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AP/Dan Peled

A Successor to David Attenborough?

The impending retirement of longtime BBC science personality David Attenborough is prompting discussion over who could replace him in presenting the mysteries and delights of the natural world to the public.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?

We’ve pushed standards, testing and accountability for public schools, so why shouldn’t private institutions receiving taxpayer money have to meet those same requirements?

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GOP Senator: ‘Video Games Are a Bigger Problem Than Guns’

In an interview on MSNBC ahead of the Senate’s hearing on gun safety Wednesday, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., responded to a question by Chuck Todd on background checks for gun buyers by changing the subject to ... video games.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Textbooks Should Be Written Like Facebook Posts

Curmudgeons the world over will tell you that TV makes you go blind and expressing ideas 140 characters at a time makes you soft in the head, but some actual scientists looked into this and the results were surprising.

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Mocks Climate Deniers

“Global warming is a total hoax. And I’ll tell you how I know. Because it’s cold, today, where I live. That’s jus’ science,” Stewart satirically said on his program Wednesday night.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE


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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



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The Myth of Human Progress

The mounting distortions of climate change and the rapid depletion of natural resources have done little to blunt the self-destructive notion of ceaseless expansion. The road we are on points toward human extinction.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Lab-Grown Meat Is Real, but Will People Eat It?

Right now the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the world population at 7 billion and growing. Feeding all those people is going to be a challenge and, like it or not, it may involve really disgusting meat jelly.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Zack Kopplin

Reason has a new friend: 19-year-old Zack Kopplin played a crucial role in getting the Orleans Parish School Board to ban creationism from its campuses.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Debunking NRA Power, Apocalyptic Myths and the Fiscal Cliff

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The myth of NRA power, the fiscal “obstacle course” and your guide to surviving apocalypses real and imagined.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE


Debunking NRA Power, Apocalyptic Myths and the Fiscal Cliff

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The myth of NRA power, the fiscal “obstacle course” and your guide to surviving apocalypses real and imagined.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE


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The Internet Turf War

At the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, governments are trying to get their hands and handcuffs on the Internet; some scientists have posited that homosexuals inherit the trait from their opposite-sex parent; meanwhile, Italy’s disgraced Silvio Berlusconi prepares to run again. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Study: Obesity Gene May Help Prevent Depression

The same gene that may be increasing your girth may also be making you happier, according to a new report.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Don’t Ask Marco Rubio About Science Because He’s Not a Scientist, Man

Rising Republican star and potential 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio had an interesting response to a question about the age of our planet during an interview with GQ magazine.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The Most Anti-Science Political Candidates of Election 2012

Although many seekers of elected office are mulling over the connection between climate change and the deadly and destructive superstorm Sandy, there are a few candidates in the U.S. who won’t be following suit.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Are You Fatter Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The candidates have talked a lot about health care this election cycle, but not so much about the actual health of Americans. According to a study by Gallup, adult Americans of just about every age are likelier to be obese today than they were in 2008.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



Obama Goes on ‘The Daily Show,’ Ryan Mocks GOP ‘War on Women,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt’s “Romnesia,” Joe Walsh’s science fail and the possibility of a split Electoral College come Election Day.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 READ MORE



VP Debate Wrap-Up, Romney Plagiarism Accusation, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Wisconsin Republican who says “some girls rape easy,” why Todd Akin should never be allowed to weigh in on scientific matters again and two congressional candidates nearly come to blows at a debate.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Life Is Sacred

The giddy, money-drenched, choreographed carnival in Tampa and the one coming up in Charlotte divert us from the real world—the one steadily collapsing around us.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE


Neil Armstrong’s Footprint

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Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Plans Ron Paul Tribute, Romney Goes Birther, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Maher’s advice to Todd Akin on rape and abortion, and Bill Nye’s advice to parents about creationism.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Scientists Turn DNA Into a Virtually Limitless Storehouse

The successful translation of a book into genetic coding suggests that the building blocks of life could be used to store data cheaply, durably and with staggeringly little space compared with conventional digital devices.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE



Truthdig/Peter Z. Scheer

The Working Man’s Tablet

Tablets are quickly taking over the computer market despite being utterly useless to working people.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Global Warming Is Here to Stay

Excuse me, folks, but the weather is trying to tell us something. Listen carefully, and you can almost hear a parched, raspy voice whispering, “What part of ‘hottest month ever’ do you people not understand?”

