

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

And back in March, a paper by an international team of scientists suggested that astronauts setting up a base on the moon could use the urea in their urine as a plasticizer to create a concrete-like building material out of lunar soil.

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

First, there are Mother and Father, two androids dispatched by their creator to raise human children to be pacifist atheists after religious wars destroyed Earth.Campion, a boy raised by Mother and Father on Kepler-22b on a vegan mono diet of tubers (scurvy who?

Now’s the Perfect Time to Switch to a Cheaper Phone Plan

Now’s the Perfect Time to Switch to a Cheaper Phone Plan

Our favorite Mint Mobile plans are $25 per month for 3 GB and $40 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data.For an unlimited plan, it's affordable at $40 per month for one line, including taxes and fees, and it comes with unlimited talk, text, and LTE data with no speed cap.

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

Scientists Found Phosphine on Venus—A Possible Hint of Life

But some scientists think phosphine—a humble pyramid of three hydrogen atoms bonded to a phosphorus—may be a useful biosignature: a sign, if you see it on a solid-surface terrestrial planet, that life might live there.

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The First Dune Trailer Makes Some Epic Promises

The first trailer for Dune begins much like the book on which it’s based: with Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) revealing he has dreams that often come true.Where Jodorowsky would’ve made an hours-long film to work in all of Herbert’s detail, Villeneuve is splitting the book into two movies.

Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

Could a Tree Help Find a Decaying Corpse Nearby?

But next year, they plan to take soil exposed to decomposing human bodies and apply it to plants in a greenhouse to see whether it changes the appearance of their leaves.

Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant

Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant

“There’s a lot of uncertainty in the whole field as to whether [Neuralink] is ever going to be successful,” says Sid Kouider, a former neuroscientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who has since started his own neural interface startup, NextMind.

This Cobalt-Free Battery Is Good for the Planet—and It Actually Works

This Cobalt-Free Battery Is Good for the Planet—and It Actually Works

Although the team is not the first to develop a cobalt-free or high-nickel cathode, Manthiram says it’s the first one that doesn’t also have major performance drawbacks like short battery life and low energy density.

What's the Best Unlimited Data Plan?

What's the Best Unlimited Data Plan?

Essentials is the best choice for most people with big families, but the Magenta and Magenta Plus plans are also great value if you are connecting only a few lines and you use features like tethering with a hot spot, you watch videos on the go, or if you travel abroad a lot.

Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won’t Fix Climate Change

Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won’t Fix Climate Change

Writing today in the journal Nature Climate Change, an international team of scientists calculates that the coronavirus lockdown may only cool the planet by about 0.01 degree Celsius by the year 2030.

Why Are Plants Green? The Answer Might Work on Any Planet

Why Are Plants Green? The Answer Might Work on Any Planet

Nathaniel Gabor, a physicist at the University of California, Riverside, and his colleagues have developed a model for light collection in photosynthetic organisms that optimizes the reduction of “noise” over efficiency.

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

How to Watch NASA Launch Its New Perseverance Mars Rover

The skycrane is outfitted with eight small engines that start firing when the rover is about half a mile up to rapidly slow its fall to just a few miles per hour.“These particular engines are actually a derivative of the original engines developed for Viking landers in the early ’70s, but we've made very significant upgrades,” says Fred Wilson, a propulsion expert at Aerojet Rocketdyne, the company that made the propulsion system for the Perseverance landing system.

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

Perseverance is only the second Mars rover to use nuclear power as its main source of electrical energy.Starting with Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012, NASA engineers switched to nuclear power as the rover’s main source of energy.

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

“I see it as kind of a Wright brothers moment on another planet,” says Bob Balaram, the chief engineer for the Mars helicopter project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A Hidden Risk for Domestic Violence Victims: Family Phone Plans

A Hidden Risk for Domestic Violence Victims: Family Phone Plans

Researchers at St. Vincent’s lab provide free technology assistance to survivors in New York City in partnership with the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, many of whom are struggling with the privacy implications of being on a shared family plan.

