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Gravitational Waves and Binary Black Holes, an Inside Story

Bill Destler | Posted 02.12.2016 | Science
Bill Destler

The recent announcement of the detection of gravitational waves emitted from the merger of a binary black hole system is clearly one of the greatest s...

Two Latinas At Forefront Of Historic Science Discovery

NBC Latino | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 02.12.2016 | Latino Voices

One of the biggest discoveries in science was announced Thursday: the detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes, a discov...

The Transhumanism Movement Aims to Eliminate Existential Risk for the World

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 02.12.2016 | Impact
Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanist Party supporters protesting against existential risk -- Photo by Daniel Sollinger Like many other people around the world, I am foll...

On Darwin Day, a Darwin Descendant on Science and the Election

Matthew Chapman | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

At the Democratic Primary debate in Wisconsin, there was not one single science question. Although there were a few vague references to the environment, neither of the candidates revealed any aspect of their science policy agendas. Think about that.

Should Christians Meditate?

Elizabeth Pessin | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Elizabeth Pessin

Although meditation originated from the Eastern traditions, it is integrated into many religious traditions around the world. For a Christian, meditation is about pausing to get God's mind in the situation.

The Heavens Sound a Tone That We Can Hear

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

Our reading from the Torah this week finds Moses up on Mount Sinai, receiving instructions for the construction of the sanctuary that is to be the focal point of the wandering Israelite encampment in the wilderness -- precursor to the eventual Temple to be built by King Solomon in Jerusalem.

Reducing Stress: What Scientists Learned From the Children Who Survived a Famine During the Deadliest War in History

James Clear | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
James Clear

Thankfully, most of us will never have to live through a period of intense stress like the Dutch Hunger Winter. That said, stress is still part of our daily lives and it is perhaps the greatest burden to our long-term health.

Solving the 5,000-Year-Old Murder of Otzi the Iceman

Garry Rodgers | Posted 02.11.2016 | Science
Garry Rodgers

In 1991, the mummified body of a 5,000-year-old murder victim was discovered in melting ice at a rock-gully crime scene high in the Italian Otzal Alps. Nicknamed "Otzi", the estimated 45-year-old man and his possessions were incredibly well preserved.

Women's Secrets: Clues to a Female Brain?

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 02.11.2016 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Women share in ways that I totally get but my husband never would. To me, this reveals a scientific truth: Men's brains and women's brains are wired differently.

Are Women Willing to Wait Until 2025 for a Woman President?

Alexia Parks | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Alexia Parks

If Election2016 turns out to be a slugfest between two white men will the winner gain a two-term presidency? If so, we may well have to wait until January 2025 for a woman to be inaugurated president of the United States.

The Most Unresolved Problem In Machine Learning

Quora | Posted 02.10.2016 | Technology
Quora

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

How You Can Afternoon-Nap Like a Boss

Inverse | Posted 02.10.2016 | Science
Inverse

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Peter Rugg Rich people don't even nap the same as us plebes. While you and I struggle to sha...

Building the Family Tree of Humankind

Daniela Quaglia | Posted 02.09.2016 | Science
Daniela Quaglia

I am confident that each of you has been asking himself, at least once, questions on his genetic roots. Why do I look the way I do? Where did my gene pool originate? If you have, then you will be interested in the story I am about to tell you.

From Hippos in Britain to Confiscated Avocados: This Week's Curios

Justin Kitch | Posted 02.09.2016 | Education
Justin Kitch

Last week's Curios covered the cost of a Super Bowl ad, what happens to all of the food that gets confiscated at airports, and why swearing might be good for you.

Why Technology in Our Society Still Requires the Human Empathy Component

Olivier Dumon | Posted 02.09.2016 | Science
Olivier Dumon

Self-driving cars are a hot topic. There are some promising opportunities for exciting new industries in the next decade. But as with anything else, this type of AI sans the human components of reason, empathy and plain common sense, bear some consideration.

On Authority and the Pragmatics of Science and Religion

Laura Rediehs | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Laura Rediehs

In my previous essay, we began to examine science and religion from both a historical perspective (they were not always regarded as separate disciplin...

Climate Change This Week: Cool Landscapes, Hot Futures, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Bear Cub Club meets in the Tongass National Forest, which, with the Great Bear Rainforest is part of the Pacific temperate rainforest, the largest such ecosystem in existence.

Should One of the Four New Chemical Elements Be Named "africanium"?

Peter Reynosa | Posted 02.09.2016 | Science
Peter Reynosa

Artwork by Peter Reynosa At the very end of last year, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced that four new chemi...

Pre-Death Dreams: Their Psychological and Spiritual Value

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

Simply asking a few questions about sleep and dreams can open up a wealth of deeply meaningful images, feelings, and memories that help the individual anticipate and prepare for the end of life.

The Most Romantic Valentine's Day Gift

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by pr...

The Cancer Moonshot Could Depend Most on You

Sandra Horning | Posted 02.08.2016 | Science
Sandra Horning

A "cure" will require more than government agencies, companies and advocacy organizations. That's a reality that is often overlooked. We as individuals have to continue our fight against this disease, too, and vigorously so.

Chief Scientist at Baidu,Andrew Ng, Explains if Artificial Intelligence Is A Threat To Humanity

Quora | Posted 02.08.2016 | Technology
Quora

Is AI an existential threat to humanity? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by peopl...

Evolving Our Way to Artificial Intelligence

The Conversation US | Posted 02.07.2016 | Technology
The Conversation US

As a researcher in artificial intelligence, I realize how impressive it is to have a computer beat a top Go player, a much tougher technical challenge than winning at chess. Yet it's still not a big step toward the type of artificial intelligence used by the thinking machines we see in the movies. For that, we need new approaches to developing A.I.

New Artist Reviews: Daniel Grinberg

Morena Duwe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Folk music evokes a feeling of warmth and introspection through its meaningful lyrics and sweeping soundscapes. It is constantly reinventing its sound without compromising its soul.

I Love You...Actually I Love Your Microbiome

Dr. Bill Miller | Posted 02.05.2016 | Science
Dr. Bill Miller

What determines chemistry between two people? Who has not said, "They have good chemistry together?" We hear it so often that it seems trite. Typicall...