/r/Futurology

Future(s) Studies

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10,445 992 Feds finalize plan to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling
29,985 1,846 How the U.S. Military Churns Out More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Entire Countries - The Pentagon is the world’s biggest consumer of fossil fuels—and agent of climate change.
38,983 2,624 Lab-grown meat the next frontier in ethical eating: to produce one billion quarter-pounder burgers takes 1.2 million cows living for 3 years on 8,600 square kilometres of land. The same number of cultured burgers would require muscle stem cells of just 1 living cow, a month and a half to grow.
6,224 1,068 America can learn from China’s amazing high-speed rail network
23,210 1,036 For the first time, researchers using Hubble have detected water vapor signatures in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our solar system that resides in the "habitable zone.
2,389 57 Acid attack survivor regains sight using stem cells after being blind for 25 years - First Patient Treated on NHS
6,050 319 California considering toughest plastic pollution laws in United States - Starting on Jan. 1, 2030, all single-use packaging and food products, including plates, straws, forks, spoons, knives, cups and bowls, would have to be recyclable or made of materials that decompose when composted.
37,194 2,296 The anti-vax movement is effectively reversing decades of progress in disease prevention
21,515 3,643 Millions of young people will “storm the Bastille” if we don’t fix income inequality, 2020 candidate says - If capitalism and its wealthiest winners do not “reclaim some sort of ethical core, chaos ensues.”
48,914 1,770 California passes law that prevents cities from taxing energy generated by solar rooftop projects
7,424 298 Virginia utility wants 100 percent of replacement school buses purchased by Virginia schools to be electric by 2030
10,132 364 How a cheap mineral could make a better battery — and help the planet: Calcium could replace lithium in batteries that store solar and wind power.






