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Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece <i>Dr. Strangelove</i> in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, unspools his paranoid worldview—and the explanation for why he drinks “only distilled water, or rainwater, and only …

Astronomers watch black hole choke on a star 'blob' - Futurity

An event first captured on a small telescope appears to be the first-ever view of a black hole choking on a star.

When you wish upon a star: nuclear fusion and the promise of a brighter future

Decades in the making, Iter, a huge experimental nuclear fusion reactor in rural France, could be the site of breakthroughs that will provide limitless, clean energy and secure the planet’s future<p>The countryside of Saint-Paul-lez-Durance in Provence is a serene terrain of thickly wooded hills. On …

Nuclear Energy

Obama to propose $325bn plan to provide tax cuts for the middle class

President seeks to provide middle-class tax breaks by levying higher fees on banks, closing loopholes for trust funds, and raising the capital gains threshold<p>President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address will propose closing multibillion-dollar tax loopholes used by the wealthiest Americans, …

Middle-class

Obama to call for raising capital gains, inheritance taxes to pay for middle-class tax relief

President Barack Obama will call for increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans by raising the capital gains rate and eliminating a tax break on inheritances, then using the revenue to fund new tax credits and other cost-saving measures for the middle class.<p>The president's proposals are likely to …

Author's journey inside ISIS: They're 'more dangerous than people realize'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Juergen Todenhoefer's journey was a tough one: dangerous, but also eye-opening. The author traveled deep into ISIS territory -- the area they now call their "caliphate" -- visiting Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria, as well as Mosul in Iraq.<p>Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, was taken by ISIS …

Scientists Are Beaming Over Quantum Teleportation Record

A new distance record has been set in the strange world of quantum teleportation.<p>In the record-setting experiment, the quantum spin of a light particle was teleported 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) across an optical fiber, making the operation the farthest quantum feat of its kind.<p>About five years ago, …

Quantum Mechanics