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The Power of Empathy

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The Power of Empathy

Animating empathy.

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2019

Archaeology from Space

Rmote-sensing for finding lost cities.

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Some parts of climate change science and the consequences of increased CO2 in the atmosphere are  explained with high school textbooks.

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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

In 1967 when The Beatles wrote their song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, telescopes weren’t capable of viewing planets beyond our solar system. The intervening forty years have made a big difference. Researchers in France and the USA have now shown the songwriters were rather astronomically prescient with the discovery of a diamond planet, circling a sun-like star, 40 light years distant in the constellation Cancer. Diamond Planet called Cancri-e (credit: Reuters/JPL) The newly ...
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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

In 1967 when The Beatles wrote their song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, telescopes weren’t capable of viewing planets beyond our solar system. The intervening forty years have made a big difference. Researchers in France and the USA have now shown the songwriters were rather astronomically prescient with the discovery of a diamond planet, circling a sun-like star, 40 light years distant in the constellation Cancer. Diamond Planet called Cancri-e (credit: Reuters/JPL) The newly ...
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Aliens, People. Aliens Are Out There.

Here is today’s Sciency Truth That Sounds Like Stoner Malarkey is: There are 900 advanced, intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.   It sounds impossible, doesn’t it? It sounds like someone toked too much Purple Haze and thought they saw aliens. But this is a Sciency Truth. Ok, it’s not a truth. It’s an estimate, a conservative estimate, arrived at by competent scientists, using the Drake equation. Other estimates put the number at 3,500. The great Carl Sagan guessed that ...
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Don’t Trust Yourself.

Why do we lie to ourselves? Evolution. So says a new book. Self-deception is not a defensive measure meant only to make us feel better; it is a weapon instilled in us by natural selection to help deceive others for our own good. That sentence might be confusing. What it means is that lying can have benefits – cheaters win. Lance Armstrong won seven Tours de France. But we lie to ourselves so that we can lie to others. If we tell ourselves, say, the lie that we’re great in bed, ...
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Don’t Trust Yourself.

Why do we lie to ourselves? Evolution. So says a new book. Self-deception is not a defensive measure meant only to make us feel better; it is a weapon instilled in us by natural selection to help deceive others for our own good. That sentence might be confusing. What it means is that lying can have benefits – cheaters win. Lance Armstrong won seven Tours de France. But we lie to ourselves so that we can lie to others. If we tell ourselves, say, the lie that we’re great in bed, ...
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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

In 1967 when The Beatles wrote their song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, telescopes weren’t capable of viewing planets beyond our solar system. The intervening forty years have made a big difference. Researchers in France and the USA have now shown the songwriters were rather astronomically prescient with the discovery of a diamond planet, circling a sun-like star, 40 light years distant in the constellation Cancer. Diamond Planet called Cancri-e (credit: Reuters/JPL) The newly ...
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Don’t Trust Yourself.

Why do we lie to ourselves? Evolution. So says a new book. Self-deception is not a defensive measure meant only to make us feel better; it is a weapon instilled in us by natural selection to help deceive others for our own good. That sentence might be confusing. What it means is that lying can have benefits – cheaters win. Lance Armstrong won seven Tours de France. But we lie to ourselves so that we can lie to others. If we tell ourselves, say, the lie that we’re great in bed, ...
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A New Language

The Noun Project: one language, based on symbols. A cool new key to global peace? Or Esperanto for graphic design nerds? [Building a Global Visual Language from The Noun Project on Vimeo.] - Reilly Capps
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A New Language

The Noun Project: one language, based on symbols. A cool new key to global peace? Or Esperanto for graphic design nerds? [Building a Global Visual Language from The Noun Project on Vimeo.] - Reilly Capps
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A New Language

The Noun Project: one language, based on symbols. A cool new key to global peace? Or Esperanto for graphic design nerds? [Building a Global Visual Language from The Noun Project on Vimeo.] - Reilly Capps
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You Know You’re in Trouble When…..

Since the time of the ancients, people have known the importance of honeybees. We depend on the little buzzers as the key pollinators for major agricultural and horticultural crops; producers of nutritional honey; and the first providers of long-lasting wax for producing candles. By now, everyone also should know that bees are all in deep trouble from environmental changes that have severely reduced their populations. The impacts come from agricultural chemical residues, new pathogens and ...
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You Know You’re in Trouble When…..

Since the time of the ancients, people have known the importance of honeybees. We depend on the little buzzers as the key pollinators for major agricultural and horticultural crops; producers of nutritional honey; and the first providers of long-lasting wax for producing candles. By now, everyone also should know that bees are all in deep trouble from environmental changes that have severely reduced their populations. The impacts come from agricultural chemical residues, new pathogens and ...
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You Know You’re in Trouble When…..

Since the time of the ancients, people have known the importance of honeybees. We depend on the little buzzers as the key pollinators for major agricultural and horticultural crops; producers of nutritional honey; and the first providers of long-lasting wax for producing candles. By now, everyone also should know that bees are all in deep trouble from environmental changes that have severely reduced their populations. The impacts come from agricultural chemical residues, new pathogens and ...
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Language Extinction Threatens Eskimo Words - Such as Eskimo

Regionalisms celebrated. “Ahhhhhhhh” and “ahhHHHhhH” part of New York’s cultural heritage By Lucas Gardner You may have heard that the Eskimo people have over 100 words for “snow,” among them “tlapa” “blotla,” “chilly powder,” and “watery sky dirt.” [A Native Alaskan. Probably knew all the snow words.] But did you know that plenty of other cultures have a handful of different synonyms for things that are specific to their region? Native Americans had over 100 synonyms for “buffalo,” ...
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Language Extinction Threatens Eskimo Words - Such as Eskimo

