Will NIMBYs sink new clean energy projects? The evidence says no – if developers listen to local concerns

As Congress debates billions of dollars in new infrastructure investments, advocates are touting the social and economic benefits of building new high-voltage transmission lines, clean energy plants and electric vehicle charging stations, along with fixing aging roads and bridges. But when it’s time to break ground, will people accept these new projects in their communities?… Continue reading Will NIMBYs sink new clean energy projects? The evidence says no – if developers listen to local concerns

Why it’s important to see women as capable … of terrible atrocities

Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith Beheading Holofernes.’ Google Art Project Born in 1593, Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi was the first woman to establish herself as a successful artist in a profession long dominated by men. One of the most striking aspects of her work is the way she paints women. Her male contemporaries tended to portray women… Continue reading Why it’s important to see women as capable … of terrible atrocities

7 science-based strategies to boost your willpower and succeed with your New Year’s resolutions

Behavioral science has ideas about how to keep on track beyond January. duchic/Shutterstock.com It’s that time of year when people make their New Year’s resolutions – indeed, 93% of people set them, according to the American Psychological Association. The most common resolutions are related to losing weight, eating healthier, exercising regularly and saving money. However,… Continue reading 7 science-based strategies to boost your willpower and succeed with your New Year’s resolutions

Ready to try an old approach to a New Year’s resolution? The story of Saint Ignatius may provide some guidance

Saint Ignatius of Loyola with Pope Paul III. Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images Making and breaking New Year’s resolutions is a familiar and discouraging annual ritual for many people. Almost inevitably, in a few short weeks, many find they are unable to meet their goals of self-improvement, be it keeping a positive attitude, improving one’s health… Continue reading Ready to try an old approach to a New Year’s resolution? The story of Saint Ignatius may provide some guidance

We scanned the DNA of 8,000 people to see how facial features are controlled by genes

Using 3-D facial images researchers have identified changes in the DNA that contribute to variation in facial features. Julie D. White, CC BY-SA Takeaways A new study reveals more than 130 regions in human DNA play a role in sculpting facial features. The nose is the facial feature most influenced by your genes. Understanding the… Continue reading We scanned the DNA of 8,000 people to see how facial features are controlled by genes

Sea otters demonstrate that there is more to muscle than just movement – it can also bring the heat

Sea otters are born with a supercharged metabolism. Adria Photography/Moment via Getty Images Life in the cold can be difficult for animals. As the body chills, organs including the brain and muscles slow down. The body temperature of animals such as reptiles and amphibians mostly depends on the temperature of their environment – but mammals… Continue reading Sea otters demonstrate that there is more to muscle than just movement – it can also bring the heat

These 3 energy storage technologies can help solve the challenge of moving to 100% renewable electricity

Energy storage can make facilities like this solar farm in Oxford, Maine, more profitable by letting them store power for cloudy days. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty In recent decades the cost of wind and solar power generation has dropped dramatically. This is one reason that the U.S. Department of Energy projects that renewable energy will… Continue reading These 3 energy storage technologies can help solve the challenge of moving to 100% renewable electricity

Ghislaine Maxwell guilty in Epstein sex trafficking trial: What the case revealed about female sex offenders

Ghislaine Maxwell now faces the prospect of years behind bars. Elizabeth Williams via AP British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been convicted for her role in luring and grooming girls to be sexually abused by the American financier Jeffrey Epstein. In a court in lower Manhattan, Maxwell – a close friend of Epstein’s – was found… Continue reading Ghislaine Maxwell guilty in Epstein sex trafficking trial: What the case revealed about female sex offenders

The best way to follow through on your New Year’s resolution? Make an ‘old year’s resolution’

More often than not, the best-laid plans for the new year go awry. Nora Carol Photography/Getty Images If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution, your plot for self-improvement probably kicks into gear sometime on Jan. 1, when the hangover wears off and the quest for the “new you” begins in earnest. But if research on… Continue reading The best way to follow through on your New Year’s resolution? Make an ‘old year’s resolution’

The icy backstory to that ‘clink clink’ you’ll hear when raising a toast to the end of the year

Ice with a slice of history. Instants/Getty Images Accompanying many a New Year’s Eve toast to the end of another seemingly endless year will be the subtle tinkling of the ice in the glass. Over the festive period, people around the world will be raising a glass to better times ahead. Accompanying sighs of relief… Continue reading The icy backstory to that ‘clink clink’ you’ll hear when raising a toast to the end of the year