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Los Angeles County is "Seeding" Clouds to Produce More Rain

Drought-stricken Los Angeles County fired silver iodide into clouds during this winter's El Niño as part of a process designed to elicit up to 15% more rainfall. This form of weather-manipulation is called cloud-seeding.

The surprisingly bitter controversy over American highway fonts

The Federal Highway Administration has rescinded its approval for the use of an alternative roadside typeface called Clearview, once again making the 70-year-old Highway Gothic typeface the single standard for directional signage.

Norway's Latest Green Initiative: $1 Billion Bicycle Superhighways

Norway announced plans this week to construct a system of cycleways safely connecting nine of its biggest cities to outer suburbs. The project is estimated to cost just under $1 billion and is part of a broader transportation initiative to be completed by 2030.

Want to Teach the Difference Between Correlation and Causality? Use Heavy Metal.

All teachers should strive to instill in their students the ability to think rationally and clearly communicate their conclusions. One educator has recommended using heavy metal as a focal topic in teaching sound thinking. 

Lightweight and Electric Bikes Could Be Coming to Your Local Bikeshare System

New bikes could be on their way to your local bikeshare system. PBSC Urban Solutions, the largest supplier of bicycles and stations in North America, has unleashed a pair of brand-new models designed to give riders a broader choice of how they use the system.

Immaculate Construction: The Abandoned Church That Became a Skatepark

A Spanish collective has transformed an old abandoned church into La Iglesia Skate: a modern skatepark and cultural center, complete with a brand-new paint job by renowned interior artist Okuda San Miguel.

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates Strike Very Different Tones on Apple-FBI Fight

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the tenets of encryption and privacy yesterday in an event in Spain. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was much more opaque when asked to describe his opinion.

Why It's So Hard to Disrupt the Textbook Industry

You'd think in the age of Uber and Airbnb someone would have figured out how to put Big Textbook in its place. Unfortunately, it's a lot more complicated than just waving a magical disruption wand and putting Follett out of business.

When snowfall stops a city, the disabled get forgotten

The recent Mid-Atlantic blizzard demonstrated how cities can do a lot better to serve the disabled residents whose lives are most impacted by controversial snow-clearing policies.

Pixar and Khan Academy Join Forces for a Super Cool Learning Collaboration

A learning collaboration between Pixar and Khan Academy helps aspiring animators familiarize themselves with the basics of the craft. The free course is called Pixar in A Box.

Google's Self-Driving Car Just Got a Whole Lot More Futuristic

The self-driving car is the future of personal transportation. Wireless charging is the future of battery-powered devices. Marrying the two technologies makes sense.

Don't Forget about Textbooks When Calculating Student Debt

College textbooks are a racket. Financial aid infrequently covers their cost. A significant percentage of students are forced to use credit cards to purchase them. This is one of the unseen contributors to student debt.

America has a horrific wrongful conviction problem

A record number of American convicts were exonerated in 2015. Most of them were minorities, many mentally handicapped. A new report presents data that suggests there are hundreds (potentially thousands) of other innocent people behind bars in the United States.

The Top Bicycle-Friendly Cities in the World

European metropolises in the Netherlands and Denmark dominate the annual rankings of top bicycling cities, due mostly to major investment in cycling infrastructure. These cities' dedication to bicycling leads to major environmental, economic, and health benefits. American cities such as Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, have made major infrastructure improvements in recent years.

The U.S. States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry

Rural states dominate the list of those most dependent on the $43 billion firearm industry for jobs, tax revenue, political contributions, and gun ownership, a fact that could prove decisive for Bernie Sanders this month.

The Startup That Pumps Inspiration Straight to Your Mobile Phone

Professional women are at a disadvantage due to what's called "the confidence gap," an idea popularized by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay. Shine is a new company that seeks to close that gap one text message at a time.

This ringed bridge in Uruguay is awesome for so many reasons

Designed by Uruguayan-born, New York-based architect Rafael Viñoly, the new Laguna Garzón Bridge aims to reduce the speed of crossing cars and encourage drivers to enjoy the view.

The American Suburb Finds a Second Life in China

The Chinese middle class is growing, and its members need a place to live.

4 Reasons Candidates Won't Go After the Latino Vote This Election

The American Hispanic electorate is growing rapidly, but facts about voting trends among minorities and youths indicate they're still years away from holding real power.

Dogs Are Better at Reading Emotions than We Thought

New research demonstrates for the first time the domestic canine's ability to discern between positive and negative emotions in humans.

Rotterdam Is about to Install a Floating Forest

Part art installation, part green design. Completely cool.

Cancer Deaths Hit Lowest Point in 25 Years, But the News isn't All Good

A new study shows that preventative care has curbed fatal cases of treatable types of cancer, though other forms of the disease still present a serious mortal danger.

