New study: Humans reached America 100,000 years earlier than we thought

New research published online this week in the journal is claiming that the first humans found their way to the Americas far earlier than previously believed –  more than 100,000 years earlier, to be precise – but not everyone seems to be on board with the study’s findings. In the stud...

Facebook is building a brain-computer interface to let you type with your mind

Facebook on Wednesday unveiled a project in development at a secretive R&D division headed up by a former Pentagon research chief: a brain-computer interface that could purportedly enable people to type with their thoughts – at speeds far exceeding traditional input methods. Accordi...

Newly-discovered ice planet is ‘much colder than Hoth’

Researchers have discovered a new planet that has about the same mass as Earth and orbits its star at about the same distance separating our home planet from its sun – but that doesn’t mean that the conditions are suitable for life, as the planet is far too cold to be habitable. In fact...

Trump is trying to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Here's why scientists are worried

Sunset at Bears Ears National Monument. Bob Wick/BLM Trump is trying to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Here’s why scientists are worried President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday calling on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to re...

Trump is trying to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Here's why scientists are worried

Sunset at Bears Ears National Monument. Bob Wick/BLM Trump is trying to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Here’s why scientists are worried President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday calling on the Department of the Interior (DOI) to re...

Will the March for Science wither away like the Women’s March?

Activist Margaret Breslau protests at a minimum wage rally in Richmond. Margaret Breslau Will the March for Science wither away like the Women’s March? Margaret Breslau is no stranger to political action—and she knows that sustaining momentum is vital. The organizer...

At a political boot camp for scientists, enthusiasm and anxiety

One marcher at the March for Science in Washington, D.C., shows his support for scientists running for Congress. Ryan Cross At a political boot camp for scientists, enthusiasm and anxiety Self-promotion, pithy sound bites, and political advocacy aren’t always the tr...

Stop beating your head against the paywall

aikido/iStockphoto Stop beating your head against the paywall I don’t remember exactly where I was when I encountered my first paywall, but I remember how I felt. The year was 1999, digitized journal archives were new, and the world was shaping up to be a boundless c...

This brick-laying robot could put thousands of people out of a job

A construction robot capable of laying bricks five-times faster than a human worker is reportedly coming to the UK within the next few months, and the news has reignited the debate over the use of technology to replace employees on the worksite, according to recent published reports. Kn...

The White House Wants Scientists to Explore Geoengineering

With the executive branch about to be handed off to climate deniers and oil tycoons, the outgoing administration is urging scientists to explore any and all options for combating the threat of climate change—including engineering the atmosphere to stop it. Geoengineering, or hacking the...
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