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Why should we trust scientists, anyway?

Why should we trust scientists, anyway? | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard professor of history of science, tackles that question in a recent TED video. Oreskes co-authored Merchants of Doubt, which told the story of a small group of corporate-funded scientists "who fought the scientific evidence and spread confusion on many of the most important issues of our time," such as climate change..."

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"You shouldn't just trust scientists. What you should trust is the process scientists use to show why you *shouldn't* trust them." --Ezra Klein

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XKCD comics will soon be featured in high school science and engineering textbooks

XKCD comics will soon be featured in high school science and engineering textbooks | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"I love learning about the science that governs the Universe around us and want to share the delight of discovering how things work and why," said Munroe, who hopes his illustrations will make the learning process more fun. "I'm excited to have a chance to pass that excitement on to others."

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Food Expert Alton Brown Talks About Weight Loss and his Four-List Method

Food Expert Alton Brown Talks About Weight Loss and his Four-List Method | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"Alton Brown loses weight and talks about how he did it...the food expert who has become known as the sort of nutty professor-chemist of the kitchen has honed eating healthy into a science with his four-list method, which has helped him lose 50 pounds and keep the weight off for more than two years. Brown pinpointed foods to eat daily (like leafy greens and fruits), several times a week (like yogurt and avocado) and just once a week (like red meat), as well as foods to cut out completely (like diet soda). Brown says he’s not sure if he’ll put his personal plan into book form, but he is open about sharing it with others when asked..."

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Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet

Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Molecular biologists and neuroscientists are tweeting with the hashtag #ASAPbio in protest of a system that keeps research from being shared with the public, typically for more than six months.
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The papers being uploaded are not yet peer reviewed. The papers will be peer reviewed and published in the various journals eventually. But what you lose in not having a pre-print article peer reviewed you gain if you see who the authors of these articles are. The NYTimes article notes that you have folks like Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University, being "the third Nobel Prize laureate biologist in a month to post her recent discoveries to the publicly accessible site http://biorxiv.org/." The article goes on to say that "pre-print servers are something that physics and mathematics already use regularly," (http://arxiv.org/ is the site for that). It's "sort of like a Facebook thread for researchers."
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The first world's first solar-powered airport is in Cochin, India

The first world's first solar-powered airport is in Cochin, India | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Cochin International Airport in India last year became the first in the world to be fully powered by solar energy. Now, it's planning to expand its solar capacity.
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A Whole Field of Psychology Research May Be Bunk. Scientists Should Be Terrified.

A Whole Field of Psychology Research May Be Bunk. Scientists Should Be Terrified. | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Nearly 20 years ago, psychologists Roy Baumeister and Dianne Tice, a married couple at Case Western Reserve University, devised a foundational experime ...
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It's a fascinating article, isn't it? This is rather a big thing. Like this particular article notes, "For scientists and science journalists, this back and forth is worrying. We’d like to think that a published study has more than even odds of being true. The new study of ego depletion has much higher stakes: Instead of warning us that any single piece of research might be unreliable, the new paper casts a shadow on a fully-formed research literature. Or, to put it another way: It takes aim not at the single paper but at the Big Idea."
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Scott Kelly from space: Earth's atmosphere 'looks very, very fragile'

Scott Kelly from space: Earth's atmosphere 'looks very, very fragile' | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

(CNN)In one of his final interviews from the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly said that the Earth's atmosphere "looks very, very fragile" and "like something that we need to take care of."
From Scott Kelly's Twiiter account: This is a good example of the air pollution that exists across large parts of Asia. #YearInSpace 

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12 science-backed tricks for appearing smarter than you are

12 science-backed tricks for appearing smarter than you are | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Some people are indeed born smarter than others — it's genetics.  But that doesn't mean you can't appear to look more intelligent. In fact, there are plenty of science-backed ways to convince others that you're a modern-day Einstein. We rounded up 12 of them, so you can impress everyone from your beau to your boss with your seeming brainpower. 1. Don't hold a beer. People often do idiotic things after they've had too many drinks. 
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Just adding sugar to water is as good as or better than energy drinks, study finds

Just adding sugar to water is as good as or better than energy drinks, study finds | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"Now admittedly, measuring out and mixing table sugar into tap water may not look quite as cool as chugging down a bottle of shiny branded sports drink, but you can't argue with science. And think of all the money you'll be saving..." 