Sick of 'Animal Crossing'? Try 'Ooblets'

Sick of 'Animal Crossing'? Try 'Ooblets'

Ooblets’ world is a welcome one, where the player is free to farm, amass tiny Ooblet creatures, accomplish silly quests and drink beanjuice.The Pokémon-like creatures range in concept from “grumpy beetle” to “small yeti” and “long-legged mushroom.” They trail behind your character and fight, too—in dance battles.

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

When she’s not hunting for ancient life on other planets, Bosak studies the earliest life on our own, a process she says is analogous to what Perseverance will be doing on Mars.

The Epic Siberian Journey to Solve a Mass Extinction Mystery

The Epic Siberian Journey to Solve a Mass Extinction Mystery

“I really wanted to find this place that was rumored where there were a lot of rocks that result from explosive volcanic eruptions,” Elkins-Tanton says, “because that's the only way that we know of that you can effectively drive chemicals into the upper atmosphere where they'll get spun around the whole planet.” She was closing in on the geological signals of apocalyptic climate change.

Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass

Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass

By taking local infection dynamics into account, the roller derby guidelines could end up serving as a template for how other leagues—including those for recreational, youth, and high school sports—could safely come back.“The plan came out of the need to create something that just didn’t exist,” says Erica Vanstone, the executive director of the WFTDA, which oversees more than 450 roller derby leagues across the globe.

The 12 Best 4th of July Deals on Outdoor Gear

The 12 Best 4th of July Deals on Outdoor Gear

Timbuk2 Portola Pannier Bag for $70 ($29 off): Carrying everything on your back while biking can leave you a sweaty mess in hot weather.Bontrager Circuit Cycling Gloves for $32 ($8 off): People who bike a lot tend to develop blisters, and padded, ergonomically-shaped handlebars can only go so far.

New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New measurements from the ocean under the centre of the Ross Ice Shelf have significantly improved our understanding of the complex processes that drive melting in Antarctica.

How to Suspend Your Phone Service to Save Money

How to Suspend Your Phone Service to Save Money

In the My Verizon app, the one you use to check and pay your monthly bill, head to Devices > Manage > Controls > Suspend Device > Vacation or other reason, and choose Reduced Rate.

A Super Sensitive Dark-Matter Search Yields Strange Results

A Super Sensitive Dark-Matter Search Yields Strange Results

More mundanely, the signal could come from contamination inside the experiment.“Despite being excited about this excess, we should be very patient,” said Luca Grandi, a physicist at the University of Chicago and one of the leaders of the 163-person experiment, which is called XENON1T.

How to Take Photos at Protests Safely—and Responsibly

How to Take Photos at Protests Safely—and Responsibly

If you’re going to head out to protest these and other injustices, and take photos while you do so—as is your First Amendment right—there are some things you should keep in mind.

The New Tenet Trailer Dropped in Fortnite

The New Tenet Trailer Dropped in Fortnite

In this special Memorial Day edition, we have a new Tenet trailer, Tyler Perry's "Camp Quarantine" (no, that's not a new TV show), and some good news.John Krasinski’s Some Good News Is Going to ViacomCBS.

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

You can see the windy bands of Jupiter, as well as the series of white storms also called the “String of Pearls.”Photograph: Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSThis is the view from only 11,000 miles above the surface.

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini's Curtain Call

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteLooking down from a great height of one million miles, this view of Saturn’s north pole reveals its hexagon-shaped storm and different windy bands.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteIn this deep dive, Cassini provided a breathtaking view from below Saturn’s rings.

The US Will Help a Taiwan Firm Build a Chip Plant in Arizona

The US Will Help a Taiwan Firm Build a Chip Plant in Arizona

In a one-two punch aimed at China’s rising technological prowess, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s leading contract manufacturer of chips, said it would build a manufacturing plant in the US and the White House announced new rules to block Huawei ’s access to such cutting-edge components.