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Black and White Thinking: Finding the Space Between

You’ve heard it before: “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!” This is a frequently used saying, but what does it really mean? Picture it. Baby, covered in strained carrots, yogurt and dried cereal. I’ve been there. You put the little chubby giggle monster in […]

This new book goes a long way to explaining the rise of Donald Trump

The rise of Donald Trump, culminating in his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, has flummoxed many political observers. I certainly didn’t predict it. But even if Trump’s nomination was hard to predict, that doesn’t mean it’s hard to explain. Over the past months, we’ve had many pieces here at the Monkey Cage using […]

Economics Will Be Our Ruination II

Economics appears to be a neutral tool, but it often subtly embeds values that we are better off surfacing and discussing. In a recent post henceforth to be known as “Economics Will Be Our Runiation I,” I pointed out how, by preferring...Show More Summary

Hey robot, shimmy like a centipede

Researchers have used computer simulations and robotics to uncover a surprising insight into the mechanics of locomotion, namely that taming instability -- a factor that might be a disadvantage -- is a key to the centipede's success...

Scorpionfish too deep for SCUBA divers caught by submersible turns out to be a new species

Manned submersible Curasub, sneaking around the twilight depths of the Caribbean island of Curacao in search of currently unknown species, has found yet another new one. The newly discovered scorpionfish is the deepest-living member of its genus in the area. It also stands out in its appearance, including its colors.

“The army shall not consist of more than — thousand men”

When John Francis Mercer arrived late at the Constitutional Convention on 6 Aug 1787, he was only twenty-eight years old—the second youngest man there. But he wasn’t shy about speaking up.The day after Mercer signed in, James Madison’s...Show More Summary

When do statistical rules affect drug approval?

Someone writes in: I have MS and take a disease-modifying drug called Copaxone. Sandoz developed a generic version? of Copaxone? and filed for FDA approval. Teva, the manufacturer of Copaxone, filed a petition opposing that approval (surprise!). Show More Summary

Brexit Blends Caught Fire. Why Haven't Pokémon Portmanteaus? 

Pokémon Go, Nintendo’s new augmented reality game for smartphones, seems primed for wordplay. Equal parts beloved and bemoaned, the overnight hit is smashing records, grabbing headlines, and even causing deaths. If you’re not playing Pokémon Go right now, you’re talking about Pokémon Go. Show More Summary

EPIC Earth: A Year of Days from Space

NASA has released a pretty amazing video: It consists of over 3000 images of Earth taken by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the DSCOVR spacecraft. DSCOVR is in a special orbit, 1.5 million kilometers closer to the Sun than Earth, that keeps it more or less between the Earth and Sun. Show More Summary

Astrophiz Podcast 3 is Out

The Astrophiz podcast is out, Interview: Dave Hunter - Magnetometers and interpreting heliophysical satellite data. History & Theory of radio astronomy: Dr Nadeshda Cherbakov tells us about Karl Jansky. ANNNDD someone you might recognize talking about what is up in the sky this week.

Libraries, Little and Free (Part One)

I live in a town, Ann Arbor, that values reading. We have a handful of lovely bookstores; we have several handfuls of excellent university and public libraries. We also have a number of Little Free Libraries, six of which I… Continue reading ?

Aristotle: Challenges in Interpretation

Aristotle's theory of well-being, as Richard Kraut presented it, is a tangled mess. I am reading through the Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Bing, trying to prepare for graduate school. The second article in this anthology,...Show More Summary

G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)

Q: I can’t find to whom the appellation “G.O.A.T.” (Greatest Of All Time) was first applied: Michael Jordon, Muhammad Ali, etc. I’d like to learn it was Vin Scully, whose retirement this year after his last broadcast, in late September, will be a BIG deal. Can you figure it out? A: The word “goat” has... ? Read More: G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)

NASA's Kepler Mission Reveals a Strange Giant Planet --"A Molten Landscape of a Lava World, an Alien Hell"

Few nighttime sights offer more drama than the full Moon rising over the horizon. Now imagine that instead of the Moon, a gas giant planet spanning three times more sky loomed over the molten landscape of a lava world. This...

Hubble Celebrates "Star Trek Beyond" --Releases Epic Final Frontiers Photo

When "Star Trek" was first broadcast in 1966, the largest telescopes on Earth could only see about halfway across the universe -- the rest was uncharted territory. But Hubble's powerful vision has carried us into the true "final frontier." Celebrating...

Infants prefer toys typed to their gender, says study

Children as young as 9 months-old prefer to play with toys specific to their own gender, according to a new study from academics at City University London and UCL. The paper, which is published in the journal of Infant and Child Development,...Show More Summary

Max and His Drawing of the Cambrian

Max and his Anomalocaris Drawing Our thanks to Max and his mum for sending us a wonderful thank you letter after we furnished him with twenty-two prehistoric animal fact sheets to add to his dinosaur database.  Max very kindly provided us with a drawing of a scene from the Cambrian, a geological period that lasted […]

Best of Our Blogs: July 22, 2016

“Nothing has ever come easy for me, and I think that’s a really good thing.” – Zooey Deschanel With my birthday coming up in a few days, I’m mentally running through the same list of what I’ve done, have yet to do and acceptance for...

Does Race Exist?

Is Pluto a planet or a dwarf planet? Are these two categories even meaningful? The reality is that objects orbiting our sun occur on a continuum from asteroids to planetoids, dwarf planets, and full planets. Humans like to categorize, however. It helps us wrap our minds around complexity, gives us convenient labels to help sort […]

Fossil Fuel Industry Finds a New Way to Stymie Protests

When lease sales for offshore oil and gas drilling are held online, environmental protesters won't have a place to protest. The post Fossil Fuel Industry Finds a New Way to Stymie Protests appeared first on WIRED.

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