More than 100 jars of human brains are missing from the University of Texas
Dec02

More than 100 jars of human brains are missing from the University of Texas

I don’t understand, how is this really news? One hundred jars of human brains taken from the late patients of a mental hospital in Austin, have disappeared from the University of Texas. The Atlantic reports that the brains, submerged in formalin, were kept in the campus’ Animal Resources Center. The specimens date to the 1950s, when the Austin State Hospital (AHS) was known as the Texas State Lunatic Asylum. The brains...

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Once Our Human Ancestors Stopped Living In Trees, They Got Drunk
Dec02

Once Our Human Ancestors Stopped Living In Trees, They Got Drunk

We didn’t start living on the forest floor because of the alcohol, but it didn’t hurt. A new study suggests the previous estimates that stated human ancestors began consuming alcohol 9,000 years ago is a few orders of magnitude off. The real timeline, researchers claim, traces back as far as 10 million years. The science...

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The Republican War on Science and Education
Nov18

The Republican War on Science and Education

While America and other western nations are concerned about climate change and ISIS, Republican conservatives take stances similar to some of those of ISIS and Boko Haram. The conservative wing of the Republican Party, which seems to dominate the party’s ideology, appears to be waging its own war against science and education. (Fortunately, they’re not quite as brutal in how they handle women as their Islamic counterparts.) Some of...

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The Power Of Emotion: How Feeling Disgust Spurs Your Worst Behavior
Nov16

The Power Of Emotion: How Feeling Disgust Spurs Your Worst Behavior

A new study from Rice University in Houston finds disgust can rule our bad decision-making. “As an emotion, disgust is designed as a protection,” said Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke professor of marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, in a press release. “When people feel disgusted, they tend to remove themselves from...

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This is our government’s war on privacy
Nov14

This is our government’s war on privacy

It’s becoming increasingly evident that governments see our phones as personal tracking devices. Read on for a new slant on these words: dirtbox and stingray. *** Boeing is at the center of the latest Department of Justice privacy story that broke in the Wall Street Journal ($) Thursday. The claim: the DOJ, via its US Marshals Service, has been using airplanes to secretly collect cellphone data from phones on the ground since...

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It’s not a theory. We know Facebook can influence elections
Nov13

It’s not a theory. We know Facebook can influence elections

This week we learned, from an article by Ben Smith, that BuzzFeed has gained near-exclusive access to Facebook sentiment data from now until election day 2016. This data is important, he tell us, because Facebook is quickly becoming a dominant force in U.S. politics, one that will surpass television in importance and become the battleground for targeted ads and direct-to-constituent messaging. “Facebook is on the cusp — and I suspect...

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BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet
Nov12

BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet

We have landed on a Comet! by Slamfu Another major milestone in the advancement and exploration of space has happened today. On Nov 25th 2014 the human racesuccessfully “softlanded” on a comet. I am a huge fan of space exploration and consit not only the obvious next stage of human endeavor but also absolutely within our reach if we choose to run with it. Comets in particular have the potential for being useful as sources...

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Why Was the Democratic Ground Game Grounded
Nov11

Why Was the Democratic Ground Game Grounded

At least since the Obama win in 2008 and probably longer, the Democrats have crowed about how their “ground game” was superior to that of the Republicans and how they were able to mobilize their base and independents who were left leaning to get to the polls on election day. The Democrats have claimed that their mastery of technology compared to the Republicans would be able to get them over the hump when push came to shove, knowing...

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Penises: Why Do Snakes Have Two And Men Only Have One?
Nov10

Penises: Why Do Snakes Have Two And Men Only Have One?

What do lizard penises and fish fins have in common? Well, for starters, they both provide a clue into the evolutionary origins of man. As hard as it may be to believe, it seems that man’s most prized possession actually isn’t getting all the credit it deserves. Not only is it responsible for the proliferation...

