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News and information that fuel my passion for science and technology (and hopefully yours as well).
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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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A Record 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma and the Midwest

A Record 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma and the Midwest | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
It was the strongest one to ever hit the state.
A record-tying earthquake in the edge of Oklahoma’s key energy-producing areas rattled the Midwest from Nebraska to North Texas on Saturday and likely will focus fresh new attention to the practice of disposing oil and gas field wastewater deep underground.
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SpaceX Rocket Explosion Captured on Dramatic Video

SpaceX Rocket Explosion Captured on Dramatic Video | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Video shows moment SpaceX rocket turned into a fireball at Florida launchpad.
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Scientists just found the part of our brain that actually gets physics

Scientists just found the part of our brain that actually gets physics | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Not all of your brain is confused by physics.
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Try not to jiggle while watching these amazing bladeless wind turbines.

Try not to jiggle while watching these amazing bladeless wind turbines. | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
A startup in Spain has created a wonderfully innovative alternative to traditional wind turbines.
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Want to eat well? Forget about willpower

Want to eat well? Forget about willpower | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
It’s easier to be slim by design than to be slim by willpower,” he says. If you tweak your environment, it “ends up being done once, and typically follows you for the rest of your life.”
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9 amazing photos that'll make you inspired by how far technology has come

9 amazing photos that'll make you inspired by how far technology has come | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"Sometimes, while waiting for quantum computers to become a thing, or complaining that your stupid laptop keeps dying on 5 percent battery, it's easy to forget just how far technology has come over the past 50 years..."

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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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The first pop song ever written by AI is actually pretty good | Impact Lab

The first pop song ever written by AI is actually pretty good | Impact Lab | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write
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Oklahoma Is Now as Much of an Earthquake Risk as California

Oklahoma Is Now as Much of an Earthquake Risk as California | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it

"The federal hazard map includes man-made quakes for the first time...A new federal map released Monday shows parts of Oklahoma are now as seismic as parts of California and Alaska, long the nation’s leaders in earthquakes, and for the first time includes man-made earthquakes...."

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Facebook's Plan to Bring Internet to Rural Africa Literally Blew Up Today

Facebook's Plan to Bring Internet to Rural Africa Literally Blew Up Today | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
A key part of Facebook's push to bring internet to disconnected areas exploded.
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One Video Game, 18 Quintillion Planets to Explore

One Video Game, 18 Quintillion Planets to Explore | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
The much-hyped new video game offers an entire universe for the player to explore. Can it live up to its immense promise?
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No Man's Sky promises to be a beyond AWESOME video game! It's one game that comes close to allow kids of all ages begin to grasp the infinite size of the universe. If you were to visit every planet in the game and stay there for only one second, there would not be enough time in your entire lifetime to visit all the planets available for exploration in this game. 18 quintillion planets to explore!!! Can our minds even consider what that size means? Wow!
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Canadian Doctors Have Successfully Reversed the Effects of MS in a Patient Using Stem Cells

Canadian Doctors Have Successfully Reversed the Effects of MS in a Patient Using Stem Cells | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Canadian doctors have managed to reverse severe MS using stem cells, virtually eliminating it from a patient’s body. It's a risky but effective procedure.
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Physicists just found a link between dark energy and the arrow of time

Physicists just found a link between dark energy and the arrow of time | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Is dark energy the reason time moves forward?
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Artificially Intelligent Lawyer “Ross” Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm

Artificially Intelligent Lawyer “Ross” Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm | Passionate About Science and Technology! | Scoop.it
Ross, the world's first artificially intelligent attorney, has its first official law firm. Baker & Hostetler announced that they will be employing Ross for its bankruptcy practice, currently comprised of almost 50 lawyers.
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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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