Angry Robot

The Lifespan of a Lie

The Stanford Prison Experiment was BS

Wind turbines are getting taller, bigger, and more powerful

If I’m reading it right, one of the new big ones (height of Eiffel Tower) could power 1 million homes.

David Reich: ‘Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours’

Reich’s work as a leader of prehistoric population studies includes the discovery that all people of non-African descent carry small amounts of Neanderthal DNA, showing that Homo sapiens – at one stage – must have interbred with this long-dead species of ancient humans.

Also, hobbits were real.

Do Trees Talk to Each Other?

This is really something:

“Some are calling it the ‘wood-wide web,’” says Wohlleben in German-accented English. “All the trees here, and in every forest that is not too damaged, are connected to each other through underground fungal networks. Trees share water and nutrients through the networks, and also use them to communicate. They send distress signals about drought and disease, for example, or insect attacks, and other trees alter their behavior when they receive these messages.”

Someone Explain To Me The Alien Alloys Before I Fucking Explode

Antarctica’s doomsday glaciers could be more vulnerable than we thought

My daughter could live to see the world’s coastal cities vanish

The village where little girls turn into boys at age 12

This miracle weed killer was supposed to save farms. Instead, it’s devastating them.

Nasa’s ambitious plan to save Earth from a supervolcano

Yellowstone explodes roughly every 600,000 years, and it is about 600,000 years since it last exploded, which should cause us to sit up and take notice.

Yup! (thanks y)

Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering

We found that cycling to work was associated with a 41% lower risk of dying overall compared to commuting by car or public transport. Cycle commuters had a 52% lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 40% lower risk of dying from cancer. They also had 46% lower risk of developing heart disease and a 45% lower risk of developing cancer at all.

How to safely enjoy the 2017 solar eclipse, a buyer’s guide for normal people

image of jupiter's south pole

How Ants Figured Out Farming Millions of Years Before Humans

So when we’re all toiling for our ant overlords in their underground fungus farms, let’s remember they beat us fair and square

U of T professor Geoffrey Hinton hailed as guru of new computing era

O.G. Neural Net Gangsta

Who Killed the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case

> Inspector Horn has managed to piece together a remarkably detailed picture of what befell the Iceman on that fateful day around 3300 B.C., near the crest of the Ötztal Alps.

Could Probiotics Replace Prozac?

Study shows mouse depression can be eased with yogurt

NASA Telescope Reveals Record-Breaking Exoplanet Discovery

Ultra-cool dwarf alert!

The TRAPPIST-1 star, an ultra-cool dwarf, has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it.

Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Hidden Continent Under New Zealand

Scientists say they have identified an underwater continent two-thirds the size of Australia — and they are calling it Zealandia.