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Ghostbusters

Last night I went to a preview screening of the new Ghostbusters film. This isn’t a review, all I’ll say is that if you liked the first one, you’d probably like this one too. In the first film, an early … Continue reading ?

Suspicious null objects in the news

Below is a guest post by Jason Merchant. There is an interesting grammatical point in an article in today's New York Times exploring some of the strands of support for Donald Trump, who has repeatedly been endorsed by racists, neo-Nazis, and their fellow travelers. In prior campaigns, such endorsements were typically followed by immediate and […]

An open letter from DSN to our fellow scientists

The recent string of violent tragedies, both in the USA and abroad, have wrenched our hearts and left our minds baffled. Minnesota, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Orlando. This list continues. Some may view these tragedies as separated from science. We disagree, science does not happen in a vacuum. Science happens in the daily interactions of curious […]

skunkbear: Since the frigatebird spends most of its life at sea...

Photo Credit: benketaro/Flickr Photo Credit: Harvey Barrison/Flickr Photo Credit: Lucy Rickards/Flickr Photo Credit: David Surtees Photo Credit: Hans Scholte/Flickr skunkbear: Since the frigatebird spends most of its life at sea its habits aren’t well-known. Show More Summary

Challenging Confirmation Bias: Ways to Widen Your Perspective

By Jonathan Wynn It feels like there’s a lot going on. A presidential election and all of the discussion about gun and immigration politics. Supreme Court rulings. Orlando. Black Lives Matter. There is good reason to raise that rainbow flag...

Big things come in little packages: How Willis Lamb's tiny measurement revolutionized 20th century physics

It's the end of World War 2. Scientists and especially physicists have spent the last four years working on military hardware, culminating in radar and the atomic bomb. Many of these talented men and women are eager to go back to their...Show More Summary

The culture that is Kansas

“Some have begun to call public schools ‘government schools,’ a calculated pejorative scorning both education and anything related to government,” he [Davis Merritt] wrote. That elicited a response from Bob Weeks, the host of “WichitaLiberty.TV,” a show about Kansas politics and public affairs. Show More Summary

Campaign for promoting falls awareness

The Health Promotion Board (B?ojiàn cùjìn jú ?????) of Singapore has launched a campaign to promote awareness of falling.  Here's the poster they circulated in conjunction with the launch: (Source) The poster quickly began to circulate on the internet, with people criticizing the Chinese translation as saying the opposite of what was intended.  (Note that […]

10 Good Reasons to Learn French

When I was thirteen years old, I finally graduated from the “kids’” table at my family outings. This was a huge deal to me. I was so excited for the privilege of sitting next to my cool, older cousins at dinner. Things were going great, until one night when it came time to order dessert. Show More Summary

Mongolia’s opposition party won 85 percent of the seats in parliament with only 45 percent of the vote

On June 29, Mongolia held its seventh parliamentary elections since transitioning to multi-party competitive rule in 1990. The preliminary results are now in. The main opposition, the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), has won a landslide victory, securing 65 seats in the 76-member parliament, the State Ikh Khural, with “only” 45 percent of the popular vote. […]

I’m a Loner, Dottie. A Dwarf Galaxy.

Poor UGC 4879. Doomed to wander the Universe forever, alone. Or is it? Dun dun dunnnn. UGC 4879 is a dwarf galaxy, a small collection of stars, gas, and dust located about 4.5 million light years away from us. The Milky Way, our galaxy, is part of a small clutch of galaxies called the Local Group, which is a few million light years across. Show More Summary

The Trauma Myth, Revisited

The Trauma Myth may be one of the most misunderstood books of the past decade. Based on its regrettable title, pedophiles erroneously believe it minimizes the harm of child sexual abuse; in the opposite c orner, some misguided anti-abuse crusaders have demonized the Harvard-trained author as a pedophile apolog ist. Show More Summary

Follow-Up: Jupiter’s Moons Dance As Juno Approached

Last night, for the first time in nearly two decades, humanity added a new moon to Jupiter: The spacecraft Juno successfully entered orbit around the giant planet, beginning a nearly two-year-long mission to study Jupiter’s interior and determine its origin story. You can read all about that in my post from last night. Show More Summary

When will the United Kingdom invoke Article 50?

Or will it at all? With the resignations of Cameron, Boris Johnson, and now Farage, it seems few leading politicians are keen to “own” Brexit and its consequences.  If those individuals wish to step back from accepting the consequences...Show More Summary

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