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The Woman Card: Accepted Pretty Much Nowhere

“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card,” Donald Trump told a news conference on April 26. “And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.” It […]

How to Watch the Rare Transit of Mercury Across the Sun on Monday

On Monday, May 9, a very cool astronomical event occurs: the smallest planet, Mercury, will appear to move across the face of the Sun. This relatively rare event, called a transit, happens on average only about 13 times per century. Mercury...Show More Summary

The world wants "bigly"

Back in February, we covered the whole Donald Trump big league ? bigly business at length, and if you want details, go read that post: "Bigly", 2/26/2016. But Trump continues to say things like Your browser does not support the audio element. We're not going to lose, we're going to start winning again, and we're […]

Live from the Perimeter Institute: Climate change and chaos theory

Watch award-winning physicist Tim Palmer deliver a lecture on how supercomputing can forecast climate change on May 4 at 7pm ET The post Live from the Perimeter Institute: Climate change and chaos theory appeared first on Macleans.c...

Links I liked

Saudi Arabia gives women the right to a copy of their marriage contract Libyan insurgents are funded by… blood poultry A letter from George H.W. Bush to the New York Times assuring the editor none of their reporters are US … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The 8000th Busy Beaver number eludes ZF set theory: new paper by Adam Yedidia and me

I’ve supervised a lot of student projects in my nine years at MIT, but my inner nerdy teenager has never been as personally delighted by a project as it is right now.  Today, I’m proud to announce that Adam Yedidia, a PhD student at MIT (but an MEng student when he did most of this work), has […]

Jimmy Kimmel: Climate Hero

I have so much to say about it, but really, just watch this (note: lots of bleeped swearing for comedic effect, including from a kid, if that kind of thing offends you): There are so many great lines in this segment, but I think my favorite...Show More Summary

Three Earth-Size Planets Found Orbiting a Nearby Ultracool Star

The search for Earth-like planets continues, as astronomers scour the sky examining stars for telltale clues of orbiting worlds. Most of the exoplanets found are big, like Jupiter, because they’re the easiest to detect. But our technology...Show More Summary

Digital Humanities and the New Liberal Arts

In a productive coincidence, there was a provocative published in the Los Angeles Review of Books that subjected the Digital Humanities to rather pointed criticism aligning the darling of tech-savvy humanists, granting agencies, and university administrators everywhere with the dreaded neoliberal bugbear of our age. Show More Summary

SpaceX Wants to Go to Mars—And It Actually Can

So, SpaceX wants to land a spaceship on Mars in 2018. Wait. Seriously? Yup. Last week, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, made the startling announcement on Twitter: He wrote, “Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018. Red Dragons will...Show More Summary

What the heck happened during Ireland’s recent election?

The United States isn’t the only country in which, despite an economic recovery, the political system is being turned upside down by an anti-establishment public mood. Voters in Ireland appear similarly disenchanted, to judge from the...Show More Summary

Think all the political excitement in Brazil is at the national level? Think again.

    In April, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff (Workers’ Party, PT) halfway through her second term, by a final tally of 367 to 137. There’s more to this story than the final tally. Media coverage has focused largely on the spectacle of the session, whether the process is legitimate, […]

The Earth Is Getting Greener… But That’s Not a Good Sign

A new study just published in the journal Nature Climate Change reached an interesting, if not totally surprising, conclusion: The Earth has become significantly greener over the past 33 years. The main reason? All the extra carbon dioxide...Show More Summary

Guru–the most important free market movie ever made?

Guru, a 2007 movie from India starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai and directed by Mani Ratnam, is one of the most pro-free market movies ever made and perhaps the best. Guru follows Gurukant “Guru” Desai from his small village...Show More Summary

360° View of the SpaceX Booster Ocean Landing

This is just too cool. Click in the video and drag it around. Hint: At the beginning, tilt up. The Falcon 9 booster landing on April 8, 2016 was pretty amazing. It was windy out, as you can see from the video; once the booster made contact it slid a few meters. Show More Summary

Physics Week in Review: April 30, 2013

Wormholes might be supermassive black holes laced with dark matter, a weasel shuts down the Large Hadron Collider, and the physics of peacock tail feathers were among this week's physics highlights. Me at Gizmodo: Wikipedia Is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy,...

No, Saturn Won’t Be Huge in the Sky on May 1

Another day, another weird Facebook astronomy hoax. The photo with the caption above have been spread around Facebook quite a bit the past few days; it shows Saturn looming huge in the sky over a city, with the annotation, “On 5/1/16 Saturn will be the closest it ever has been to Earth. Show More Summary

The mind is its own place

The Republican presidential campaign is getting apocalyptic. The Bloomberg News headline on a story by Ben Brody — "Boehner Uncorks on ‘Lucifer’ Cruz, Says He Wouldn’t Back Him in Fall" — led reader A.R. to wonder whether that "fall" is merely the October election, or rather the fall of Him the Almighty Power Hurld headlong flaming from th' […]

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