Regionalisms celebrated. “Ahhhhhhhh” and “ahhHHHhhH” part of New York’s cultural heritage By Lucas Gardner You may have heard that the Eskimo people have over 100 words for “snow,” among them “tlapa” “blotla,” “chilly powder,” and “watery sky dirt.” [A Native Alaskan. Probably knew all the snow words.] But did you know that plenty of other cultures have a handful of different synonyms for things that are specific to their region? Native Americans had over 100 synonyms for “buffalo,” ...
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Language Extinction Threatens Eskimo Words - Such as Eskimo

Regionalisms celebrated. “Ahhhhhhhh” and “ahhHHHhhH” part of New York’s cultural heritage By Lucas Gardner You may have heard that the Eskimo people have over 100 words for “snow,” among them “tlapa” “blotla,” “chilly powder,” and “watery sky dirt.” [A Native Alaskan. Probably knew all the snow words.] But did you know that plenty of other cultures have a handful of different synonyms for things that are specific to their region? Native Americans had over 100 synonyms for “buffalo,” ...
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Mitt Romney Loves the Oil and Gas Industry … or at Least He Loves Their Money

If you want to know whom regular people love, you have to ask what pulls their heartstrings. If you want to know whom politicians love, you have to ask what fills their coffers. Take energy. It’s not that Mitt Romney hates solar power, as solar company CEOs claim. It’s that the solar industry hasn’t opened their wallets to him. Meanwhile, oil and gas folks have backed up the Brinks truck.  The energy and natural resources sectors – chiefly oil and gas – have given more than $9 ...
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Mitt Romney Loves the Oil and Gas Industry … or at Least He Loves Their Money

If you want to know whom regular people love, you have to ask what pulls their heartstrings. If you want to know whom politicians love, you have to ask what fills their coffers. Take energy. It’s not that Mitt Romney hates solar power, as solar company CEOs claim. It’s that the solar industry hasn’t opened their wallets to him. Meanwhile, oil and gas folks have backed up the Brinks truck.  The energy and natural resources sectors – chiefly oil and gas – have given more than $9 ...
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Mitt Romney Loves the Oil and Gas Industry … or at Least He Loves Their Money

If you want to know whom regular people love, you have to ask what pulls their heartstrings. If you want to know whom politicians love, you have to ask what fills their coffers. Take energy. It’s not that Mitt Romney hates solar power, as solar company CEOs claim. It’s that the solar industry hasn’t opened their wallets to him. Meanwhile, oil and gas folks have backed up the Brinks truck.  The energy and natural resources sectors – chiefly oil and gas – have given more than $9 ...
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What a Difference an Hour Makes

NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula at 12 noon, October 6, 2012 capturing an image of the Shilveluch Volcano. The volcano was dormant (image 1). By the time a second NASA satellite passed over the same region two hours later the volcano had erupted (image 2). The eruption produced a long plume of ash that reached an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet above the volcano’s summit and had traveled 140 miles downwind of the mountain.       Kamchatka 12noon, October 6, ...
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What a Difference an Hour Makes

NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula at 12 noon, October 6, 2012 capturing an image of the Shilveluch Volcano. The volcano was dormant (image 1). By the time a second NASA satellite passed over the same region two hours later the volcano had erupted (image 2). The eruption produced a long plume of ash that reached an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet above the volcano’s summit and had traveled 140 miles downwind of the mountain.       Kamchatka 12noon, October 6, ...
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What a Difference an Hour Makes

NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula at 12 noon, October 6, 2012 capturing an image of the Shilveluch Volcano. The volcano was dormant (image 1). By the time a second NASA satellite passed over the same region two hours later the volcano had erupted (image 2). The eruption produced a long plume of ash that reached an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet above the volcano’s summit and had traveled 140 miles downwind of the mountain.       Kamchatka 12noon, October 6, ...
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Roasting ‘Big Bird’, an update

Riled UP made previous mention of the plight of Big Bird---the feathered creature and prime character on the PBS kids show, Sesame Street---who was maligned during the presidential debates. Big Bird made a surprise guest appearance to plead his situation directly on Saturday Night Live. Here in his own words is Big Bird: Big Bird on Saturday Night Live 10-6-12 (credit: SNL) Riled Up hopes the congressional budget-cutters will think twice about their heartless “roasting” of Big Bird if ...
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Roasting ‘Big Bird’, an update

Riled UP made previous mention of the plight of Big Bird---the feathered creature and prime character on the PBS kids show, Sesame Street---who was maligned during the presidential debates. Big Bird made a surprise guest appearance to plead his situation directly on Saturday Night Live. Here in his own words is Big Bird: Big Bird on Saturday Night Live 10-6-12 (credit: SNL) Riled Up hopes the congressional budget-cutters will think twice about their heartless “roasting” of Big Bird if ...
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Roasting ‘Big Bird’, an update

Riled UP made previous mention of the plight of Big Bird---the feathered creature and prime character on the PBS kids show, Sesame Street---who was maligned during the presidential debates. Big Bird made a surprise guest appearance to plead his situation directly on Saturday Night Live. Here in his own words is Big Bird: Big Bird on Saturday Night Live 10-6-12 (credit: SNL) Riled Up hopes the congressional budget-cutters will think twice about their heartless “roasting” of Big Bird if ...
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The Case for Math

By Lucas Gardner Americans are terrible at math and it's hurting our economy. But Why?!? Math can be fun. People forget how sometimes numbers look like other things, like how 3 looks like a little sideways butt, or how the number 6 looks like the number 9 but upside-down. That's a lot of fun. Most people will say that solving math problems is no fun at all, but what I say is this: “Shut up!” Check out these fun math problems: • You purchase an apple that costs $10 from Sally. You ...
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