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Earth Could Break Through a Major Climate Threshold in the Next 15 Years, Scientists Warn


A new report points to alarming possibilities about hazards triggered by climate change that could become reality in the near future.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE
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Watch Truthdig’s Coast-to-Coast Coverage of the March for Science Protests (Videos)

On Saturday, Truthdig correspondents Haley Winters and Clara Romeo joined thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, who turned out to send a message about climate change to President Trump.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Why I Will March for Science on Saturday


As the White House and Congress take their budget knives to science funding, most of the leading U.S. scientific institutions are urging their members to hit the streets.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

Global Warming Threatens the World’s Mountains


Climate change is fundamentally altering mountains across the world, making ecosystems more vulnerable as tree lines migrate up slopes.

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Donald Trump Issues Media Blackout at Multiple Federal Agencies


The moves come amid growing concern that Trump and his appointees will suppress scientific innovation and research to advance their own ideological agenda.

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Nuclear Experts Warn Trump: Do Not Torpedo Iran Accord


Dozens of top scientists say the agreement has led to greater nonproliferation in the region.

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Southern Spain Will Become a Desert if the Mediterranean Gets Hotter


Should temperatures in the region continue to rise, the dunes of the Sahara will march northward.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE

Watch: White House Hosts Panel With Jeremy Irons and Mathematicians on Math and the Movies

The star of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and representatives from the government and academia discuss the role of storytelling, cinema and media in disseminating science and mathematics.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S. Public Schools Should Revive Stagnant Humanities and Arts Education


The best remedy against cynicism in young students is a curriculum that teaches contemporary events while establishing parallels with history.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE

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The Gene: An Intimate History


The gene has been called “one of the most dangerous ideas in history.” What we believe about genes is much of what we believe about ourselves and our fellow men and women. Those beliefs can amplify our humanity or demean it; they can be the basis for liberation or for the Holocaust.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE

John Oliver: Science à La Carte Is Dangerous—You Can’t Just Cherry Pick Studies (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host explains how media reports of incomplete or out-of-context scientific studies have led to climate change denial and the belief that vaccines cause autism.

Posted on May 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Inside Chernobyl: A Legacy of Ruin


Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union. On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, he recounts his experience in a Los Angeles Times column first published on April 9, 1987.

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More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity


A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE

How Cuba Is Achieving Food Security Without Destroying Its Environment


The Cuban model—developed in a time of crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union—is seen as offering potential solutions to many countries in the world.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

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VIDEO: Bill Nye Uses Science to Explain Why Anti-Choicers Have No Idea What They’re Talking About

In a fantastic video for the online forum Big Think, the famous “science guy” spells out the reasons he thinks “when it comes to women’s rights with respect to their reproduction, I think you should leave it to women.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: NASA Finds Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars

In a major announcement, scientists suggest that flowing water exists on Mars—a discovery they say has exciting implications for the future search for life on the Red Planet.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Fitbits for Bosses: The Future of Workplace Surveillance


If the thought of hidden cameras in the office and employee activity-monitoring software weren’t dystopian enough, digital Big Brother is now expanding into the world of workplace biosurveillance.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

If You Made Your Bed, Don’t Lie in It


There’s a scientific reason you should ignore what your mom taught you and leave your bed unmade every day; a writer ponders whether newly minted Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn can undo what Tony Blair did to the party; meanwhile, a black woman says she was detained in a mental hospital for over a week because cops didn’t believe her BMW belonged to her. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

When Robots Run the Show


In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

U.K.’s Leading Scientists Urge Immediate Climate Action


The pre-eminent institutions in British science and engineering—some with long records of promoting fossil fuels—say the U.K. should lead the way to a zero carbon world.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Quantum Leap Taken in Measuring Greenhouse Effect


A new technique for analyzing satellite data will allow scientists to predict more accurately how much the Earth will warm as a result of carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

Mandatory Vaccination Bill for Public Schools Passes California Assembly


The state of California has approved one of the toughest vaccination laws in the United States.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

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Why We Need to Praise Whistleblower Jeremy Hammond, Too


Jeremy Hammond’s hacktivism is overlooked by the media, but his actions have some calling him “the original Snowden”; Canada is threatening to come down hard on activists calling for a boycott of Israeli products; and it seems bees are far more complex creatures than most of us may think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Galileo’s Middle Finger


As is true of any human endeavor, the pursuit of science cannot be entirely objective — ideology and economics inevitably play roles.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE

The Average American Has No Idea Just How Extreme Income Inequality Truly Is


Most of us suspect the rich have a great deal going for them, but it may be even more obscene than we imagine; it may be unwise for the gay-rights movement to focus too much attention on the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act; scientists have figured out which neurons signal pain and itching. These news items and more.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Are Developing Wine That Won’t Give You a Hangover


Sure, researchers could be using their brainpower to solve other medical puzzles, but preventing hangovers is a worthy cause if ever there was one.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

Mysterious ‘Sleeping Disease’ Perplexes Scientists and Doctors


Residents of a village in Kazakhstan are being relocated because of a mysterious illness that has been causing people’s brains to “switch off” and go into comas.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

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Posted on Mar 13, 2015 ENLARGE

Science in an Age of Opinion


In the media at large, the validity of vaccines, global warming and other scientific findings are being overturned without giving thought to the politics of the sources or the bias of the audience.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

Don’t Believe in Evolution, Climate Change or Vaccines? You’re Not Fit to Be President


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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who may run for the presidency, refused Wednesday to answer the direct questions “Are you comfortable with the idea of evolution? Do you believe in it?”

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE

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Penn & Teller Use Bowling Pins to Show Why You Should Vaccinate Your Kids

“Even if vaccination did cause autism, which it fucking doesn’t,” shouts Penn Jillette, the more verbal half of the entertainment duo Penn & Teller, “anti-vaccination would still be bullshit.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Feb 9, 2015 ENLARGE

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Posted on Feb 9, 2015 ENLARGE

Watch Matter Move to Music

Nigel John Stanford is a New Zealand-based musician who uses sound to help create visual images.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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How Do You Tell Your Girlfriend You’re Moving to Another Planet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dianne McGrath isn’t waiting for NASA to take her to Mars, Deon Taylor addresses the difficulties of a black director researching white supremacy, and Martin Luther King and Helen Caldicott join us, courtesy of the Pacific Archives and Brian DeShazer.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

How Do You Tell Your Girlfriend You’re Moving to Another Planet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dianne McGrath isn’t waiting for NASA to take her to Mars, Deon Taylor addresses the difficulties of a black director researching white supremacy, and Martin Luther King and Helen Caldicott join us, courtesy of the Pacific Archives and Brian DeShazer.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE

Stop Flipping Out Because Old People Have Sex


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For years now we’ve heard about randy grandparents getting nasty in the old folks home. Yet studies of septuagenarian sex continue to make the news as if it’s weird, shocking or gross.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Nerds, Rejoice: Obama Promises to Send Astronauts to Mars ... to Stay


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What is it about men in the twilight of their presidencies that has them reaching to the stars?

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

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