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Attended The College of New Jersey
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"Instead of mounds and turrets and moats, Kaliner’s structures are drippy archways that twist, jut, climb, and at times appear suspended in midair. They are otherwordly, like something you’d find on a beach in Neverland, or what it might look like if Antoni Gaudi had designed the fictional island of Laputa in a dream."
These aren't your prototypical bucket-and-pail sand structures. Matt Kaliner's creations are in an architectural category all their own.
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Several things I like are in here, as well as several things I'm probably going to like.
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Holy shit, WHERE THE FUCK DID THE ARCTIC GO?!
While discussing his new plan to combat global warming, the President referenced one of the most striking shifts in the history of National Geographic maps.
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Some great images of a distant supernova (that happened 11,000 years ago... but hey, it's distant). And some science courtesy of Phil Plait:

"Supernovae are terrifying. But they’re also important; we literally owe our existence to them. They create heavy elements in the blast, then fling them for dozens of light years around. This can then seed other clouds of gas, which then make stars, planets… and you. Nearly every element in the Universe other than hydrogen and helium was forged in the heart of an exploding star like the one that created the Vela nebula, including the iron in your blood and the phosphorus in your DNA.

So when you look on this picture, you’re seeing death and destruction on a soul-crushing scale, but you’re also seeing the factory in which the ingredients of life itself are made."
The problem with supernova remnants is that so many of them just don’t look like explosions. They’re round circles, or disks, or this, or that, (or Ben Grimm, or a blastocyte), but at a glance they don’t convey the awesome magnitude of a supernova, the most catastrophic event the Universe can provide. At the end of its life,...
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Over the years, dietary guidelines have seemed contradictory and ever-changing - to the point where one could wonder if scientists have learned anything about how diet works.

This short op-ed is probably the best explanation I've seen for why the guidelines are what they are, and why they were once much different. The science actually makes more sense than it looks.
Are we fat because we overeat, or do we overeat because we’re fat?
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How to design a metaphor. A fascinating read.
The metaphor designer isn’t trying to make something beautiful. She wants to change your view on things. Here’s how
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The stories of six atomic bomb surivors - from the New Yorker, August 31, 1946.
A hundred thousand people were killed by the atomic bomb. Survivors wonder why they lived when so many others died. Credit Photograph from Rolls Press / Popperfoto via Getty
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Well fuck THIS shit. Maybe partisan politics in America really did used to be more tolerable.

From the blog:

"This is all happening amid an unbroken trend of congressional Republicans and Democrats voting “the party line” more often, and voting with people across the aisle far less often. The graphic below shows how “close” different representatives are in their voting habits--that is, their tendency to vote together or not."

Brilliant visualization though.
Here at StC we spend a lot of time talking about political polarization, and a reader asked us to define what the heck that meant, and even challenged us on whether Americans were becoming more polarized at all. They shared a thought-provoking pair of articles: one claimed that Americans were not becoming more polarized (defining this as “moving further away from the center”), but instead were simply becoming better sorted (defining ...
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"Both NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency are reporting that July 2015 was the hottest July on record — and those records go back to before 1900."
Both NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency are reporting that July 2015 was the hottest July on record — and those records go back to before 1900. The Japanese chart makes this most clear: That last dot on the right is last month, July 2015. There are several things to...
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"Overall, we found that the perception of romantic kissing in non-kissing societies ranges from simple disinterest or amusement to total disgust."

"The Tsonga people of Southern Africa are also openly disgusted by the practice: “Kissing was formerly entirely unknown… When they saw the custom adopted by the Europeans, they said laughingly: “Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other’s saliva and dirt!”"
From pop culture to evolutionary psychology, we have come to take kissing for granted as universally desirable among humans and inseparable from other aspects of affection and intimacy. However, a recent article in American Anthropologist by ...
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Steven Pinker gives a strong opinion on bioethics, tied in with the recent advances in gene-editing technology.
The primary moral goal for today’s bioethics can be summarized in a single sentence: Get out of the way.
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This is what a comet looks like when you're fucking standing on it.
The European Space Agency has just released some fantastic close-up images taken by the Philae lander of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This release came out along with a passel of scientific papers (in Science magazine behind a paywall; here’s a summary) about results from the Rosetta probe’s lander, too. When I...
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I'm an atheist and a blogger. I'm a swing and a blues dancer. I'm a nerd. I love learning. I play videogames. I love traveling. I'm a scientist by lifestyle, if not profession. I speak Japanese.

Follow me for posts about atheism and religion, science (including cool stuff that I find), social issues and activism, and things in general that I find stimulating or awe-inspiring. Photos of the amazing world we live in and the amazing people in it included.

I also have a blog specifically about atheism and religion. About living up to the full potential of the human species, and not being held back by the ancient mandates of people who knew nothing about our world. I want human societies to be as happy, healthy, and free as possible.

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I've hitchhiked across the Tohoku and Kyushu regions of Japan.
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  • The College of New Jersey
    Psychology, 2002 - 2006
  • Kansai Gaidai University
    One semester study abroad, 2005
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