New hope for one of world's most endangered reptiles

The discovery of baby crocodiles in a river in Nepal is raising hopes for the future of the gharial.

By Helen Briggs | Nov. 19, 2019 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: wildlife-conservation conservation crocodiles

MIT Energy Initiative report charts pathways for sustainable personal transportation

Technological innovations, policies, and behavioral changes will all be needed to reach Paris climate agreement targets.

Kathryn Luu | MIT Energy Initiative | Nov. 19, 2019 | mit
~10 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative-mitei sustainability alternative-energy oil-and-gas electric-vehicles infrastructure policy research automobiles autonomous-vehicles cities emissions china energy joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Attenborough: World 'changing habits' on plastic

"I think we're all shifting our behaviour," the BBC broadcaster says as he wins a prestigious award.

By David Shukman | Nov. 19, 2019 | bbcnews
~4 mins   

Tags: environment plastic-pollution david-attenborough plastic

9 ways religion can affect stress about money

Religion can both amplify and ease stress about money matters, research finds.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine anxiety beliefs money religion social-lives stress

Should targeted groups reclaim slurs to neutralize them?

"When a group is seen as taking control of a historically disparaging term, it can indeed neutralize the insulting content of the term,"

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL | Nov. 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture uncategorized languages laws

Brazil's Amazon deforestation highest since 2008, space agency says

The rainforest loses 9,762 sq km in 12 months, an increase of nearly 30%, Brazil's space agency says.

BBC Science News | Nov. 18, 2019 | bbcnews
~1 mins   

Tags: amazon-rainforest brazil jair-bolsonaro

Predicting people's driving personalities

System from MIT CSAIL sizes up drivers as selfish or selfless. Could this help self-driving cars navigate in traffic?

Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL | Nov. 18, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: electrical-engineering-and-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering robotics robots artificial-intelligence automobiles autonomous-vehicles research computer-vision transportation machine-learning behavior computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail

Algorithm may improve brain-controlled prostheses and exoskeletons

An improved method for magnet tracking enables high-speed wireless tracking through various materials.

Stephanie Strom | MIT Media Lab | Nov. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: media-lab bionics magnets algorithms prosthetics research computer-science-and-technology school-of-architecture-and-planning

Climate change could double greenhouse gas emissions from freshwater ecosystems

Every drop of fresh water contains thousands of different organic molecules that have previously gone unnoticed. By measuring the diversity of these molecules and how they interact with the environment around them, research has revealed an invisible world that affects the functioning of freshwater ecosystems and can contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. 

Cambridge University News | Nov. 18, 2019 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-sustainable-earth

Is climate change driving migration from Central America?

You might have seen claims that climate change is driving migration out of Central America. Climate researchers urge caution about that narrative.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Nov. 18, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture climate-change immigration journalism migration refugees

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