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NASA gets in touch with spacecraft two years after it vanished

The twin STEREO spacecraft went missing while testing a system that would allow it to fly behind the sun

Ants in the Coffee

I'm working on what the trendies and hipsters call a 'long read'. It's about Neoliberalism - what it is and what's likely to come after. I'm about 2,000 words in and not sure if the mid-point has been reached. Yikes. You're here looking for a bit of blogging red meat to play with, and so... Show More Summary

Lessons from Hurricane Katrina for the Child Victims of the Louisiana Floods of 2016

The great Louisiana Floods of 2016 have led to the closure of at least 22 of the state’s 70 public school districts, with additional districts calling off classes as a precaution given the immense devastation. This means that as many as one-third of the state’s public school students were out of school last week,and […]

The mission to find the world’s rarest cat in jungles of Java

A search party is headed to the Indonesian island to look for critically endangered Javan fishing cat, unique amongst felines in its semi-aquatic lifestyle

Soundtrack of the Zeitgeist

August 22, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston Yesterday’s post was skeptical about a link between pop culture and the Zeitgeist. I questioned whether the a change in the content of fiction or film or other products of the imagination reflected important social change. Show More Summary

Take My Zeitgeist, Please

August 21, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston So many plays today, on and off Broadway, are small, character-driven dramas, the kind that let the actors show their chops. Jesse Tyler Ferguson in “Fully Committed,” Jeff Daniels and Michellle...Show More Summary

The Annoying Necessity of Facebook

In the recent past, Facebook has advertised Britain First to me. It has dangled anti-semitic conspiracy sites before my eyes. I've had adverts for Nazi memorabilia and militaria. On occasion, it has even alerted me to Gary Barlow products. Show More Summary

Can Owen Smith Win?

Long-term readers know one of my favourite games ever is Civilization III. As you busily set about conquering the world militarily or, depending on your play style, kindness, you get to sign treaties with computer-controlled opponents. Show More Summary

Feedback: male scientists’ preference for self reference

Plus British PM willing to kill 100,000 people, US presidential candidate fears Wi-Fi, the murky origins of cucumber time, and more

Blockchain grid to let neighbours trade solar power in Australia

Australian cities are set to trial the blockchain as a way to record sales of solar power between neighbours, changing the way we buy and sell energy

Chemtrails conspiracy theory gets put to the ultimate test

What happened when 77 atmospheric scientists actually took a look at the claim that aircraft are spewing out mind-controlling chemicals, wonders Phil Plait

Labour and Anti-Semitism

Like cat piss on your carpet, the stench comes back regardless of what you do to it. I'm talking, in this instance, about the Labour Party and anti-semitism. Despite an inquiry that issued clear guidelines and repeat condemnation by Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Momentum, and everyone associated with the party's leadership, it will not go away. Show More Summary

The Reproduction of Racial Segregation Online

We tend to think of the world wide web as a place of equal opportunity, granted everyone has access to it. But NYU’s At A Glance recently covered Charlton McIlwain’s new study that reveals how systemic racial inequality forms and operates on the internet. The study looks beyond lone bigots who make racist comments and analyzes how site […]

I’m the presidential candidate who wants us to live forever

Forget Trump and Clinton, I'm campaigning for the US to embrace technology with the potential to make us immortal, says White House contender Zoltan Istvan

Iceman Ötzi rocks the bear-fur hat and goat-leather coat look

A famous 5300-year-old mummy preserved in ice is yielding prehistoric fashion secrets. His clothes were stitched together from five different species

How winning at cards can help you win at life

Life, like poker, is full of risk, chance and hidden information - which is why the most accomplished poker bots can teach us how to succeed

Oldest jewellery in East Asia is crafted 37,000-year-old shell

Ancient artefacts in an East Timor cave reveal that early human settlers here were more advanced than thought, fishing the deep sea and making ornaments

The Logic of Consumption: Education

By Karen Sternheimer In a recent post, I asked readers to think critically about the logic of consumption. This doesn’t mean that we start thinking about consumption as harmful, or that consumption is either good or bad. Instead, challenging the...

Giant ancient supervolcanoes threw rock right across Australia

Massive eruptions when New Zealand ripped away from Australia were tens to hundreds of times stronger than anything ever recorded in human history

Marsupial lion’s primate-like forearms made it a unique predator

The primate-like forearms of the marsupial lion could have allowed deft use of its formidable claws – and made it unlike any predator seen today

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