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Why We Can’t Stop Obsessing Over Flying Saucers
Will the test vehicle get the altitude and velocity it needs to prove we can fly in the Martian atmosphere?
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Why We Can’t Stop Obsessing Over Flying Saucers

Will the test vehicle get the altitude and velocity it needs to prove we can fly in the Martian atmosphere?

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Given this overwhelming mandate by our democracy, along with the latest reports from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment, it’s time for the climate change deniers to stop literally tilting at windmills and just go away. It’s also time for the fossil-fueled politicians and business leaders to focus their skills and resources on a clean energy future that will benefit all Americans and the world.

The Democratic Process Is Beating Climate Deniers

Behold, The World’s First Space-Vine

In only a year and a half of Vine, we’ve seen six-second loops of just about everything under the sun. With a recent dispatch from space, however, we’ve apparently moved on from underneath and are now broadcasting Vines from somewhere more adjacent to the sun.

Astronaut Reid Wiseman has posted the first-ever Vine video sent from space.

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If we’re going to ever settle down away from this planet, we’re going to need spaceships like these—essentially living systems that can fly through space—to help get us there and keep us alive.
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If we’re going to ever settle down away from this planet, we’re going to need spaceships like these—essentially living systems that can fly through space—to help get us there and keep us alive.

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A Very Special “Everything Wrong With” Featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson And “Gravity”

The “Everything Wrong With” series from Cinema Sins is a popular, fun way to make you feel dumb for liking things (yet smart for knowing why you shouldn’t). The latest edition of the ongoing series has a special guest who can make you feel especially stupid for enjoying Gravity: Namely, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s favorite astrophysicist, who interjects with some very science-y reasons why the Sandra Bullock mega-hit is bad and you should feel bad for liking it.

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via watershedplus:

Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic is named for its brilliant colouration. The colour spectrum that ranges from deep blue to burnt red is the product of trillions of thermophiles, or bacterial microorganisms, which flourish in hot waters. Different temperatures determine the hue, and the centre’s blue is the result of extreme heat (70 °C or 160 °F) that leaves the bacteria sterile.
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Extremophiles are proof of the power of evolution. On Earth, it seems like wherever life could remotely, possibly exist, it does.

And only by studying them, whether they grow in beautiful ponds like this or in the dark, ugly mud at the bottom of ocean vents, we can understand the limits and possibilities of biology.

As Dr. Ian Malcolm reminds us:

When we find a [genetic] defect, very few times does that give a direct path towards developing a therapy or intervention,” says Stephen Friend, president of Sage Bionetworks, the biomedical research non-profit leading the project. “What if we flipped what we were trying to do? Maybe those who are sick are the wrong people to be studying.

Searching For The Hidden Health Heroes Whose DNA Prevents Disease

“Take it up with the National Institutes of Health,” Bill O’Reilly snapped.

“I am a council member on the National Institutes of Health. Your number is wrong.” - Columbia University neuroscientist Carl Hart.

A Neuroscientist’s Quest To Debunk Harmful Misconceptions About Addiction

Columbia neuroscientist Carl Hart untangles the reasons researchers have gotten so much wrong about addiction—and how it’s fueled our obsession with the war on drugs. 

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What’s clear enough for now is that irony tends to require deeper processing and engagement when it’s new or unexpected. Which may may help explain why we can hum along so mindlessly to the irony-less “Ironic” but expend a bit more mental energy to keep up with the irony-filled spoof. It’s also why you can blow your own mind for a second by considering that maybe Alanis left irony out of “Ironic” because she saw that as the ultimate irony.

Why You’re Bad At Understanding Irony