Many prizes that aim to spur innovation are winner-take-all.
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Society has never faced more pressing challenges. Researchers are investigating how monetary prizes can help focus innovators' attention, creativity and investment on finding solutions.
Extreme wildfires can fuel tornadoes, creating erratic and dangerous conditions for firefighters.
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Persistent heat waves and dry lightning are part of the problem. For firefighters, the erratic behavior gets dangerous quickly.
The hydropower potential at the Grand Inga site on the Congo River, the largest remaining untapped hydropower potential in the world.
A mix of wind, solar photovoltaics, and some natural gas would be more cost-effective than Inga 3 for South Africa and the DRC.
California State University schools have ruled out in-person classes for this fall.
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Opening colleges and universities for in-person instruction this fall could be risky, but so could going online. A higher education funding expert explains why.
Koloni kecil kalelawar bertelinga besar di Lava Beds National Monument, Calif.
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Kalelawar lebih berperan dalam membantu penyerbukan tanaman dan memakan hama serangga dibandingkan untuk menyebarkan berbagai virus - yang sebenarnya terjadi karena ulah manusia sendiri.
A small colony of Townsend’s big eared bats at Lava Beds National Monument, Calif.
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The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.
There are two histories of dagga in South Africa - the one of criminalising it and the other of the state trying to make money off it.
Fires that affect populated areas raise different safety and public health issues than wildfires.
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Two fire researchers argue that recent fires in Northern and Southern California show why health and social equity need to be part of fire preparedness.
For centuries, people thought nothing of crowding family members or friends into the same bed.
Today's beds are thought of as bastions of privacy. But not long ago, they were the perches from which kings ruled and places where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers.
Manifestation à Montréal, en mars 2019, pour la sauvegarde de l'environnement.
La majorité des Canadiens, tant dans les circonscriptions conservatrices que libérales, s'entendent pour dire que les changements climatiques constituent une menace majeure.
According to new research, the majority of Canadians in all but three ridings across the country believe their province has already felt the effects of climate change.
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Climate change could take centre stage during Canada's federal election.
An Atlantic cod on ice. Cod fisheries in the North Sea and Irish Sea are declining due to overfishing and climate change.
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As the oceans warm, fish are moving to stay in temperature zones where they have evolved to live. This is helping some species, hurting others and causing a net reduction in potential catch.
In this April 2019 photo, migrants planning to join a caravan of several hundred people hoping to reach the United States wait at the bus station in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
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Canada is playing a role in the life-and-death struggle for migrant justice in the United States -- from our foreign economic policies to the actions of our mining companies and domestic asylum laws.
Micha Berry of the city of Fresno, Calif., which relies heavily on groundwater for its drinking water supply, repairs a groundwater well pump in 2013.
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Millions of Americans rely on groundwater for their lives and livelihoods, but regulation is piecemeal. A new study maps groundwater wells nationwide and finds that they are drilling steadily deeper.
Honduran migrant Vicky Chavez with her daughter Issabella on May 31, 2018 in the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, where she sought protection from deportation in late 2017.
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The number of migrants living in churches has spiked recently in anticipation of threatened immigration raids, but churches have long protected refugees in an act of faith-based civil disobedience.
Does this look messy to you?
Dirt blindness is used by some to excuse men for spending a third as much time as women cleaning. A new study shows it's a myth.
Researchers have ideas how to probe consciousness in another.
The only consciousness you can ever be certain about is your own. But there are different types of clues that could hint at what's happening within another entity.
A marcher waves a flag during the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2019.
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According to the General Social Survey, the percentage of men and women who identify as gay or lesbian has held firm. But the share of women who say they're bisexual has skyrocketed.
Les utilisateurs de Facebook sont vistimes d'un biais cognitif.
Tout en étant conscients des problèmes que pose Facebook, la plupart des gens sont persuadés qu’ils sont protégés de ses effets pervers, contrairement aux autres. Pourquoi ?
I’m safe, but you should be more careful online.
People know about Facebook's problems, but assume they are largely immune – even while they imagine that everyone else is very susceptible to influence.