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Building: Letters 1960-1975 by Isaiah Berlin

Building: Letters 1960-1975 by Isaiah Berlin | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The 20th-century historian of ideas always tried to understand the world in all its human complexity, writes Julian Baggini.

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Philae discovers organic molecules on comet

Philae discovers organic molecules on comet | Gavagai | Scoop.it

After 10 years of chasing down Comet 67P — and then landing on it — a robotic space mission has returned a tantalizing discovery: the rubber ducky-shaped rock is home to organic molecules of mysterious composition.

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For the public good: the shameful history of forced sterilization in the US

For the public good: the shameful history of forced sterilization in the US | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'I never figured out why they did that to me'.

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110 free philosophy ebooks

110 free philosophy ebooks | Gavagai | Scoop.it

This page features a growing list of Free Philosophy ebooks, presenting essential works by Aristotle, Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and many other philosophers. You can generally read these texts on your Kindle, iPad & iPhone, or web browser.

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Why butterflies' spots change from season to season

Why butterflies' spots change from season to season | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new study examines how the colorful insects escape their predators in different temperatures.

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8-bit philosophy: Plato, Sartre, Derrida & other thinkers explained with vintage video games

8-bit philosophy: Plato, Sartre, Derrida & other thinkers explained with vintage video games | Gavagai | Scoop.it

You thought video games were a waste of time? Well, think again. These 8-bit video games can teach you philosophy. Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, Derrida and the rest.

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Woolly mammoth cloning war: scientists divided over the ethics of attempting to revive extinct mammal

Woolly mammoth cloning war: scientists divided over the ethics of attempting to revive extinct mammal | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Will woolly mammoths stride the Siberian plains once again? DNA samples from an exceptionally well preserved extinct Mammuthus, found in the snowy wastes of Siberia, have raised the prospect of cloning.

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Accidental discoveries that changed the world

Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Sometimes they came from recognizing potential in an unexpected product or waste. Other times, discovery came out of pure desperation from a seemingly dead-end experiment. Here are some of those happy accidents that ended up changing the world.

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The passing of the Indians behind glass

The passing of the Indians behind glass | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Why natural history museums are taking down their indigenous cultures dioramas — and what can take their place.

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Alan Turing's legacy

Alan Turing's legacy | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Alan Turing was one of the 20th century's most wide-ranging and original minds. John Graham-Cumming explains why his ideas matter.

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Perceptions are not reality: things the world gets wrong

Perceptions are not reality: things the world gets wrong | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Ipsos MORI’s new global survey highlights how wrong the public across 14 countries are about the basic make-up of their populations and the scale of key social issues.

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The United States is far and away the leader in carbon dioxide emissions

The United States is far and away the leader in carbon dioxide emissions | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The effects of atmospheric carbon linger for centuries, so historical emissions totals are relevant context for the global climate policy debate.

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Race to get comet data before Philae dies

Race to get comet data before Philae dies | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The first spacecraft to land on a comet bounced twice before it settled, but its batteries are running out, leaving scientists in a race against time.

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These optical illusions trick your brain with science

These optical illusions trick your brain with science | Gavagai | Scoop.it

An award-winning book on optical illusions explains the science of tricking your brain.

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A vital brain structure was forgotten for 100 years because scientists couldn't agree

A vital brain structure was forgotten for 100 years because scientists couldn't agree | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A group of researchers tracked the complicated history of long-forgotten neural pathway, revealing that the brain structure — which is vital to our ability to read — was lost to neurologists for a century because of bickering and confusion.

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Dark matter could be seen in GPS time glitches

Dark matter could be seen in GPS time glitches | Gavagai | Scoop.it

GPS has a new job. It does a great job of telling us our location, but the network of hyper-accurate clocks in space could get a fix on something far more elusive: dark matter.

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Why we all fell in love with Rosetta's Philae lander

Why we all fell in love with Rosetta's Philae lander | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In 1969, the whole world crowded around their televisions to watch mankind make its first moon landing. On Wednesday, it seemed as if the whole world crowded around their computers instead – this time to watch the European Space Agency drop a probe onto the surface of a speeding comet.

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Philae sleeps, but Rosetta's not done yet

Philae sleeps, but Rosetta's not done yet | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Its battery dead, the European lander is lost in a crater somewhere on a huge comet. But the orbiter that brought it there still has plenty of science left to do.

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Can climate change cure capitalism?

Can climate change cure capitalism? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'What is wrong with us?' Naomi Klein asks near the start of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, her ambitious new polemic. Her answer turns upside-down the narrative that the country’s largest environmental groups have been telling.

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Rosetta mission: Philae lander runs out of power and sleeps on comet

Rosetta mission: Philae lander runs out of power and sleeps on comet | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Philae lander on the distant comet 67P has run out of power despite attempts by scientists to rotate the craft into a better position to charge its batteries.

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Pope Francis and the Republicans' bad science

Pope Francis and the Republicans' bad science | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Pope believes that science, rational thought, and data all play powerful and positive roles in human life. The senators seem as if they do not.

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Africa, uncolonized: a detailed look at an alternate continent

Africa, uncolonized: a detailed look at an alternate continent | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What if the Black Plague had killed off almost all Europeans? Then the Reconquista never happens. Spain and Portugal don't kickstart Europe's colonization of other continents. And this is what Africa might have looked like.

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The abiding concept of 'home' – and its ceaselessly changing manifestations

The abiding concept of 'home' – and its ceaselessly changing manifestations | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The concept of 'home' is a hard one to pin down. In every case, it is something more than just bricks and mortar or wattle and daub. It refers to the values or world view of the people who occupy a given building, rather than just the contours and crevices of that space. A home is a settled dwelling for sleeping and cooking, and rearing a family: a place of belonging, to which we return, or aspire to return, like Odysseus to Ithaka.

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China will probably have an easier time than the US upholding its end of the climate deal

China will probably have an easier time than the US upholding its end of the climate deal | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What's good for the environment is good for China generally.

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Why women in science are annoyed at Rosetta mission scientist's clothing

Why women in science are annoyed at Rosetta mission scientist's clothing | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Alice Bell: ESA can land their robot on a comet. But they still can’t see misogyny under their noses.

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