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End the macho culture that turns women off science

End the macho culture that turns women off science | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Athene Donald: We are wasting an enormous pool of talent by not encouraging women to enter and stay in this discipline.

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Joseph Stiglitz: We’ve been brainwashed

Joseph Stiglitz: We’ve been brainwashed | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It's no accident that Americans widely underestimate inequality. The rich prefer it that way.

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Bodies with Histories: The New Search for the Biology of Race

Bodies with Histories: The New Search for the Biology of Race | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Is race purely a political construct, or is it biologically encoded? Certainly there are aspects of human biology—skin color, hair color, the presence or absence of epicanthic folds, etc.—that are commonly associated with racial differences, but is race just the sum of these physical features, with all of the overlaps, exceptions, and ambiguities they involve?

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Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution

Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Mapping 450 years of mankind's curiosity about the living world and the relationships between organisms.

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Steven Pinker's Dirty War on Prehistoric Peace

Steven Pinker's Dirty War on Prehistoric Peace | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Human beings tend to assume that whatever group they happen to comprise is self-evidently the best, God's chosen ones -- and everyone else's equally passionately held belief that they are the chosen few is simply delusional.

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Sartre, Camus and a woman called Wanda

Sartre, Camus and a woman called Wanda | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Sartre looked like an ogre; Camus was a movie star among philosophers. Their biographer Andy Martin recounts the love triangle that soured their friendship.

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Venn did not invent Venn diagrams

Venn did not invent Venn diagrams | Gavagai | Scoop.it

John Venn popularized the diagram we associate with his name, but he did not invent it. It was likely used at least a century before him, and probably long before that by anyone with a stick, a plan, and some dirt.

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Living Stem Cells Discovered in 17-Day-Old Human Corpses

Living Stem Cells Discovered in 17-Day-Old Human Corpses | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Knowing how the cells stay alive in cadavers may lead to better stem-cell therapies.

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Birds And Bats Downsized Bugs

Birds And Bats Downsized Bugs | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Insect size tracked with atmospheric oxygen levels, until hungry birds and bats hit the scene.

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Timeliness in mind, Princeton press plans to roll out new book in e-chapters

Timeliness in mind, Princeton press plans to roll out new book in e-chapters | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The press has a novel approach to marketing The Gamble — a forthcoming book by political scientists John Sides of George Washington University and Lynn Vavreck of the University of California at Los Angeles that intends to bring a data-intensive, social science perspective to the upcoming campaign showdown between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The Princeton press is planning to make the first two chapters of the book available in electronic form, at no cost, in time for the national party conventions at the end of the summer.

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Why do we take economists so seriously?

Why do we take economists so seriously? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

They have no foresight, no hindsight, and little humanity. Are they really the best people to lead us out of this crisis?

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Is Dark Matter a Glimpse of a Deeper Level of Reality?

Is Dark Matter a Glimpse of a Deeper Level of Reality? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The leading alternative to dark matter is known as MOND, for Modified Newtonian Dynamics. String theorist Erik Verlinde has reinterpreted MOND not just as a tweak to the laws of physics, but as evidence for a vast substratum.

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Human Irrationality is a Fact, not a Fad

Human Irrationality is a Fact, not a Fad | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, we were taught that people are basically rational—at least when they have to be, at the stock market, the voting booth, the courtroom, the hospital, the school, the employment office and other important places.

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Neuroscience: The mind reader

Neuroscience: The mind reader | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Adrian Owen has found a way to use brain scans to communicate with people previously written off as unreachable. Now, he is fighting to take his methods to the clinic.

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The Google-Trolley Problem

The Google-Trolley Problem | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Suppose that you are a programmer at Google and you are tasked with writing code for the Google-trolley. What code do you write?

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Philosophical Progress and Intellectual Culture

A panel with Jason Stanley and Carlin Romano, a part of the Harvard/ANU Progress conference at Harvard University.

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Prometheus 101: The Science Behind Ridley Scott's Vision of Aliens Populating Earth

Prometheus 101: The Science Behind Ridley Scott's Vision of Aliens Populating Earth | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It's not such a crazy idea.Research has long supported the theory that life originated elsewhere.

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SETIcon II: public conference about space, extraterrestrial life, and imagination

SETIcon II: public conference about space, extraterrestrial life, and imagination | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Are you an extraterrestrial? Or you dig thinking about extraterrestrial life and other far out ideas? Then you should attend SETIcon II, June 22-24, 2012, in Silicon Valley.

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The platonist

The platonist | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scott Berman is a wired Ancient philosopher who thinks Platonic metaphysics is naturalistic, relevant and less cluttered than alternatives. He thinks the fact that science is possible proves Plato was right.

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How Barbara Arrowsmith-Young rebuilt her own brain

How Barbara Arrowsmith-Young rebuilt her own brain | Gavagai | Scoop.it

She realised that part of her brain was not functioning properly so she devised a series of cognitive exercises to develop it. The results changed her life – and now she has helped thousands of children with learning disabilities.

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Scientific Journal Offers Flat Fee to Authors for 'All You Can Publish'

Scientific Journal Offers Flat Fee to Authors for 'All You Can Publish' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The latest venture is part of an explosion of ideas for open-access publishing of scientific research results.

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Archaeologists Say Greek Antiquities Threatened by Austerity

Archaeologists Say Greek Antiquities Threatened by Austerity | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'Greek budget cuts are affecting archaeology, where scholars fear irreparable losses in their field.'

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The Games Crows Play, and Other Winged Tales

The Games Crows Play, and Other Winged Tales | Gavagai | Scoop.it

From crows that stick pellets of dung in deer ears, to robins that can hear for worms, two new books offer remarkable stories and insight on the winged creatures.

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Patent granted to encourage purchase of digital textbooks

Patent granted to encourage purchase of digital textbooks | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Puerto Rico-based prof hopes to enforce textbook purchase, reduce piracy.

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