We’ve turned the oil industry into an ideological war zone—and that is why both sides are losing… Read the rest
It’s not your imagination. From Harvey to Irma to Jose to Maria, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season “has been an overachiever by almost every index.”… Read the rest
Crosswind landings follow the same concepts as a classic physics problem.… Read the rest
Czot in Kashmir
It was my first time on a houseboat and my first trip to Kashmir. Standing on the deck of the boat, I was excited to start working on my first film when Ajaz, the owner of the houseboat, brought me a cup of tea. It was the first time I tasted Kashmiri nun chai. We Indians love our chai with milk, sugar, and, at times, I add a dash of cardamom seeds to make a Mumbai-style masala chai, but nun chai wasn’t like any other tea I’ve had. It was pink, and salty. (It’s usually served with milk, but I had it without.) I took a reluctant sip and was surprised to enjoy the unusual flavor. Over the three months we spent … Read the rest
If every city with more than 100,000 people stepped up, they could account for 40 percent of the Paris accord’s emissions cuts.… Read the rest
Inventions in one discipline can build on—and spur—basic research in many others, often unwittingly. Photograph by Adam Baker / Flickr
When Thomas Steitz, Ada Yonath, and Venkatraman Ramakirshnan were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research, in 2009, they acknowledged a debt. Without the work of two of the Physics Laureates that year, the chemists would have lacked the CCD detectors, or high-quality imaging hardware, they used to model and image ribosomes, sites of protein synthesis within a cell. “We almost felt like we had to thank them for making our prize possible,” said Ramakirshnan.
Collaboration in science has become commonplace today, and we’re seeing the benefits. But many of its fruits are unintended. As Ramakirshnan points out, inventions in one discipline can … Read the rest
I remember vividly the disturbing stories Sébastien Van Malleghem told me the last time we spoke, in 2015. He was getting ready to publish Prisons, his long-term photography project about the incarceration system in Belgium, and though his images were just as haunting as his words, there was also an unsettling, cinematographic beauty to them. They were unforgettable. After our hour-long interview, I still wondered how he had managed to make hell on earth look so good.
His distinctive aesthetic is as present as ever in his new book, Nordic Noir, for which he’s currently raising funds. The claustrophobic prison cells have given way to expansive Scandinavian landscapes, yet their beauty is still marked by a sense of foreboding.
“Doing this work
Early this year, a British tabloid ran a hyperbolic article on climate change, claiming that world leaders had been “duped” by climate data that had been manipulated. It wasn’t unusual for the outlet or the article’s author to make badly misleading claims about climate research, and our own investigation into the underlying disagreement showed that the piece actually boiled down to a dispute about how best to archive data. These sorts of misrepresentations happen dozens of times a year.
But something unusual did eventually happen as a response to the article in the Mail on Sunday: a UK press watchdog determined that the article breached the Editor’s Code of Conduct. Mail on Sunday was subsequently ordered to prominently display the inaccuracies… Read the rest
We know. Global warming is daunting. So here’s a place to start: 17 often-asked questions with some straightforward answers.… Read the rest
The Caribbean islands scrambled to prepare for another big storm, Hurricane Maria, which was barreling through only days after Irma killed more than two dozen.… Read the rest
Using virtual exposure therapy and magnetic brain stimulation, researchers successfully treated people’s fear of heights.… Read the rest