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We tend to underestimate our future expenses. Here’s one way to prevent that

Spending totals indicate mean expenses, and are rounded to the nearest Canadian dollar amount. Credit: Chart: The Conversation, CC-BY-ND Source: Howard et al., 2022 When asked to estimate how much money they would spend in the future, people underpredicted the total amount by more than C$400 per month. However, when prompted to think about unexpected spending in addition to typical expenses, people made much more accurate…

All Eyes Are on Ian, the Hurricane of the Future

As global average temperatures rise, the atmosphere will also hold on to greater quantities of moisture, meaning hurricanes could unleash stronger torrents of rain—as much as 14 percent more with 2 degrees Celsius warming, according to Knutson. Sea levels are also expected to rise, contributing to stronger storm surges and devastating impacts on coastal areas. “We have very high confidence that sea-level rise is going to continue, and that’s going to exacerbate any type of situation like the one we’re seeing now in…

NASA is studying whether SpaceX can visit the Hubble Space Telescope

SpaceX and NASA have agreed to figure out whether or not a SpaceX ship could visit and potentially breathe new life into the iconic Hubble Space Telescope. They announced that they were partnering on a study that would look into whether or not that kind of mission was even possible.The study will take about six months to complete and will involve NASA and SpaceX. It also involves the Polaris Program, a private human spaceflight effort funded by billionaire Jason Isaacman. Earlier this year, Isaacman bought three flights…

Study finds law enforcement is hampering harm reduction programs

Negative law enforcement experiences reported by SSP participants. Credit: Harm Reduction Journal (2022). DOI: 10.1186/s12954-022-00690-w In 2016, North Carolina enacted legislation providing legal protections to people who make use of programs designed to reduce harms associated with illegal drug use. However, a new study finds these legal protections are not recognized uniformly by law enforcement, raising questions about…

Detailing a disastrous autumn day in ancient Italy

Mt. Vesuvius erupts in 1880. Researchers are detailing a cataclysmic eruption of Vesuvius from thousands of years before the famous eruption that buried Pompeii. Volcanic eruptions evoke images of lava, fire, and destruction; however, this is not always the case. The Plinian eruption of Mount Vesuvius around 4,000 years ago—2,000 years before the one that buried the Roman city of Pompeii— left a remarkably intact glimpse into…

Scientists find link between fast-melting Arctic ice and ocean acidification

Researchers, including the University of Delaware's Zhangxian Ouyang, traveled aboard the icebreaker R/V Xue Long into an active melting zone in the Arctic Ocean to get samples for analysis. Credit: Zhangxian Ouyang, Wei-Jun Cai and Liza Wright-Fairbanks/ University of Delaware An international team of researchers have sounded new alarm bells about the changing chemistry of the western region of the Arctic Ocean after…