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Republicans, Evolution and You

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE    

VIDEO: Bill Nye Uses Science to Explain Why Anti-Choicers Have No Idea What They’re Talking About

In a fantastic video for the online forum Big Think, the famous “science guy” spells out the reasons he thinks “when it comes to women’s rights with respect to their reproduction, I think you should leave it to women.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

Fitbits for Bosses: The Future of Workplace Surveillance

If the thought of hidden cameras in the office and employee activity-monitoring software weren’t dystopian enough, digital Big Brother is now expanding into the world of workplace biosurveillance.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

If You Made Your Bed, Don’t Lie in It

There’s a scientific reason you should ignore what your mom taught you and leave your bed unmade every day; a writer ponders whether newly minted Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn can undo what Tony Blair did to the party; meanwhile, a black woman says she was detained in a mental hospital for over a week because cops didn’t believe her BMW belonged to her. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

U.K.’s Leading Scientists Urge Immediate Climate Action

The pre-eminent institutions in British science and engineering—some with long records of promoting fossil fuels—say the U.K. should lead the way to a zero carbon world.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Quantum Leap Taken in Measuring Greenhouse Effect

A new technique for analyzing satellite data will allow scientists to predict more accurately how much the Earth will warm as a result of carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE

Mandatory Vaccination Bill for Public Schools Passes California Assembly

The state of California has approved one of the toughest vaccination laws in the United States.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Science

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Why We Need to Praise Whistleblower Jeremy Hammond, Too

Jeremy Hammond’s hacktivism is overlooked by the media, but his actions have some calling him “the original Snowden”; Canada is threatening to come down hard on activists calling for a boycott of Israeli products; and it seems bees are far more complex creatures than most of us may think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Galileo’s Middle Finger

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE

Galileo’s Middle Finger

As is true of any human endeavor, the pursuit of science cannot be entirely objective — ideology and economics inevitably play roles.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE

The Average American Has No Idea Just How Extreme Income Inequality Truly Is

Most of us suspect the rich have a great deal going for them, but it may be even more obscene than we imagine; it may be unwise for the gay-rights movement to focus too much attention on the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act; scientists have figured out which neurons signal pain and itching. These news items and more.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Are Developing Wine That Won’t Give You a Hangover

Sure, researchers could be using their brainpower to solve other medical puzzles, but preventing hangovers is a worthy cause if ever there was one.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

Mysterious ‘Sleeping Disease’ Perplexes Scientists and Doctors

Residents of a village in Kazakhstan are being relocated because of a mysterious illness that has been causing people’s brains to “switch off” and go into comas.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

Idiotic Climate Change Denial

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE

Science in an Age of Opinion

In the media at large, the validity of vaccines, global warming and other scientific findings are being overturned without giving thought to the politics of the sources or the bias of the audience.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

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Don’t Believe in Evolution, Climate Change or Vaccines? You’re Not Fit to Be President

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who may run for the presidency, refused Wednesday to answer the direct questions “Are you comfortable with the idea of evolution? Do you believe in it?”

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Regulations

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Penn & Teller Use Bowling Pins to Show Why You Should Vaccinate Your Kids

“Even if vaccination did cause autism, which it fucking doesn’t,” shouts Penn Jillette, the more verbal half of the entertainment duo Penn & Teller, “anti-vaccination would still be bullshit.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE

Small Diseased World

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Watch Matter Move to Music

Nigel John Stanford is a New Zealand-based musician who uses sound to help create visual images.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE

Mothers for Drunk Driving

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Christie Vaccine

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Outstanding Affliction

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Vaccine Choices

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Vaccine Deniers

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How Do You Tell Your Girlfriend You’re Moving to Another Planet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dianne McGrath isn’t waiting for NASA to take her to Mars, Deon Taylor addresses the difficulties of a black director researching white supremacy, and Martin Luther King and Helen Caldicott join us, courtesy of the Pacific Archives and Brian DeShazer.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE

How Do You Tell Your Girlfriend You’re Moving to Another Planet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dianne McGrath isn’t waiting for NASA to take her to Mars, Deon Taylor addresses the difficulties of a black director researching white supremacy, and Martin Luther King and Helen Caldicott join us, courtesy of the Pacific Archives and Brian DeShazer.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE


Stop Flipping Out Because Old People Have Sex

For years now we’ve heard about randy grandparents getting nasty in the old folks home. Yet studies of septuagenarian sex continue to make the news as if it’s weird, shocking or gross.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE


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?

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

Why Did a Woman Let Bedbugs Bite Her Over 85,000 Times?

There’s a reason scientists are often called “mad,” and biologist Regine Gries certainly did her best to earn the moniker.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE

Greed Is a Paywall Blocking Human Knowledge

Journals like Science and other paid subscription sources should make their content available to the public for free.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE

Science Says It May Finally Be Time to Kick Your Milk Habit

The claim that milk “does the body good” may have more to do with politics than science.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE

War on Science

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE

How a New Pill Could Help You Learn Like a Child Does

Ever long to absorb information with the facility that children display while learning? A new “smart pill” may help adults do just that.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Change Science

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE


Paralyzed Man Can Now Walk Thanks to the Cells in His Nose

A knife attack put Darek Fidyka on his back for two years, but an amazing medical procedure appears to have partially mended his spinal cord.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE


Fact: Coffee Is Good for You

People “give up” coffee the way they do cigarettes and red meat, but numerous studies tell us that unlike those other vices, America’s liquid breakfast of choice has many health benefits.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

War on Extremism

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE

Medicine Is Racist Too

The medical field has “race corrected” measurements that just go to show there are inherent biases that run through many threads in everyday life, despite our trust in seemingly objective science.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

Yawning: Puzzler of the Ages

Hippocrates took a crack at it, postulating that this mysterious activity was designed to flush harmful air from the body. Cut to the 19th century, when that notion lost traction.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE


Rosetta: Europe’s Billion-Euro Experiment Makes Comet Contact

After traveling for more than 10 years and further than 6.4 billion kilometers, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has arrived at its destination.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE

Do We Choose Friends With Similar DNA?

A new study, which the researchers themselves are calling “unusual,” posits that friends share more genetic markers than do strangers.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE


Digital Cheese

Some bloggers claim to be outraged by Facebook social experiments, but anybody not expecting to be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed and numbered is probably a big fan of the tooth fairy and still drinking juice out of a sippy cup, wearing footy pajamas.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

How the Pentagon Is Flushing Our Money Down the Toilet

The Pentagon is wasting taxpayer dollars on unnecessarily overpriced items like one $600 toilet seat; meanwhile, Virginia cops want to photograph a teenage boy’s erect genitalia as part of their investigation; meanwhile, some thinkers hold that Facebook may be good for science. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE

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