Science

future

Our Main Takeaways From Motherboard’s Poll About the Future

Here are highlights from our poll of 105 experts about the marvels and horrors we may experience over the coming decades and centuries.
Becky Ferreira
4 days ago
activism

How Activists Are Resisting a Megadam That Threatens ‘Cultural Genocide’

Indigenous protesters are engaging in civil disobedience and facing arrest to fight the $12.7 billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectricity project in Newfoundland.
Deidre Olsen
4 days ago
salamanders

Scientists Discover Rare ‘Siren’ Species in Florida

An extremely elusive salamander has finally been given a name.
Sarah Emerson
4 days ago
monk seal

Everything You Wanted to Know About This Monk Seal With an Eel in Its Nose

“This is the third or fourth case of an eel in the nose that we have observed.”
Sarah Emerson
5 days ago
future

We Asked 105 Experts What Gives Them Hope About the Future

Welcome to the bright side of Motherboard’s two-part poll about the future.
Becky Ferreira
12.5.18
future

We Asked 105 Experts What Scares and Inspires Them Most About the Future

Climate change, extremism, and artificial intelligence were among the top fears, and young people, technology, and equality were among the top hopes.
Becky Ferreira
12.5.18
Science

'The Pirate Bay of Science' Continues to Get Attacked Around the World

After publishers sued Sci-Hub, Russian ISPs are now preventing users from accessing the valuable scientific data repository and paywall killer.
Karl Bode
12.3.18
Science

Scientists Reveal Why Wombats Shit Bricks

A Georgia Tech team inflated balloons in the digestive tracts of dead wombats to learn about their uniquely cubic poops.
11.19.18
sexism in science

Physicist Wins $3 Million Prize for Discovering Pulsars, Donates it All to Promoting Diversity in STEM

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell says she has battled “imposter syndrome” at many points in her career as a physicist.
Natalie Fratto
11.12.18
environment

Environmental Groups Have Sued the Trump Administration 93 Times Since Inauguration

From freedom of information requests to substantial challenges to policies, conservation groups are using legal muscle in a big way.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.7.18
fuzz

Deaf Moths Use “Acoustic Camouflage” to Evade Echolocation

According to new research, the fuzz you see on the chest of moths is specifically designed to muffle sound and protect them from bats.
Caroline Haskins
11.6.18
ALIENS

Scientists Who Discovered Blunt-Shaped Asteroid Say It Is Almost Definitely Not Aliens

A letter from Harvard University scholars asserts that the blunt-shaped ‘Oumuamua object may be an alien probe, but the scientists who rolled the spliff are killing the buzz.
Caroline Haskins
11.6.18
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