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When a TED talk is a propaganda tool

When a TED talk is a propaganda tool | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In June, venture capitalist Eric X. Li used the platform to extoll the many virtues of China's authoritarian regime.

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The settlement of Tibet depended on an exotic crop from the West

The settlement of Tibet depended on an exotic crop from the West | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new crop not only allowed people to colonise the highest reaches of Tibet, but let them do so at a time when the weather was actually getting colder.

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The Milky Way and the tallest mountain

The Milky Way and the tallest mountain | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Take one part Himalayan mountain, one part gigantic galaxy (seen from a distance), and one part photographer (premixed with talent + adventurousness), and mix them together to produce three minutes of magnificence.

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Why vultures don't die from food poisoning

Why vultures don't die from food poisoning | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Vultures live on a diet of rotting meat that would result in severe food-poisoning and death in most other creatures. How they do it is a mystery, but a recent investigation suggests these opportunistic feeders have evolved an extreme stomach to help them cope with their rather severe dietary habits.

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The race to save the world's chocolate

The race to save the world's chocolate | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A shortage of the beloved confection will soon be upon us, analysts say. Counteracting it could involve brand-new strains of cacao.

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The bad news about the news

The bad news about the news | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Robert Kaiser, the former managing editor of the Washington Post, presents an examination of the changing state of the news industry and the impending threat to American democracy.

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Magical thinking still haunts all our thoughts

Magical thinking still haunts all our thoughts | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Andrew Crumey: Why magical thinking haunts everyday language, and fossilised ideas live on in even the most sophisticated science.

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Blaming religion for violence allows us to dismiss the violence we've exported worldwide

Blaming religion for violence allows us to dismiss the violence we've exported worldwide | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: 'It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps'.

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'Get me off your fucking mailing list' is an actual science paper accepted by a journal

'Get me off your fucking mailing list' is an actual science paper accepted by a journal | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It's literally just those seven words, over and over again.

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Time travel is real. Here are the people and spacecraft who have done it

Time travel is real. Here are the people and spacecraft who have done it | Gavagai | Scoop.it

tTo get ahead in life, spend some time on the International Space Station. Why? Well, according to the theory of relativity, astronauts on the ISS age more slowly due to the spacecraft’s high orbital speed.

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The cocoa crisis: why the world's stash of chocolate is melting away

The cocoa crisis: why the world's stash of chocolate is melting away | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It’s the world’s favourite sweet treat – and this week one of the industry’s biggest players warned that supplies could soon be running low. Guardian writers around the world report on the causes of the problem, from disease and crop failure to the rise of the chocolate crisp.

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Is dishonesty endemic to banking and finance?

Is dishonesty endemic to banking and finance? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A new study investigates whether a link exists between the financial sector’s culture and its bad behavior.

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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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Neuronal 'superhub' might generate consciousness

Neuronal 'superhub' might generate consciousness | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Could a thin, enigmatic layer of nerve cells be a key component of the networks generating conscious experience?

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Extreme shrimp might hold clues to alien life, Nasa says

Extreme shrimp might hold clues to alien life, Nasa says | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The shrimp are called Rimicaris hybisae. They live in clumps on hydrothermal vents 7,500 feet underwater, where temperatures reach 750 degrees Fahrenheit and it's very, very dark.

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America's post-white future is already here

America's post-white future is already here | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The sweeping racial changes transforming the United States come with an important demographic dimension: age.

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Solar and wind energy start to win on price vs. conventional fuels

Solar and wind energy start to win on price vs. conventional fuels | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The cost of electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted, making it cheaper than coal or natural gas in some places.

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Cosmigraphics: picturing space through time in 4,000 years of mapping the universe

Cosmigraphics: picturing space through time in 4,000 years of mapping the universe | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A visual catalog of our quintessential quest to understand the cosmos and our place in it.

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The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'

As difficult as turbulence is to understand mathematically, we can use art to depict the way it looks. Natalya St. Clair illustrates how Van Gogh captured this deep mystery of movement, fluid and light in his work.

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European science's great leap backward

European science's great leap backward | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scientific achievement has become a questionable priority in both Europe and the United States. Increasingly, we express contempt for the idea that decisions should be based on verifiable data.

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Why isn't academic research free to everyone?

Why isn't academic research free to everyone? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scholarly articles, filled with indubitable knowledge and analysis, only exist for the general public behind pricey paywalls. So one lecturer is advocating for them to be free of charge.

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It's filamentary: how galaxies evolve in the cosmic web

It's filamentary: how galaxies evolve in the cosmic web | Gavagai | Scoop.it

How do galaxies like our Milky Way form, and just how do they evolve? Are galaxies affected by their surrounding environment? An international team of researchers, led by astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, proposes some answers.

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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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