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Warming planet means bumpier flights

Warming planet means bumpier flights | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Climate models and turbulence algorithms forecast that, by mid-century, clear-air turbulence will be more violent and transatlantic flights will hit it twice as often.

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Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on how to live with our human fragility

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on how to live with our human fragility | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control'.

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Why this video of a beluga whale 'playing' with children is actually very sad

Why this video of a beluga whale 'playing' with children is actually very sad | Gavagai | Scoop.it

While the experience is clearly a whimsical one for the children and adults on hand, to say the beluga is being 'playful' (as many outlets have reported) is a grave misinterpretation.

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Live from the Moon

Live from the Moon | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Marketing the Moon, written by two P.R. professionals and space enthusiasts, chronicles the public-relations triumphs and disasters that, in many ways, determined the fate of the Apollo program.

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The next pandemic won't erupt from the rainforest

The next pandemic won't erupt from the rainforest | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities.

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Is there a better way to measure earthquakes?

Is there a better way to measure earthquakes? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The logarithmic magnitude scale is confusing to many, but it's here to stay. 

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Centuries-old drawings of Europe's greatest sea monsters

Centuries-old drawings of Europe's greatest sea monsters | Gavagai | Scoop.it

These drawings of sea monsters, taken from books written in Europe centuries ago, prove that you don't need CGI to create a seriously incredible creature.

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The universe, 'branes', and the science of multiple dimensions

The universe, 'branes', and the science of multiple dimensions | Gavagai | Scoop.it

How a needle, a shower curtain, and a New England clam explain the possibility of parallel universes.

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The climate swerve

The climate swerve | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Will a social movement rise up against global warming?

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Is this life real or a simulation?

Is this life real or a simulation? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter?

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Why can't the media talk about the Ivy League without freaking out?

Why can't the media talk about the Ivy League without freaking out? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Excellent Sheep has proved how hard it is to question the worth of elite education without provoking a firestorm.

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The ice bucket challenge isn't a waste of water, and this chart proves it

The ice bucket challenge isn't a waste of water, and this chart proves it | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Compared to the huge amount of water we use to produce food, it's a drop in the bucket.

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How the US helped ISIS grow into a monster

How the US helped ISIS grow into a monster | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In his new book, Patrick Cockburn writes that America's failed strategy will only make ISIS stronger.

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Breathtaking aurora snapshot from the space station

Breathtaking aurora snapshot from the space station | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Astronaut Reid Wiseman tweets from the International Space Station: 'Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this'.

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3 maps that show school segregation in the US

3 maps that show school segregation in the US | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In nearly all states, white students go to school with other white students, and black students go to school with black students.

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, the most popular physics book ever written, now completely online

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, the most popular physics book ever written, now completely online | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Last fall, Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website joined forces to create an online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. They started with Volume 1. And now they've followed up with Volume 2 and Volume 3, making the collection complete.

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38 maps that explain the global economy

38 maps that explain the global economy | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Commerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there's no better way to depict those interactions than some maps.

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Students develop nail polish to detect date-rape drugs

Students develop nail polish to detect date-rape drugs | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Critics says the clever concept and good intentions don’t add up to a product that actually empowers women.

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Harvard, Yale, and Princeton could afford to make tuition free

Harvard, Yale, and Princeton could afford to make tuition free | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Their endowments are so massive that annual returns could cover the published price for every student.

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A quarter of Americans think they or their families will get Ebola

A quarter of Americans think they or their families will get Ebola | Gavagai | Scoop.it

According to a Harvard School of Public Health/SSRS poll, 68 percent of the U.S. population believes Ebola spreads 'easily'. Four in 10 are worried there will be a large outbreak in the United States. And a quarter of Americans are afraid the virus will infect them or someone in their families.

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Ebolanomics

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James Surowiecki on the economics of Ebola drug development. The lack of a treatment is disturbing but predictable. What will persuade pharmaceutical companies to develop unprofitable drugs?

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Brazil: a stumbling giant?

Brazil: a stumbling giant? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As Latin America's largest economy is in danger of slipping into recession, we examine the challenges facing the nation.

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It's time to look for life in Europa's ocean

It's time to look for life in Europa's ocean | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The oceans of Jupiter's ice worlds might be swimming with life — so why do we keep sending robots to Mars?

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Scientific proof that a summer World Cup in Doha is too hot - for fans

Scientific proof that a summer World Cup in Doha is too hot - for fans | Gavagai | Scoop.it

German researchers have some advice to the organizers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar: Hold the soccer tournament during the winter. Or, if the matches really must be played during the summer, hold them at night.

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The erupting Earth, the wheeling heavens

The erupting Earth, the wheeling heavens | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Stunning timelapse of the skies above Indonesian volcanoes.

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Read a powerful letter about Ferguson signed by more than 500 sociologists

Read a powerful letter about Ferguson signed by more than 500 sociologists | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A letter just released by Sociologists for Justice  has been signed by more than 500 of them and counting (more than a hundred have added their names since the letter was posted with its original headline), and it's worth a read, in part because it contains some practical suggestions for how to prevent these sorts of tragedies from occurring in the future.

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