No the Greeks did not invent Mathematics
Jul03

No the Greeks did not invent Mathematics

Over at the normally largely fictional National Review Kevin D, Williamson brings us some new fiction. The Greeks Invented Mathematics, and Now It’s Bankrupting Them.  As much as we not like to admit it our modern mathematics comes from the Muslims of he Ottoman Empire.  They brought a number system from India that included the the concept of zero.  And then there is algebra and algorithm. The Greeks may have planted the seed but it...

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You can’t fight climate change with denial (Guest Voice)
Jun26

You can’t fight climate change with denial (Guest Voice)

You can’t fight climate change with denial by Michael Gerson Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Reducing Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si” to a white paper on global warming is, in George Weigel’s fitting analogy, “akin to reading ‘Moby Dick’ as if it were a treatise on the 19th-century New England whaling industry.” The whole spirit and story of the...

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No One Smells Exactly Like You
Jun25

No One Smells Exactly Like You

The nose knows: the highest topographical feature within the facial landscape is the nose. Now, a new study from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science makes a close examination of this distinctive, though rather humble feature. The genes for the receptors our noses use to detect scents, the researchers discovered, are about 30 percent different between any… graphic via...

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On Google’s White House and the Future of Technology Policy
Jun23

On Google’s White House and the Future of Technology Policy

That Obama’s White House has maintained close ties with Google over the years is hardly a secret. Our President is probably the biggest science and tech enthusiast to ever occupy the Oval Office—a distinction that has resulted in some more-or-less unprecedented forward strides in the realms of (for example) cybersecurity and biological research. However: while Google is clearly a leader in technological innovation, many (including...

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Middle Finger Emoji Can Get You Jail Time In UAE
Jun22

Middle Finger Emoji Can Get You Jail Time In UAE

The middle finger emoji can convey a lot of sentiments — you can use it to display anger and when goofing around. But if you’re traveling abroad, then be wary of where and how you use emoji as the icon can potentially put you in jail. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has passed a new Cyber… graphic via...

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Breaking! Climate Deniers ‘Friends of Science’ Say Solutions Uneconomical (Guest Voice)
Jun20

Breaking! Climate Deniers ‘Friends of Science’ Say Solutions Uneconomical (Guest Voice)

Pardon my sarcasm in the title, but I am still getting over the shock that the Alberta-based climate science attack group Friends of Science still think they are relevant. Last week, the much discredited group issued a report attempting to throw a damp towel on Canada’s tepid commitment to dealing with climate change. Those who...

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Chocolate is healthy, prevents diabetes, improves thinking and keeps you skinny, scientists say
Jun17

Chocolate is healthy, prevents diabetes, improves thinking and keeps you skinny, scientists say

Perhaps chocolate shouldn’t be such a guilty pleasure. A study this week shows eating 100 grams a day – two bars – lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. Of course, some were skeptical. “I would not be rushing out to buy chocolate for a treat – rather, if peckish, a piece or two of… graphic via...

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Jeb Bush: Pope Frances should stay away from climate change issue
Jun17

Jeb Bush: Pope Frances should stay away from climate change issue

By Steve Holland and Amanda Becker DERRY, N.H./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In his first official day on the presidential campaign trail on Tuesday, Republican Jeb Bush, a Catholic, had sharp words on Pope Francis’ decision to leap into the climate change debate, saying the pontiff should steer clear of political issues. Bush, at a town hall event in New Hampshire a day after formally announcing his candidacy for the 2016 presidential...

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Cartoon: Smartphone
Jun16

Cartoon: Smartphone

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‘Jurassic World’ Is More of the Same – And That’s A Great Thing
Jun15

‘Jurassic World’ Is More of the Same – And That’s A Great Thing

  3.5/5 “You can’t repeat the past”, Nick said to Jay. “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” And we all know how it ended for Jay Gatsby, so after three films, why should it end differently for megalomaniacs and a few incautious geneticists? If there is any thematic through-line throughout the Jurassic Park films, it is that if you attempt to make a business out of nature, it will make a business out of you, and with...

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Neurosurgeon to attempt world’s first head transplant
Jun14

Neurosurgeon to attempt world’s first head transplant

An Italian neurosurgeon has unveiled plans to perform the first human head transplant by the end of 2017. Dr Sergio Canavero announced his plan at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons in the US state of Maryland on Friday, saying he believes he has a 90 percent chance of...

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We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, but Someone Has to Pay
Jun11

We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, but Someone Has to Pay

Earlier this spring, as violence and chaos drove thousands of refugees onto rickety boats off Libya, with some drowning on the grueling voyage to Italy, scientists gathered on the outskirts of Rome to discuss another sort of catastrophe. Astronomers and physicists from some of the world’s top institutions grappled with a dire scenario: An asteroid...

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These Three Countries Are Schooling America In Sustainability
Jun08

These Three Countries Are Schooling America In Sustainability

Whereas America used to lead the developed world in matters of scientific progress and social responsibility, we’re finding more and more that other nations are running circles around us when it comes to tackling the most significant issues of our time. Consider a recent warning by a French minister that stated in no uncertain terms that any multinational agreements on fighting climate change would have to avoid US Congressional...

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Another Call For A Science Debate
Jun05

Another Call For A Science Debate

It is becoming a regular feature of elections that there is a call for a science debate. Despite lack of interest by politicians, there is another call for a science debate this election: Science is changing everything, with major economic, environmental, health, legal, and moral implications. Sign the call for the candidates to debate: “Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges facing America and the rest of the...

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Cartoon: GOP Science
Jun01

Cartoon: GOP Science

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Robotic butt helps medical students not make asses of themselves
May29

Robotic butt helps medical students not make asses of themselves

Whether you used to be a student or are currently one now, odds are at one time or another you felt that your instructor was a giant butt. Medical students who work with a new robotic device created by experts at Drexel Universities and the Universities of Florida and Wisconsin certainly do, but in their...

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Cartoon: Republican Science
May24

Cartoon: Republican Science

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Scientist: Aliens will be bear-sized
May22

Scientist: Aliens will be bear-sized

Shayne Jacopian for redOrbit.com – @ShayneJacopian In a universe with countless planets, there’s a good chance that some of them can, and do, support life. Scientists aren’t sure what any of these aliens will look like, but a Univerity of Barcelona scientist makes a statistical argument that most will weigh about 700 pounds. That means...

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Jeb Bush Jumps the Shark: Questions Science Climate Change Belief as “Arrogance”
May21

Jeb Bush Jumps the Shark: Questions Science Climate Change Belief as “Arrogance”

Buh bye Jeb Bush. You’ve just disqualified yourself from being President. The former Florida Governor had a bad week doing the politico limbo on whether invading Iraq was a good idea. That brought him under fire not just from Democrats but from many Republicans. Now, perhaps in a move to get back into the good graces of the party’s dominant conservative primary voters, he is questioning climate change — something the...

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How To Best Cope With Death, According To Science
May21

How To Best Cope With Death, According To Science

It’s a natural part of life, yet death can still often leave us feeling confused, shocked, and deeply saddened. We all go through it at some point or another, and everyone handles grief differently — some falling into depression, and others remaining buoyant — but it is possible to get past it, according to research....

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