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We Broke the Atmosphere; Here's a Way We Can Start to Fix It

We Broke the Atmosphere; Here’s a Way We Can Start to Fix It

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere blew past 415 parts per million last week. The last time levels were this high, two or three million years ago, the oceans rose...
Creative Types Reserve a Special Corner of the Brain for Dreaming Big

Creative Types Reserve a Special Corner of the Brain for Dreaming Big

Five-year-olds invent imaginary friends, teenagers visualize what an amorous crush would be like, and adults plan for job achievements, buying a house or traveling the world. Imagination is a...
Beautiful Math

Beautiful Math

Stephen Ornes has always found mathematics attractive. The journalist has written articles about the discipline, but lately he has focused on the startling visual attractions created by artists who...
A World Run with Code

A World Run with Code

This is an edited transcript of a recent talk I gave at a blockchain conference, where I said I'd talk about "What will the world be like when computational...
What Prevents Pluto's Ocean from Freezing?

What Prevents Pluto’s Ocean from Freezing

Buried oceans like the one thought to slosh beneath the icy surface of the dwarf planet Pluto may be incredibly common across the cosmos.A gassy insulating layer probably keeps...
Turn Methane into CO2 to Reduce Warming, Experts Propose

Turn Methane into CO2 to Reduce Warming, Experts Propose

Most plans to tackle climate change revolve around cutting down on carbon dioxide, usually by reducing human emissions.But an unconventional new idea could actually slow the progress of global...
Why Do Some Green Activists Eat Meat?

Why Do Some Green Activists Eat Meat

It was clear in 2015 that the Paris Agreement on climate change needed a rulebook to help countries meet their obligations under the accord. When diplomats crowded Katowice, Poland,...
A Solution for Loneliness

A Solution for Loneliness

I was riding a bus recently and noticed an older man sitting outside a coffee shop on a busy sidewalk. He had set up a chessboard on the table...
How Wild Should We Let the Solar System Be?

How Wild Should We Let the Solar System Be

Space, as Douglas Adams so aptly put it, is big. Compared with the confines of our own planet, the solar system's expanse is absurdly huge. The idea that we...
The Polycystic Sisterhood

The Polycystic Sisterhood

Ask anyone in a sorority and they will tell you that sisterhood is priceless. I'm not in a sorority, but I am not a stranger to the concept. I...

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