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The end of the world: an eternal scare story

The end of the world: an eternal scare story | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Now 21 December is apparently judgment day, but the only certainty is that this won't be the last apocalyptic prophecy.

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Authority crisis roils America: police abuse, torture and authoritarianism run amok

Authority crisis roils America: police abuse, torture and authoritarianism run amok | Gavagai | Scoop.it

CIA torture details, in wake of ugly police killings, raise alarms: How much more state abuse can we tolerate?

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Here's how irrational flu vaccine deniers are

Here's how irrational flu vaccine deniers are | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new study shows that debunking myths about the flu vaccine actually makes vaccine skeptics less likely to get a flu shot.

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A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two scientific journals

A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two scientific journals | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Of course, none of these fictional characters actually wrote the paper, titled 'Fuzzy, homogeneous configurations'. Rather, it's a nonsensical text, submitted by engineer Alex Smolyanitsky in an effort to expose a pair of scientific journals — the Journal of Computational Intelligence and Electronic Systems and the comic sans-loving Aperito Journal of NanoScience Technology.

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The economic threat to cities isn't gentrification; it's the opposite

The economic threat to cities isn't gentrification; it's the opposite | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Many urban neighborhoods are places of concentrated poverty, and it's killing opportunity in the US.

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10 ways that brain myths are harming us

10 ways that brain myths are harming us | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Christian Jarrett: Since my new book on brain myths was published, one question has surprised me the most - do brain myths matter? Yes, they do. Here are 10 ways.

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Shocking discovery: electric eels can 'remote control' their prey

Shocking discovery: electric eels can 'remote control' their prey | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Don't mess with an electric eel. Turns out these animals are neural puppetmasters, using electricity as the strings to manipulate their prey. While the serpentine creatures regularly use their zapping powers to temporarily paralyze unlucky fish, they can also send out a shock that will cause hidden fish to twitch, betraying their positions and making them easy targets.

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10 facts about the Milky Way

10 facts about the Milky Way | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Milky Way Galaxy is an immense and very interesting place. Not only does it measure some 100,000–120,000 light-years in diameter, it is home to planet Earth, the birthplace of humanity.

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Missing: endangered chameleon species not seen for 16 years

Missing: endangered chameleon species not seen for 16 years | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers start crowd-funded campaign to find just one of the world’s species under threat.

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These are the oldest living things in the world

These are the oldest living things in the world | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Artist Rachel Sussman has travelled the world for more than a decade looking to photograph and catalogue the oldest living things on the planet.

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The post-antibiotic future is here: chilling report highlights the reality of a global crisis

The post-antibiotic future is here: chilling report highlights the reality of a global crisis | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Superbugs are killing India's newborns, the New York Times reports -- and the entire world's at risk.

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Stephen Hawking says artificial intelligence will destroy us. Is he right?

Stephen Hawking says artificial intelligence will destroy us. Is he right? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

None other than world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has chimed in on artificial intelligence’s potential to spell havoc for humankind.

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Earth viewed from Orion

Earth viewed from Orion | Gavagai | Scoop.it

From Nasa TV.

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Hotter ocean waters give typhoons a boost

Hotter ocean waters give typhoons a boost | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Pacific Ocean has experienced warm water all year, strengthening tropical cyclones.

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Universities cause more medical distortions than journalists

Universities cause more medical distortions than journalists | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Exaggerated and scaremongering health journalism might just seem like an attempt to shift papers, but research conducted by Cardiff University has found that in fact the majority originates in academic press releases.

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10 most harrowing stories from the CIA torture report

10 most harrowing stories from the CIA torture report | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Dozens of the tortured detainees should never have been apprehended.

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Why do Brits say 'maths' and Americans say 'math'?

Why do Brits say 'maths' and Americans say 'math'? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For a field centered on numbers, math seems pretty confused about its pluralization. Americans and Canadians tend to say 'math' while Brits and Australians opt for 'maths'.

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The trouble with cheap oil

The trouble with cheap oil | Gavagai | Scoop.it

High oil prices would force us to find another way to power the world. It was a nice dream, but it’s over now. We are awash in cheap oil.

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This beautiful visualisation highlights a troubling reality

This beautiful visualisation highlights a troubling reality | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new video from Nasa shows how plumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) shift and swirl around the planet.

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The incredible shrinking incomes of young Americans

The incredible shrinking incomes of young Americans | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Real wages for young people aren't slow-growing. They're not even flat. They're falling.

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Scientists figure out why crows are left- or right-beaked when they use tools

Scientists figure out why crows are left- or right-beaked when they use tools | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In the same way that humans can be either left- or right-handed, crows -- who are known for being especially good at wielding sticks as tools -- favor either the left or right side of their beaks.

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Why Orion's launch is the best news for humanity in a long time

Why Orion's launch is the best news for humanity in a long time | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The path is open again, a sunbeam illuminating its gates, now clean of the vines that had grown through all these years of abandonment.

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205 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become

205 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become | Gavagai | Scoop.it

More than 80% of California is in extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the state's condition isn't expected to improve in the near future.

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