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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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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"New theories suggest the big bang was not the beginning, and that we may live in the past of a parallel universe...In the evolution of cosmic structure, is entropy or gravity the more dominant force? The answer to this question has deep implications for the universe's future, as well as its past..."

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Mind boggling to think about...and full of fascinating what ifs... "Physicists have a problem with time...All the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward..." But new theories are asking for a second and third look. I'm interested in seeing where this current debate among Physicists takes us, 

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Martian lake was once river-fed lake

Martian lake was once river-fed lake | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on Aug. 7, 2014, shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake. Click to expand. [Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS]
This illustration depicts a lake of water partially filling Mars' Gale
Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater's northern rim.
[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS]..."

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Digital Einstein Papers Home

Digital Einstein Papers Home | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
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Princeton University has made available a digitized collection of Albert Einstein's papers, writings, and correspondence. This is "an open-access site for The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, the ongoing publication of Einstein's massive written legacy comprising more than 30,000 unique documents." Bookmark the page and enjoy this treasure now freely made available to us!

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The President, in 3D - YouTube

"Recently, the Smithsonian stopped by the White House to take a 3D portrait of President Obama, in what will be be the highest resolution digital model of a head of state. Take a look at the process, and the 3D rendering created from this technology."

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Fascinating. First-ever 3D-printed presidential portrait.

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We spoke to 20 experts about how to lose weight and keep it off. Here are their surprisingly simple tips.

If anyone knows how difficult it is to lose weight and keep it off, it's me. My struggle took off as soon as soon as I entered adulthood. At 18, in my last year of high school, I moved to...
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World's Largest Solar Farm Goes Online In California | IFLScience

World's Largest Solar Farm Goes Online In California | IFLScience | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Another giant solar farm has been constructed on desert lands in California, stealing the title of the largest solar plant in the world. The farm, which is called Topaz, recently went online after its final 40-megawatt phase was completed, making it the first 500-plus megawatt solar plant to be up and running in the US.
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Computers Wrote the Caption for This Photograph, and Changed Everything

Computers Wrote the Caption for This Photograph, and Changed Everything | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Computers at Google now have a machine-learning system that can analyze images like the one above and generate captions for them. The phrase used to caption this image? "A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road." It might not seem like much, but it's actually one hell of an accomplishment.
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Scientific tips to lose weight

Scientific tips to lose weight | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Tired of searching for the perfect diet or pill to shed some pounds? Find out the top weight loss tips, with solid science to back them up.
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They all make sense...so why don't I just do it? I'm trying to...

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What is time? (DOC)

What is time? (DOC) | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
This documentary challenges our traditional questions about time such as; does it flow in one direction or does it flow at all? Does everyone experience the same now? Is time travel possible? Will time come to an end?
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The Creative Gifts of ADHD | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Creative Gifts of ADHD | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"In his 2004 book “Creativity is Forever“, Gary Davis reviewed the creativity literature from 1961 to 2003 and identified 22 reoccurring personality traits of creative people. This included 16 “positive” traits (e.g., independent, risk-taking, high energy, curiosity, humor, artistic, emotional) and 6 “negative” traits (e.g., impulsive, hyperactive, argumentative). In her own review of the creativity literature, Bonnie Cramond found that many of these same traits overlap..."

 

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This Graphic Shows the Flavor Foundations of Delicious Ethnic Dishes

This Graphic Shows the Flavor Foundations of Delicious Ethnic Dishes | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Garlic, onions, celery, and carrots--aromatics like these make dishes build a flavor foundation for everything from sauces to sautes. Cook Smarts offers this helpful guide to aromatics and how to combine them for dishes from different cuisines.
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Great & concise chart. I can vouch for the Latin section. It's spot-on. We start our meals with the proverbial sofrito and often supplement it with the ingredients listed in that section of the chart. What about you? Do you see other sections you think the chart also got right? :-)

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This is not a Rainbow

This is not a Rainbow | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
So, what is? We'll let Minutephysics explain
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GREAT 2 min. Physics explanation as to why we sometimes see the color purple in rainbows. 

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Photos of chalkboards from quantum mechanics institutions

Photos of chalkboards from quantum mechanics institutions | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Momentum is a project by artist Alejandro Guijarro who spent three years traveling to the quantum mechanics departments of Cambridge, Stanford, Berkeley, Oxford and elsewhere to shoot large format photographs of blackboards just after lectures. Completely removed from the context of a classroom or laboratory and displayed in a gallery, the cryptic equations from one of the most formidable branches of physics become abstract patterns of line and color.
via: www.thisiscolossal.com
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Mantis shrimps can see cancer, and scientists have now created a camera that does the same

