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The Power of Empathy

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Rmote-sensing for finding lost cities.

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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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Roasting ‘Big Bird’?

If Public Television had a recognizable icon, it would be Big Bird, the clumsy and somewhat dorky avian that populates the lives of millions of kids each morning as they watch Sesame Street. In the never-ending, two year, political campaigning we have all been subjected to, it is hard to imagine this clunky PBS character being an issue brought up during serious presidential debates on budgets and taxes. In listening to one of the candidates, it seems the national debt could be brought under ...
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Roasting ‘Big Bird’?

If Public Television had a recognizable icon, it would be Big Bird, the clumsy and somewhat dorky avian that populates the lives of millions of kids each morning as they watch Sesame Street. In the never-ending, two year, political campaigning we have all been subjected to, it is hard to imagine this clunky PBS character being an issue brought up during serious presidential debates on budgets and taxes. In listening to one of the candidates, it seems the national debt could be brought under ...
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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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Roasting ‘Big Bird’?

If Public Television had a recognizable icon, it would be Big Bird, the clumsy and somewhat dorky avian that populates the lives of millions of kids each morning as they watch Sesame Street. In the never-ending, two year, political campaigning we have all been subjected to, it is hard to imagine this clunky PBS character being an issue brought up during serious presidential debates on budgets and taxes. In listening to one of the candidates, it seems the national debt could be brought under ...
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The Onion: Sensitive Scientists Report 5 in 5 Women Don’t Know How Beautiful They Are

The Onion keeps us on top of relevant science news: From the article: “In clinical trials, we discovered 100 percent of test subjects were virtually oblivious to the fact that they are and always have been thoughtful, intelligent, and truly gorgeous, inside and out,” sensitive scientist Sidney Kaplan said of the four-year, $30 million study aimed at showing women what they just can’t seem to see for themselves. “Perhaps even more alarming, we found that 87 percent of women felt it was ...
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The Onion: Sensitive Scientists Report 5 in 5 Women Don’t Know How Beautiful They Are

The Onion keeps us on top of relevant science news: From the article: “In clinical trials, we discovered 100 percent of test subjects were virtually oblivious to the fact that they are and always have been thoughtful, intelligent, and truly gorgeous, inside and out,” sensitive scientist Sidney Kaplan said of the four-year, $30 million study aimed at showing women what they just can’t seem to see for themselves. “Perhaps even more alarming, we found that 87 percent of women felt it was ...
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The Onion: Sensitive Scientists Report 5 in 5 Women Don’t Know How Beautiful They Are

The Onion keeps us on top of relevant science news: From the article: “In clinical trials, we discovered 100 percent of test subjects were virtually oblivious to the fact that they are and always have been thoughtful, intelligent, and truly gorgeous, inside and out,” sensitive scientist Sidney Kaplan said of the four-year, $30 million study aimed at showing women what they just can’t seem to see for themselves. “Perhaps even more alarming, we found that 87 percent of women felt it was ...
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If Robots Made Music

We all know player piano’s---those 19th Century devices that used punched cylinders with holes that were plucked to create a tune on the piano keys. Here’s the 21st Century incarnation of the technology. If robots made music, this is likely what it would sound like from this strange automaton: Resonant Chamber (credit: YouTube WHB
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If Robots Made Music

We all know player piano’s---those 19th Century devices that used punched cylinders with holes that were plucked to create a tune on the piano keys. Here’s the 21st Century incarnation of the technology. If robots made music, this is likely what it would sound like from this strange automaton: Resonant Chamber (credit: YouTube WHB
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If Robots Made Music

We all know player piano’s---those 19th Century devices that used punched cylinders with holes that were plucked to create a tune on the piano keys. Here’s the 21st Century incarnation of the technology. If robots made music, this is likely what it would sound like from this strange automaton: Resonant Chamber (credit: YouTube WHB
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Lord of the Rings

The Cassini spacecraft continues its extended journey through the strange moons and surrounding rings of Saturn. The images the orbiter keeps returning never cease to amaze. Here are three recent images courtesy of Cassini and NASA from the ‘lord of the rings’:         Saturn Rings                                                Top View of Saturn and Rings                 Saturn Srorms and Rings in IR                     (credit: NASA)                                            ...
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Lord of the Rings

The Cassini spacecraft continues its extended journey through the strange moons and surrounding rings of Saturn. The images the orbiter keeps returning never cease to amaze. Here are three recent images courtesy of Cassini and NASA from the ‘lord of the rings’:         Saturn Rings                                                Top View of Saturn and Rings                 Saturn Srorms and Rings in IR                     (credit: NASA)                                            ...
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Lord of the Rings

The Cassini spacecraft continues its extended journey through the strange moons and surrounding rings of Saturn. The images the orbiter keeps returning never cease to amaze. Here are three recent images courtesy of Cassini and NASA from the ‘lord of the rings’:         Saturn Rings                                                Top View of Saturn and Rings                 Saturn Srorms and Rings in IR                     (credit: NASA)                                            ...
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Coral Catastrophe in Real Time

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIM) has just released a report on the status of the Great Barrier Reef (GRB)---the largest living coral structure in the world. Published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in the US, the results by the Institute’s Long-term Monitoring Team are very bad news indeed. According to the AIM researchers: “Based on the world’s most extensive time series data on reef condition (2,258 surveys of 214 reefs over 1985–2012), we ...
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Coral Catastrophe in Real Time

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIM) has just released a report on the status of the Great Barrier Reef (GRB)---the largest living coral structure in the world. Published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in the US, the results by the Institute’s Long-term Monitoring Team are very bad news indeed. According to the AIM researchers: “Based on the world’s most extensive time series data on reef condition (2,258 surveys of 214 reefs over 1985–2012), we ...
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Coral Catastrophe in Real Time

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIM) has just released a report on the status of the Great Barrier Reef (GRB)---the largest living coral structure in the world. Published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in the US, the results by the Institute’s Long-term Monitoring Team are very bad news indeed. According to the AIM researchers: “Based on the world’s most extensive time series data on reef condition (2,258 surveys of 214 reefs over 1985–2012), we ...
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Why Wearing a Bike Helmet is Dangerous

My lifelong refusal to wear a helmet when I ride a bike --and my occasional insistence in print that they’re superfluous and dorky -- has been called “reckless,” “ill-informed,” and “suicidal” be people who care about me. People who dislike me, oddly, have encouraged me not to wear a helmet, but I don’t think they have my best interests at heart.  But my line of reasoning has finally gotten a little support from a mainstream, liberal source: the New York Times. In a great article, ...
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Why Wearing a Bike Helmet is Dangerous

My lifelong refusal to wear a helmet when I ride a bike --and my occasional insistence in print that they’re superfluous and dorky -- has been called “reckless,” “ill-informed,” and “suicidal” be people who care about me. People who dislike me, oddly, have encouraged me not to wear a helmet, but I don’t think they have my best interests at heart.  But my line of reasoning has finally gotten a little support from a mainstream, liberal source: the New York Times. In a great article, ...
  • 1829

Why Wearing a Bike Helmet is Dangerous

My lifelong refusal to wear a helmet when I ride a bike --and my occasional insistence in print that they’re superfluous and dorky -- has been called “reckless,” “ill-informed,” and “suicidal” be people who care about me. People who dislike me, oddly, have encouraged me not to wear a helmet, but I don’t think they have my best interests at heart.  But my line of reasoning has finally gotten a little support from a mainstream, liberal source: the New York Times. In a great article, ...
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