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American Mensa provides intelligent people an opportunity to meet others who share their interests.
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Will artificial emotional intelligence be the spark that eventually lights the fuse of future technological consciousness? Perhaps. But what is probably more important is that we recognize that our relationship with technology is on the cusp of changing radically. A strange new world lies ahead of us, one in which our machines are going to increasingly seem more than just a little bit… human.

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Cosmic Bell Test brings us one step closer to understanding Einstein's puzzling “spooky action at a distance.”

"In the first of a planned series of “cosmic Bell test” experiments, the team ... pointed a telescope out of each window, trained each telescope on a bright and conveniently located (but otherwise random) star, and, before each measurement, used the color of an incoming photon from each star to set the angle of the associated modulator. The colors of these photons were decided hundreds of years ago, when they left their stars, increasing the chance that they (and therefore the measurement settings) were independent of the states of the photons being measured.

"And yet, the scientists found that the measurement outcomes still violated Bell’s upper limit, boosting their confidence that the polarized photons in the experiment exhibit spooky action at a distance after all." 

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And the award for best snag from a $1 bin at Goodwill goes to... 

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Mars in Reach — Are we closer to a red-letter day on the red planet?

Stephen Petranek, whose book How We'll Live on Mars inspired a new +National Geographic miniseries about the red planet, talks with Mensa Bulletin Editor Chip Taulbee to explore the chasm between mankind's dreams for inhabiting one of Earth's closest neighbors and the harsh realities of that astronomical pursuit.

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A big, big shout-out to Carrie Ray and Meredith Holmes's second grade Creekview Elementary class for completing the Mensa For Kids Excellence in Reading program. We couldn't be more proud!

Carrie writes to us, "The reading challenge allowed our students the opportunity to have a year-long goal for which to strive. As a result their reading skills improved dramatically. Using these books as the mentor texts for my lesson plans as well as class read-alouds made the goal much more manageable."

Encourage the joy of reading in your home or classroom: http://www.mensaforkids.org/achieve/excellence-in-reading/
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Data visualizations have curbed cholera outbreaks, reduced wartime casualties and could have prevented the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

But to be effective wholesale, we need data to be over-the-counter.

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On the heels of Hostess' potential $2.3 billion IPO, Mensan David Leavitt shares the story behind the sweetest comeback in the history of ever — a revival of an American classic, the Twinkie.

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IN TUMULTUOUS SEAS off the coast of California, the Marie sits suspended in the inky blackness of night, threatening to buckle as it hails the Coast Guard for help. As storms thrash the vessel, Mensan Louise Lang, her husband and her sister cling to life. Will they survive the night? Find out in this July Mensa Bulletin sneak preview.

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Mensan John Sindall wants to save literature (and maybe the world) one comic book at a time

To get the word out, he shared with us some of the Q Collection Comic Book Preservation Project's most noteworthy titles. 

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Absolutely take the time to check out National Geographic's Ed Yong on the evolution of the eye.

"Nilsson uses his eyes to, among other things, gather information about the diversity of animal vision. But what about the box jelly? It is among the simplest of animals, just a gelatinous, pulsating blob with four trailing bundles of stinging tentacles. It doesn’t even have a proper brain—merely a ring of neurons running around its bell. What information could it possibly need?
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