Mantis shrimps can see cancer, and scientists have now created a camera that does the same | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Image: Jung Hsuan/Shutterstock Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia have discovered that mantis shrimp have an incredibly useful ability - the marine creatures are able to see a variety of cancers inside our bodies. And they've...
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Kudos to scientists for figuring this one out. They have created a camera that replicates the mantis shrimps ability to see cancerous cells. The article cites an October'2014 study published by IEEE. Here's the link to the study: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6880796

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Why Anxiety Wakes You Up at Night, and How to Reclaim Your Rest

Why Anxiety Wakes You Up at Night, and How to Reclaim Your Rest | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Waking up in the middle of the night with anxiety can ruin anyone's night. You're panicked, frustrated, worried, and you may not sleep well even if you get back to sleep. You don't have to sit awake all night, though. Here's how anxiety messes with our sleep, and how you can fight back.
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In 1911, Albert Einstein Told Marie Curie To Ignore The Trolls

In 1911, Albert Einstein Told Marie Curie To Ignore The Trolls | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
On Friday, a digitized trove of Albert Einstein's writings and correspondence was made available online. While perusing the collection, astrobiologist David Grinspoon found a letter addressed from Einstein to famed physicist, chemist, and two-time Nobel-Laureate, Marie Curie. That letter's gist? Ignore the trolls.
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Priceless advice from Einstein to Marie Curie in 1911 and applicable for today as well: "Ignore the trolls" wow... "Ignore those who "obsequiously lavishes respect on you or whether it attempts to satiate its lust for sensationalism!...If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don't read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated..." 

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NASA Announces Plans To Send Astronauts To Mars In Mid-2030s | IFLScience

NASA Announces Plans To Send Astronauts To Mars In Mid-2030s | IFLScience | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
NASA’s Orion spacecraft will launch Thursday morning, performing an unmanned test flight for the machinery that will eventually bring humans to asteroids, before ultimately transporting them to Mars. While “eventually” has always been sort of a given, NASA has finally announced projected dates. 
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And here we gooooo!!! 

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What the Completed Great Pyramid Would've Looked Like - YouTube

Today, the Great Pyramid is tinted by smog and pollution, but when it was first built, the sanded limestone used to make it would've shone magnificently. Fro...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains The Science Behind Wormholes And Black Holes — And How 'Interstellar' Got It Wrong

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains The Science Behind Wormholes And Black Holes — And How 'Interstellar' Got It Wrong | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"Much of the film Interstellar is centered around the existence of a wormhole and black hole, which happen to be two of the most perplexing things in the universe. Astrophysicist and StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how wormholes and black holes really work..."


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-wormhole-black-hole-interstellar-2014-11#ixzz3K9gR4e7H

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I watched Interstellar this past weekend and liked it... but need to watch it again... with subtitles! Good movie. 

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WATCH: Physicist uses brain as ‘radio transmitter’ to unlock his car — and you can, too

WATCH: Physicist uses brain as ‘radio transmitter’ to unlock his car — and you can, too | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
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Fascinating! I'm going to try this next time I leave my car in a parking lot! :-)

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The Myth Of AI | Edge.org

The Myth Of AI | Edge.org | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"The idea that computers are people has a long and storied history. It goes back to the very origins of computers, and even from before. There's always been a question about whether a program is something alive or not since it intrinsically has some kind of autonomy at the very least, or it wouldn't be a program. There has been a domineering subculture—that's been the most wealthy, prolific, and influential subculture in the technical world—that for a long time has not only promoted the idea that there's an..."

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"What happens when famous people have anxiety over technology? How should we understand the "religious" myths they build about AI?" --Jay Gary

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The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - Natalya St. Clair | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Physicist Werner Heisenberg said, “When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” 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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The TED.Ed video (4.4 min.) at the end of the article is worth watching. Fascinating... this concept of turbulence, which scientists are just now beginning to figure out, was captured by Van Gogh in his "The Starry Night" painting.

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Why Congressional Republicans want to cut social science research funding

Why Congressional Republicans want to cut social science research funding | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
House Science chair Lamar Smith is trying again to limit funding to the agency's social science programs. Here's what you need to know.
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Math jokes explained

Math jokes explained | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Some of our favourite maths jokes are dissected in forensic fashion.
See also our selection of funny math T-shirts.
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Sure wish I'd been taught some of my math this way. :-)

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Scientists Have Climbed To The Bottom Of The Mysterious Siberian Crater

Scientists Have Climbed To The Bottom Of The Mysterious Siberian Crater | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Remember that dramatic 260-foot crater that was discovered in Siberia this past summer? In an effort to learn more about this mysterious hole, a team of Russian geologists has successfully climbed down to the bottom where they managed to perform tests and take some stunning photos.
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Russian scientists climbed to the bottom of the mysterious Siberian crater that was in the news this past summer. They've taken photos and have several working theories as to what caused (or is causing) these huge craters to open up.

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