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Anne Wheaton is super awesome. It makes me more than a little happy to know that those creeps and monsters in gg weren't able to bully her into silence.

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The thing I find most fascinating about this article is that Krupa doesn't antagonize the students who disagree or storm out of the class when he teaches the facts of evolution. Part of being a good science teacher or communicator is treating people who don't understand as human beings who deserve respect, and Krupa seems to have a firm grasp of that truth. 
This essay is adapted from a piece originally printed in the March/April 2015 issue of Orion. Request a free trial issue of Orion here. To teach evolution at the University of Kentucky is to teach at an institution steeped in the history of defending evolution education. The first effort to pass an anti-evolution law...
I'm not a fan of pseudoscience. This article about Food Babe, a fraudulent pseudoscience blogger, delves into many of the problems I have with profiteering charlatans. I sympathize with people who want to get healthier, but this only makes me even angrier that unscrupulous quacks will prey on their insecurities by selling them snake oil, lies, and empty promises.
Vani Hari, AKA the Food Babe, has amassed a loyal following in her Food Babe Army. The recent subject of profiles and interviews in the New York Times, the New York Post and New York Magazine, Hari implores her soldiers to petition food companies to change their formulas. She's also written a bestselling book telling you that you can change your life in 21 days by "breaking free of the hidden toxins in your life." She and her army are out to chan...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is amazing. Listen to him talk for any amount of time and you get a sense for how passionate he is about the universe. He shares that passion through his work as an astrophysicist and as director of the Hayden Planetarium and even through shows like Cosmos, but where I think he really shines is on StarTalk.

I've been trying to pinpoint for a while why it is that I find StarTalk so engaging. I finally figured it out this week: it's the format of the radio show/podcast/live shows. Tyson, or sometimes guest-host Bill Nye, will be paired with a comedian like Eugene Mirman, Leighann Lord, or Chuck Nice. Together, they'll cover a topic or a guest interview in a way that blends an educational science perspective with relate-able humor. It's such a magnificent approach to rattling the myth that science is strictly for the cloistered halls of academia. And he ends every episode with one charming directive - "keep looking up."
Tyson tells Charlie Rose about his fascination with the universe and his own personal journey to reignite interest in the great beyond

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Everything about this article is brilliant. I love the use of the term "white fragility" as a way to capture the defensiveness and anger that pops up seemingly every time there is a discussion about race.

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Castle co-star Seamus Dever (Detective Ryan) posted this picture on Twitter today of the ruins of the first St. Padraig's Church.
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This April 12th marks 54 years since hero Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.

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Easter, 1916

I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses.
I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.


That woman's days were spent
In ignorant good-will,
Her nights in argument
Until her voice grew shrill.
What voice more sweet than hers
When, young and beautiful,
She rode to harriers?
This man had kept a school
And rode our winged horse;
This other his helper and friend
Was coming into his force;
He might have won fame in the end,
So sensitive his nature seemed,
So daring and sweet his thought.
This other man I had dreamed
A drunken, vainglorious lout.
He had done most bitter wrong
To some who are near my heart,
Yet I number him in the song;
He, too, has resigned his part
In the casual comedy;
He, too, has been changed in his turn,
Transformed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.


Hearts with one purpose alone
Through summer and winter seem
Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.
The horse that comes from the road,
The rider, the birds that range
From cloud to tumbling cloud,
Minute by minute they change;
A shadow of cloud on the stream
Changes minute by minute;
A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
And a horse plashed within it;
The long-legged moor-hens dive,
And hens to moor-cocks call;
Minute by minute they live:
The stone's in the midst of all.


Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven's part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse -
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

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The abstract for his paper is so far beyond me that I don't even have the tools to grasp it. There are so many things I find amazing about a mathematician football player - the "it's cool to be a nerd" factor alone is fantastic. But beyond that, Urschel's work in mathematics is a great argument for why we shouldn't let athletes coast through college. Clearly someone doesn't have to be dumb to be an athlete - it's time we stop treating them that way.
"A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" was published in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. It's not Urschel's first paper.

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Read this first:  [UPDATED] Writer Valerie D’Orazio Calls Out Marvel’s New X-Men Writer Chris Sims for Online Harassment The tl;dr version is that Sims harassed D'Orazio online some time ago and in so doing encouraged others to do so. Flash-forward to the p...

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Listen to this recording of John McCormack singing "Where the River Shannon Flows" from 1913.
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