Amid protest, Hawaii astronomers lose observation time
Aug10

Amid protest, Hawaii astronomers lose observation time

Astronomers across 11 observatories on Hawaii’s tallest mountain have cancelled more than 2,000 hours of telescope viewing over the past four weeks because a protest blocked a road to the summit. The lost research atop Mauna Kea includes work on clouds of gas and dust on the verge of forming stars, and asteroids that might come close or even hit Earth. Mauna Kea is one of the world’s premier sites for studying the skies....

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Q&A: Ex-Googler Harris on how tech ‘downgrades’ humans
Aug10

Q&A: Ex-Googler Harris on how tech ‘downgrades’ humans

Tristan Harris wants to reverse the harmful effects he believes technology has had on all of us. Harris, a former Google design ethicist, first rose to national awareness after a presentation he gave within Google in 2013 spread throughout the industry. In it, he argued that many tech products were designed to be addictive, causing people to spend too much time on them and distracting them from living their lives. He urged designers...

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How these sharks glow neon green
Aug10

How these sharks glow neon green

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — When we look at the seafloor, we might not see the bottom-dwelling sharks that blend in with the rocks and the sand. But to other sharks of the same species, they stand out like green glow sticks. Now scientists know how. In 2014, David Gruber, a marine biologist from the City University of New York, and his team discovered that two species of bottom-dwelling sharks are...

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Climate of fir: German forests struggle with heat
Aug10

Climate of fir: German forests struggle with heat

Germany’s forests — long a source of pride and national identity — are feeling the heat. A second consecutive year of unusually dry and warm weather has left swaths of forest dead or dying, fueling fears that the woods that inspired many a Grimms’ fairytale could be heading for an unhappy end. Officials say droughts, wildfires and hungry beetles destroyed 110,000 hectares (270,000 acres) of forest in Germany in 2018 and...

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