Top 5 Geoengineering Ideas

Geoengineering may sound like a bad action movie plot, but now scientists from the U.K. have published the first comprehensive assessment of this controversial climate change solution.

For a long time, geoengineering sounded like a bad Hollywood action movie plot. In a rush to save the planet from global warming destruction, our sweaty-browed heroes take drastic measures. They launch giant mirrors into space! They create fake volcanoes! They build massive carbon-eating machines! Such plans used to be easy to ignore, and it didn't help that many started to emerge in the late 1970s. In 2006, however, geoengineering began to shed its freak show reputation. Nobel Prize-winning chemist and ozone layer protector Paul Crutzen published a scientific editorial on the subject in the journal Climatic Change.

A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"

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  • A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
  • It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
  • Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
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We are heading for a New Cretaceous, not for a new normal

The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.

Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA
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A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.

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New study reveals what time we burn the most calories

Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.

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  • Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
  • While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
  • Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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