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Hang out with Rosetta

Watch an ESA Hangout on 19 September at 12:00 GMT / 14:00 CEST with mission experts ahead of Rosetta’s grand #CometLanding finale

The Origins of Political Correctness

A YouTube video by William S. Lind with footage of Martin Jay, David Horowitz and Roger Kimball. Traces the origin of cultural Marxism from the breakdown of economic Marxism and the role of the Frankfurt School including discussion of the...

What to Do with All the Wild Horses?

Rumors are circulating that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has plans to euthanize 44,000 wild horses. The rumor is partly true. An advisory board has authorized the BLM to do so; they have yet to make a decision as to whether they will. Even the possibility of such a widespread cull, though, has understandably sparked outrage. […]

South Korea’s Preemptive Decapitation Strike Is a Bad Idea

Last week’s nuclear test by North Korea generated a wealth of commentary and analysis about the future of security on the Korean peninsula. The United States and South Korea quickly responded to the test. On September 13, the UnitedShow More Summary

One week from today: The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony

The Dutch blog De Kat van Freud reminds everyone of what’s happening next week, and points to a video that’s very much in the spirit of the Ig. Here’s an auto-translation from the original Dutch: In a week it is again: the Ig Nobel Prize will be awarded on September 22 (note: not to be […]

Microscopic world: RPS Scientific Imaging Award 2016 – in pictures

From the parasitic ‘fairy fly’ to paracetamol as you’ve never seen before, Spike Walker, winner of Royal Photographic Society’s new award, shines a light on the hidden world of microscopic forms and structures Continue reading...

Alien encounters

The blurb for the movie Arrival, due to open in November: When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team, lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and […]

How a new youth movement is emerging in Jordan ahead of elections

A recent change of government and looming parliamentary elections brings Jordan, a vital U.S. ally, back into policy discussions. And, inevitably, pundits will ask a familiar question about this diminutive kingdom abutting some of the region’s most fragile states: Despite breaking its past pledges to democratize, will the autocratic regime of Jordan survive? In the […]

Let’s play Twister, let’s play Risk

Alex Terenin, Dan Simpson, and David Draper write: Some months ago we shared with you an arxiv draft of our paper, Asynchronous Distributed Gibbs Sampling.? Through comments we’ve received, for which we’re highly grateful, we came to...Show More Summary

A politician walks into a joke. Does she get elected?

Some might regard the 2016 presidential campaign as the greatest comedy routine of all time, but for many years researchers have been interested in the influence of televised political comedy. As the popularity of programs such as Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” and TBS’s “Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal” have grown, scholars […]

Predicting What One Wants to Happen

Perhaps you have noticed this too. People will often predict what they want to happen, even when what they want to happen is far from a foregone conclusion. At the moment I am reading an article by David P. Goldman...

20 Years After Tupac’s Death: ‘A Symbol of Possibility, of Life Cut Short’

“Tupac has become more and more a mythlike figure since his death," says Jeremy Prestholdt, whose upcoming book looks at the rapper's legacy

Clinton Health Conspiracy Update

I wrote a couple weeks ago about health conspiracies in the current presidential campaign. I concluded that presidential candidates should be transparent about their health, given the job for which they claim to be qualified. At the same time, it seems to be standard procedure now to use health issues as another source of mudslinging. As […]

Is “bumblebee” a buzz word?

Q: I am working on a discussion of bumblebees, and looking for the origin of the “bumble” portion of the word. What I haven’t been able to figure out is if “bumble” refers to the buzzing/humming noise or the clumsy flying. Any thoughts? A: The “bumble” that means to buzz or hum (the one we... ? Read More: Is “bumblebee” a buzz word?

Post-Truth, Bullshit, and the Mandela Effect

Remember popular crooner Gene Pitney? He had a string of hits in the 60s and 70s, and would probably be best remembered by us 80s kids for his memorable number one with Marc Almond in 1989. Subsequent to that, he spent a lot of his time on the road, gigging about and serving his loyal fan base. Show More Summary

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