Decade-Long Geology Project Rewrites Origins of Earth’s Methane

Turkey’s Mount Chimaera is on fire, and has been for millennia. Dozens of campfire-sized flames burst straight of the mountain’s rocky, sea-facing slope. These eternal flames are fueled by methane, the odorless, colorless substance that provides much of our natural gas for fuel, as well as a potent greenhouse gas. Most methane (a single carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogens) forms from the decay of ancient plants, animals and other life. But the Earth itself can create methane, too. Wh

How Do I Recycle Old Batteries?

There’s an overwhelming sense of guilt that washes over me when I throw something in the trash that probably shouldn’t be there—particularly when it comes to e-waste. Are broken headphones recyclable? What should I do with old laptop chargers? And what do I do with all these dead batteries piling up in my apartment?

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Crew Dragon Test Mishap Could Delay First SpaceX Human Flight

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule experienced an “anomaly” during a rocket test on Saturday that sent smoke high drifting high over its launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Elon Musk and SpaceX have been short on details so far, but unconfirmed video footage shows the spacecraft being destroyed. The same Crew Dragon capsule completed a flawless flight to the International Space Station in March. The event raises concerns that SpaceX may not be able to fly humans to space for the f

How Does the Impossible Burger Look and Taste Like Real Beef?

This is a guest post from Mark R. O'Brien, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. This piece reflects the views of the author. People eat animals that eat plants. If we just eliminate that middle step and eat plants directly, we would diminish our carbon footprint, decrease agricultural land usage, eliminate health risks associated with red meat and alleviate ethical concerns over animal welfare. For many of us, the major hurdle to executing this plan is that meat tastes goo

How to Tell if Your ‘Passive Income’ Is Actually a Second Job

If you’re currently trying to set up a passive income stream—because you’re working towards financial independence, chasing that 4-hour workweek, or simply hoping to earn a little extra cash—you’ve probably figured out that earning passive income takes a lot of work.

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How to Tell if Your ‘Passive Income’ Is Actually a Second Job

If you’re currently trying to set up a passive income stream—because you’re working towards financial independence, chasing that 4-hour workweek, or simply hoping to earn a little extra cash—you’ve probably figured out that earning passive income takes a lot of work.

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Inventions that show why accessible tools matter for scientific discovery

What if everyone had access to powerful tools for scientific learning and problem solving? Scientific discovery tools — from telescopes to magnetometers — help us answer questions and generate knowledge. But many powerful tools are too expensive or too difficult for non-experts to use. Tool Foundry by Luminary Labs Earlier this month, Luminary Labs launched Tool Foundry to advance scientific discovery tools that anyone can use. The initiative is funded by grants from the Gordon and

How to Make Bay Leaf Gin

I didn’t used to believe in bay leaves. Though I felt contractually obligated to put them in all stews, soups, and (most) rice dishes, it wasn’t until I conducted this very important piece of investigative journalism that I began to truly value and cherish them. When I saw the “bay leaf martini” on the cocktail menu…

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How to Green Up Your Budget for Earth Day

When we celebrated Earth Day in elementary school, we learned about the Three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. 

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What’s Coming and Going From Netflix the Week of April 22, 2019

Whatever is going on in the calamitous phantasmagoria known as I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (Tuedsay) is both frightening and intriguing, and it’s the best you’re going to do on Netflix this week. Allegedly, it’s a sketch comedy show brought to you by The Lonely Island, starring Robinson, of Comedy…

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