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How Jared Kushner Helped the Russians Get Inside Access to the Trump C

Ryan Lizza on how Jared Kushner’s contact with Russian interests during the Presidential campaign emboldened meddling in the 2016 election.

Birds on a summer’s evening dog walk

Evening dog walk in and around Rampton Spinney, pair of bullfinches (only one photographed), willow warblers, long-tailed tits, great tits, blue tits, and robins, all with juveniles. Reed warblers, reed buntings and whitethroats on the Cottenham Lode. Show More Summary

Green flash at sunset

If you’re watching a sunset or a sunrise, occasionally you might see a green flash or green rays from the edge of the sun just as it disappears from view or begins to peek over the horizon. This a purely atmospheric, optical phenomenon, nothing to do with surface activity on the sun. By pure chance … Continue reading "Green flash at sunset"

African Americans Speak for Themselves: Most Want School Choice

Private school choice is the work of racists. That message, it seems increasingly clear, is going to be a major weapon wielded by opponents of educational freedom for the foreseeable future. It is the explicit contention of a new Center...Show More Summary

Behind the Scenes: Skinning Condors in the Name of Science

One intrepid reporter documents the careful science, artistry and gross factor of a very strange party

“What does the US election integrity commission need to be credible? Some actual experts”

Michael Halpern and Michael Latner in The Guardian: But by far the most glaring omission in membership concerns people who can most effectively evaluate data on elections and voter fraud: election scientists. The last commission, headed by Obama White House Counsel … Continue reading ?

Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool

Twenty years ago, a microbiologist and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and recycle wood. Three orders of 'brown rot fungi' have now been identified that can break down biomass, but details of the mechanism were not known. Show More Summary

When should the police use confrontational tactics?

Citizens depend on police to provide public safety while maintaining the trust of the community. How can democratic societies balance these two, often conflicting, aims—given citizens' often divergent views over basic tenets of criminal justice policy?

Large, distant comets more common than previously thought

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the sun are notoriously difficult to study. Because they spend most of their time far from our area of the solar system, many "long-period comets" will never approach the sun in a person's lifetime. Show More Summary

When should the police use confrontational tactics?

(Northwestern University) In a newly published article, Northwestern University economist Charles F. Manski and his co-author, Carnegie Mellon University criminologist Daniel S. Nagin, outline a 'formal model of optimal policing' that...Show More Summary

Large, distant comets more common than previously thought

(University of Maryland) A team of astronomers led by James Bauer, a research professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland, found that there are about seven times more long-period comets measuring at least 1 kilometer across than previously predicted. Show More Summary

Fins up if you’ve ever wanted to be a shark scientist! Our...

Fins up if you’ve ever wanted to be a shark scientist!  Our own Dr. Sal Jorgensen and his colleagues are living the dream: tagging and observing California’s white sharks to uncover the mysteries of our local mega-fish!  Check out out they’ve been up to lately at the Farallon Islands in part one of a two-part video series. Next episode tomorrow! 

Well-designed visual aids improve risk understanding

A University of Oklahoma professor, Edward T. Cokely, shows that informed decision making depends on the ability to accurately evaluate and understand information about risk in a newly published study in the scientific journal Human Factors. Show More Summary

“Due Process of Lawmaking and the Obamacare Repeal”

Abbe Gluck: So what will they do instead? Instead of having the hard debate about what a health care system really is supposed to do for its citizens  (this is the debate about the tension between solidarity and “every man for himself” … Continue reading ?

Eureka! We Have a Fossil Spider

Maevia eureka - Miocene Spider Researchers have described a new fossil species of jumping spider found embedded in a piece of amber that dates from the early-mid Miocene.  The beautifully preserved specimen was collected from lignite-sandstone sediments that date from between 23 and 15 million years ago.  The little spider has been assigned to the

Rejected Slogans for the Democratic Party’s New Agenda

Karen Chee humorously imagines a list of slogans rejected by the Democratic Party, which is desperate to rebrand itself.

Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?

(University of Washington) A first test of humans' ability to modify clouds would help explain the behavior of clouds and aerosols, while also testing a possible future climate emergency measure.

IU researchers offer new insights into how communities can tap into youth sports tourism

(Indiana University) Two Indiana University researchers say creative marketing is needed to reach visitors in what's become a multibillion-dollar-a-year segment of the tourism industry: youth sports tourism.

Where there's smoke

(University of California - Santa Barbara) The close juxtaposition of the ocean and the mountains in Santa Barbara makes for beautiful views -- but when it comes to wildfires, it can also spell danger. In the past decade, the area has experienced seven major fires on both sides of the Santa Ynez Mountains, including the Whittier fire that started July 8.

Secret to giving the perfect gift: Stop being afraid

People would prefer to receive sentimentally valuable gifts, but instead they often receive superficial gifts related to their personal preferences, researchers have found.

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