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Restoring Science's Place in Society Will Help Us Resolve the Big Debates (Op ... - Space.com

Restoring Science's Place in Society Will Help Us Resolve the Big Debates (Op ... - Space.com | Science & Politics | Scoop.it
Restoring Science's Place in Society Will Help Us Resolve the Big Debates (Op ...
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We have forgotten what science is for.

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Bible! Science! Who will win the great debate? - KSDK

Bible! Science! Who will win the great debate? - KSDK | Science & Politics | Scoop.it

nBible! Science! Who will win the great debate?

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scienza e religione si occupano di ambiti completamente differenti dell'umana esistenza. Nel 2014 dovremmo smetterla col creazionismo, i suoi sostenitori e i musei ad esso dedicati: è ora di crescere, di portare chiarezza ove possibile. La scienza ha sicuramente dei limiti, dovuti anche alla coerenza del modello, ma non è questo il caso. I religiosi, coloro che non possono presentare prove definitive, dovrebbero lasciare che anche i propri seguaci si facciano un'idea, dovrebbero abbattere barriere, piuttosto che continuarne a costruire, anche perchè nella partita scienza vs. fede sono in passivo da parecchio

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9 Habits of Highly Effective Speakers

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Whether you're giving a wedding toast or an address to thousands, here are nine key practices from the best public speakers in history.

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Video: Spiders Spin Electric Web

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Charged silk helps capture prey
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Fears of Social Breakdown as Gambling Explodes in Italy - New York Times

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New York Times Fears of Social Breakdown as Gambling Explodes in Italy New York Times But in many ways, Pavia is merely the most extreme example of the spread of gambling throughout Italy since lawmakers significantly relaxed regulation of the...
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yes, we are becoming more and more an addicted country. we are addicted to gambling, smoking, alcoholics and, the worst of all, we are becoming addicted to pain. we are simply not helping ourselves exiting from this disastrous period of regression and barbarians. I'm not one of those who's waiting someone to guide us out; I'm one of those who's gonna stand up and fight, 'cause no matter what I have to believe in my country even if I will leave it, at leat for a while

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Mayor Bloomberg's education reforms yielded mixed results - New York Daily News

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Mayor Bloomberg's education reforms yielded mixed results
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He ran for office as the Education Mayor, but his report card is mixed — at best.
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In every single multi variable problem solutions aren't easy;  they are also often unpopoular or unefficient. In many cases we simply try to solve  real life problems by "common sense" attempts we believe in, even if we know our models are weak (in the best case)

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MALALA Yousafzai -The Girl who stood up for EDUCATION

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-globally, 77,600,000 girls do not attend school -there are 33,000,000 fewer girls than boys in primary education -girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children -a...
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Italy's unhappy marriage with Europe | openDemocracy

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In May, Italy will choose its European representatives, just a few weeks before starting its semester of presidency of the EU. But for many Italians, Europe has never been so grimly distant as at the present time.
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a pochi mesi dalle elezioni del nuovo Parlamento Europeo uno sguardo d'un italiano all'estero per capire come ci vede l'U.E.  e non solo

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Obama on education: Rhetoric vs. reality - Washington Post (blog)

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Obama on education: Rhetoric vs.
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Quando sei il presidente di uno degli stati più potenti del mondo e inizi a perdere il controllo della situazione non può accadere nulla di buono. Spero la situazione migliori, perchè il problema dell'educazione e della formazione dei ragazzi non può essere limitato ad una visione nazionalistica, oramai (e anche nel nostro Paese anno dopo anno le cose non migliorano affatto), ma non sono per nulla ottimista.

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Children get down and dirty at science center's annual Mess Fest - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Children get down and dirty at science center's annual Mess Fest - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Science & Politics | Scoop.it
Children get down and dirty at science center's annual Mess Fest Pittsburgh Post Gazette Max Thomas, left, 6, of Moon puts “ooblek,” a gooey substance made by mixing water and corn starch, into the hair of Alex Repinski, 5, of Wexford during the...
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we have to try to stimulate next generation's interest in science. it is possible to learn and have fun at the same time and we have to understand that science could be explained also in this way.
very nice try Carnegie Science Center 

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How Many Earth-like planets are out there?

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"Astronomers using NASA data have calculated for the first time that in our galaxy alone, there are at least 8.8 billion stars with Earth-size planets in the habitable temperature zone.  For perspective, that's more Earth-like planets than there are people on Earth."


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Greg Russak's curator insight, December 20, 2013 9:20 AM

I love this kind of news. I just wish it was more scientific and less hyperbolic.

Here's my only gripe with this article. I can't believe someone like a UC Berkley planet hunter named Geoff Marcy would actually talk about the radio silence issue without somehow further qualifying it. It makes me wonder if Seth Borenstein of the AP and/or his editors may have left out some of the more important elements of that topic.

Personally, I find this anthropomorphic attitude about radio silence to be both ridiculous and insulting to the intellect.  

Just because we haven't picked up any electromagnetic signals doesn't mean there isn't life - or even intelligent life - in our galaxy or in the universe. How incredibly egotistical (and incredibly unscientific) it is to assume that life elsewhere will have evolved into beings like us. How silly it is to then assume that that intelligence would invent, just like our species did, technologies like radio, TV, satellite communications, and the like. Even more absurd and overlooked in this so-called question of silence is that that technology would have had to have been invented and put into use at precisely the point in THEIR evolution such that THEIR signals would be reaching us NOW so that we could detect them, assuming that we had the right technology to do so.

Let's put the "radio silence" question into the time and distance perspective of our own species. KDKA broadcast the first commercial radio signals from Pittsburgh in 1920. That's 93 years ago. That means those extremely weak signals would only be detectable as of now to a distance of 93 light years from us.

The Milky Way Galaxy is 120,000 light years across. Those signals have made it 0.075% of the way across our galaxy.

I don't doubt for one second that there's life in our galaxy and elsewhere in the universe, but can we please stop wondering why the Vulcans or Klingons or Romulans haven't shared reruns of their version of I Love Lucy?

Treathyl Fox's comment, December 20, 2013 9:57 AM
The NBC News SCIENCE article uses the word "habitable" but makes no mention of trees. I have a problem with that. :) Seriously!
Nicolle Kuna's curator insight, December 20, 2013 6:09 PM

That's more than enough planets for each one of us.  No doubt humanity will in time find a way to mine and devour these ones too. 

 

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