Tagged * Discover Magazine™

On GMOs, Cultural Brokers, and Sticky Narratives

A Zurich-based think tank asks: “Who is influencing the way we think today? Whose ideas are determining ours?” To answer that question, it teamed up with an MIT researcher to rank the world’s top 100 thought leaders of 2014. The Oxford dictionary defines a thought leader as someone “whose views Read Full Article Here For…

Artists Make Pottery Out of Your Smartphone’s Toxic Waste

For most of us, our smartphone’s “life” began the second we walked out of a sleek electronics store and ripped the new device out of its packaging. But if you really trace your phone back to its birthplace, you’ll probably end up in a toxic, radioactive lake in Inner Mongolia. We Read Full Article Here…

We want your germs! For Citizen Science!

Microbes are germs and they are everywhere! Most are good for you. Some are not. Learning more about microbes (where they live, how they behave) can teach us more about their influence on diseases, cures, and our entire ecosystem. Here are five microbial citizen science projects you can do now. Cheers! The SciStarter Team American…

Drone Flies Using a Digital Honeybee Brain

Inside the Green Brain Project’s labs in the United Kingdom, drones buzz up and down the halls without the need for pilots. Instead they navigate using an “artificial bee brain” that’s been uploaded into their circuitry. It’s all part of Green Brain’s long-term goal of building a robot that thinks, senses Read Full Article Here…

Odds of El Niño Continuing Through Summer Upped to 70%

In its monthly update, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center today said the odds of El Niño continuing into Northern Hemisphere summer have increased to 70 percent. This is up from 50 to 60 percent last month. According to the report: By the end of March 2015, weak El Niño conditions were reflected by Read Full…

Surveillance By Drone Could Help Stop Illegal Poaching

Every year, poaching claims the lives of roughly 40,000 elephants and 1,200 rhinos, and that number is expected to increase as demand for ivory continues to grow. But in places where drones and humans work in unison, the death toll is drastically reduced. That’s the thinking behind Air Shepherd, an initiative Read Full Article Here…

Fluorescent Dye for Tumors Is Now Being Tested in People

Venom from one the world’s most dangerous species, the Israeli deathstalker scorpion, could someday save cancer patients’ lives. A cancer-detecting molecule found in the venom, when paired with a glowing dye, is providing scientists a new way to see tumors during surgery. The experimental product, called Tumor Paint, could someday help Read Full Article Here…

How to Engage with Popular Messengers who Exploit Fears?

If you are late to the Food Babe phenomenon, by which I mean the rise of a food activist named Vani Hari, there are no shortage of recent media articles exploring her fame. The Atlantic profile is among the best, because it is not judgmental and it gives voice to Read Full Article Here For…

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