Countries Are Falling Far Short on Action to Tackle Climate Change As Fossil Fuel Use Increases, Says Energy Report

Countries’ plans to tackle climate change fall far short of what’s necessary to prevent temperatures from rising to an unsafe level that governments have vowed to prevent, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The use of fossil fuels, in particular is continuing to expand globally, putting the world on a dangerous track for …

How the second known interstellar visitor makes ‘Oumuamua seem even odder

New observations show that 2I/Borisov looks like a comet, just what astronomers expected. The second space rock seen visiting our solar system from another star is proving just how bizarre the first known interstellar object, ‘Oumuamua, really was. ‘Oumuamua raised eyebrows when it appeared in October 2017 looking more like a rocky …

American whiskeys leave unique ‘webs’ when evaporated

Different types of bourbon leave behind signature weblike designs. Step aside, whiskey connoisseurs. Scientists have a new way to discern quality among bourbons.  An analysis of residues from evaporated bourbons reveals that different types of American whiskey leave behind unique weblike patterns. Such signature evaporation marks, described online October 24 in Physical …

Ancient Teeth Reveal Social Stratification Dates Back to Bronze Age Societies

Humans have a history of status division stretching back at least 4,000 years In ancient Rome, the wealthy patricians ran the empire. The second-class plebeians worked the farms, baked the bread and built the walls. The rest of the workforce—a full third of the Roman population—were slaves. Human history is, …

Latitude Adjustment: Distance from the Equator Shapes Our Thinking

Climate differences are associated with varying happiness, individualism and aggressiveness. In the past decade, psychologists have made a welcome leap, expanding beyond a narrow focus on the North America, Europe and Australia in their research to include people from all over the world. One benefit has been greater insight on global distribution …