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Scientists Get Political—and It’s About Time

Recent steps toward a more considered political stance are helpful to both the scientific community and society at large.

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Russian Explanation of the Mass Poisoning in Syria Could Be True

Evidence shows the deadly poison could have come from the bombing of an ammunition depot, not from a nerve gas attack.

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The Earth Enters ‘Uncharted Territory’ With Unprecedented Heat and Carbon Dioxide Levels

The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization confirms reports that 2016 was the hottest year on record and predicts more bad news for 2017.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Talk of ‘Unity’

The president played on themes of harmony in his first address to Congress, but recent incidents of violence and bigotry tell a different story.

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Via Twitter, National Parks Service and NASA Defy Trump’s Gag on Climate Change Information

Many in the scientific community are also spreading word of an upcoming “Scientists March on Washington.”

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The ‘Hidden Figures’ Jeff Sessions Wants to Keep in the Shadows

A new movie reminds us of past racial injustice as a new administration tries to turn back the clock.

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Will Trump Scrap NASA’s Climate Research Mission?

NASA does more than explore other planets; it studies our own. Agency scientists worry Donald Trump will abort the work.

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Photo of the Week: Elon Musk’s Falcon 9, Up in Flames

That part of the left-wing mind that ranges from suspicion to rejection of the doctrine of private wealth was allowed a touch of schadenfreude when the billionaire’s dream flashed hues of yellow and orange before shaking buildings for several miles around.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

It has become increasingly clear that it is the younger generation that will save us all.

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Clean Aviation Will Take Wing, but ETA Is Up in the Air

With legendary inventor Elon Musk in the vanguard, innovators are racing to design an all-electric aircraft. One fact that spurs them on: Today’s aviation-fuel airplanes are a significant part of the pollution crisis.

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The Moon: Who Will Lead It?

He already thinks he hung it, so Donald Trump would be a natural leader for Jeb Bush’s future moon colony.

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Cutting Emissions May Save Some U.S. Cities, but More Than 400 Appear ‘Already Lost,’ Study Finds

Researchers say it is already too late for Miami and New Orleans, which will be overcome by rising sea levels caused by man-made climate change. Under a worst-case scenario, New York could be unlivable by 2085.

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VIDEO: NASA Finds Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars

In a major announcement, scientists suggest that flowing water exists on Mars—a discovery they say has exciting implications for the future search for life on the Red Planet.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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NASA: The World’s Groundwater Is Quickly Running Out

Over a decade-long study of 37 major aquifers worldwide, 21 of them—including the Indus Basin, which supplies much of India’s water—showed a depletion of supply.

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The Hoax of Climate Denial

It’s often claimed that environmental science done in federal agencies is “politically driven” and therefore suspect. While widely held, the idea is demonstrably false. It ignores the simple fact that most of the major contributions of the twentieth century, at least in the physical sciences, came from just such government science.

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Critics: USA Freedom Act Will Codify Government Data Collection

Legislative critics of the USA Freedom Act, which was celebrated by privacy advocates as it passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, say the law will merely adjust and codify the government’s practice of bulk telephone data collection, rather than end it.

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Robert Scheer Talks Privacy With Scholar Aleecia McDonald

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center hosted Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and scholar Aleecia McDonald in a public conversation about the themes at the center of Scheer’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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Nerds, Rejoice: Obama Promises to Send Astronauts to Mars ... to Stay

What is it about men in the twilight of their presidencies that has them reaching to the stars?

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Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Raises Specter of Space Centre Invasion

Rising sea levels and repeated storm damage to natural coastal defenses pose an increasing threat to the famous Cape Canaveral rocket launch site in Florida.

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Time for a Federal Robotics Agency

As drones, driverless cars, robotic surgeons and algorithms that can buy and trade in the stock market become part of the daily conversation, there needs to be an understanding of how the law and the public will deal with these imminent realities.

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NASA Will Now Study Climate Change From Space

The OCO-2 will monitor fluctuations of CO2 in the atmosphere, making note of where the greenhouse gases are rising and falling the most.

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Climate Change Endangers Historic U.S. Landmarks

Climate change and sea level rise are threatening historic U.S. landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to NASA’s coastal rocket launch sites, and the nation needs to prepare, scientists said Tuesday.

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Experts: Antarctic Ice Collapse Means Rising Oceans Inevitable

“The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration,” The New York Times reports two groups of scientists stated Monday.

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Obama’s TPP Trade Deal Will Give Brunei Special Privileges, Despite Having Imposed Shariah Law

Brunei’s sultan, who’s responsible for implementing the inhumane Shariah law, will benefit in a number of ways from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; NASA plans to put a greenhouse on Mars in just a few years; meanwhile, Peruvians have created billboards that clean the air and produce potable water. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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NASA-Funded Study Sounds Alarm for Civilization

A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center confirmed the prospect that worldwide industrial civilization could collapse in the coming decades under “unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution,” Dr. Nafeez Ahmed reports at The Guardian.

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It Turns Out the Sky IS Falling

Asteroids and satellites, oh, my! Two reports warn us to cast a wary eye above as space debris—natural and man made—drops from the sky. But don’t over-fret: Odds of getting hit are very small, though experts warn that the right-size asteroid would cause major damage.

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Shutdown: NASA Says Ta Ta for Now on Instagram

The space agency waved a cheeky goodbye from the social image site Tuesday, saying “we won’t be posting or replying to comments during the U.S. government shutdown.”

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NASA Finds Water on Mars

The Curiosity rover found H2O particles bound to other minerals in Martian dirt. According to scientists, it’s enough water to hydrate astronauts who wish to explore the planet in the future.

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NASA Made an ‘It Gets Better’ Video

Sex columnist Dan Savage was moved by the suicides of gay teenagers to launch the It Gets Better Project, and since then everyone from President Obama to Perez Hilton has made a video. Add NASA and its LGBT brainiacs to that list.

Posted on May 30, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


An Interview With Pioneering Climate Scientist James Hansen

Having directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for most of the past four decades, Dr. James E. Hansen retired this month to devote himself to the scientific activism that has brought both awards and catcalls during his long and distinguished career.

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Telescope Spies ‘Most Earth-Like’ Worlds to Date

Scientists say they may have found a pair of distant planets that bear a closer resemblance to Earth than any yet discovered, with a chance the worlds contain liquid water on the surface.

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Two Rats, One Mind

Scientists connected the brains of a pair of rodents—one in Brazil, the other in North Carolina—via computers; an Italian jeans maker has trademarked the word “Jesus” thus holding exclusive rights to clothes bearing Christ’s name; meanwhile, a police officer is on trial in New York on suspicion of planning to rape, torture and cannibalize women. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Warp Speed Ahead?

In case you missed it, in November, io9 reported that physicist Harold White was working on the concept for an engine that could transport a ship through space at warp speeds without violating Einstein’s law of relativity.

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NASA Announces World Won’t End Dec. 21, 2012

The space agency is so confident in its prediction that it has already released a video explaining why the world didn’t end Dec. 21.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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NASA Photos of Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82. Here are some photos of the great explorer collected over the years.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Neil Armstrong Heads Back Into the Unknown

Neil Armstrong entered this universe on his family’s farm and would leave it having stepped foot on the moon. He is dead after spending 82 extraordinary years on this Earth, and a few days off of it.

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Rover and NASA Are Beaming

After voyaging through space for more than eight months, NASA’s Curiosity finally reached its destination: Mars. The rover made a harrowing descent onto the Red Planet on Sunday night as it began its two-year mission to determine if the key ingredients for life ever existed there.

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