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Daniel Bastian
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When science and art collaborate, we all benefit. Fire up your imagination with these creative presentations of science.
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Many good points here. When it comes to food production, everything has trade-offs.
UNEARTHED | There is no one principle that can reliably guide all our decisions. Trade-offs abound.
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*Validation! *
Despite sarcasm’s nasty reputation, new research finds that it can boost creativity and problem-solving in the workplace.
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"While some American conservatives are eager to see Pope Francis make use of his popularity on this trip to advance the fight against abortion and same-sex marriage, gay Catholics want him to acknowledge their rejection by the church, and to welcome them as full members with equal access to sacraments like baptism and marriage."
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More coverage of one of the epicenters of climate disruption: Alaska and its unprecedented wildfire season.

"Alaska’s forests make up 17% of the U.S. total, and while they’ve always burned, they may now be entering a major new combustive period...The staggering 2015 Alaska wildfire season may soon be the state’s worst ever, with almost 5 million acres already burned — an area larger than Connecticut...This year is part of a trend that should continue as Alaska gets warmer and drier."
The fires are just the latest indicator of a climatic transformation that is remaking the state — its forests, its coasts, its glaciers, and perhaps most of all, the frozen ground beneath — more than any other in America.
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When inspiration strikes, you don't fight it! My latest is about conversations I've had with Christians in the wake of the SCOTUS ruling last month.
A brief lesson in epistemology illustrates how biblical literalism at best provides non-answers and at worst is self-defeating.
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"One of the best clues is that some [ultracompact dwarf galaxies] host overweight supermassive black holes. This suggests that UCDs were originally much bigger galaxies with normal supermassive black holes, whose fluffy outer parts were stripped away, leaving their dense centers behind. This is plausible because the known UCDs are found near massive galaxies that could have done the stripping."
Imagine what our night sky would look like if its stellar density was a million times greater than it is now. Remarkably, such places actually exist: They’re called “Ultracompact Dwarfs,” and astronomers are calling them an entirely new kind of galaxy.
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Wow. Who else could write an essay like this but the brilliant Margaret Atwood. Effortlessly poignant, perspective-shaping and with prose so sharp it can bite, this sweeping essay on climate change is guaranteed to lock in a number of awards come year end. History shows that literature and art and cinema will respond to the things that matter. Climate change matters. It affects all of us—the living and the unborn. If you read one essay this month, make it this one. 

"It’s gold-rush time, and oil is the gold, and short-term gain outweighs long-term pain, and madness is afoot, and anyone who wants to stop the rush is deemed an enemy."
Oil! Our secret god, fulfiller of our every desire. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. But it’s on everyone’s mi…
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Another piss-poor, clickbaity headline from the overactive io9. In fact (and as the article even states 3/4 of the way down), Pluto and its largest moon Charon both have craters, just not as many as we expected. The last part of the article is actually all about the craters that we're seeing in the images trickling in from New Horizons that the headline says aren't there.

About the only thing to recommend here is the discussion about impact rates and the rough calculations we use to estimate the relative ages of adjacent craters.
Pluto has been puzzling us with its weirdly smooth surface, but if it’s the first Kuiper Belt Object we’ve visited, how did we know how many craters to expect in the first place? Here’s everything we’ve figured out about collisions in this chaotic area of our Solar System.
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For those who haven't had their mind blown yet today...

"Since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988, there has been a reduction in polio cases worldwide of more than 99%. Then the disease was endemic in 125 countries and caused paralysis in nearly 1,000 children a day. By contrast, so far in 2015, there have only been 33 new cases worldwide – 28 of them in Pakistan, with the rest in Afghanistan."
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Another pastor illustrates the lunacy of using Leviticus to hegemonize and demonize. And for those not paying attention, "Leviticus" is shorthand for religious texts any and all. One man's devotional tool is another man's bludgeon.

While I'm happy to see this surely fringe pastor capitalizing on the sense the Good Lord gave him, it does little to absolve the massive harm that has already been done to the LGBT community around the world.
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Two great minds matched in scale only by the level of comity they afforded one another.
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Informed Citizen. Savvy Conversationalist. Knowledge Hound. Autodidact. Information Distiller. Fluent in science, technology and religion. Vanguard of truth. I like to debunk 'bunk'. Videophile. Audiophile. Purist.

I am an active Google+ user who contributes a good amount of original content. You'll also find I am not a fan simply resharing articles and will typically preface with additional insight to add value for my followers.

You can stay connected with me here and through my website, where science, technology, the web and a relentless artillery of thoughts collide in a fury of cerebral pyrotechnics: Waiving Entropy


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    2004 - 2009
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