Karla Lant

Karla Lant

Freelance Writer and Editor

Karla Lant is an experienced freelance writer, journalist, editor, and adjunct professor. She focuses on science, technology, politics, education, and technical writing. Browse by publication below.

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Central South African Bank Will Experiment With Bitcoin Regulation

The central South African bank is partnering with a blockchain-based solutions provider to experiment with digital currency regulations. This may bring digital currencies like Bitcoin further into the mainstream and legitimize their use.

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Elon Musk Reveals that “Verbal Permission” for the Hyperloop Was Given From Federal Official

Elon Musk confirmed that the "verbal governmental approval" he received for the DC-New York Hyperloop came from the federal level. Musk is asking locals in affected cities to reach out to their elected officials to provide regional approval for the project.

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The World's First and Youngest Double Hand Transplant is Declared a Success

Two years after the first successful double hand transplant surgery, doctors have published a progress update about the patient. Although the surgery has, over time, remained a success, it has also revealed the challenges that remain in the field.

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Experts Want Robots to Have an “Ethical Black Box” That Explains Their Decision-Making

Scientists Alan Winfield, professor of robot ethics at the University of the West of England in Bristol, and Marina Jirotka, professor of human-centered computing at Oxford University, believe robots should be fitted with an “ethical black box.” This would be the ethics equivalent of the aviation safety measure of the same name, designed to track a pilot’s decisions and enable investigators to follow those actions in the event of accidents. As robots leave the controlled settings of factories and laboratories to interact more with humans, safety measures of this nature will become increasingly important.

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Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice: Top in 2016-2017

Online degree programs in criminal justice provide a flexible higher education to students who need balance – with work, family commitments and education. Top online programs offer not only flexible schedules, but also great teachers, tremendous resources and student support to rival their on-campus counterparts. The following page helps aspiring criminal justice majors move their college and career forward in two ways. First, it provides a quick and easy way to search for online CJ programs from top colleges and universities across the country. This includes programs at multiple levels, and from myriad types of institutions. Second, it dissects the various higher educational journeys available in the field, from earning an associate degree online to seeking an advanced credential in the field. Find colleges and learn more about online degrees.

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The Reason We’ve Never Found Intelligent Life Might be Because We Are Already Going Extinct

The Milky Way Galaxy alone is home to between 100 billion and 400 billion stars, and each is potentially orbited by planets. There are probably at least 2 trillion galaxies like ours in the observable universe, each one populated by trillions of planets orbiting hundreds of billions of stars. Even if planets capable of sustaining life are exceedingly rare, on the numbers alone there should be intelligent life somewhere in the universe. For example, according to Business Insider, if a mere 0.1 percent of planets in our galaxy that might be habitable harbored life, that would mean there were about a million planets with life on them.

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Immediate Carbon Capture is Critical to Avoiding Extreme Climate Change, Scientists Say

Recent research indicates that immediate carbon capture is going to be essential to avoid more extreme consequences of climate change. These measures will be more costly the longer we wait to implement them.

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New Test Allows For Easier and Earlier Detection of Alzheimer’s

A new blood test can detect buildups of beta-amyloid in the brain, the plaques that signal the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This test could mean earlier detection of the disease and more effective lifestyle interventions for patients.

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China Is Stepping up Efforts to Eliminate Coal Usage

Beijing's municipal development and reform commission has announced that the city's plains will be almost entirely coal-free by 2020. It's the latest move in China's aggressive war against pollution in an effort to save lives and the environment.

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New Epigenetic Research Could Lead to Future Therapies for Developmental Disorders

Researchers have discovered a mechanism that regulates the process of gene imprinting in mice, a chemical modification to one of the histones called H3K27me3. This may lead to a range of epigenetic therapies for a variety of developmental disorders.

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SpaceX is Abandoning Plans for Powered Dragon Landing, Elon Musk Announced

Elon Musk revealed that future iterations of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will not be capable of propulsion landings and will be limited to water splashdowns. This signals a change in strategy for the Mars mission that includes the Falcon Heavy.

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The Flow of Hyperfocus

Entrepreneurs, creatives, and leaders all know what it feels like to experience “flow,” that feeling of intense focus that is extremely high-energy, yet calm enough to be productive. This distilled form of engagement is a lot like losing yourself in an activity by focusing on it intently. For adults with ADHD, this feeling of total immersion, falling down a rabbit hole, is nothing new; this is one of our basic operational modes.

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New Data Shows 2017 Has Been One of the Hottest, Wettest Years on Record

A new report from the National Centers for Environmental Information shows that June 2017 was the third warmest June recorded, while the first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record. The nation is also behind only 2011 and 2016 in terms of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters by this point in the year.

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First Ever US Legislation on Self-Driving Cars Comes to the House


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Medical Researchers Reverse Brain Damage in Drowning Victim

Brain damage caused by drowning and cardiac arrest was reversed in a toddler who received hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and normobaric oxygen (sea level oxygen). These treatments activate genes, promoting cell survival and reducing inflammation.