Science & Technology

Clean Energy Is Growing Faster Than Ever Before

Add this to the list of reasons 2015 was a turning point in the fight against climate change.  Renewable energy capacity grew faster than ever before, with a worldwide increase of 152 gigawatts, or about 8.3 percent, according to a report released Thursday by the International Renewable Energy Agency, an Abu Dhabi-based nonprofit. “Renewable energy…

Art Is More About Work Than Sex

Women are as creative as men but produce less art. Why? The sexual exploits of male rock stars is legendary and their sexual magnetism draws an endless supply of enthusiastic female partners. So it is not too hard to believe that men would enter creative fields as a way of boosting their sex appeal. But…

Artist With Insomnia Makes Dress From 2,000 Sleeping Pill Prescription Labels

The inspiration for a Minnesota artist’s “sleeping pill prescription dress” came, fittingly, in a dream. “I’m an insomniac,” said artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, in a blog run by Spoonflower, a company that custom-prints fabric. “About three years ago, after a particularly restless night, I finally fell asleep in the early morning hours … Shortly thereafter the alarm…

Trump Is Right About One Thing: Shaking Hands Is Kinda Gross

Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and… germaphobe? The Republican front-runner has called himself a “clean hands freak” and has referred to hand-shaking as “one of the curses of American society,” according to The Washington Post. In fact, Trump doesn’t even like to push a ground floor elevator button, according to Mother Jones, because it has been…

Almost Half Of World Heritage Sites Are Threatened, Report Finds

Nearly half of the planet’s world heritage sites are threatened by development, despite international protections, according to a report released Wednesday by the World Wildlife Fund. The 229 heritage sites in 96 countries include Egypt’s pyramids, Florida’s Everglades National Park and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The WWF report found that 114 of these sites are…