Most people are aware that reducing carbon emissions could help the planet. But convincing a particular individual to change his or her behavior in ways that emit less carbon—not to mention the behavior of an entire city—can be a monumental challenge.David Gershon, founder of the Empowerment Institute in Woodstock, N.Y., is taking on that challenge, with help from three urban managers who hope their cities can become models for the future.Gershon, who authored the 2006 book and program Low Carbon Diet, has spent 20 years researching how to change community behavior.
Yesterday my father-in-law asked me to buy him $100 in lottery tickets. He is ordinarily the kind of guy who would cite the quip "the lottery is a tax on people who can't do math," but these are not ordinary times.
Trepinated skull of Phineas Gage Our current understanding of how the brain works often borrows from observations of the anomalous patient. The iron rod that penetrated Phineas Gage’s head made the once emotionally balanced railroad foreman impulsive and profane.
Researchers discover the genetic secret behind van Gogh's famous sunflowers
Even as Iran’s nuclear program raises the likelihood of yet another conflict in the Middle East, the bigger threat is a potential food crisis in the making, says Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute.
F-1 engines (red cones) on the Apollo 8 first stage. Credit: NASA Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com CEO and one of the richest people in the world, has an abiding interest in the future of space exploration.
Image courtesy of iStockphoto/BrianAJackson More than half a million people died from cancer in the U.S. in 2011. We have many astounding advances in medicine to thank for that number not being higher.
Image courtesy of iStockphoto/ookpiks About 800 million people worldwide do not get enough food to eat, while about 1.5 billion are overweight. As the global population expands by an additional 2 billion people by 2050 and climate change alters traditional agricultural areas, scientists and policy makers are racing to figure out how to address both problems.
James Cameron, who proclaimed himself the "king of the world" upon winning three Oscars for his 1997 film Titanic , can now proclaim himself king of the underworld as well.
Replica of one of the Peking Man fossils. Image: Yan Li, via Wikimedia Commons In the 1930s archaeologists working at the site of Zhoukoudian near Beijing recovered an incredible trove of partial skulls and other bones representing some 40 individuals that would eventually be assigned to the early human species Homo erectus .
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