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The wholesale looting of America

Unchecked by norms or political prudence, it’s smash-and-grab time for the GOP.<p>Over the course of 2017, both in Congress and in the executive branch, we have watched the task of government devolve into the full-scale looting of America.<p>Politicians are making decisions to enrich their donors — and …

Donald Trump

How to Take Risks In A System Not Built For It (What Teachers Can Learn From Elon Musk)

While John Spencer and I were developing the LAUNCH Cycle, we came up with a few areas that were likely stumbling blocks in the creative …

Self-improvement

Cosmos At Least 250x Bigger Than Visible Universe, Say Cosmologists - MIT Technology Review

When we look out into the Universe, the stuff we can see must be close enough for light to have reached us since the Universe began. The universe is …

Dark Matter

The Difference Between Pharisees and Sadducees in the Bible

Learn what separated these two groups of villains in the New Testament.<p>As you read the different stories of Jesus' life in the New Testament (what we …

Sadducees

Who Were the Sadducees in the Bible?<p>The Sadducees in the Bible were political opportunists, members of a religious party who felt threatened by Jesus …

Theology

A 21st-century form of indentured servitude has already penetrated deep into the American heartland

Corporations want to make sure that laborers never again have the power to tell big business how to treat them<p>Indentured servitude is back in a big way in the United States, and conservative corporatists want to make sure that labor never, ever again has the power to tell big business how to treat …

Middle-class

Peek inside the Apollo 11 command module with this new 3D scan

Today marks the the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and you can celebrate by taking a virtual tour inside the NASA spacecraft that carried the first astronauts to the Moon. The Smithsonian Museum and Autodesk have created a 3D scan of the inside of the Columbia spacecraft — the …

Space Exploration

The complete visual history of SpaceX’s single-minded pursuit of rocket reusability

In June 2017, SpaceX launched three rockets into space. It also returned the first stages of those rockets, 14 stories tall and weighing 20 tons (18 metric tons), back to earth, where they settled onto floating barges in both oceans and a landing pad at Cape Canaveral. One of those rockets had …

Space Travel

Elon Musk's SpaceX Isn't About Cheaper Rockets (It's Way Bigger) | Inc.com

This last weekend, Iridium launched 10 more satellites, and Bulgaria got its first satellite thanks to back-to-back SpaceX launches. "People don't realize that, for small countries and small companies like us, without SpaceX, there was no way we would ever be able to even think about space," said …

Elon Musk

4 simple, Buddhist-approved ways to boost your happiness

Some people, no matter how hectic things get, just never seemed frazzled. Sleeping through your alarm, shattering your iPhone screen while changing …

Meditation

SpaceX Sonic Boom Shakes Camera (and Cameraman) from 6 Miles Away

Thinking about shooting a SpaceX Dragon landing? Let this video by Kerbal Space Academy serve as a lesson: you’re gonna need a SERIOUS tripod.<p>K Space …

SpaceX

How Elon Musk learns faster and better than everyone else

How is it even possible that Elon Musk could build four multibillion companies by his mid-40s — in four separate fields (software, energy, transportation, and aerospace)?<p>To explain Musk’s success, others have pointed to his heroic work ethic (he regularly works 85-hour weeks), his ability to set …

Learning

Ask Ethan: What's The Difference Between A Fermion And A Boson?

There are only two types of fundamental particle known in the entire Universe: fermions and bosons. Every particle — in addition to the normal properties you know like mass and electric charge — has an intrinsic amount of angular momentum to it, colloquially known as spin. Particles with spins that …

Physics

Why Buddhism can be Helpful for you—regardless of your Religion.

<i>“Buddha cannot save us, cannot make us enlightened. We have to do it ourselves, by following his advice, practicing his teachings. So Buddha is like</i> …

The Best Meditation Apps for Every Personality

Meditation often conjures up images of blissed-out hippies wearing flowing clothes and sitting in trance-like stillness. If the only stillness you …

Meditation

Kickstarter 'universe in a sphere' is a desk ornament designed to awe you

There is a scene at the end of <i>Men in Black</i>, in which it’s revealed that our entire galaxy may, in fact, be nothing more than swirls in a toy marble …

Crowd Funding

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Does science imply God? Harvard astronomer raises fine-tuning argument in Washington Post, suggesting a theistic explanation for human intelligence

Howard Smith is a lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Astronomy as well as an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He’s …

health

Health

Why quantum mechanics might need an overhaul

SAN ANTONIO — Quantum mechanics is science’s equivalent of political polarization.Voters either take sides and argue with each other endlessly, or …

Universe Not Accelerating? New Battle Over Supernova Results

In 1998, the two leading independent collaborations working to measure distant supernovae in the Universe reported the same bizarre findings: they seemed to indicate that the Universe was accelerating. The only way to explain how distant these lights appeared was if the fabric of space was …

Universe

The Universe expands equally in all directions -- and this is bad news for Einstein's equations

Researchers analyzed the background radiation left over from the Big Bang to put an end to a long standing debate: Is our Universe expanding the same …

The moon formed from a vaporizing collision involving the Earth, study finds

Scientists have gone back and forth about explanations for the moon's formation for decades, with the general consensus being that it formed during …

Why we need mindfulness in the workplace

For an employee, it means being fully present in a moment, thinking only of the task at hand, not what is piled up in the in-box or what might appear …

Mindfulness

10 Little-Known (But Fascinating) STEM Fields to Explore

Interested in a career involving science, technology, engineering, or math? The world is your oyster (or your robot, as it were). STEM disciplines …

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff relies on the same Zen Buddhist concept that propelled Steve Jobs to success

Benioff calls this approach to business "beginner's mind." It's a concept from Zen Buddhism, and it describes constantly seeing the world anew, as if you didn't know anything about it.<p>The Forbes profile is hardly the first time Benioff has spoken about his beginner's mind. Earlier in 2016, for …

Meditation