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A new kind of logic: How to upgrade the way we think

A lot of problems in today’s world are too big for our brains. An algorithm that identifies how cause and effect are linked could lead us to better solutions

Effects of co-varying diel-cycling hypoxia and pH on growth in the juvenile eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica

Shallow water provides important habitat for many species, but also exposes these organisms to daily fluctuations in dissolved oxygen (DO) and pH caused by cycles in the balance between photosynthesis and respiration that can contribute to repeated, brief periods of hypoxia and low pH (caused by elevated pCO2). The amplitude of these cycles, and the […]

Entangled universe: Could wormholes hold the cosmos together?

Weird connections through space-time might make reality real, giving us a promising new route to a theory of everything

Our galaxy’s impossible collision could break gravity

The ballistics of galactic shrapnel show that the Milky Way has already crashed into its giant neighbour, Andromeda – but if that's right, physics is wrong

Wildlife hero Chris Packham: anti-conservationists will not win

Insults, name calling and character assassination are no match for conservation causes backed by solid evidence, says naturalist Chris Packham

Bitter truth: How we’re making fruit and veg less healthy

In an effort to cater to our sweet tooth, food producers are making fruit and veg taste less bitter. The trouble is, that's making them worse for us

The science of urban paranoia

I’ve got an article in The Atlantic on how paranoia and psychosis are more common in cities and why the quest to explain the ‘urban psychosis effect’ is reshaping psychiatry. The more urban your neighbourhood, the higher the rate...Show More Summary

8-24-16 When Least Expected

Wednesday, August 24th (I am writing this on 8-29) happens all the time when least expected...sometimes it's something good and other times it just causes you to just's been that way since learning of Samish J-14 missing......I...Show More Summary

Export of Queen Victoria’s coronet barred for now

You might think a sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria the year they were married would never be in danger of being exported out of the UK, but it is. The Culture Ministry has placed a temporary export ban on Queen Victoria’s coronet in the hopes that a buyer in [...]

“Clinton economist trusts government too much”

Being a reticent fellow myself, I enjoyed that Bloomberg-given headline.  That is for my latest column, on the recent book and ideas of Heather Boushey.  She wishes government to take a much larger hand in sick paid leave, parental leave,...Show More Summary

Strange Goings On in 7th Circuit En Banc WI Voter ID Case: A 9th Vote Appears

On Friday, I linked to this per curiam order from the Seventh Circuit in the two WI voter id/voting cases, I then noted: Two years ago, when the en banc 7th Circuit considered an earlier stage of the Frank v. Walkerlitigation, … Continue reading ?

“Harry Reid Cites Evidence of Russian Tampering in U.S. Vote, and Seeks F.B.I. Inquiry”

NYT: The Senate minority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, asked the F.B.I. on Monday to investigate evidence suggesting that Russia may try to manipulate voting results in November. In a letter to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., Mr. … Continue reading ?

“Donald Trump’s Unorthodoxy Extends to Spending”

WSJ: Republican Donald Trump has said he isn’t interested in running a traditional presidential campaign. Campaign-finance records show he’s not: Half of the campaign’s 10 highest-paid consultants over the course of the election had never previously worked for a presidential … Continue reading ?

“Judge: Citizens United must disclose donor information to NY”

AP: A nonprofit conservative organization advocating for less government must reveal information about major donors to the state’s attorney general if it wants to solicit money in the state, a judge ruled Monday as he rejected First Amendment claims. U.S. … Continue reading ?

Race and Perceived Attractiveness

A lot of things go into making your appearance – fashion, accessories, grooming … and race? As described in an article on Vox, research by Duke sociologist Robert L. Reece shows that black people are seen as more attractive if they tell others that they’re mixed-race. A research team conducted over 3,200 interviews with black people […]

Is Science in Trouble?

S cience, pride of modernity, our one source of objective knowledge, is in deep trouble. Stoked by fifty years of growing public investments, scientists are more productive than ever, pouring out millions of articles in thousands of journals covering an ever-expanding array of fields and phenomena. Show More Summary

This is cool.

Plus it’s fun to type palimpsest: Hidden Images Revealed in Pre-Hispanic Mixtec Manuscript ‘Codex Selden’ Also known as Codex Añute, the manuscript consists of a 16.4-feet (5 m) long strip composed of deer hide that has been covered with gesso, a white plaster made from gypsum and chalk, and folded in a concertina format into a [...]

A massive reef was just discovered hiding behind the Great Barrier Reef

A massive reef was just discovered hiding behind the Great Barrier Reef: mindblowingscience: Australian researchers have investigated signs of geological structures hidden behind the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, and have found a...Show More Summary

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