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Jupiter's Hellish Moon, Io: Volcano Epi-Center of Our Solar System --"Could Harbor Extreme Life" (Weekend Feature)

"Everyone right away tends to categorically exclude the possibility of life on Io," said astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch at Washington State University. "Conditions on Io might have made it a friendlier habitat in the distant past. If life did ever develop...

The Hawai'i That Was: Pu'u O'o, the Volcano We Couldn't See

16 hours agoAcademics / Geology : Geotripper

The Pu'u O'o cone from above Hilo Disclaimer: This is NOT happening right now! These pictures are from 2009.Pu'u O'o is the invisible volcano on the Big Island. It's been the center of eruptive activity for much of the last thirty years, but there are very few easily accessible localities from which it can be seen. Show More Summary

51 U.S. diplomats criticized U.S. policy on Syria. Will their dissent make a difference?

Last week, 51 State Department diplomats objected to U.S. policy toward the conflict in Syria. When their memo, filed via the State Department’s formal dissent channel, was leaked to the media, it made the news. But there’s a long tradition of internal dissent in the U.S. government during crises involving large-scale civilian atrocities. Indeed, from the Holocaust […]

the real story behind the adjunct labor market in academia

For many years, I believed a common story about part-time laborers in the university system. I believed that administrators had slowly cut back on full time tenure track jobs and replaced them with an army of low paid part timers.Tenure was under attack and it will soon disappear. That story isn’t right. Writing in Liberal […]


David Crystal has posted about what sounds like a remarkable museum: Last week I finally managed to get to see the amazing Mundolingua – the language museum in Paris founded by Mark Oremland a couple of years ago. I don’t use the adjective lightly. He has managed to pack into two floors of a small […]

The Perils of Pure Democaracy

June 26, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston In yesterday’s post on the Brexit vote, I wondered aloud about the wisdom of using a referendum to decide on specific policies. A commenter characterized my views as “the quintessential liberalShow More Summary

Having Trouble Making Friends? Stop Obsessing Over Yourself

It’s actually pretty simple. “If you want to be interesting, you have to be interested.” These are the famous words of my husband’s grandmother. She took conversation making seriously, and understood the golden rule of friendships — put into people what you want back. When it […]

How to stop the United Nations from abusing its immunity

The passage of time can play cruel tricks on noble intentions. The person selected as the new United Nations (UN) Secretary-General later this year should keep this in mind as he or she evaluates how effectively the UN is responding to the challenges of the 21st century. read more

The Republican Convention Delegates Can Dump Trump

Contrary to what has been asserted generally in the news media, the majority of the delegates to the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland are not bound by either state laws or party rules to vote for Donald Trump. In fact, at every...Show More Summary

Study examines quality of end life care for patients with different illnesses

Families reported better quality of end-of-life care for patients with cancer or dementia than for patients with end-stage renal disease, cardiopulmonary failure or frailty because patients with cancer or dementia had higher rates of...Show More Summary

Improvements needed in end-of-life care for patients with organ failure

Historically, efforts to improve end-of-life care have focused primarily on patients with cancer. But few studies have looked at the quality of end-of-life care for patients with other serious illnesses, such as lung, kidney or heart failure or dementia. Show More Summary

The End of White Christian America

I have pre-ordered this forthcoming Robert P. Jones book, here is the Amazon description: Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), challenges us to grasp the profound political and cultural consequences of a new reality—that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. Show More Summary

30 Minutes Sitting Here Has Magical Effect on Depression

Simple activity that reduces depression and blood pressure. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" 

Make-Up Changes Your Social Status Differently For Men And Women

Dominance and prestige are two ways of achieving high status. > Use code "10OFF" for 10% off PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" 

How much...Prelim data

I'm currently drafting up a fellowship proposal to hopefully cover the cost of my dumbass doing science for the next year or so. I'd like to think I have a compelling idea that fits within the programatic priorities of this funding group and I think they'd agree since I made it through the initial triage […]

I suppose this is publicity value, and not economies of scope

Swiss markets in everything: For those willing to pay a little more for their morning coffee, a café will be opening in Geneva, Switzerland offering its customers oral sex while they sip their latte… According to the Mirror Online, Charvet...Show More Summary

Falling in Love with Your Spouse — Again!

A successful marriage means falling in love many times, always with the same person. — Mignon McLaughlin Do you view marriage as a destination or a journey? If you view it as a journey, you’re infinitely more likely to succeed. Those who view marriage as […]

Against the Corbyn Coup

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. The United Kingdom stands on the precipice, politics is thrown into turmoil, and the inevitable coup against Jeremy Corbyn is under way. This is a mistake. A very grave mistake, and I'm going to explain why. Show More Summary

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