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Wolf Blitzer asks tornado survivor if she thanked the Lord; replies she's an atheist

A moment of levity in Oklahoma Tuesday when Wolf Blitzer, concluding an interview with a woman who survived the devastating tornado, asked her if she had thanked the Lord for a decision she made that saved her life. She replied that she was an atheist.

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How gorillas are outsmarting Ebola

How gorillas are outsmarting Ebola | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Ten years ago, a population of gorillas in Central Africa was ravaged by the deadly virus. Six years later, life is almost back to normal for them, says a new study. But how?

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These are all the countries with confirmed Ebola cases

These are all the countries with confirmed Ebola cases | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The United States is the seventh country with a Ebola patient diagnosed this year, and the only country outside of Africa with a confirmed case.

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Thomas Jefferson's 1769 newspaper ad seeking a fugitive slave 

Thomas Jefferson's 1769 newspaper ad seeking a fugitive slave  | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Jefferson’s views on slavery were complicated, to put it mildly. On the one hand, he made several prominent stands for antislavery causes over the course of his lifetime, especially during his early career. Yet Jefferson also frequently acted in the interests of his planter class.

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Noam Chomsky: infuriating and necessary

Noam Chomsky: infuriating and necessary | Gavagai | Scoop.it

You don’t have to buy Chomsky’s ideas wholesale to recognize that his often outrageous critiques of American democracy and capitalism usually hit their targets.

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Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us

Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Paul Verhaeghe: An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities.

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The man who saved the world by doing absolutely nothing

The man who saved the world by doing absolutely nothing | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Thirty years ago, Stanislav Petrov proved a cool head in a Cold War.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, September 27, 11:38 PM
Danish journalist Anna Libak interviewed Stanislav Petrov in Russia in early March 2004, and in this article from the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen, she provides an in-depth account of what happened Sept. 25-26, 1983. You can read the article in English here: http://www.brightstarsound.com/world_hero/weekendavisen.html
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Earth's water is older than the Sun

Earth's water is older than the Sun | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Some of Earth's water started out in an interstellar cloud (top left) that later got incorporated into the fledgling solar system.

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Earth's impending magnetic flip

Earth's impending magnetic flip | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A geomagnetic reversal may happen sooner than expected.

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Why India's Mars mission is so cheap - and thrilling

Why India's Mars mission is so cheap - and thrilling | Gavagai | Scoop.it

India's space programme has succeeded at the first attempt where others have failed - by sending an operational mission to Mars.

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Climate change is a global emergency. Stop waiting for politicians to sound the alarm

Climate change is a global emergency. Stop waiting for politicians to sound the alarm | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Naomi Klein: The truth about our planet is horrifying, but the true leaders aren’t the ones at the UN – they’re in the streets.

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Here's what sex — and plenty of other things — look like in an MRI machine

Here's what sex — and plenty of other things — look like in an MRI machine | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Spoiler alert: tongues are crazy.

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Top 10 unsolved mysteries of science

Top 10 unsolved mysteries of science | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What are some of the top mysteries keeping scientists busy?

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The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize winners

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize winners | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, September 18th, 2014 at the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. The ceremony was webcast live.

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Study: we've wiped out half the world's wildlife since 1970

Study: we've wiped out half the world's wildlife since 1970 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The main culprits? Hunting, fishing, deforestation, pollution, and other forms of habitat destruction.

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Marijuana farming a threat to salmon, biologists say

Marijuana farming a threat to salmon, biologists say | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.
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No place for introverts in the academy?

No place for introverts in the academy? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In today’s brave new world of university learning, students aren’t allowed to be shy, says Bruce Macfarlane.

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The unstoppable Antarctic ice melt is actually affecting gravity

The unstoppable Antarctic ice melt is actually affecting gravity | Gavagai | Scoop.it

This is why they call it 'global weirding'.

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Three European languages that you didn't know existed

Three European languages that you didn't know existed | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What makes linguistic diversity special? Speakers of vulnerable and endangered languages share their stories.

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The symbol of life should be a loop, not a helix

The symbol of life should be a loop, not a helix | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Jamie Davies: The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image.

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Lonely potato syndrome: how I invented a mental disorder

Lonely potato syndrome: how I invented a mental disorder | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Dean Burnett: It’s possible to create a psychological condition accidentally – one that apparently spreads. No wonder getting people to appreciate the severity of genuine mental illness is such an uphill struggle.

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Ten things in nature that could vanish before your kids see them

Ten things in nature that could vanish before your kids see them | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Animals and insects that could go extinct before the turn of the century.

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300,000 reasons for hope on climate change

300,000 reasons for hope on climate change | Gavagai | Scoop.it

There's lots of work to do. But Sunday's march in New York shows lots of people want action.

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The obesity era

The obesity era | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As the American people got fatter, so did marmosets, vervet monkeys and mice. The problem may be bigger than any of us.

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Cockroaches: the insect we're programmed to fear

Cockroaches: the insect we're programmed to fear | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Why are we so revolted by roaches? Rachel Nuwer visits her own personal insect hell to find out, and discovers a disturbing truth about these creatures.

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Milky Way map swirls with 219 million stars

Milky Way map swirls with 219 million stars | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The most detailed map of our galaxy ever made reveals the incomprehensible majesty of our neighbourhood.

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