Demographers frequently remind us that the United States is a rapidly aging country. From 2010 to 2040, we expect that the age-65-and-over population will more than double in size, from about 40 to 82 million. More than one in five residents will be in their later years. Reflecting our higher life expectancy, over 55% of this older group will be at least in their mid-70s.
While these numbers result in lively debates on issues such as social security or health care spending, they less often provoke discussion on where our aging population should live and why their residential choices matter.
Among the devastating effects of the low pressure storm system that pummeled South Carolina over the weekend was the heavy damage the record-breaking rains caused to water transport and treatment infrastructure, and the release of a tide of contaminated stormwater.
Once a fringe idea, the notion of using technology to allow humanity to “decouple” from nature is winning new attention, as a central element of what the Breakthrough Institute calls “ecomodernism.” The origins of the decoupling idea can be found in 20th century science fiction visions of domed or underground, climate-controlled, recycling-based cities separated by forests or deserts. A version of decoupling was promoted in the 1960s and 1970s by the British science writer Nigel Calder in The Environment Game (1967) and the radical ecologist Paul Shepard in The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game (1973). More recent champions of decoupling include Martin Lewis, Jesse Ausubel, Stewart Brand, and Linus Blomqvist.
Look again. The dude behind the wheel is stretching his arms up like he’s dunking on someone—perhaps the execs at Google and Apple, as this thing is the “world’s first driverless bus,” according to manufacturer Yutong.
Daimler Trucks' progress in autonomous driving has just shifted gears, with the company fitting its a self-driving system to a Mercedez-Benz Actros to steer the truck down a stretch of the Autobahn, marking the first time an autonomous series production semi has been tested out on public roads.
Imagine for a moment if we could build a complete wiring diagram of a human brain – to map in detail every one of the hundred trillion or so synapses and roughly hundred billion neurons together with all the tiniest supporting mechanisms. What might that mean, and would it even be possible?
It’s October already and the northern hemisphere is preparing itself for more autumn signs and colours, while the southern hemisphere is basking in spring weather. We’d like to see your photos of the October wildlife near you
Sustainable products are not only profitable and responsibly produced, but they also encourage desirable new behavior patterns among consumers, supporting smarter shopping and moderate consumption. Sometimes newly-minted products with a purpose even disrupt entire categories in the marketplace, enabling forward-looking brands to pivot their product portfolios for greater sustainability without losing customers.
For the first time, Strava – an app best known for letting athletes track and compare their activities – has released data that filters ‘commute’ cycle rides, creating maps that offer an insight into how city-dwellers ride to work
Researchers at Brown University have developed a way to create "mini brains" – 3D arrangements of neural tissue that are able to transmit electrical synapses – that, at 25 cents apiece after fixed costs, could provide an efficient means of conducting neuroscience research.
Over the past 40 years, we have killed off 50% of marine life through overfishing, habitat destruction and climate change. But the international spotlight and a change in policy mean things are looking up
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