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An Astronomy Professor Brilliantly Explains Climate Change In 14 Tweets

There can often be far more scientific “noise” than signal on Twitter these days. It is an interesting community of expert analysis, opinions, and innuendo. I do find it a net good as long as you are patient enough to sift through the random oddball theories rooted in Wikipedia research and …

‘Really Big’ Earthquake Is Coming, Striking 7 Million People in the Worst Natural Disaster in North American History

The last time the Juan de Fuca oceanic plate jolted under the North American plate, unleashing a 9.0 earthquake, was in 1700. With the event …

Yes, the Russia-Trump Investigation Is Real

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>Yes, the Russia-Trump investigation is real — even when you exclude the Steele dossier<p>WASHINGTON — With the revelation that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid …

Donald Trump

DNA study provides insight into how to live longer

<b>Every year spent in education adds an average of 11 months to people's lifespan, say scientists.</b><p>The researchers say a person loses two months for every kilogram overweight they are - and seven years for smoking a packet of cigarettes a day.<p>Unusually, the Edinburgh university team found their …

Why do we feel so guilty all the time?

Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt. By Devorah Baum<p>I feel guilty about everything. Already today I’ve felt guilty about having said the wrong thing to a friend. Then I felt guilty about avoiding …

Middle-class

DIY dome homes built from AirCrete are an affordable & ecofriendly option

<b>First there was foamcrete, then there was papercrete and hempcrete, and now we've got AirCrete, a foamy mixture of air bubbles and cement that is</b> …

Home Improvement

Why the head of the EPA built himself a secret phone booth

Scott Pruitt sees himself as a wartime general in hostile, occupied territory.<p>As colorful as the Trump administration has been, few officials have drawn more incredulous attention than EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The boyish Oklahoman is one of Trump’s favorites — he played a key role in …

Pew Research Center

7 'Facts' You Learned at School That Are No Longer True

Don't get stuck in the past.<p>Over time, even facts we consider steadfast truths can change. People used to think doctors could forgo washing their …

Solar System

50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Challenge accepted.<p>Fifty contemporary classics everyone should read at least once—only 50? There are hundreds we could include, and if we did, this …

A growing threat could kill 10 million people by 2050, but one company thinks it can stop it

After years of abuse in people and animals — with doctors practically doling them out like candy and farmers stirring them into animal feed — antibiotics have virtually stopped working. In January, a woman died after a raging infection that failed to respond to 26 different kinds of antibiotics. …

The World Won't End Saturday, But The Next Extinction Could Happen in 2100, Says This MIT Scientist

A new analysis of previous mass extinctions adds more support to the idea that there will be another—soon.<p>Daniel Rothman, a geophysict at the …

America gives $700bn to the military – but says healthcare is a luxury | Trevor Timm

On Monday, the Pentagon received even more money than it had asked for. Funding war is something that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on<p>When Bernie Sanders released his much anticipated healthcare plan last week, countless pundits and members of Congress asked why the government should …

Bernie Sanders

Nonlinear physics bridges thoughts to sounds in birdsong

The beautiful sound of birdsongs emerging from the trees is a wonderful example of how much nature can still teach us, even as much about their …

50 years of stories

To celebrate a half-century of discovery, Fermilab has been gathering tales of life at the lab. Science stories usually catch the eye when there’s …

The campaign against killer radio waves

Some people steadfastly believe that radio waves from cellphone towers, electrical wires and microwave ovens, make them sick. They cite symptoms such …

Microwaves

Did an Alien Contact Japanese Fishermen in 1803?

On Feb. 22, 1803, a strange boat washed ashore in Japan. It was something the fishermen there had never seen before — a disc-shaped vessel, with …

Paranormal

Have scientists really admitted climate change sceptics are right?

'Fear of global warming is exaggerated, say scientists,' claimed Mail Online<p>For a section of the right-wing media, it was too good to miss, an …

Climate Change

Meet the woman who warned about Russian election meddling years ago—and got death threats

Calls for more transparency and regulation governing the content and advertising on Facebook are suddenly coming from both the right and the left in Washington, and are likely to increase as more information emerges about how the company earns nearly all of its almost $30 billion in annual …

Internet

How “white people” were invented by a playwright in 1613

The Jacobean playwright Thomas Middleton invented the concept of “white people” on October 29th, 1613, the date that his play <i>The Triumphs of Truth</i> was first performed. The phrase was first uttered by the character of an African king who looks out upon an English audience and declares: “I see …

Literature

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

College & University

The Wall Street Journal's Trump problem

Dozens have left the paper in the past year and interviews with current and ex-staffers show outrage over pressure from management to normalize Trump<p>On Monday 13 February, just over three weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief Gerry Baker held a town-hall …

Donald Trump

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.<p><b>It is insufficient</b> <b>to state</b> the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office …

Donald Trump

Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed

It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is real, problematic for the planet, and has been exacerbated by human activity.<p>But what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have …

Climate Change

Your job can’t save you now

Work means everything to us Americans. For centuries—since, say, 1650—we’ve believed that it builds character (punctuality, initiative, honesty, self-discipline, and so forth). We’ve also believed that the market in labor, where we go to find work, has been relatively efficient in allocating …

Income Inequality

Interpreting the Bible Just Got More Complicated

The English translation of the recently discovered oldest Latin version of the Gospels may be problematic for those who want to read the Bible as a …

“They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: an expert on antifa explains the group

Why a loose network of militant activists is confronting fascists.<p>When Donald Trump used the phrase “alt-left” to describe the anti-neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville last week, most people had no idea what he meant. I’m actually not sure he knew what he meant.<p>“What about the alt-left that came …

Rights & Freedoms

15 books Malcolm Gladwell thinks everyone should read

A 2015 New York Times article poked fun at how often he blurbs books and recommends them on social media.<p>The bestselling author has published multiple books and articles exploring human behavior from all angles; he also recently launched a hit podcast.<p>We dug through years of his tweets, book …

NASA's Ready to Break Silence of Interstellar Space With Your Tweets

NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft, launched 40 years ago, have gone farther into outer space than any other human-made object. And thanks to …

Social Media