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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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What research says about cats: they're selfish, unfeeling, environmentally harmful creatures

What research says about cats: they're selfish, unfeeling, environmentally harmful creatures | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
The scientific case against owning a cat.
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Oh, oh, cat lovers... Science weighs in as to why it's not such a good idea to own a cat. I laughed out loud while reading this excellent article because I enjoyed learning about scientific results that back up the way I've always felt about cats.So, to my cat-loving friends... read the article first and then come back and tell me what you think. :-)

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Physicists Have Found A Particle That's Also Its Own Antiparticle

Physicists Have Found A Particle That's Also Its Own Antiparticle | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Back in 1937, an Italian physicist predicted the existence of a single, stable particle that could be both matter and antimatter. Nearly 80 years later, a Princeton University research team has actually found it.
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How to Multiply by drawing lines: Japanese multiplication math trick

How to Multiply by drawing lines: Japanese multiplication math trick | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Japanese multiplication maths trick. How to multiply two numbers together using a simple visual lines diagram technique. Perfect to help anyone struggling wi...
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This is awesome! Didn't know you could multiply by drawing lines. :-)

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Is Martian soil actually good for farming?

Is Martian soil actually good for farming? | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
A new study suggests it's better than we thought.
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"Some scientists successfully grew plants in a simulated Mars soil. We currently have a robot exploring Mars' surface. We live in the future." -- Ezra Klein

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Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. The idea is to provide a 360-d...
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Wow!!! What a concept! Right now it looks like it's just for private jets, but, wowow... wouldn't it be something to fly on one of these windowless airplanes? The 2.4 min. video is mesmerizing... worth watching. 

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New NASA Contracts Signal Return to Manned Spaceflight

New NASA Contracts Signal Return to Manned Spaceflight | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
NASA awarded contracts today to Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
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Yes!!! Boeing and SpaceX shared an almost 7 billion dollar contract for flights to the Int'l space Station. The U.S. is no longer relying on Russia to get to the Space Station. Great 10 min. video announcing NASA's plans. YES!!!!

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Wooden automation of a water drop

Wooden automation of a water drop | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
This wooden automaton of a water drop is hypnotising calm to watch. It was inspired by the work of Reuben Margolin and made by Dean O’Callaghan.
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Beautiful. Creative. It does look like the ripples that are made when a drop of water falls into water. 

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The evolution of Venom (DOC)

The evolution of Venom (DOC) | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
The deadliest natural weapon employed in the animal kingdom, venom has independently evolved in creatures as diverse as jellyfish, insects, snakes and even mammals. Scientists from around the globe show how evolution adapted venom to fit the needs of the animals who wield it.
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WATCH: New jetpack helps soldiers run faster (Science Alert)

WATCH: New jetpack helps soldiers run faster (Science Alert) | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Designed to boost the running power of American soldiers, the new jetpack will make you fly, even with your feet on the ground .
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Right now it's just a few seconds faster. But who knows where the research currently taking place at Arizona State University might lead with regards to augmenting human abilities. 

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Smoking weed daily as a teen reduces probability of high school completion by 60% (Science Alert)

Smoking weed daily as a teen reduces probability of high school completion by 60% (Science Alert) | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Scientists found that smoking also decreased probability of university degree attainment and increased suicide risk.
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Breakthrough Melanoma Treatment Fast Tracked By FDA | IFLScience

Breakthrough Melanoma Treatment Fast Tracked By FDA | IFLScience | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Yesterday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new therapy for patients with advanced melanoma. The treatment, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), proved so successful in a large Phase 1 clinical trial that the drug was granted breakthrough therapy designation by the FDA, meaning that it was fast tracked for approval.
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Good, good news.

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What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano actually erupted?

What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano actually erupted? | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
It would be bad. But that doesn't mean you should start freaking out.
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What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set? | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"One day in the fall of 1981, eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959. This was to be the men’s home for five days as they participated in a radical experiment, cooked up by a young psychologist named Ellen Langer..."

