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Amateurs Uncover Stunning Hidden Treasures In Hubble's Image Vaults

Amateurs Uncover Stunning Hidden Treasures In Hubble's Image Vaults | Gavagai | Scoop.it

With over one million observations since it launch on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been a endless source for insane wonders, unprecedented scenes and humbling experiences. However, many of its most amazing images have never been seen before by anyone—until now. In fact, some images actually show objects that nobody knew existed before.

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A PR disaster: Five views on Pussy Riot's war

A PR disaster: Five views on Pussy Riot's war | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Russia's prosecution of the feminist, anti-Putin punk group is much more complex than portrayed by Western media.

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Prime Time for Paul Ryan’s Guru (the One That’s Not Ayn Rand)

Prime Time for Paul Ryan’s Guru (the One That’s Not Ayn Rand) | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Will Friedrich von Hayek be the Tea Party’s Karl Marx?

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The Black Death is dead (thanks to evolution)

The Black Death is dead (thanks to evolution) | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Centuries-old DNA reveals the source of the Black Death: a bacterial strain that is now apparently extinct. Evolution explains why.

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Peter Bofinger, Jürgen Habermas and Julian Nida-Rümelin: The Case for a Change of Course in European Policy

Peter Bofinger, Jürgen Habermas and Julian Nida-Rümelin: The Case for a Change of Course in European Policy | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The euro crisis reflects the failure of a dead-end policy. The German government lacks the courage to move beyond a status quo that has become untenable. This is why, despite extensive rescue programs and countless crisis summits, the situation of the eurozone has steadily deteriorated over the past two years.

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Four kinds of philosophical people

Four kinds of philosophical people | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The ideal philosopher lives up to her name by striving for wisdom. In practice, the pursuit of wisdom involves developing a sense of good judgment when tackling very hard questions. I think there are four skills involved in the achievement of good judgment: self-insight, humility, rigor, and cooperativeness.

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Republican Paul Ryan still has a Randian problem

Republican Paul Ryan still has a Randian problem | Gavagai | Scoop.it

GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has tried to distance himself from the views of arch-libertarian and atheist Ayn Rand, but his budget proposal is entirely Randian in spirit.

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Big Bang theory challenged by Big Chill

Big Bang theory challenged by Big Chill | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The start of the Universe should be modeled not as a Big Bang but more like water freezing into ice, according to a team of theoretical physicists.

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The Singularity (documentary): trailer

Within the coming decades we will be able to create AIs with greater than human intelligence, bio-engineer our species and re-design matter through nanotechnology. How will these technologies change what it means to be human?

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How Much is the State?

How Much is the State? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In this essay I will focus on how much a person’s success (or failure) is owed to the state. Obviously, the exact debt will vary from person to person and this examination will be, of necessity, somewhat abstract.

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Nasa's Mars rover zaps first rock

Nasa's Mars rover zaps first rock | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Nasa's Curiosity rover deploys its laser instrument for the first time, hitting a small Martian rock with 30 short but powerful pulses of light.

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'Melbourne researchers rewrite Big Bang theory'... or not

'Melbourne researchers rewrite Big Bang theory'... or not | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Does the media hype match up with the realities of the research? Interestingly, the paper does not claim that the Big Bang theory is about to be banished. Even more surprising, the paper does not contain any cosmology. So what is going on?

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Scientists Clear a Path to the Fountain of Eternal Youth

Scientists Clear a Path to the Fountain of Eternal Youth | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered an efficient and totally safe method to turn adult blood cells 'all the way back to the way [they were] when that person was a 6-day-old embryo'. The discovery could be the key to cure the incurable—from heart attacks to severed spinal cord to cancer—and open the door, some day, to eternal youth.

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Curiosity Martian landing point named after Ray Bradbury

Curiosity Martian landing point named after Ray Bradbury | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Martian Chronicles author honoured in Nasa's chosen name for Mars probe's touchdown.

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Scientists Confirm that Memories of Music Are Stored in Different Part of Brain than Other Memories

Scientists Confirm that Memories of Music Are Stored in Different Part of Brain than Other Memories | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers in Berlin studied a man who has lost all of his memories but has retained his ability to remember and learn songs.

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Does Contemporary Neuroscience Support or Challenge the Reality of Free Will?

Does Contemporary Neuroscience Support or Challenge the Reality of Free Will? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Free will is not all-or-nothing. It involves capacities that we develop as we mature, but that have limitations. Recognizing that people have differing degrees of free will can help us better determine when, and to what extent, people are responsible for their actions, and are deserving of praise or blame.

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Paul Ryan prepares to lead, guided by Ayn Rand

Paul Ryan prepares to lead, guided by Ayn Rand | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Michael Kinsley: With an eye for spotting sniveling weaklings, Vice President Paul Ryan gets ready to take the country in a new direction.

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The Science of Bad Neuroscience

The Science of Bad Neuroscience | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Oxford Neuroscientist Prof. Dorothy Bishop, or DeevyBee as she is known on Twitter, has performed an amazing open access lecture focusing largely on the misunderstanding of neuroscience. The talk is incredibly informative and digestible, even those with no understanding of neuroscience or psychology whatsoever will take a great deal away.

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Is NASA Addicted to Mars? New Mission Planned for 2016

Is NASA Addicted to Mars? New Mission Planned for 2016 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

NASA has decided to go to Mars. Again. The agency has selected a new mission named InSight that will travel to Mars and drill for the first time into its interior.

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Animals conscious, say leading neuroscientists

Animals conscious, say leading neuroscientists | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A group of leading neuroscientists has used a conference at Cambridge University to make an official declaration recognising consciousness in animals.

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Trotsky's murder remembered by grandson, 72 years on

Trotsky's murder remembered by grandson, 72 years on | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Esteban Volkov recalls returning from school to find Stalin's assassins had struck in the family's Mexico City home.

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Thomas Kuhn: the man who changed the way the world looked at science

Thomas Kuhn: the man who changed the way the world looked at science | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Fifty years ago, a book by Thomas Kuhn altered the way we look at the philosophy behind science, as well as introducing the much abused phrase 'paradigm shift'.

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