Futurology

Researchers believe an Australian bee which produces a “cellophane-like” material for its nests could help to end the world’s reliance on disposable plastics. A biotech company in NZ, Humble Bee, is trying to reverse-engineer the material in the hope of mass producing it as an alternative to plastic

Researchers believe an Australian bee which produces a “cellophane-like” material for its nests could help to end the world’s reliance on disposable plastics. A biotech company in NZ, Humble Bee, is trying to reverse-engineer the material in the hope of mass producing it as an alternative to plastic
Researchers believe an Australian bee which produces a “cellophane-like” material for its nests c...

It is amazing that we still have a lot to learn from nature.

And were killing it off faster than we can learn....

Biomimicry will always be a tool for us.

There is a cornstarch derived plastic alternative that already exists but it isn't as durable as this sounds like it would be. Still, I wish it were being used more for packaging and fast food containers.

The government is ratcheting up its surveillance powers. But we can stop this - The people demanding these new powers have proven that they cannot be trusted with the powers they already have

The government is ratcheting up its surveillance powers. But we can stop this - The people demand...

This is what happened when citizens decide that they want to be safe instead of free. I'd rather have a society with a population of accountable individuals, what we get is a population begging the government to protect them from all the scary things the news reports. I fear for our future as a free people.

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Benjamin Franklin

Did people actually read this article, or did they just see the title and immediately comment?

It’s pretty obvious that a good number of people didn’t read this, considering all the comments about American politics and people, despite the article being about events in Australia.

So far I see huge swaths of people happily cheerleading for a police state. I guess you get the government you deserve.

A survey of 63,000 federally employed scientists are warning about the dangers of the U.S. administration's shocking assault on science. Half of all respondents agreed that “consideration of political interests hindered their agencies’ ability to make science-based decisions.”

A survey of 63,000 federally employed scientists are warning about the dangers of the U.S. admini...
' There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and culture life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." ' - Isaac Asimov, scientist & writer (1920-1992)

I would be damned if I didn't quote this good man's words.

Only half? That is the most shocking thing about that headline...

USA is fucked.

- Me, everytime I see news about USA

More than just hindering federal agencies' abilities to act, the Trump administration has put a HUGE dent in current and future research.

Back when he came into office and discussions were had about the federal budget, there was a LOT of talk about cutting research. To preempt a large change in budget, the National Institutes of Health actually rescinded portions of money won in grants. One of my former labs had a single grant that lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. That money could have supported an entire team of scientists - an entirely new avenue of exploration. And that was only one grant.

This doesn't just affect topics they don't like - it's also money being cut from research into diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc. That one grant we had money cut from? That's one less team doing work; countless fewer findings which could each spur dozens more; several less grad students with funding, some of whom might have started their own labs and their own lines of research. And we lost all of that from only one grant.

On TOP of that, they made tuition waivers taxable, which means grad students who were previously fully supported by their research now have to pay taxes on tens of thousands of dollars more, when it was already hard to live on a grad salary. That means even less people choosing grad school, and labs having to pay thousands more per person if they want to make up the difference. That money should instead be going to more and better equipment for more and better research.

It's ridiculous how aggressively the Trump administration has fucked over science, both politically and academically. There's no telling how severely certain breakthroughs have been delayed, but given the butterfly effect this could have on future research, I don't doubt that it could be decades.

We are living in the future they warned us about

We are living in the future they warned us about

That's actually super interesting...

But it doesn't sound convenient or good for my money making, so it clearly it's hogwash.

Nice to know that I can sleep warmly under my coal blanky.

Fascinating to think we had this foresight for so long (even if only a few decades in the mainstream) but it's so hard for humans to change course. I wonder if the author knew just how bad it could get (extinctions, desertification, melting ice caps, etc.).

The greenhouse effect of CO2 has been natural law for a while. It is inviolable physics. However, the role of aerosols, clouds, basically global dimming is not supported by such simple science. It has really only emerged in the past 20 years that the signal is loudly one of global warming. Earth's energy imbalance may not be well defined, but the temperature in the ocean's atmosphere is on the march higher. https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/OC5/3M_HEAT_CONTENT/

Looks real real bad folks

The U.S. Needs a Cyber Force More Than a Space Force - The President shouldn’t be ridiculed for looking to the heavens, but a more urgent threat looms.

The U.S. Needs a Cyber Force More Than a Space Force - The President shouldn’t be ridiculed for l...

Each branch of the military has a cyber division where they specialize in various areas of cyber. This was a discussion about the place of a "cyber force" in the late 90s and where it fit into the DoD and it's establishment was something that was deemed unecessary. This is likley to happen with the space force as well.