Top posts from /r/Futurology

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61,090 5,136 Elon Musk Says We Can Land on the Moon in Less Than 2 Years - “If it were to take longer to convince NASA and the authorities that we can do it versus just doing it, then we might just do it. It may literally be easier to just land Starship on the moon than try to convince NASA that we can.”
submitted 1 month, 4 weeks ago
55,354 3,863 Group of top CEOs says maximizing shareholder profits no longer can be the primary goal of corporations
submitted 4 weeks ago
53,763 2,396 Samsung AI lab develops tech that can animate highly realistic heads using only a few -or in some cases - only one starter image.
submitted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
53,465 3,687 About one-fifth of the Amazon has been cut and burned in Brazil. Scientists warn that losing another fifth will trigger the feedback loop known as dieback, in which the forest begins to dry out and burn in a cascading system collapse, beyond the reach of any subsequent human intervention or regret.
submitted 3 weeks, 3 days ago
51,540 4,399 The decline of trust in science “terrifies” former MIT president Susan Hockfield: If we don’t trust scientists to be experts in their fields, “we have no way of making it into the future.”
submitted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
48,914 1,770 California passes law that prevents cities from taxing energy generated by solar rooftop projects
submitted 6 days ago
48,528 1,071 Scientists Successfully Turn Breast Cancer Cells Into Fat to Stop Them From Spreading
submitted 1 month ago
44,940 1,816 Protestors in Hong Kong are destroying facial recognition towers
submitted 3 weeks, 1 day ago
44,323 2,487 Andrew Yang wants to Create a Department of Technology, to help regulate and guide the use of Emerging Technologies like AI.
submitted 3 weeks, 6 days ago
42,821 886 Scientific Research Shouldn't Sit behind a Paywall - The public pays taxes to support research; they should be able to access the results. Private funding agencies such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have mandated open access, and the EU has proposed wide introduction of this model.
submitted 2 months, 4 weeks ago
42,584 3,134 You can't save the climate by going vegan. Corporate polluters must be held accountable. Many individual actions to slow climate change are worth taking. But they distract from the systemic changes that are needed to avert this crisis, in order to save our future.
submitted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
42,497 2,624 The Amazon Rainforest Tipping Point is 20-25% deforestation total. NOT another 20% (that uses old models). We are at 20% deforestation now.
submitted 3 weeks, 2 days ago
40,360 1,708 An AI algorithm can now predict faces with just 16x16 resolution. Top is low resolution images, middle is the computer's output, bottom is the original photos.
submitted 2 weeks ago
40,274 4,398 Plant-Based Meat Is About to Get Cheaper Than Animal Flesh, Report Says
submitted 2 months, 1 week ago
38,983 2,624 Lab-grown meat the next frontier in ethical eating: to produce one billion quarter-pounder burgers takes 1.2 million cows living for 3 years on 8,600 square kilometres of land. The same number of cultured burgers would require muscle stem cells of just 1 living cow, a month and a half to grow.
submitted 3 days ago
38,971 4,507 Nearly 70% of Americans want the United States to take “aggressive” action to combat climate change, but only 34% would support an extra tax of $100 a year to help, and only 33% said they’d be willing to trade their car in for an electric vehicle.
submitted 2 months, 3 weeks ago
37,194 2,296 The anti-vax movement is effectively reversing decades of progress in disease prevention
submitted 4 days, 21 hours ago
36,318 1,148 Schools should teach pupils gardening skills to instil a passion for the environment in future generations, says horticultural chief
submitted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
35,143 1,288 Texan installed DIY integrated solar on his 2011 Nissan Leaf. Gets about 10 miles of charge per day from solar while the car sits in the parking lot at work; plans further improvements: aiming for a goal of adding 20–25 miles per day.
submitted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
34,893 718 Colombians planted 200,000 trees today. They aim to plant another 180 million in the next 4 years.
submitted 2 weeks, 1 day ago
34,381 900 Jeff Bezos called the control of the giant robot hand 'weirdly natural', and he was apparently right. The hands are controlled by a haptic-feedback glove. That means that not only do the hands copy what the human controller is doing, they also relay the feeling of touch back to them.
submitted 1 week, 2 days ago
34,106 1,645 Opinion: Don’t Regulate Facial Recognition. Ban It. We are on the verge of a nightmare era of mass surveillance by the state and private companies. It’s not too late to stop it.
submitted 1 month, 4 weeks ago
33,664 2,918 The world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from a UN human rights expert has said.
submitted 2 months, 3 weeks ago
32,970 798 Norway bans biofuel from palm oil to fight deforestation - The entire European Union has agreed to ban palm oil’s use in motor fuels from 2021. If the other countries follow suit, we may have a chance of seeing a greener earth.
submitted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
30,582 1,211 This heart would have been rejected at most transplant centers (donor: 75 min down time, CPR, LVH). Using warm perfusion technology, however, Duke researchers were able to successfully transplant the heart to a new recipient.
submitted 1 month, 1 week ago
30,182 1,078 A cute robot will make you a perfect ice cream cone for 100 yen in Japan [Aug 2017]
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30,175 493 Philippines law would require students to plant 10 trees if they want to graduate - According to this law , every student before graduating has to plant more than 10 trees this will increase about 525 billion trees in a generation.
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30,116 683 Scientists successfully use a gel to regrow tooth enamel.
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29,985 1,846 How the U.S. Military Churns Out More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Entire Countries - The Pentagon is the world’s biggest consumer of fossil fuels—and agent of climate change.
submitted 1 day, 23 hours ago
29,814 1,828 First hint that body’s ‘biological age’ can be reversed - In a small trial, drugs seemed to rejuvenate the body’s ‘epigenetic clock’, which tracks a person’s biological age.
submitted 1 week, 3 days ago
29,703 1,973 Elon Musk says a 'massive effort' is required to get Tesla driverless cars to '99.9999%' safety - “Intersections with complex traffic lights & shopping mall parking lots are the two biggest software challenges”
submitted 2 months, 1 week ago
29,031 1,173 It’s time to ban all government use of face recognition: digital rights group
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29,008 1,289 Partial sight has been restored to six blind people via an implant that transmits video images directly to the brain - Medical experts hail ‘paradigm shift’ of implant that transmits video images directly to the visual cortex, bypassing the eye and optic nerve
submitted 2 months ago
27,118 621 Scientists have finally found malaria's Achilles' heel, a neurotoxin that isn't harmful to any living thing except Anopheles mosquitoes that spread malaria.
submitted 2 months, 2 weeks ago
26,650 653 About 350m trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister. The planting is part of a national “green legacy” initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings
submitted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
26,578 1,960 UPS Has Been Delivering Cargo in Self-Driving Trucks for Months And No One Knew
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26,484 228 Peru has committed to ending palm oil-driven deforestation by 2021. The National Wildlife Federation named the move a “momentous win” for wildlife and sustainable agriculture. .
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26,464 527 Costa Rica Has Banned Styrofoam — A Major Win for the Environment: After rolling out a national strategy to drastically reduce plastic use by 2021 last year, Costa Rica is now taking its environmental protection efforts a step
submitted 2 months, 1 week ago
26,242 1,044 Scientists honor Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change with plaque, eulogy. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. "This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it," it reads.
submitted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
25,625 1,400 New York passes its Green New Deal, announces massive offshore wind push - The state has now signed contracts for two wind farms that will have a combined capacity of 1.7 GW. If they open as planned in under five years, they will turn New York into the US's leading producer of offshore wind power.
submitted 1 month, 4 weeks ago
25,567 764 This afternoon, SpaceX’s prototype rocket flies to its highest altitude yet during hover test, reaching a height of a small skyscraper. Once there, the vehicle hovered in the air a full minute, before using its engine to land gently back down on the ground.
submitted 2 weeks, 5 days ago
25,507 2,077 Our planet is in crisis. But no one will listen. Scientists who study disaster preparedness say ‘climate change’ is far too mild to describe the existential threat we face. “People do not understand the scale and pace of the climate emergency. This is not an issue with one future date.”
submitted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
25,457 2,272 Tesla Driver Appeared to Be 'Fully Sleeping' for at Least 30 Miles on SoCal's 405 Freeway - This situation is likely to be the norm in the future as cars become fully self-driving, but we are now going through a transitional period where technology hasn’t caught up to expectations.
submitted 3 months ago
25,414 3,982 DIY Facial Recognition for Porn Is a Dystopian Disaster - Someone is making dubious claims to have built a program for detecting faces in porn and cross-referencing against social media, with 100,000 identified so far.
submitted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
25,111 1,070 Solar panels are getting so cheap people have started using them as garden fences that double as electricity generators
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25,067 994 How tree-planting drones can plant 100,000 trees in a single day [January 2018]
submitted 1 month ago
24,935 467 Gene therapy in action: early look at a gene therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy shows promise.
submitted 2 months, 2 weeks ago
24,847 2,363 2020 Election Could Put Oil Out Of Business. The candidates point out that to fundamentally transform the energy system, and to hit climate targets that are becoming exceedingly difficult to reach, oil and gas reserves need to be left in the ground.
submitted 1 week, 4 days ago
24,789 2,261 China has unveiled a new armoured vehicle that is capable of firing 12 suicide drones to launch attacks on targets and to conduct reconnaissance operations. The Era of the Drone Swarm Is Coming
submitted 3 months, 2 weeks ago
24,234 2,493 Driverless cars are going to disrupt the airline industry - imagine the self-driving car that has a reclining seat with actual legroom, or even a bed. It’s more than a little tempting.
submitted 2 months, 3 weeks ago