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Curiosity Sends Home a Self-Shot That's Out of This World

Curiosity Sends Home a Self-Shot That's Out of This World | Gavagai | Scoop.it

ou've probably taken some pictures of yourself at some point or another, but none of them were on Mars. Yesterday, everybody's favorite currently-active Mars rover, Curiosity, sent back a self-shot that is literally out of this world.

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The Triumph and Tragedy of Greater Israel

The Triumph and Tragedy of Greater Israel | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Middle East peace process is dead. More precisely, the two-state solution is dead; the peace process may well go on indefinitely if this Israeli government has its way.

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Harvard professor who resigned fabricated, manipulated data, US says

Harvard professor who resigned fabricated, manipulated data, US says | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Marc Hauser, a prolific scientist and popular psychology professor who last summer resigned from Harvard University, had fabricated data, manipulated results in multiple experiments, and described how studies were conducted in factually incorrect ways, according to the findings of a federal research oversight agency posted online Wednesday.

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Organic food: no better for you, or the planet

Organic food: no better for you, or the planet | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Organic crops seem to be no more nutritious than conventional ones, and are not necessarily great for the environment either, find two new studies.

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Reclaiming the Politics of Freedom

Reclaiming the Politics of Freedom | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Since the ’70s, liberals and leftists have misidentified the source of conservatism’s appeal.

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Too many 'wicked problems': how science, policy and politics can work together

Too many 'wicked problems': how science, policy and politics can work together | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Wicked problems, so we are told, are everywhere. Climate change, conflict, an ageing population, obesity… the list goes on. The debate over asylum seekers, difficult and important and politically charged as it is, is the latest to be categorised in this way.

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Truthmaking

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Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra is the de Chirico mannequin of philosophy. He thinks all the time about the mysteries of truthmakers, the indiscernability of identicals, resemblance nominalism, universals and metaphysical slingshots. There’s a kind of weird pristine beauty to this that makes him a surreal chillin’ jive.

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Mathematicians offer unified theory of dark matter, dark energy, altering Einstein field equations

Mathematicians offer unified theory of dark matter, dark energy, altering Einstein field equations | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Two mathematicians -- one from Indiana University and the other from Sichuan University in China -- have proposed a unified theory of dark matter and dark energy that alters Einstein's equations describing the fundamentals of gravity.

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Britain's most beautiful universities

Britain's most beautiful universities | Gavagai | Scoop.it

From medieval Oxbridge colleges to stunning modern campuses, take a tour through the UK's most beautiful universities.

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The dinosaurs in your garden

The dinosaurs in your garden | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Birds really are dinosaurs, and a sparrow or a blackbird is every bit as much a dinosaur as Tyrannosaurus or Stegosaurus.

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Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies faces an uncertain existence as austerity begins to bite

Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies faces an uncertain existence as austerity begins to bite | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As a further sign that Italy's priceless cultural heritage is under threat from stifling bureaucracy and government bean counters, one of the world's most important philosophy libraries is facing oblivion.

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Past present: in quest of truth

Generally in a Muslim society and particularly in Pakistan, there are poets, writers and religious scholars, but no philosophers, thinkers and scientists whose approach to knowledge is analytical, empirical and rational.

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Uncompassionate Conservatism?

Uncompassionate Conservatism? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Stanford assistant history professor Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, has been sought out everywhere from the New York Times to the Colbert Report to shed light on Rand’s beliefs and why Ryan has spent a lot of time lately downplaying an ideological bond with her.

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You Think 2012 Is Hot? Wait Until 2013

You Think 2012 Is Hot? Wait Until 2013 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Barring a volcanic eruption, next year will set records. But don’t blame El Niño.

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Philosophy v science: which can answer the big questions of life?

Philosophy v science: which can answer the big questions of life? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Philosopher Julian Baggini fears that, as we learn more and more about the universe, scientists are becoming increasingly determined to stamp their mark on other disciplines. Here, he challenges theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss over 'mission creep' among his peers.

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From the Earth to the Moon

Created using real Moon footage, 'From the Earth to the Moon' is a brief, but vivid video and audio recording that provides an inspirational view of the lunar surface, which humans have not visited since 1972, despite being the best and most accessible place in the solar system to explore the fundamental principles of our origins.

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How Culture Drove Human Evolution

How Culture Drove Human Evolution | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Joseph Henrich: Part of my program of research is to convince people that they should stop distinguishing cultural and biological evolution as separate in that way. We want to think of it all as biological evolution.

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Nasa warns solar flares from 'huge space storm' will cause devastation

Nasa warns solar flares from 'huge space storm' will cause devastation | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation 'space storm', Nasa has warned.

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What Krugman & Stiglitz Can Tell Us

What Krugman & Stiglitz Can Tell Us | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Certainly one of the most striking features of current debates is the economic hawkishness of the American upper crust. Krugman and Stiglitz are rightfully amazed at how, once the most intense part of the crisis was past, economic elites averted their gaze from the ongoing hardship.

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Distance record set for quantum teleportation

Distance record set for quantum teleportation | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Photon's quantum state transmitted over 89 miles; could revolutionize communication.

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Demystifying the Higgs Boson with Leonard Susskind, the Father of String Theory

Demystifying the Higgs Boson with Leonard Susskind, the Father of String Theory | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In early July, researchers working at CERN in Europe announced they had found it -- the Higgs Boson. Finally, we had proof of a theory first formulated in 1964. It was a big day. Physicists everywhere rejoiced. But the media coverage didn’t help the public understand the discovery very well. Leonard Susskind, a prominent theoretical physicist at Stanford, realized that.

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British higher education faces tension over foreign student immigration

British higher education faces tension over foreign student immigration | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The British government's decision to revoke a major university's right to enroll international students is reverberating throughout the country's higher education sector and raising questions about the effect of immigration policies on international student enrollments.

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Doping: It's Just Part Of The Game

Doping: It's Just Part Of The Game | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Enhancing performance is what sports is all about. Commentator Alva Noë says drug users are not cheaters in any deep sense. Our outrage reflects our engagement with sports and is a clue to why sports matter.

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Spinoza in Shtreimels

Spinoza in Shtreimels | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Carlos Fraenkel relates how his theory fared among a group of Hasidim, who gathered secretly to study secular philosophy—an activity their community views as 'much worse than having an extramarital affair or going to a prostitute.'

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Making Peace With Our Cyborg Nature

Making Peace With Our Cyborg Nature | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Alva Noë: What rankles so many of Lance Armstrong's detractors is the sense that somehow, he artificially enhanced himself to reach seemingly superhuman heights.

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