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A Google self-driving car got pulled over for going too slow

A Google self-driving car got pulled over for going too slow | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
The police officer wanted to know why the vehicles weren't going faster than 25 miles per hour.
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From Newton to Einstein: the origins of general relativity

From Newton to Einstein: the origins of general relativity | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
This article was written by Krzysztof Bolejko from the University of Sydney. It was originally published by The Conversation. One hundred years ago in November 1915, Albert Einstein presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences his new theory of...
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A Hubble View of Starburst Galaxy Messier 94

A Hubble View of Starburst Galaxy Messier 94 | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"This image shows the galaxy Messier 94...This stunning galaxy seen by our Hubble Space Telescope is around 16 million light-years away in the constellation of the Hunting Dogs. New stars are forming at a high rate and many young, bright stars are present within it..."
http://go.nasa.gov/1i5AN42 ;‪#‎NASABeyond‬

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Meet 12 Badass Scientists…Who Also Happen to be Women — TED Fellows

Meet 12 Badass Scientists...Who Also Happen to be Women - TED Fellows - Medium
What do you see when you picture a scientist? Is it a white man in a lab coat? This portrait will smash that stereotype …
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The World in 2025: 8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years

The World in 2025: 8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
In 2025, in accordance with Moore's Law, we'll see an acceleration in the rate of change as we move closer to a world of true abundance. Here are eight areas where we'll... read more
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This Is What It Feels Like When A Robot Takes Your Job

This Is What It Feels Like When A Robot Takes Your Job | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
A typical conversation, as demonstrated in screenshots on its app download page, proceeds as follows:

User: "Hey! I need a nonstop flight from NYC to London June 18-24."

GoButler's algorithm: "Got it! Looking for flights from JFK to LHR on 2016-06-18...returning 2016-06-24"

Efficient. Practical. Rather obviously automated.
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An ice shelf twice the size of Manhattan is about to break off from Antarctica

An ice shelf twice the size of Manhattan is about to break off from Antarctica | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"NASA scientists have spotted a giant, 50-km-long crack forming across one of Antarctica's ice shelves, prompting concerns that it might soon break off and produce an iceberg, or series of icebergs, roughly twice the size of Manhattan..."

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Musings on Pi(e)

Musings on Pi(e) | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Why is pi, a number we represent with the symbol π, so important? Well, it’s literally one of the foundations of our society. In fact, every civilization had to figure out pi. The Greeks, Ancient China, India, Egypt, the Babylonians, all worked hard to calculate it as precisely as they could. How old is it? Archimedes figured out a way to calculate pi over 2000 years ago and the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians may have used pi long before that.
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Musings on Pi(e) from the Office of Science & Technology Office. Happy Pi Day!

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Musings on Pi(e) from the Office of Science & Technology Office. Happy Pi Day!

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This aging star’s dusty halo could mean it’s still churning out planets

This aging star’s dusty halo could mean it’s still churning out planets | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
It's the sharpest image ever captured of such an object.
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Scott Kelly from space: Earth's atmosphere looks 'very fragile' - CNN.com

Scott Kelly from space: Earth's atmosphere looks 'very fragile'  - CNN.com | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
In one of his final interviews from the International Space Station, Scott Kelly said that our atmosphere "looks very, very fragile" and "like something that we need to take care of."
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NASA just released more awesome space tourism posters

NASA just released more awesome space tourism posters | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"Can we just take a moment to appreciate how incredible our Solar System is? Sure, pretty much everywhere other than our own planet is a deathtrap, with acid rain pouring down on Venus and storms three times the size of Earth swirling around Jupiter, but you don’t have to look too hard to find the unique beauty in our neighbouring planets and moons..."

 
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Enter the graphene era

Enter the graphene era | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Super graphene is ushering in a new industrial age which could surpass that of steam, steel and silicon.
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Scientists have breached the blood-brain barrier for the first time to treat a brain tumour

Scientists have breached the blood-brain barrier for the first time to treat a brain tumour | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, scientists have succeeded in non-invasively breaking through the blood-brain barrier that protects the brain, managing to deliver chemotherapy medication directly into the malignant brain tumour of a patient. While the...
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A classic formula for pi has been discovered hidden in hydrogen atoms

A classic formula for pi has been discovered hidden in hydrogen atoms | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists have discovered a classic formula for pi in the world of quantum physics. Pi is the ratio between a circle's circumference and its diameter, and is incredibly important in pure mathematics, but now scientists have...
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This is the most detailed map yet of our place in the universe

Say hello to Laniakea, our local galaxy supercluster.
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What Aaron Sorkin has in common with Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg

There's a reason Aaron Sorkin is so good at writing ruthless geniuses.
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"As with the iPhones in our pockets and the Facebook profiles flickering on our screens, all of us who love these films are quietly proving that we don't much care about the small crimes necessary to create beautiful things." -- Ezra Klein 

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This new smart glove can turn sign language into text and speech

This new smart glove can turn sign language into text and speech | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Sign language has helped the hearing-impaired communicate for many centuries, way before it was formalised and officially recognised, but this long-standing language of gestures has now been given a 21st-century technological upgrade. Saudi...
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