Renowned Scientist Stephen Hawking Joins Academic Boycott of Israel
Noted British physicist Stephen Hawking has joined an international academic boycott by refusing to attend a prominent upcoming conference in Israel citing his concern for that nation's treatment of Palestinians and the ongoing occupation of their land.
3 Awesome And Inspiring Inventions From The White House Science Fair
I love that POTUS has invited these scholars here and treating them like NCAA Champs!!!— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 22, 2013 The nation’s premier young brainiacs were honored today at the annual White House Science Fair. Every spring, the White House invites children to show off life-changing innovations that have mostly been constructed in McGyver-like fashion from commercially available materials. Even though I cover this story every year, it’s hard not to be inspired by brilliant young kids motivated to tackle the world’s problems. “Let me just say in my official capacity as president, this stuff is really cool,” said President Obama. We’ve rounded up three awesome and inspiring projects below: 1. A 3D-Printed, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic – 17-year-old Easton LaChappelle has created a mind-controlled prosthetic arm for the low price of $250, thanks to parts cheaply replicated from a 3D printer. In the Vine below, you can see the young lad using a commercial-grade, ...
After Record-Breaking 'Angry Summer' Australia Finally Draws Link to Climate Change
(Image: Australia Climate Commission) Observers in Australia are curious to see if a new climate report released by the government this week can accomplish what activists and scientists have so far been unable to achieve: getting the media to accurately report the connection between the nation's extreme weather and the impact of human-cased global warming.
20,000 Pound Meteor Explodes over Russia, Injuring Hundreds
The dramatic footage captured by a dashboard video camera in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia in the nation's south-central shows what scientists say was a more than 10 ton meteor entering the atmosphere at over 33,000 miles per hour.
Climate Scientists to Obama: Heed the Planet's Warnings, Reject the Tar Sands Pipeline
Some of the nation's leading climate scientists on Tuesday are urging President Obama to show his "climate convictions" and reject the tar sands-carrying Keystone XL pipeline. In an open letter, the 18 scientists, including noted climate scientist James Hansen, Ralph Keeling of Scripps CO2 Program Scripps Institution of Oceanography and James Box of the Byrd Polar Research Center, write that rejecting the pipeline would be a "relatively easy" step to take to address the planet's rising temperature. The letter reads, in part: