Around the world, there is a lot of buzz around the idea of universal basic income (also known as “unconditional basic income” or UBI). It can take different forms or vary in the details, but in essence: UBI is the idea a government would pay all citizens, employed or not, a flat monthly sum to cover basic needs. This funding would come with no strings attached or special conditions, which would remove any potential stigma associated with receiving it. In short: it would be free money.
Being stuck without access to the internet is often thought of as a problem only for rural America. But even in some of America’s biggest cities, a significant portion of the population can’t get online.
There have been some amazing military innovations over the years: freeze-dried food for MREs, jet aircraft, rail guns, and the soul-sucking website, Army Knowledge Online. But none of these compare to the simplest, most wonderful invention known to mankind: the poncho liner, affectionately known by all those who have felt its life-giving warmth as the “woobie.”
The three-member team — which was only formed in 2016 — is the first to represent Nigeria at the winter event, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February next year.
Driver Seun Adigun, brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omega, qualified for the event over five races held in Utah, Whistler and Calgary.
Scientists at Northwestern University have discovered a genetic mutation in an isolated Amish population that helps them live longer and healthier lives, and protects them from diabetes and other age-related illnesses. A drug that mimics those effects is currently being trialled in humans, and shows promise in slowing aging, preventing diabetes and may even counteract baldness.
Nearly 90 million people are likely to experience temperatures at or below zero in the Midwest and New England. The historic cold has already been blamed for at least one death, and it has caused statewide declarations of emergency, school closures and flight cancellations across the country.
Meet Amoy Antunet, a girl with big ambitions in the world of science. But how does her dad respond to online comments calling him a “pushy parent”?
Let’s talk about wolves. Since European settlers arrived in what would become North America, the wolf has been systematically eradicated. California, specifically, has only one known wild wolf pack since the half-dozen or so members of the Shasta Pack mysteriously disappeared this year. Whether it’s folktales calling wolves the surrogate of the devil or embellished historical accounts of wolves mercilessly slaughtering calves, these stories have circulated for centuries to justify the extermination of most of the country’s wolves.
I was born in LA. One of my earliest memories is Kirk Gibson’s legendary home run in 1988. And I was heartbroken when the Dodgers lost the World Series to the Astros this year.
But damn, I’m happy for the people of Houston. They came out in full force on Friday for the Astros victory parade. And nothing represents the way the city has come together like these fans in a parking structure trying to get a lady her hat back.
Sleek panels glimmering in the sunlight; large, lazily-spinning wind turbines rising high above the plains; silent electricity flowing through car engines. Sustainability has found a strange place in our world, riding a thin line between practicality and science fiction.