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The U.S. Navy’s brutal new war on the Arctic

This fishing season, the government plans to detonate thousands of pounds of toxic munitions in the Gulf of Alaska<p>I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Three times I stood atop the mountain the Athabaskans call …

14 genius Stephen Hawking quotes that will make you question your place in the universe (pictures)

June 2015

Diversity

After 10,000 years giant Antarctic ice-shelf will be gone by 2020, Nasa report says

New Nasa studies warn of "bad news for our planet" as looming crack threatens to shatter Larsen B ice-shelf into pieces<p>Antarctica's Larsen B ice-shelf is on course to disintegrate completely within the next five years, according to a <b>new study by Nasa</b>, the US space agency.<p>The 10,000-year-old ice …

Global Warming

Exercise Fuels Mental 'Time Travel'

<i>Wendy Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University (NYU)'s Center for Neural Science. A popular speaker, she is a</i> …

One Concept That Gives Physicists A Casper-Like Haunting

Here at 1<i>3.7: Cosmos & Culture,</i> we strive to bring you only the finest, most complete "big answers" to life's enduring "big questions."<p>And when there is more than one point of view to be explored, we lock our jaws onto the issue like a metaphysical pit bull and stay that way until someone calls …

12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world: Conflict, cruelty and suffering — not love and peace

Our shared moral/spiritual core matters. But religion has also promoted some of the worst ideas humanity has known<p>Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend …

Police In Mississippi Town Buy New Station, Cruisers With Funds From Aggressive Civil Forfeiture Program

The sign outside a new, $4.1 million law enforcement training facility in Richland, Mississippi, reads, "Richland Police Station tearfully donated by drug dealers." As Watchdog.org reported on Monday, it's a proud declaration of the fact that funding for the building, as well as for a new fleet of …

Five Trillion Pieces Of Plastic Are Floating In An Ocean Near You [Interactive]

And even more lurks below the surface<p>In December, a consortium of 12 research institutions published some of the first numbers on global ocean plastic pollution. By their calculation, almost 300,000 tons of plastic swirl near the surface of our seas today--equivalent to the weight of about 1,500 …

We Will Live on the Moon in 50 Years, Says Stephen Hawking

One day soon you may be filling your lungs with crisp ocean air, your arms bathed in warm light as …<p>Stephen Hawking has revealed from beyond the …

Space in Motion: Watch Gorgeous GIFs of Mars Sunset, Spinning Giant Asteroid

Two of this week's most intriguing views of space combine NASA images into animated form.<p>NASA spacecraft recently beamed back stunning images that, when combined, bring to life two neighboring alien worlds. While Mars delights us with a surprising blue sky, Ceres continues to perplex us with its …

Astronomy

It's Not Just Muslims; We ALL Need to Debunk Our Sacred Texts and Beliefs

I am thrilled and relieved to see articles on the <i>Huffington Post</i> where some Muslims are standing up and acknowledging that while the Koran has peaceful and beautiful messages, it also has violent quotes and should not be treated as an unerring sacred text that needs to be slavishly followed. But …

These compound lenses work like insect eyes - Futurity

The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. Using liquid crystals, scientists are catching up.

Why India’s government is targeting Greenpeace

<b>Narendra Modi is probably celebrating the first anniversary of his landslide victory with a Chinese meal.</b><p>It is the last day of the Indian prime minister's tour of China and he is meeting some of the heads of Chinese industry. He will be hoping that they will be able to drive forward his signature …

Shark finning is brutal and sad

Startling infographic about the cruel practice of shark finning, and a word about overfishing from an expert.<p>Brought to you …

Hormones for cattle stick around in streams - Futurity

Growth-promoting hormones given to cattle may linger in the environment at higher concentrations and for longer durations than previously thought.

Astronomical Jackpot: Quasar Quartet Is Spotted for First Time

The center of every galaxy boasts a supermassive black hole millions of times the mass of the sun. Material swirling around the rim of the black hole travels near the speed of light, emitting an enormous amount of energy before it is consumed. If the supply is large enough, it enters the quasar …

Universe

Will The Milky Way Get Strangled To Death?

It was a neighboring galaxy, in a cluster, with the rope<p>Just like lifeforms here on earth, galaxies can die. And it isn't always pretty. A paper published in <i>Nature</i> suggests that most galaxies die by strangulation.<p>A galaxy is pronounced dead (or quiescent, which doesn't sound as dramatic) when it …