Free Will Is Only an Illusion if You Are, Too

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January 20, 2023


Free Will Is Only an Illusion if You Are, Too

New research findings, combined with philosophy, suggest free will is real but may not operate in the ways people expect

By Alessandra Buccella,Tomáš Dominik


An Old TB Vaccine Might Help Stave Off Diabetes, Cancer Alzheimer's, and More 

The BCG vaccine might assist in preventing a range of major diseases

By Viviane Callier

Artificial Intelligence

Research Summaries Written by AI Fool Scientists

Scientists cannot always differentiate between research abstracts generated by the AI ChatGPT and those written by humans

By Holly Else,Nature magazine

Black Holes

Colliding Supermassive Black Holes Discovered in Nearby Galaxy

These merging supermassive black holes are among the closest ever observed and could help unlock deeper secrets of cosmic history

By Allison Parshall

Climate Change

Exxon's Own Models Predicted Global Warming--It Ignored Them

Scientists working for the oil giant Exxon in the 1970s and 1980s estimated temperature increases with remarkable accuracy. Those findings could now be used as evidence in climate litigation

By Chelsea Harvey,Lesley Clark,Benjamin Storrow,E&E News

Artificial Intelligence

What an Endless Conversation with Werner Herzog Can Teach Us about AI

An AI-generated conversation between Werner Herzog and Slavoj Žižek is definitely entertaining, but it also illustrates the crisis of misinformation beginning to befall us

By Giacomo Miceli

Public Health

The Health Risks of Gas Stoves Explained

Gas stoves produce emissions that can harm human health and the environment. Experts answer questions about the dangers and how to limit them

By Tanya Lewis


Gene Drives Could Fight Malaria and Other Global Killers but Might Have Unintended Consequences

A new technology could wipe out whole species. Is it a magic bullet or a genetic atom bomb?

By Matthew Cobb


Dads Have Been Older than Moms since the Dawn of Humanity, Study Suggests

Using modern human DNA to estimate when new generations were born over 250,000 years, scientists suggest that fathers have been having children later in life than mothers throughout human history

By Freda Kreier,Nature magazine

Materials Science

Ancient Roman Concrete Has 'Self-Healing' Capabilities

Mineral deposits called “lime clasts” found in ancient Roman concrete give the material self-healing capabilities that could help engineers develop more resilient modern concrete and reduce its associated emissions

By Daniel Cusick,E&E News


Lasers Reveal Massive, 650-Square-Mile Maya Site Hidden beneath Guatemalan Rain Forest

A sprawling Maya site has been discovered beneath a Guatemalan rain forest

By Jennifer Nalewicki,LiveScience

Fossil Fuels

Why Capturing Methane Is So Difficult

Oil and gas facilities will soon be charged for releasing methane, but technologies to capture the potent greenhouse gas are still relatively new and untested

By Camille Bond,E&E News


Scientists Fire Lasers at the Sky to Control Lightning

Laser beams could be used to deflect lightning strikes from vulnerable places such as airports and wind farms

By Allison Parshall
Build a Cardboard Scissor Lift

A scissor lift uses an accordionlike motion to contract and stretch out, allowing it to both fold compactly and extend much beyond its original length. Credit: George Retseck 

Have you ever wanted to reach something way up high on a shelf? Or have you ever watched construction workers who need to reach up a tall utility pole? A scissor lift is a device that can extend to a great length but also fold up very compactly. In this project you will build your own scissor lift from common household materials!

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