A U.S. City is Practically Begging to Accept More Refugees

In cities where defunct industry caused a population exodus, officials may be competing for immigrants. 

3,500-Year-Old Grave in Greece is Filled with Bling and Mystery

Excavators found the bones of an ancient warrior surrounded by "lots of bling," bronze weapons, and — interestingly enough — several vanity items such as a mirror and six combs.

North America’s Most Desirable City Just Got a Lot Less Desirable

Vancouverites are in full revolt over outrageous housing costs and the foreign investors behind North America's biggest bubble.

Genius or Crazy? Pangaea Reborn

In order to bring conflicting countries closer together mentally, experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats wants to bring them closer together physically. He proposes action that would speed up Earth's tectonic activity and lead to the rapid formation of a new supercontinent.

Would You Take a College Class on Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin?

The world's first research journal dedicated solely to cryptocurrency launched last month. It's a sign of the times as academics begin tinkering with the study and theory of digital currency.

A 6-Hour Workday: America Should Follow Sweden's Lead

You can get as much done in six hours as you can in eight hours, but with much less wasted time.

The treadmill was invented as a torture device

Innovation isn't always the result of invention and discovery. Sometimes the best way to innovate is to rethink something old.

Did John Boehner Time His Resignation with the Pope's Visit?

The man with "the hardest job in Washington" abruptly announced his resignation the day after fulfilling his personal dream: hosting a sitting pope in Congress.

We Need a United Nations of World Religions

Despite its many weaknesses, the U.N. has been successful in one of its main pursuits: linking the countries of the world in a way that promotes peace. Could a similar model work for religion?

Scientists Crack the Code to Protein Self-Assembly

New findings out of Duke University will allow medical researchers to act like computer programmers except with genetic code rather than digital.

Is Pope Francis More Republican or Democrat?

Prepare to watch Democrats and Republicans fight over ownership of the pope and his air of moral legitimacy: Let the Great American Papal Tug-of-War begin!

Don't Forget Dad in Pursuit of Parent-Friendly Workplaces

Many efforts to develop family-friendly workplaces emphasize rights and privileges for mothers. Some dads are pushing back; some even resorting to legal means.

Coming Soon to a Curbside Near You: Robot Trash Collectors

Volvo is spearheading an effort to develop refuse robots and tech-enhanced dump trucks to revolutionize waste management.

The Facebook Dislike Button Is on its Way

Mark Zuckerberg flip-flops on a feature he once described as not "socially valuable."

Maybe We're Finally Ready to Move Past Internet Comments

We're not living in the most discourse-friendly age in history. Nowhere is that more clear than in comments sections.

Why Scientists are Training AI to Take Standardized Tests

Researchers hope training machines to the test will allow for advances in imbuing software with basic common sense.

Larry Summers: The Fed Needs to Keep Interest Rates Where They Are

Leaders at the Federal Reserve will meet later this month to discuss potential rate hikes that have most experts and economists split.

One Reason Why People Hate the New Google Logo: Irrationality

The quality of discourse over the new logo has skewed toward the low social media standard, although there are some smart and introspective things to be said for and about Google's sudden shift.

Infographic: The Key to a Healthy Brain Is a Healthy Digestive System

Scientists are becoming increasingly certain that all the stuff we put through our digestive system is making a major impact on our state of mind. 

We'll Be Eating a Lot More Bugs in the Future

A new web series delves into the many reasons why eating creepy crawlers makes sense for your diet and the environment.

Your brain is your most powerful sex organ. Here's why.

Researchers attempt to distill the science of dirty talk, submissive sexual activity, and the overall nature of arousal.

Your Sleep Disorder Is Like a Dangerous Eating Disorder

As far as health risks go, sleep disorders tend to fly beneath the radar. Researchers are trying to change that.

What If the U.S. Had 100% Open Borders?

Open borders would lead to a massive wave of immigration and probably the collapse of American constitutional democracy... though one economist says that's not a bad thing.

Study: Playing Office Politics Really Doesn't Pay

In a study that challenges conventional wisdom, two researchers determine that deftly playing office politics has a tendency to backfire.

One Person's Bully Is Another Person's Courageous Crusader

America has a big problem mistaking courage for cowardice and it stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of bullies, according to The Baffler's David Graeber.

MIT Researchers Propose to Build a Game-Changing Fusion Reactor

Researchers at MIT want to build a compact fusion reactor that could potentially produce near inexhaustible energy by the end of the decade.

Bitcoin Means Innovation for Criminals As Well

While the world's most popular cryptocurrency has allowed for an innovative new approach to online transactions, it's also emboldened criminals to develop creative new ways to skirt the law. 

