“When something is free, you tend to use more of it. It’s true for buffets and open bars, and it’s the same with carbon,” says The Atlantic while advocating for a carbon tax to slow global warming. “Today producers and consumers can burn coal and drive gas-guzzlers without fully paying for their contribution to rising carbon dioxide levels. Carbon emissions have a cost, but carbon emitters don’t pay the price. Economists call this a ‘market failure.’ You can call it, ‘a recipe for toasting the planet.’ We normally talk about two ways to price carbon: a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system…Both policies raise the price of carbon in the hopes that producers shift toward cleaner technologies and consumers use less dirty energy.”
Your life’s memories could, in principle, be stored in the universe’s structure.
The volcano’s historic eruption preserved an ancient library, but rendered its content illegible. A public competition aims to change that.
It’s not just fun: DNA origami has the potential to revolutionize engineering at the nanoscopic scale.
The essential element needed for innovation is creative dissonance — and the keys to unlocking it were forged by bankers in Italy.
Consciousness isn’t just a problem for philosophers. On this episode of Dispatches, Kmele sat down with scientists, a mathematician, a spiritual leader, and an entrepreneur, all trying to get to the heart of “the feeling of life itself.”
Walking through the Late Renoirexhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently, I couldn’t help but be struck by the power of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s paintings of his three sons—Pierre, Jean, […]