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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Economic Reset
May20

Economic Reset

Libertarian econonmist Tyler Cowen comes to the right conclusion but mostly for the wrong reasons.  The economics of the world is changing – a reset – and things will never again be like they were.  He totally ignores what may be the most most important factor, automation and industrial robots. In manufacturing, for example, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Caterpillar and Navistar (formerly International Harvester) all pay...

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Mt St Helens 35 Years Later
May18

Mt St Helens 35 Years Later

This is the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mt St Helens. It is an event that those of us who were here will never forget.   I am thinking of my friend Connie Kaseweter Pullen who lost a dear brother that day – I lost a dear friend.  Connie and I got together when she googled  her brother Bob’s name and was directed  to my post on the 25th anniversary.  Some 30 years later Connie helped me through some tough times when...

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Those ‘Flying Gas Stations’
May12

Those ‘Flying Gas Stations’

The air-to-air refueling process has always fascinated me. Having flown a lot, especially in turbulent weather, it always amazes me how these unbelievably skilled, steady-hand, nerves-of-steel pilots and “boom operators” (In-Flight Refueling Specialists) are able to hook up to each other at 35,000 feet, while flying several hundred miles per hour and pump thousands of gallons of very dangerous “liquid” from one aircraft to...

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Thomas Edison’s talking dolls will ruin your day
May11

Thomas Edison’s talking dolls will ruin your day

Thomas Edison had many good ideas. The talking doll was not one of them. Despite his hard work, creepy-looking dolls with tiny phonographs inside of them did not become a success when they were introduced to the public in 1890. According to Mental Floss, Old Thomas sold only 500 and lost a large sum of...

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Surveillance from up there
May06

Surveillance from up there

Surveillance from up there And, it would seem, sponsored by all levels of government. You’ll remember the issue of media overflights during the Michael Brown protests in Ferguson. Overflights involving the FBI have been seen during the protests in Baltimore and are now the subject of inquiry… Discovery of the flights — which involved at least two airplanes and the assistance of the FBI — has prompted the American Civil...

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NASA Bill ‘Threatens’ Climate Studies
May05

NASA Bill ‘Threatens’ Climate Studies

Scientists denounced the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives’ NASA budget proposal that would take money away from Earth studies, including those of climate change, and funnel it toward space exploration, a move critics say could hinder the space agency’s ability to better understand global-warming trends. Passed by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Thursday,...

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Can You Inoculate Against Science Denial?
May04

Can You Inoculate Against Science Denial?

Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are making a comeback. Denial is not something we can ignore...

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The science behind a great breakfast
May03

The science behind a great breakfast

John Hopton for redOrbit.com – @Johnfinitum They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but most of us don’t realize just how important it is – or how to get it right. Our friend Dave Asprey, author of New York Times bestseller The Bulletproof Diet, previously informed us on the science behind...

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A weekend picture and some random thoughts
May02

A weekend picture and some random thoughts

I have been absent lately.  I like to blame it on health issues but it runs deeper than that.  I see a dysfunctional political environment that makes it impossible to deal with the major issues of our time.  So here are some random thoughts. 1. First some good news – after 6 years in Texas my brother is moving back to Oregon.  It will be nice to have a sibling close by again.  My sister has lived in Texas most of her life  as an...

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What’s it like to use a jetpack?
Apr30

What’s it like to use a jetpack?

What’s it like to use a jetpack? What’s it like to fly using only a jetpack? Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, known as Jetman, has flown around Mount Fuji, over the Grand Canyon and in formation with jets. According to his website, he became the first man in the history of aviation to fly with a jet-propelled wing in 2006. Rossy developed and...

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Peak Tablet
Apr30

Peak Tablet

Over at Moneybox at Slate Will Oremus says the prediction of the death of the PC was premature. Two or three years ago, all the pundits were predicting the tablet would soon kill the personal computer. I’ve always been skeptical of that narrative, although it has become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy in the PC world, where trend-chasing hardware manufacturers have largely given up on making great laptops. Apple has not, and...

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Apple Watch Tattoo Gate: Your Mom’s Not The Only One Who Hates Your Tattoos …
Apr30

Apple Watch Tattoo Gate: Your Mom’s Not The Only One Who Hates Your Tattoos …

What do Apple Watch and your mother have in common? Neither is very fond of guys with tattoos, apparently. On Tuesday, reports began circling around social media that if you had some skin art positioned where your Apple Watch was strapped, you were probably experiencing a few technical difficulties with the new smartwatch, starting with...

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Ghost sightings may be caused by mind-altering mold
Apr26

Ghost sightings may be caused by mind-altering mold

Most of us know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who has ‘seen a ghost.’ Most of them are reasonably down-to-earth, level-headed people. And yet, despite all the movies, the stories and the checking the closet every night and sleeping with the light on (what? Just me?), it is difficult for the scientific mind...

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Bruce Jenner to ABC News: “I’m a Woman”
Apr25

Bruce Jenner to ABC News: “I’m a Woman”

It’s one for the book: and a history making interview that’ll be played for many years to come: in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “20/20,” legendary athlete Bruce Jenner announced: “I am a woman.” Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families. Now, the...

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8.3 Quake, Tsunami Possible in Southern California
Apr22

8.3 Quake, Tsunami Possible in Southern California

8.3 Quake, Tsunami Possible in Southern California by Miriam Rafferty SAN DIEGO, Ca (SDONA) –Scientists studying the Ventura fault north of Los Angeles have concluded the fault line is more dangerous than previously thought. Now, seismologists have concluded the Ventura fault could produce a quake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale – along with a tsuami capable of inundating coastal areas of Southern California, affecting...

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Twitter Could Predict Emergency Room Rush Hours
Apr21

Twitter Could Predict Emergency Room Rush Hours

Just about everyone follows someone on social media who likes to complain about aches and pains, illnesses and maladies. While it can be tiresome, researchers at the University of Arizona say there is potentially life-saving value to people’s tweeting about their gripes. Research that will be published in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health...

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