Obama's Letter To The NY Times Shows Him Playing to His Strengths

President Barack Obama, charismatic as he is, has stumbled in the past when taking to new media to engage American citizens. He's much better at writing letters than answering questions on Reddit.

Genius or Crazy? Get Married By the Laws of Physics.

Getting married by a priest or at a courthouse can feel underwhelming. Experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats wants to revolutionize the wedding by ditching the boring old officiants and replacing them with quantum physics.

The Universe Is Dying. Now Scientists Know How Slowly.

It's not breaking news that the universe is slowly dying. It is significant that scientists have been able to finally measure the degree to which it's dying. Let's just say you should push up any appointments you might have 100 billion years from now.

It's in America's Best Interest to Rehabilitate Its Prisoners, Right?

Department of Corrections is a misnomer. At the present, DOCs across the country shun from the responsibility to make convicts better people.

Know your worth: If you've got skills, stop working for free

Professionals who value what they're worth don't do favors for business associates. You want a favor? Go to a party.

Trained Rats in Cambodia Use Their Noses to Clear Minefields

The rats, which are trained to sniff out TNT, are among the most efficient tools available to Cambodians trying to rid their country of over 4 million landmines left over from the Khmer Rouge.

New Media is the New Home of Vigilante Justice

The court of public opinion has never been stronger than in our current social media age. But does the brand of justice it dishes out improve upon or subvert the rule of law?

Microsoft's Cortana Strives to Be More Culturally Aware Than Apple's Siri

When Microsoft's Windows 10 is released next week in seven countries, each market will receive a specialized version of Cortana, the system's digital personal assistant (and Microsoft's answer to Siri). Microsoft has put yeoman's work into making sure each country's iteration of Cortana is sensitive to local cultural nuances.

Don't Let Critics Detract From the Facts: Self-Driving Cars Are the Future

The first injury accident involving a Google self-driving car was — surprise, surprise — the fault of an oblivious driver in the other vehicle. Self-driving technology offers a potential future where these sorts of incidents hardly ever occur.

Umbilical Cord Analysis Helps Doctors Treat Babies Exposed to Drugs in the Womb

Infants whose mothers used drugs during pregnancy are often born already addicted to those substances. After birth, an analysis of the detached umbilical cord can determine what severe physiological withdrawal symptoms can be expected.

Infographic: Reasons to Consider a Bike Commute

Not everyone has the opportunity to ride a bike to work or school, but those who do would improve their health and save quite a bit of money.

Genius or Crazy? The Weaponization of Internet Trolling

How do you win a cyberwar against an Internet-savvy enemy like ISIS? One prominent researcher has suggested a troll-based battle strategy. That's right: internet trolls. Could World War III be fought with memes?

The Pacific Northwest is Doomed

A tour de force article by The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz details a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that could leave a region home to millions of people in absolute ruins.

'Go Set a Watchman' Is Not the Sequel We Were Looking For

The only thing more disturbing than an unfamiliar Atticus Finch is the dubious story behind the decision to publish Harper Lee's "found" work.

Social media is turning us into thoughtless political extremists

Your Facebook feed is a virtual echo chamber. It serves the same purpose as Fox News or MSNBC.

Body Cameras in Public Schools Raise Surveillance Fears

A school district in Iowa is one of the first to outfit its administrators with body cameras. Their use should ease tensions with regard to transparency and accountability, but not everyone is happy with the precedent they set.

Sixth Great Species Extinction Sees 70 Percent of Seabirds Die

If you want a vivid barometer for the health status of worldwide marine ecosystems, look no further than the global seabird population. Unfortunately, new research estimates that the global seabird population has dropped 70 percent since the 1950s. That's not good.

Touchpad Breathalyzers Could Soon be Standard in Cars

The coming decade will see an emergence of new innovations that will keep drunk drivers off the road without the inconvenience of existing breathalyzer technology.

One Unlikely Beneficiary of Digital Technology? Your Skin.

Dermatologists are taking advantage of smartphone technology to offer data-driven, personalized skincare recommendations.

Helicopter Parents Are Causing Their Kids' Mental Health Problems

The children of overbearing parents are less likely to develop essential life skills and are more likely to be medicated for depression or anxiety in college.

Some Scientists Believe There's Life on 'Rosetta' Comet

Bill Nye said the Rosetta mission would lead to amazing discoveries we hadn't yet even thought of. He might have been more right than he imagined.

People analytics: How to tell if you're running a lousy workplace

A company's most valuable asset is its workforce. Just ask VoloMetrix CEO Ryan Fuller, who evangelizes people analytics as a tool to improve company culture and raise the bottom line.