Russian movies continue to be used as a mouthpiece for the country's political leadership.
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The proposal calls for the American public to draft two candidates to lead the executive branch: one from the center-left, the other from the center-right.
At its biggest for the next 15 years, it’s still much smaller than the Moon. On October 6, 2020, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth until 2035. Earth orbits in […]
A mission is planned for just three weeks from now, but NASA has a plan.
Sheltering at home is anti-instinctual behavior. Yet doing so saves lives.
Expert opinion is divided on how effective riots can be on causing social change. However, these five examples show they can do something.
The bid to buy Greenland is unlikely to become seriously considered.
The problem is going to get a lot worse before it gets better, and the decision is all up to SpaceX whether they’ll fix it. On Wednesday morning, January 29, 2020, […]
"History matters, and we now know that hysteresis is part of the answer," wrote the author of a recent study.
Throughout history, anarchists have been responsible for bombings and assassinations, including some very recent ones.
A new study contests the benefits of meditation in the workplace. We show everything that's wrong with the research.
The only other large galaxy in the local group is larger in size and has more stars. But mass? Perhaps we’re the biggest, after all. The Milky Way is home to […]
New research shows how parrots and crows learn new skills through play. Can adults implement this advice?
Every year, companies try to do things better, to find the most effective way to complete some task or to improve overall productivity. Employee learning programs play a massive part […]
Genetic, immune, and neurological components point to evolutionary underpinnings.
Philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers warns about an AI-dominated future world without consciousness at a recent conference on artificial intelligence that also included Elon Musk, Ray Kurzweil, Sam Harris, Demis Hassabis and others.
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In a world where the future of seemingly everything is online, museums — those repositories of the past — seem to resist the internet’s full digital embrace. It’s a question that’s increasingly crossed my mind thanks to a series of unrelated stories that share two common questions — how do people use museums now and how will they in the future? For every digital breakthrough enticing us to step on the virtual gas comes a cautionary tale reminding us to pump those virtual brakes. Ultimately, the online revolution is coming to museums, but is the future of museums really online?
Due to the popularity of SmallSats, industry and government agencies have come aboard the SmallSat bus. However this attention has shed light on a major obstacle: the challenge of getting those SmallSats to space in a responsive and cost-effective manner.
In the hours following the deaths of more than 50 Egyptians in Cairo earlier today there were wildly divergent accounts of what actually happened. Here is a summary, from Wendell […]
What strategy should the atheist movement adopt during the holiday season? Should we focus on doing good works as a visible proof that we’re caring and moral people, or should […]
Conor Friedersdorf doesn’t understand why Andrew Sullivan gushes so much about President Obama given the heavy importance Sullivan seems to place on a number of issues on which Obama has […]
In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share an article written by my former colleague Ross Robertson for EnlightenNext magazine called “A Brighter Shade of Green: Rebooting Environmentalism for the 21stCentury.” […]
America needs to make the dollars it spends on higher education work more efficiently.
At the AAAS meetings last month, a panel focused on the relationship between journalists and climate scientists provoked a testy exchange. As Bud Ward at the Yale Forum on Climate […]
A fairly but not fully comprehensive list of articles I have written.Don’t Assassinate the Dangerous Cleric al-Awlaki, Newsweek (April 13, 2010)Yemen’s Come Power Struggle, The National (March 18, 2010)AQAP in […]
One paper in the special issue proposes strategies for catalyzing greater collaboration on climate change communication among the “four cultures.” The August issue of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and […]
I thought I had seen all there was to be seen about Shirley Sherrod, until I can across an article titled Sherrod Story False in American Spectator by Jeffrey Lord, […]
It is a sad state of affairs when I have to read down the blogroll on my personal blog to see any recent mention of the flood that just devastated […]