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A Brief History Of The Science Behind ‘Interstellar’
Nov09

A Brief History Of The Science Behind ‘Interstellar’

“Interstellar,” the latest blockbuster film by Christopher Nolan that opened Friday, is a science-fiction movie set in the near future when humanity must depart Earth and find a new home. While the technology is certainly not there yet, what does NASA think of the most recent Hollywood effort to examine the mysteries of space? NASA...

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Widespread election problems more than malfunctioning computers
Nov04

Widespread election problems more than malfunctioning computers

[Updated] The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, received far more complaints of problems at the polls than they received in 2010. For the first time, calls came in from every state. Mid-Tuesday morning in Seattle, I noticed that the NY Secretary of State website was unresponsive after I was unable to access it all when trying to determine polling locations: NY...

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‘iGay’: Apple Does it Better than Church of Rome (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Nov04

‘iGay’: Apple Does it Better than Church of Rome (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘came out of the closet’ as they say, proclaiming proudly in the pages of Business Week that ‘I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.’ Columnist Bert Wagendorp of the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant calls Cook’s comments ‘a beautiful and powerful provocation’ in ‘the most Christian country in the world’ and which goes the pope...

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What Is Your Dog Thinking? Check Out This High-Tech Harness For Communication Between Humans And Dogs
Nov02

What Is Your Dog Thinking? Check Out This High-Tech Harness For Communication Between Humans And Dogs

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online When a dog is barking or staring intently at you, a common response might be to ask – “What do you want?” A team of researchers from North Carolina State University is currently working on making communication between us and man’s best friend a little easier through...

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Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure, at least 1 dead
Oct31

Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure, at least 1 dead

A Virgin Galactic rocket plane known as SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Cantill area of the California Mojave desert during a test flight Friday morning, leaving one pilot dead and another injured, the California Highway Patrol reported. The pilots have not yet been identified, but Virgin reported that its WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane landed safely. “Virgin Galactic’s partner… Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure,...

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Cartoon: Foxie Poo
Oct31

Cartoon: Foxie Poo

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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Mystery of Amelia Earhart Solved? Fragment From Missing Plane Identified
Oct30

Mystery of Amelia Earhart Solved? Fragment From Missing Plane Identified

Researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) revealed that a piece from Amelia Earhart’s vanished aircraft has been identified in Nikumaroro, an atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. This is the first time that an artifact from the wreckage has been directly linked to Earhart’s last expedition, in which she was… Mystery of Amelia Earhart Solved? Fragment From Missing Plane...

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Pope Francis: Evolution Is Real; God Is Not A ‘Magician’
Oct29

Pope Francis: Evolution Is Real; God Is Not A ‘Magician’

Pope Francis has come out in defense of the theory of evolution, saying the scientific principle is not incompatible with Catholic doctrine. He said the world did not begin as “a work of chaos,” but instead emerged from a principle of love, and that creationism and evolution are not mutually exclusive ideas. “God is not...

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Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)
Oct29

Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)

Nowadays we need sane asylums By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — It used to be that psychiatrists put insane people into insane asylums. However, today, everyone is seemingly insane. Sort of. Just look at the pathology of our youth, the dysfunction of our families, the violence in our day to day lives, the poisonous popular culture to which we expose our children in their computer games, television, movies and music, and there...

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Is Ebola the New Jaws?
Oct28

Is Ebola the New Jaws?

In 1975, Steven Spielberg directed a movie derived from a Peter Benchley novel called “Jaws.It was the story of a gigantic white shark terrorizing a resort town, killing a number of swimmers and the shark hunters who went after it. This realistic film was a major hit, the highest grossing film up until that time, frightening and intimidating moviegoers all over the country and eventually the world. People were talking about it for...

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Liberal or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts to Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation
Oct27

Liberal or Conservative? How Your Brain Reacts to Disgusting Images Reveals Your Political Affiliation

Conservatives and liberals really are wired differently. Scientists can accurately predict whether a subject is left-wing tree-hugger or a right-wing gun-toter based on how their brains respond to certain images, a new study in Current Biology has found. P. Read Montague, a scientist at Virginia Tech, said his experiment was inspired by data that shows...

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