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Why We Never Talk About Black-on-Black Crime: An Answer to White America’s Most Pressing Question

You’ve heard it before. It is the most frequent response to any accusation of police brutality. It is the repeated sleight of hand used to distract …

Secrets of the “Star Wars” drafts: Inside George Lucas’ amazing — and very different — early scripts

Luke might have been a woman. Drawings that made Lucas’ vision real. Hidden stories from “Star Wars” history<p>In January 1975, the second draft was ready. Now titled "Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode One: The Star Wars," it was about five thousand words lighter than its predecessor. Lucas …

Stonehenge secrets revealed by underground map

<b>Archaeologists have unveiled the most detailed map ever produced of the earth beneath Stonehenge and its surrounds.</b><p>They combined different instruments to scan the area to a depth of three metres, with unprecedented resolution.<p>Early results suggest that the iconic monument did not stand alone, but …

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program

For two years, the company has been working to build flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two. An Atlantic exclusive.<p>A zipping comes across the sky.<p>A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia. A white vehicle appears …

Has DNA Evidence Finally Uncovered The Identity Of Jack The Ripper?

After years of investigations, guesses, and suspicions about the identity of Jack The Ripper, we may finally have a concrete answer thanks to DNA testing. The legendary murderer has remained a mysterious member of the cultural landscape for years, surviving as the great unknown boogeyman from the …

Richard Dawkins,Edinburgh international book festival,Atheism,Science,Creationism,Books,YouTube,Edinburgh festival,Edinburgh,Scotland,UK news,Edinburgh international book festival 2014<p>'Angels at the altar' fantasy of now confirmed atheist revealed as leading scientist speaks at Edinburgh book …

Tea Party star defends absurdly racist campaign flyer

Joe Miller’s second attempt to represent Alaska in the U.S. Senate is going even worse than the first<p>If you spent all of last weekend blissfully living your life without even once coming face-to-face with a campaign flyer depicting Latino people as menacing gangsters covered in tattoos, you …

Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention

<i>(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)</i><p>When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while …

The American Century is over: How our country went down in a blaze of shame

We face a triple crisis in foreign policy, economics and democracy. Here’s how it all went to hell<p>In 1914, the American Century began. This year the American Century ended. America’s foreign policy is in a state of collapse, America’s economy doesn’t work well, and American democracy is broken. The …

2 Easy Ways to Increase Willpower — Courtesy of the Cookie Monster

<b>Willpower Is Destiny</b><p>Haven’t we all heard of Mischel’s Marshmallow Self-Control Test by now? If not, here’s a quick summary:<p>Stick a little kid alone …

Harvard confirms century-old book is covered in human skin

Harvard owns a book that's bound in human skin. It's sure of it, too. One of its curators announced today that tests on a book titled <i>Des destinées de l’ame</i> (<i>Destinies of The Soul</i>), which was published sometime in the 1880s, have confirmed with 99.9 percent confidence that it's been bound in human …

DARPA developing brain-zapping implants for injured soldiers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a program to develop technologies to treat psychiatric disorders by electrically stimulating the brain.<p>DARPA's SUBNETS program (short for Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies) will fund teams of researchers to …

Volcano blast likely melted ice to make lakes on Mars - Futurity

Heat from a massive volcano on Mars may have melted glacial ice and created large lakes of liquid water that lasted long enough to harbor life.

Space Travel

Psychology’s replication drive: it’s not about you

In 1974, Elizabeth Loftus and John Palmer conducted a study that is now required knowledge for all university undergraduates reading psychology. They asked students to watch a video clip that involved a multi-car pile-up. Afterwards, the students were asked one of two questions – “how fast were the …

