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Roger Scruton's Fallacious Argument in "On Human Nature"

In his new book On Human Nature (Princeton University Press), Roger Scruton shows the straw man fallacy in criticizing the biological science of human nature as biological reductionism. Although some biologists do sometimes sound like...Show More Summary

Eminent IUPUI quantum physicist Zhe-Yu 'Jeff' Ou elected American Physical Society fellow

(Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science) IUPUI Professor of Physics Zhe-Yu "Jeff" Ou has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. This highly regarded honor recognizes Ou's pioneering theoretical...Show More Summary

See How Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Created the Modern Royal Wedding 70 Years Ago

33 minutes agoAcademics / History : Time: History

The first modern Royal Wedding captivated the world 70 years ago, when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married in Westminster Abbey

Ep. 466: Origins of Zero (0)

We depend on zero for our math to work right, but this number was actually invented in fairly recent times. Why do we need zero? Was it inevitable?

A Few Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

The pilgrims stole from graves, the Wampanoag were devastated by disease, and the peace between them was political.

Attic cup surfacing in Munich identified from Medici Dossier

Athenian cup attributed to the Hegesiboulos painterLeft: Gorny & Mosch. Right: Medici Dossier (courtesy C. Tsirogiannis) An Attic red-figured cup known from the Medici Dossier has surfaced at an auction of Gorny & Mosch in Munich (Auction 252, December 13, 2017, lot 66). Show More Summary

Team achieves light amplification with electrically stimulated quantum dots

In a breakthrough development, Los Alamos scientists have shown that they can successfully amplify light using electrically excited films of the chemically synthesized semiconductor nanocrystals known as quantum dots. The quantum dot...Show More Summary

UCLA engineers use deep learning to reconstruct holograms and improve optical microscopy

A form of machine learning called deep learning is one of the key technologies behind recent advances in applications like real-time speech recognition and automated image and video labeling.

With rents soaring after fires, can Santa Rosa make room for middle class?

More than a month after the Tubbs fire burned down his house, Vincent Larsen has yet to find a new home. As soon as they could, he and his fianceé applied to a series of rentals in Santa Rosa, Calif. – nearly 15 in the past two weeks alone, he says. Show More Summary

Brain cell advance brings fresh hope for CJD therapies

Scientists have developed a new system to study Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the laboratory, paving the way for research to find treatments for the fatal brain disorder. The team have devised a method of studying the abnormal proteins...Show More Summary

Nothing you can do stops this code from watching you online

Code originally written to optimise websites bypasses https and incognito browsing to harvest and share everything you type online, from passwords to sensitive medical data

How emancipation contributes to trust in strangers

In many countries, human empowerment - including freedom of expression and action - tends to increase people's generalised trust in other people, particularly strangers. However, such an increase is usually gradual, reaching its peak in affluent, modernised democracies. Show More Summary


Wally from Elk Rapids asked about a word that he hopes he never has to say out loud: tergiversation. It comes from the Latin tergum, the back, and vertere, to turn. Literally, the word means to turn one’s back on something. While a person can turn his or her back on something attractive but evil, the word has taken on negative connotations. Show More Summary

Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests

Life on our planet might have originated from biological particles brought to Earth in streams of space dust, a study suggests. Fast-moving flows of interplanetary dust that continually bombard our planet's atmosphere could deliver tiny...Show More Summary

Antarctic landscape insights keep ice loss forecasts on the radar

New high-resolution maps of the complex landscape beneath a major West Antarctic glacier will be valuable for forecasting global sea level rise, researchers say. Radar surveys of the land beneath Pine Island Glacier, obtained by snowmobile,...Show More Summary

NASA spots Tropical Depression Kirogi dissipating

Tropical Depression Kirogi made landfall in southeastern Vietnam on Nov. 19 and NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the storm as it was dissipating over land. Kirogi made landfall at 1 a.m. EST (0600 UTC) on Sunday, Nov. 19 approximately...Show More Summary

Byju’s App: Revolutionizing Education

With the increase in competition in the field of education today, candidates have bound themselves to all work and no play. It is true that candidates should focus on education and their career growth but with the absence of extra-curricular activities, there is no personal growth. Due to pressure in this competitive world, students are […]

Quantum dots amplify light with electrical pumping

(DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory) In a breakthrough development, Los Alamos scientists have shown that they can successfully amplify light using electrically excited films of the chemically synthesized semiconductor nanocrystals known as quantum dots.

Chimp females who leave home postpone parenthood

New moms need social support, and mother chimpanzees are no exception. So much so that female chimps that lack supportive friends and family wait longer to start having babies, according to researchers who have combed through the records of Jane Goodall's famous Gombe chimpanzees.

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