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Want to understand mortality? Look to the chimps

Want to understand mortality? Look to the chimps | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What scientists can learn by observing how primates respond to death.

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geek as hell: random acts of geekness

geek as hell: random acts of geekness | Gavagai | Scoop.it

http://geekashell.com

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Springing forward, and its consequences

Springing forward, and its consequences | Gavagai | Scoop.it

With rising temperatures and carbon dioxide changing seasonal timetables, many plants are flowering earlier and longer.

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Warp drive research key to interstellar travel

Warp drive research key to interstellar travel | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Harold 'Sonny' White, head of NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s advanced propulsion program, has assembled a tabletop experiment designed to create tiny distortions in spacetime, the malleable fabric of the universe.

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Habitable exoplanets are bad news for humanity

Habitable exoplanets are bad news for humanity | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Intelligent life hasn't contacted us yet, possibly because it self-destructs.

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These are the world's weirdest birds

These are the world's weirdest birds | Gavagai | Scoop.it

There are almost 10,000 bird species flying the skies, roaming the lands, and diving the waters of our planet. Some of them are pretty similar to one another, perhaps because the two species diverged only relatively recently. But some of them are so unique you won't believe they're not made up.

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Meet the woman who photographs the oldest living things in the world

Meet the woman who photographs the oldest living things in the world | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What's the oldest living thing you've ever seen? A 2,200-year-old sequoia in California, perhaps? That's a relatively teenage specimen to the artist Rachel Sussman, who has spent the last ten years looping the globe on a wild adventure to meet and document the world's oldest 'continuously living' organisms.

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7 Chomsky quotes that expose the American empire

7 Chomsky quotes that expose the American empire | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A look back at some of the most incisive remarks from one of the nation's most controversial thinkers.

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Everything you need to know to rebuild civilization from scratch

Everything you need to know to rebuild civilization from scratch | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Lewis Dartnell is an astrobiologist in England who wants to help you save the world after civilization collapses. To that end, he's written a book called The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch. It's the one post-apocalyptic guide you'll ever need. We've got an excerpt.

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The history of philosophy, in superhero comics

The history of philosophy, in superhero comics | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Roof-jumping with Kierkegaard, archaeological adventures with Foucault, wayfinding in the woods with William James, and more.

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Arecibo observatory detects mysterious, energetic radio burst

Arecibo observatory detects mysterious, energetic radio burst | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A brief, blazing burst of radio waves detected by the Arecibo Observatory could herald a turning of the tide for a peculiar class of cosmic signals.

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The comments are worth reading, especially the remarks by Frank Drake.

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Slavoj Žižek: what fullfils you creatively isn't what makes you happy

Slavoj Žižek: what fullfils you creatively isn't what makes you happy | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In this short Big Think clip, Žižek’s examples range from the history of physics to the Declaration of Independence to the familiar 'male chauvinist' scenario of a man, his wife, and his mistress.

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Scientists 'edit' DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases

Scientists 'edit' DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A genetic disease has been cured in living, adult animals for the first time using a revolutionary genome-editing technique that can make the smallest changes to the vast database of the DNA molecule with pinpoint accuracy.

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Hashing it out: the art and science of pushing pot to its THC limits

Hashing it out: the art and science of pushing pot to its THC limits | Gavagai | Scoop.it

An ancient technique, revived in the 1970s and rapidly modernized since the days of disco, now promises to squeeze every last drop of THC from top-shelf strains, delivering near-narcotic highs that are orders of magnitudes cleaner than what even the most extravagant vaporizing percolator rig can produce. Welcome to wax.

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Iceberg six times the size of Manhattan in open ocean watched by scientists

Iceberg six times the size of Manhattan in open ocean watched by scientists | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scientists monitoring iceberg six times the size of Manhattan that broke off from glacier.

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The lonely photo of Michel Foucault with a full head of hair

The lonely photo of Michel Foucault with a full head of hair | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It’s hard to put a date on the picture. Very likely, it was taken during the mid 1950s, right around when Foucault was 30 years old.

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The hackers who recovered NASA's lost lunar photos

The hackers who recovered NASA's lost lunar photos | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For five years, a group of self-described techno-archaeologists working in an old, abandoned McDonald's have been on a mission: to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ‘60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites.

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Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'

Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.

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Light pollution is stealing our skies

Light pollution is stealing our skies | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Light pollution — excess light thrown into the sky by street lights, houses, buildings, and pretty much everything that makes light — reduces our ability to see the stars, sometimes dramatically.

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The Internet isn't killing religion — religion is

The Internet isn't killing religion — religion is | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Instead of asking why people aren’t religiously affiliated anymore, we might ask why they ever were.

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The secret life of snails

The secret life of snails | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko has a talent for capturing some of the smallest creatures on Earth in some of the most whimsical ways.

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A butterfly in hiding takes wing on social media

A butterfly in hiding takes wing on social media | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Thanks to social media and museum collections, a butterfly species was recognized in 2011 after more than 50 years of flying up and down the metro streets of South Florida unnoticed.

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10 planetary facts for Earth Day 2014

10 planetary facts for Earth Day 2014 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Today is Earth Day, a worldwide celebration of our home planet. A few fun factoids will give you a better appreciation of our planet’s place in the Universe.

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Hundreds of exoplanets, a handful right for life

Hundreds of exoplanets, a handful right for life | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Of the 1,780 confirmed planets beyond our solar system, as many as 16 are located in their star’s habitable zone, where conditions are neither too hot nor too cold to support life.

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Remembering John Houbolt, NASA's voice in the wilderness

Remembering John Houbolt, NASA's voice in the wilderness | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of men and women made millions of decisions that got the Apollo missions to the Moon in the 1960s. But none was more important to the program’s success than John C. Houbolt’s decision to press for Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, that mission profile history has made us all familiar with. The Langley engineer, who died last week at 95, should be remembered for his role in Apollo’s success.

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Taking on Adam Smith (and Karl Marx)

Taking on Adam Smith (and Karl Marx) | Gavagai | Scoop.it

With his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty has written a blockbuster in the world of economics.

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Make graphene in your kitchen with soap and a blender

Make graphene in your kitchen with soap and a blender | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A method for making large amounts of the wonder material graphene is so simple that it can be done with kitchen appliances and Fairy Liquid.

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