APOD: Voyager's Neptune (2014 May 15) Composite Image Credit & Copyright: Assembly/Processing - Rolf Olsen, Data - Voyager 2, NASA Planetary Data System http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140515.html Explanation: Cruising through the outer solar system, the Voyager 2 spacecraft made its closest approach to Neptune on August 25, 1989, the only spacecraft to visit the most distant gas giant. Based on the images recorded during its close encounter and in the following days, this inspired composited scene covers the dim outer planet, largest moon Triton, and faint system of rings. From just beyond Neptune's orbit, the interplanetary perspective looks back toward the Sun, capturing the planet and Triton as thin sunlit crescents. Cirrus clouds and a dark band circle Neptune's south polar region, with a cloudy vortex above the pole itself. Parts of the very faint ring system along with the three bright ring arcs were first imaged by Voyager during the fly-by, though the faintest segments are modeled in this composited picture. Spanning 7.5 degrees, the background starfield is composed from sky survey data centered on the constellation Camelopardalis, corresponding to the outbound Voyager's view of the magnificent Neptunian system. http://www.rolfolsenastrophotography.com/ http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://pds-rings.seti.org/voyager/iss/raw_images.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140515 #APOD

New moon is June 13

The upcoming new moon is June 13, 2018, at 19:43 UTC. Will you see it? No, it crosses the sky with the sun during the day. The difference between new …

Astronomy

Finally, A Way To Harvest Hydroelectric Energy From Toilet Flushes

It's about time toilets start providing a useful function<p>The average American flushes 24 gallons of water down the toilet daily, while—don't get me wrong, toilets; we appreciate all of your hard work—maybe some of the energy used in a flush could be put to an additional use.<p>Here's one way: harvest …

Trolls In Their Natural Habitats: An Analysis Of Comments On TED Talks

Six percent of YouTube comments on TED talks are straight-up insults.<p>Think of it as a study of the natural behaviors of the troll. A team of information science researchers recently analyzed the comments people make on recorded TED talks. Actually, the researchers found that the majority of …

Google buys Titan Aerospace to make more drones for Project Loon

It’s a drone-buying spree, and Google is the latest to make a purchase.<p>It reportedly just agreed to purchase high-altitude drone maker Titan Aerospace for an unspecified amount.<p>The search (and tons of other technologies) giant said today that it will be purchasing the company, whose drones are …

APOD: Lunar Farside (2014 Apr 05) Image Credit: NASA / GSFC / ASU / LRO http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140405.html Explanation: Tidally locked in synchronous rotation, the Moon always presents its familiar nearside to denizens of planet Earth. From lunar orbit, the Moon's farside can become familiar, though. In fact this sharp picture, a mosaic from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's wide angle camera, is centered on the lunar farside. Part of a global mosaic of over 15,000 images acquired between November 2009 and February 2011, the highest resolution version shows features at a scale of 100 meters per pixel. Surprisingly, the rough and battered surface of the farside looks very different from the nearside covered with smooth dark lunar maria. The likely explanation is that the farside crust is thicker, making it harder for molten material from the interior to flow to the surface and form the smooth maria. http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/ http://www.nasa.gov/lro Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140405 #APOD

Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

Each week we find the most interesting and informative articles we can and along the way we uncover amazing and cool images. Here you'll discover 10 …

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson To Science Deniers: ‘Science Is Not There For You To Cherry Pick’

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of National Geographic and Fox’s new show Cosmos, said Sunday that he thinks the media needs to stop …

It sprang from the brain of one man, Tim Berners-Lee, and is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time. A quarter-century on, we examine how the web has transformed our lives<p>The thing that is most extraordinary about the internet is the way it enables <i>permissionless</i> innovation. This stems …

If physicists are smarter than social scientists, are religious people dumb?

A recent study in the <i>Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion</i> by Edward Dutton (University of Oulu, Finland) and Richard Lynn (University of Ulster, Northern Ireland) proclaims that physicists are more intelligent than social scientists.<p>Why, you ask? Because, of course, they have higher …

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?<p>The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a …

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

Every so often — and it isn't often, because while I'm always looking, always hoping, it's so rare to find — but this week it happened. A friend sent me an email that said, "You've got to check out this video."<p>I did. And what I saw was somebody doing something new in the world, something deeply …