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE


Earth Girls Are Easy

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Science of Genocide

On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Diet, Not Exercise, Key to Obesity, Scientists Find

Using a Tanzanian tribe as a stand-in for ancient humans, an international group of scientists determined that the hunter-gatherers burned calories no better than we fat, slobby Westerners, when corrected for size. This suggests that overeating is more to blame for obesity than the modern sedentary lifestyle.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE


Knocking on Bashar al-Assad’s Door

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole’s informed comment on developments in Damascus; Wal-Mart owns America; Internet hypochondria; Comic-Con culture clash; and unbundling education.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Knocking on Bashar al-Assad’s Door

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole’s informed comment on developments in Damascus; Wal-Mart owns America; Internet hypochondria; Comic Con culture clash, and unbundling education.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE


God Particle Confirmed

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Posted on Jul 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Administration’s Waivers Nullifying ‘No Child Left Behind’

The Obama administration has relieved nearly 26 states of the program’s controversial requirement to make all students competent in reading and math by 2014. Ten more states are in line to receive the waivers.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



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46% of Americans Cling to Creationism

A Gallup poll last month revealed that almost half of Americans are anti-empiricists—that is, they trust ancient descriptions of the world they live in over scientific explanations developed through a direct experience of it.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE



Study: One-Sixth of Cancers Are Preventable

Cancer is caused by infection in one out of six patients worldwide, according to a medical review published in The Lancet Oncology. That means as many as 2 million people a year get cancer for lack of preventive vaccines and antibiotics.

Posted on May 9, 2012 READ MORE



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A Better Way to Learn Science

Six years of consideration have led researchers to reject the current American K-12 science curriculum and propose instead a plan that would teach students the relationships between fundamental concepts across the disciplines, rather than force the memorization of loosely connected facts.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Livestock Antibiotics and FDA Inaction: A Look Back

We learned back in the mid-1970s that livestock antibiotics increase the presence of drug-resistant bacteria in farmworkers. Since then, meat and poultry production has nearly tripled while business, government and public advocates have battled over industry regulation. ProPublica charts that battle’s history.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



Kaptain Kobold (CC-BY)

Conservatives Really Do Hate Science

Trust in science as a means of discovering and understanding reality has declined among self-identified conservatives since the mid-1970s, sociologists at the University of North Carolina found, and even more so in recent years if they held high level university degrees.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



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We’re Fatter Than We Thought

New study, new round of bad news. Researchers have determined that the level of obesity in the U.S. is being dramatically underreported. The current, too-conservative estimate already says that one in three Americans is obese, so this may be one time you don’t want to click “Read more.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Scientists Find Potential Clue to Bee Mystery

It might seem somewhat obvious, but scientists looking for reasons why bumblebees have been dying in waves in recent years are pointing to pesticides as a possible cause, as the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


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Philosophy by Another Name?

A British philosopher suggests that popular confusion over what philosophers do requires the epochs-old discipline follow the suit of other academic subjects and update its name.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Scientists Say T. Rex Had Three-Ton Bite

And now for a brief bit of dinosaur geekery: Researchers at the University of Manchester had the fun job of putting together a computer model of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull that gave them a clearer idea about the bygone species’ bite, which turns out to be more impressive than previously believed.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE


When Evidence Isn’t Enough

In the face of ever-increasing contradictory evidence, millions of Americans believe God created humans as they exist today and that Earth is just thousands of years old. Why?

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Speed of Light Upset May Be Result of Loose Wire

Remember the announcement that shocked the physics world last September? Scientists claimed to have measured a neutrino traveling faster than the speed of light—a feat that would have undone Einstein, if, that is, the measurement proves not to have been the result of a bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer, as researchers now suspect.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Study: Men May Stick Around for More Than 5M Years

What a relief to know that men might not be an endangered species with a potential expiration date in only 5 million years, according to a new study published, appropriately (if heavy-handedly), in a journal called Nature. The issue boils down to a predicted, but now contested, process of genetic decay targeting the man-specific Y chromosome.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE


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