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Physics Week in Review: August 13, 2016

Bad news on the hunt for a sterile neutrino, weird news that the proton's charge radius might actually change (when it shouldn't), and what no new particles at the LHC means for particle physics were among this week's physics highlights....

When the Sun Never Sets

One of the funny things about living on a big spinning ball of rock and metal in space is that what you see depends on where you are. Where I live, in Colorado, the Sun rises every day, makes an arc in the sky, then sets some time later. Show More Summary

Link feast

Our editor’s pick of this week’s 10 best psychology and neuroscience links: What On Earth Is Going On? Psychologist magazine…

Vaina == jawn?

Philly has jawn — see Ben Zimmer on "The Etymology of Jawn", or listen to this story from WHYY: According to Philly native Mary Seaborough, who works at Cook-Wissahickon elementary, where my kids attend school, "It really can mean anything you want it to mean."  Seaborough grew up in South Philly. She uses "jawn," and […]

Hebrew for Beginners: 10 Reasons Hebrew is Easy

“Oh my god! Come here, look at this! Hurry, you have to take a picture of it!” My mom yelled at me to catch up. She pointed up at the Tel Aviv street sign. Lucky for her, street signs in Israel have three languages on them: English, Hebrew and Arabic. Show More Summary

skunkbear: skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal...

skunkbear: skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video. An update to the chart - this fish (a Greenland shark): Reaches sexual maturity at 150 years - and lives to be at least 272 years old. That’s older...Show More Summary

Why some people think Trump may be a ‘Siberian candidate’

  This election season has seen an unusual number of conspiracy theories, mostly emanating from Donald Trump. Recently, however, Trump has been the object of a conspiracy theory. When emails from the Democratic National Committee, reportedly stolen by Russian hackers, were leaked online, many believed that Trump stood to benefit. Some commentators insinuated that Trump, […]

Pokémoning While Black

By Angelique Harris and Jonathan Wynn Harris is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Marquette University Have you been swept up in the Pokémon Go phenomenon? For those of you who haven’t: Pokémon Go is a virtual reality game that...

The contents of the universe

How do scientists know what percentages of the universe are made up of dark matter and dark energy? Cosmologist Risa Wechsler of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology explains. Video of d6S4PyJ01IA Have a burning...Show More Summary

Candidates vs. NAFTA

Even after twenty years, the North American Free Trade Agreement remains highly controversial.  Donald Trump claims that NAFTA has “destroyed this country economically,” apparently unaware that the U.S. economy is still pretty fantastic. Show More Summary

NASA High Definition Camera Creates Stunning Slo-Mo Rocket Booster Footage

On June 28, 2016, NASA test-fired a solid rocket booster being built for its Space Launch System rocket. The test went well… but it wasn’t the only thing being tested. A sophisticated new type of camera was also getting a shakedown run: It can record very bright and very faint objects all at the same time. Show More Summary

Trump's prosody

Yesterday I showed a pitch contour from one of Hillary Clinton's speeches ("Political /t/ lenition", 8/7/2016), and promised to take a broader look at her characteristic prosodic styles. But today I'm going to feature one of Donald's prosodic stylings. From the Trump/Pence rally in Des Moines, Iowa, 8/5/2016: We're gonna use great business leaders ___to work […]

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. This American Life sent four people to explore refugee camps in Greece. They did a very nice job of explaining the bottlenecks towards getting them settled. From Marketplace, in the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

NASA Suspends Future Live TV Feeds from the International Space Station --"Move Follows UFO Cover Up Claims"

NASA has announced that the space agency has suspended future live TV feeds from the International Space Station. UFO theorists will now surely look at NASA's move as further confirmation after a live NASA video feed by the ISS was....

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