 
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UCLA study: Non-drug treatment may reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's patients

UCLA study: Non-drug treatment may reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's patients | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Researchers at UCLA say they've developed a program that shows for the first time memory loss being reversed in some patients.
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The 3 min. news video is worth watching. The advice given is worth following.

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Antarctica’s lost so much ice it’s changed Earth’s gravity

Antarctica’s lost so much ice it’s changed Earth’s gravity | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Melting ice in West Antarctica has caused a dip in Earth’s gravitational field.
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Tangled Manta Ray asks for diver's help | Watch 1 min. video

Tangled Manta Ray asks for diver's help | Watch 1 min. video | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"Thomaz Monteiro and Flavia Passaglia from Brazil were diving at Bat Islands, Costa Rica, when this peaceful manta came. Brian Thompson (from Canada) gently cut the net fishing and now the manta can live with no pain. Important: The divers picked up the line. It's their trophy now! Brian, the diver who cut the line, gave a little piece for all divers there! " --story submitted by Andreea; All rights reserved by oceanovideosub@gmail.com

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Robot Cheetah Breaks Free of Its Tether, Now Runs on Batteries

Robot Cheetah Breaks Free of Its Tether, Now Runs on Batteries | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Not long ago, robots were largely confined to books and movies. Then they started showing up on YouTube, and robot fear became a viral thing.
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What makes MIT's cheetah so special? It's electric. It runs on batteries, rather than using hydraulics and internal combustion. MIT'robot research is funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) though, as the article notes, for now, "there are no public plans to send these robots into combat." 

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WATCH: New technology allows phone and computer screens to interact seamlessly

WATCH: New technology allows phone and computer screens to interact seamlessly | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Researchers in the US have invented a new technology that combines images on multiple screens, allowing your smartphone to interact with what'
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Amazing. 

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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working
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Makes sense.

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Turing machines explained

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Turing Machines are the basis of modern computing, but what actually is a Turing Machine? Assistant Professor Mark Jago explains.
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How far we've come in such (comparatively) small amount of time...and yet how much what computers can now do is based on what the Turing machine could do at the start of the 20th century.

 

Maark Jago explains the basis of computation in this 5.5 min. video. To this day, the Turing machine idea is used "to evaluate the strength of modern computer programs." He adds that, "when a computer program can do what a Turing machine can do, we call it "Turing complete" and that is the top of the hierarchy of program strength...we've never come up with a way of computing things that could do more than what a Turing Machine does."

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Amazing Water Trick - YouTube

When the arrow is moved to a particular distance behind the glass, it looks like it reversed itself. When light passes from one material to another, it can b...
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Isn't science amazing? Don't you want to go try this amazing water trick? :-)

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We Are Living In A Giant Brain, Claim Scientists

We Are Living In A Giant Brain, Claim Scientists | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Written by Steven Bancarz| We often speak of the universe being a reflection of ourselves, and point to how the eye, veins, and brain cells mirror visual phenomenon in the natural universe. As above so below right? Well check this out. How about the idea that the universe is a giant brain? The ide
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Fascinating. 

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Make plasma with grapes in the Microwave!

Make plasma with grapes in the Microwave! | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
When a grape is cut nearly in half and placed in a microwave, plasma is produced. Please use caution if attempting this experiment: don't leave the microwave on for too long, make sure the area is well ventilated, and stand back. Remember the contents will be very hot afterwards.
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The guys kept screaming, "The laws of Physics! Yeahhhhh". I can see why they were excited to see plasma being made in the microwave. 

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Scientists Discover Effective Strategy To Switch Off Autoimmunity | IFLScience

Scientists Discover Effective Strategy To Switch Off Autoimmunity | IFLScience | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
A new study has shed light on a poorly understood therapy developed to treat individuals with autoimmune diseases. The researchers not only revealed the molecular mechanisms behind the therapy, but also identified an optimal strategy that will reduce treatment-associated risks and result in long-term modulation of rogue immune system cells. The work has been published in Nature Communications.
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Awesome!

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Our Home Supercluster Gets a Map and a Name | IFLScience

Our Home Supercluster Gets a Map and a Name | IFLScience | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Where in the universe is the Milky Way?
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