The do, but the cyber communities in the military are only designed to protect the military, not the US.

We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

I know, thats why I precised "Your governement". Good luck to you and be brave.

The right to disconnect: The new laws banning after-hours work emails - Around the world, several governments have begun to go as far as legislate laws allowing employees the freedom to not have to engage with work outside of official work hours.

The right to disconnect: The new laws banning after-hours work emails - Around the world, several...

Good. We've made absolutely ungodly strides as far as worker efficiency, and never has that resulted in less hours worked.

If I'm paid hourly, and they want me to respond to them 24 hours a day... If I'm not paid for my time outside work, I'm not performing work when I'm not being paid.

You mean you have free time during your day? Let me transfer 1700 tasks to you from people who don't work.

You need more time to finish these tasks? There's 24 hours in a day, we don't pay overtime though.

I don't want paid overtime, I want to go home and have my own time.

The Ocean Cleanup project launches in 30 days!

The Ocean Cleanup project launches in 30 days!
The Ocean Cleanup project launches in 30 days!

If you are as excited about this project as I am, consider contributing to help them fund this endeavor.

Here's hoping these countries are all on-board and making serious efforts to cut back on their plastic waste.

Thank you for posting this, I'm really, really needing some positive environmental news nowadays.

Is it starting on countries like India or just any other specific place? I would like to contribute and what is the procedure?

New study reveals we are at the brink of starting a domino effect of adverse ecological phenomena that will make it almost impossible to control climate change.

New study reveals we are at the brink of starting a domino effect of adverse ecological phenomena...

I love this subreddit, always a great way to start my day with a small existential crisis!

It’s already started. Funny thing is the Earth as planet does not care if there are forests or deserts on its surface, if the oceans are full of fish or acid. And the atmosphere is oxygen rich or poor. It only matters to us the humans. Yet we continue to shit where we eat and destroy our habitat. However if we all go extinct tomorrow just like the dinosaurs it will not make ANY difference to the planet. EDIT: Thank you for so many George Carlin references. Looks like he said basically the same thing long time ago. Unfortunately i have not seen that show yet (will watch it, thanks for the link). In my defense i can only say one thing - i am Russian and George Carlin is not that big over here.

This was starting to happen year's/decades ago, but all the people denied it and refused to listen to the scientists that actually researched this and various topics involved in the same decline, it has been documented since the early 1890's, and thats only as far as we know off~! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_climate_change_science

As illustrated here

Our climate plans are in pieces as killer summer shreds records. Despite overwhelming evidence that humans are altering the planet, the international politics around the issue of climate change are in disarray.

Our climate plans are in pieces as killer summer shreds records. Despite overwhelming evidence th...

Future generations will view those who knew about man made climate change but opposed taking action for their own personal gain as some of history’s greatest criminals

It's winter in Australia and the weather is exquisite which is fucked.

It's mass delusion, derangement, call it want you want. We're insane, and completely well adjusted to the insanity.

I know we could solve this problem, but I'm not longer sure that we will.

I remember learning about this problem when I was 5 years old. Now I'm 35 and we've done almost nothing.

Implying that humanity will survive long enough for there to be future generations....

US administration lifts ban on pesticides linked to declining bee numbers - Environmentalists say lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects

US administration lifts ban on pesticides linked to declining bee numbers - Environmentalists say...

Sheehan said the move was needed to ensure adequate forage for migratory birds, including ducks and geese favored and hunted by sportsmen on many of the nation’s refuges. US interior secretary Ryan Zinke, whose department oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service, has made expansion of hunting on public lands a priority for his agency.

Sheehan wrote that genetically modified organisms have helped “maximize production, and that neonicotinoids might be needed “to fulfill needed farming practices”.

Cool. So it's just about money, as usual.

are you kidding me... i hate my government, they are essentially becoming the legion of doom.

That's the dumbest shit I've ever heard. Any true nature lover, including decently intelligent hunters, should know that if they want their meat to be good quality and sustainable they should want pollinating insects in the crops their game is eating.

The hardest part of this whole era will be trying to explain the incessant wrongdoing. How the everyday onslaught of law/rule/guideline/constitution-breaking actions rained down on us in such magnitude that even maintaining focus on reality became a challenge, let alone consistently keeping track of every single cartoonishly villainous move this administration made. They really are trying to exhaust us out of taking part in the national political conversation.

The fact that we as citizens can no longer trust that the-day to-day governance of our nation will carry on smoothly without our constant vigilance means that we are measurably less free than we were pre-Trump.

Try one of these subthreads