With Infrastructure, Government Failure Buoys The Private Sector
Jul27

With Infrastructure, Government Failure Buoys The Private Sector

The United States is home to many contradictions, but none are as perplexing as what our great country can and cannot afford. We are told, for example, that our economy cannot afford a living wage, even as Congress continues to favor the rich with tax breaks and loopholes. But wages are far from the only casualty of our government’s spectacularly poor stewardship of public funds. In fact, most of us witness some of the most egregious...

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A lot of the Arctic is engulfed in a ‘river of smoke’ right now. Check out NASA’s photos
Jul23

A lot of the Arctic is engulfed in a ‘river of smoke’ right now. Check out NASA’s photos

When we think of wildfires wreaking havoc, we usually think of the massive blazes that destroy thousands of acres of forest across California, or other dry, hot places. But forest fires burn in the planet’s northernmost regions, too. In fact, 2015 has been one of the most intense fire seasons in years for Canada, Russia...

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Scott Walker Versus Science
Jul22

Scott Walker Versus Science

Scott Walker Versus Science By Dick Polman Scott Walker, the alleged Wisconsin wunderkind and newly declared presidential candidate, was buried in the news last week by Donald Trump and the Iran nuclear deal. No biggie. He rebooted this week by pandering to the Republican voters who abhor actual science. Mindful of his need to win the Iowa caucuses – the neighboring-state contest that’s dominated by religious conservatives...

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EPIC! Earth like you’ve never seen it before
Jul22

EPIC! Earth like you’ve never seen it before

STEAM Register Staff In this new Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) image, you can see what the sunlit Earth looks like from one million miles away. The satellite’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) CCD camera and telescope captured this color image of Earth on July 6, 2015, showing North and Central America. According to NASA,...

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Happy 46th Moon Day!
Jul20

Happy 46th Moon Day!

In light of the recent jingoism of the Pluto fly-by (which I had hoped we were bigger than – after all, what looks sillier than those getting the first view of our furthest “planet” standing around waving US flags?) it’s a good time to remember the wording of that plaque we left behind on all our Apollo missions: “We came in peace for all mankind.” The Apollo missions taught us that we were all...

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(Update – More Photos) A Photo of Pluto ‘Worth Sharing’
Jul15

(Update – More Photos) A Photo of Pluto ‘Worth Sharing’

Update 2: NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first close-up images of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. Enjoy: All photos, captions and graphic: NASA New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise — a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body. Credits: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI Remarkable new details of Pluto’s largest moon...

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Driverless Cars Will Send U.S. Cities Scrambling for Revenue
Jul15

Driverless Cars Will Send U.S. Cities Scrambling for Revenue

Before we know it, self-driving cars will be everywhere. Once the stuff of science fiction, we’ll soon be seeing people asleep at the wheel. Or maybe there won’t be a wheel at all, and we’ll be free to climb into the back seat to sneak in some more sleep on the way to work. Or finish reading the paper. Or just take in the scenery, for once. While Google used to be the only name in town when it came to autonomous cars, it seems every...

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Military Weekend (Update)
Jul14

Military Weekend (Update)

Update: In response to and in honor of a U.S. Air Force wife who attended more air shows “than fields got dandelions,” I added a photo of the U.S. Air Force’s flight demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, at the end of this post. Well, the U.S. Navy has a “pretty good” flight demonstration team, too, the Blue Angels. They fly sleek McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets, below. The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels,...

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There May Be Infinite Universes—and Infinite Versions of You
Jul10

There May Be Infinite Universes—and Infinite Versions of You

In another universe you might have become the president of Micronesia. Or a pauper, subsisting on ketchup. Perhaps a different version of you already read this—in which case, read it again, for the first time. All crazy ideas, but all completely plausible given the idea that there may be, in fact, multiple universes. Infinite, even....

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Scientists Reveal Death Toll Caused By Soft Drinks- And It Is Whopping
Jul04

Scientists Reveal Death Toll Caused By Soft Drinks- And It Is Whopping

Scientists have keynoted the dangers of fizzy, sugary drinks, noting that they kill 184,000 adults every year. It further said those under 45 consume more artificially sweetened drinks and are more at risk of diabetes and obesity. The worldwide study is the first to estimate deaths and disability from diabetes, heart disease, and cancers caused...

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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

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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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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