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A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech

Here’s the problem with suggesting that upsetting speech warrants “safe spaces,” or otherwise conflating mere words with physical assault: If speech is violence, then violence becomes a justifiable response to speech.<p>Just ask college students. A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use …

Censorship

Science of the arts: The new field of neuroaesthetics is probing the relationship between art and the brain - Washington Post

This browser is not fully supported. Please update for the best experience.<p>This is your brain on art<p>By Sarah L. Kaufman, Dani Player, Jayne Orenstein, May-Ying Lam, Elizabeth Hart and Shelly Tan<p>Published Sept. 18, 2017<p>Scroll down to continue.<br>Presentation includes sound.<p>Published Sept. 18, …

The Brain

Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class

ISTANBUL (AP) — Students in Turkey are returning to school where they will be taught evolution for the last time in their biology classes. Next fall, evolution and Charles Darwin will be scrapped from their textbooks.<p>Turkey has announced an overhaul of more than 170 topics in the country's school …

Turkey

From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones was released last month after serving more than two decades in an Indiana prison for the murder of her 4-year-old son. The very next day, she arrived at New York University, a promising Ph.D. student in American studies.<p>In a breathtaking feat of rehabilitation, Ms. Jones, now 45, …

Education

Google Maps Is Working With Florida to Help Evacuees Get Away From Hurricane Irma

As cars flood the roads in a bid to outrun Hurricane Irma, Google Maps and the state of Florida are working together to make it easier for any …

Hurricane Irma

‘Antifa’ radicals aren’t good because they fight Nazis

Image 1of/2<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn’t necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is …

Ralph Steadman’s Surrealist Illustrations of George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1995)

As a novelist, George Orwell did not traffic in subtleties, but then neither did the authors of Medieval morality plays. The allegorical <i>Animal Farm</i> …

Literature

The racism at the heart of the Reagan presidency

How Ronald Reagan used coded racial appeals to galvanize white voters and gut the middle class<p>The rocket-quick rise of racial politics leveled off briefly in the 1970s, before shooting upward again. In good part because of racial appeals, the Republican Party had transformed the crushing defeat of …

The Tech Revolution That’s Changing How We Measure Poverty

Understandably, this method had its flaws. Beyond simple human error, the act of transferring the data from paper to a computer created …

Big Data

Ethical machines

Can we make machines more ethical? Can there be responsible machines?

Singularity

American Scientists Successfully Edited Faulty Genes In Human Embryos. Is That Ethical?

As far as groundbreaking developments go, there are few technologies that have captured the life science world's imagination like CRISPR, the …

Genetics

Scientists in warning over extreme weather

Europe's death toll from weather disasters could rise 50-fold by the end of this century, with extreme heat alone killing more than 150,000 people a …

Climate Change

New Zealand inquiry doesn't recommend legalizing assisted suicide, euthanasia

Wellington, New Zealand, Aug 4, 2017 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A long-term inquiry submitted to New Zealand's parliament Wednesday did not …

Catholicism

New Human Embryo Editing Research Reignites Ethical Debate

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Dr. George Daley, the dean of Harvard Medical School, about the ethical discussions surrounding editing the DNA of human embryos and what the future of the technology might look like.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>This week, a U.S.-based team of researchers announced a …

Genetics

6 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Situation

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Critical Thinking

How a job acquires a gender (and less authority if it’s female)

Why do we think of a firefighter as a man and a nurse as a woman and not the other way around?<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.”<p>So proclaims Beyoncé in a video in support of the #banbossy campaign. The campaign highlights how when little boys …

Gender

Is it Ethical to Automate Your Own Remote Job and Still Get Paid?

A programmer was able to automate his remote job; collecting a full-time paycheck while working for two hours a week. The employer, none the wiser, …

Ethics

Fish as art, not food

One of Tokyo’s most popular summer attractions features LED light displays, impressive glass sculptures, an immersive soundscape and, most importantly, thousands of sea creatures.<p>The living art installation is the work of Japanese artist Hidetomo Kimura. His<i>Art Aquarium</i> combines the movements of …

Art

Scientists Can Use CRISPR to Store Images and Movies in Bacteria

It’s a step toward turning microbes into living hard drives.<p>In 1872, Eadweard Muybridge captured a series of photos of a running horse. His images settled a debate about whether the animal ever lifted all four feet off the ground at once—it did. They also formed the basis of one of the first motion …

Biology

Everyday Sexism in a 'Post-Feminist' World

Pop culture tells girls they can do anything, but the messages they experience in the classroom tell a different story.<p>For the past two decades, “girl power” has become a popular way of describing the success of girls in American culture. Widespread reports of “alpha girls”—girls who can do it all, …

Gender

Why Life on Mars May Be Impossible

Mars is a lousy place to try to live—what with the paralyzing cold, the blistering radiation and the thin carbon dioxide atmosphere. That hasn't …

Planets

Tencent imposes daily gaming limits to curb addiction among minors

Chinese internet giant will limit the amount of time minors can play Honor of Kings, the world’s highest-grossing mobile game<p>Tencent announced this week that it will limit the amount of time children can play the role-playing mobile game <i>Honor of Kings</i>, amid concerns that some kids were becoming …

China

Frog evolution linked to dinosaur asteroid strike

<b>The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.</b><p>A new analysis shows that frog populations exploded after the extinction event 66 million years ago.<p>It would appear to contradict earlier evidence suggesting a …

Dinosaurs

Street Artist’s “Neo Post Cubism” Graffiti Combines Cubism with Realism

Spanish street artist Miguel Ángel Belinchón—better known as Belin—creates hyperrealistic portraits with a cubist twist. Inspired by the deconstructed forms and expressive portraits of Pablo Picasso, Belin describes his avant-garde style as <i>Neo Post Cubism,</i> a term he has coined and continues to …

Artists

Black Girls Are Perceived As Less Innocent Than White Girls — Starting at Age 5

Researchers and advocates have noted for years that black Americans face a higher risk of imprisonment than white Americans and constitute almost 1 …

Racism

This woman is teaching a robot a craft that humans took centuries to master

Stefanie Pender is a hybrid artist, who has spent 15 years mastering the ancient craft of glassblowing. Now she has built a special robot to try and translate the complex knowledge and muscle memory required to blow glass.<p>For Pender, an artist in residence at Autodesk's Pier 9 program, …

Robots

Egypt considers banning parents from giving their kids foreign names like Mark or Sam

You might be hard pressed to find a Mark or Sam in Egypt's next generation.<p>An Egyptian parliament committee is set to meet on Tuesday to discuss a law that could ban parents from giving their children "western names."<p>Under the new law, a fine of up to $270 or a jail term up to six months could be …

Egypt

Remembering the Murder You Didn’t Commit

When Ada JoAnn Taylor is tense, she thinks she can feel the fabric of a throw pillow in the pads of her fingers. Taylor has suffered from tactile flashbacks for three decades. She imagines herself in a small apartment in Beatrice, Nebraska. She is gripping the edges of a pillow, more tightly than …

Crime

Eager To Burst His Own Bubble, A Techie Made Apps To Randomize His Life

<i>This week, the podcast and show</i> Invisibilia <i>examines the nature of reality, with a Silicon Valley techie who created apps to randomize his life, a psychologist who trains herself to experience the world like dogs do and a wildlife biologist who thinks bears aren't dangerous.</i><p>In San Francisco, the …

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