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Why Stephen Hawking's dire warning is all wrong about humans and Earth

"Apart from being spectacularly unscientific, his prophecy is also wrongheaded. Let’s see if I have this right: we have trashed the earth – with the help of science, I might add, given that he asserts technology-gone-wrong is part of our current mess – so now what? Earth be damned, we must save our own hides, and quickly? Ah, yes. So many more planets to ruin, so little time."
mahnmut: (Albert thinks ur funny.)
Is swearing a sign of intelligence? People who curse have a larger vocabulary than those who don't

- Professor Ben Bergen says we have many misconceptions about swearing
- One study showed people who swear have a larger vocabulary than others
- Another group of researchers has claimed swearing is a harmless emotional release which could make you feel stronger
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South African school pupils win international science contest

Pupils from St John’s College and Barnato Park High School in Johannesburg have teamed up to win the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) Beamline for Schools Competition 2015.

“Accelerating Africa”‚ the winning South African team‚ was a collaboration between boys in grade 11 from both schools.

Inspired by 2015 being named the International Year of Light by the United Nations‚ their project involves producing high-energy gamma rays using a crystalline undulator.
mahnmut: (Super cool story bro!)
Did natural selection make the Dutch the tallest people on the planet?

Insecure about your height? You may want to avoid this tiny country by the North Sea, whose population has gained an impressive 20 centimeters in the past 150 years and is now officially the tallest on the planet. Scientists chalk up most of that increase to rising wealth, a rich diet, and good health care, but a new study suggests something else is going on as well: The Dutch growth spurt may be an example of human evolution in action.

Dutch men and women now measure an average of 1.84 and 1.71 meters respectively.
mahnmut: (Short cut? Must be electricity.)
So, Obama is rushing to Riyadh to lick the ass of the new Dear Sheikh just like he and his predecessors did with the previous one - but he was nowhere to be seen during the huge I Am Charlie march in Paris, which was joined by most of his fellow major leaders? That's nice.

On a more cheerful note, I'm happy to hear that I can now un-boil the eggs that I've just boiled. But srsly, this potentially is great news for medicine.
mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem.)
World's oldest computer is more ancient than first thought: Antikythera Mechanism was created in 205 BC, study claims

- This is according to Argentinian scientists who found eclipse calendar
- The calender included a solar eclipse that happened on May 12, 205 BC
- Previous radiocarbon dating analysis of had dates mechanism to 100 BC
- The study suggests the maths it uses is based is Babylonian arithmetic
- It predates other known examples of similar technology by 1,000 years
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Ostrich inspired Bionic Boots let you run at up to 25 mph

Ever wanted to run like a superhero? How about an animal? Keahi Seymour has spent more than a decade on the Bionic Boots after being intrigued as a child as to how ostriches could almost effortlessly reach speeds of 25 mph, covering up to 5 metres in a single stride.

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My has just begun @ESA_Rosetta. I'll tell you more about my new home, comet soon… zzzzz

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[US] Public’s Views on Human Evolution

According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” while a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” The share of the general public that says that humans have evolved over time is about the same as it was in 2009, when Pew Research last asked the question.

My oh my. Things haven't changed much, despite all the 21st century science, technology and all that progress thingy, eh? :-O
mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem.)

Astrophysicist Mario Livio explains how science's embarrassing failures are just as important as the revolutionary successes.
mahnmut: (This makes me sooo sad...)
I love his passion. He looks and quacks like some kind of priest waving his hands from the pulpit. Only, his god is science and reason. Love, NdGT! <3

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Still, I WANT MY WARP-DRIVE! Waaaaa! ;-(
mahnmut: (Super cool story bro!)
ROME, ITALY. Italian citizenry has rejoiced and covered the streets with confetti at the news that seven evil wizards have been convicted of deliberately inciting natural cataclysms and causing a deadly underground demonic assault on the people, with fatal consequences, for the purpose of showing off with their formidable magical skills.

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Nuff said.
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Border Cave in South Africa was occupied by humans for tens of thousands of years.

Researchers have found new evidence of modern culture's beginnings in a cave in South Africa. These findings may indicate that 'modern behavior as we know it' has existed for longer than previously thought.

Source & details.

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Rural life may boost allergy resistance

Country dwellers richer in immune-calming bacteria

Children who grow up close to nature may have fewer allergies because of protective skin bacteria.

That finding is a new twist on the hygiene hypothesis, the idea that contact with bacteria early in life is crucial for the development of the human immune system. Skin microbes tied to the diversity of the natural environment seem to teach the body to calm allergic responses, researchers report online the week of May 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Courtesy, [ profile] telemann

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There's been a recent post on tp about "is science and religion compatible?" I.e. can they coexist?
Well, tell you what. What distinguishes them is critical thinking. Investigation. Self-dissection. It's a merciless process that's at the core of the former and is the complete antithesis of the latter.

Unlike religion or politics, science will mercilessly pursue the evidence with repeated experiments.
Other than that, are they compatible? Well, anything is compatible, we're humans after all. Yesterday I learned that onion is compatible with strawberry jam (or so I was told), but meh. It'd be kinda weird and maybe a little, um, how was the word believers like to use... oh yes, "unnatural" to try.

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