Category: Science & technology
Maybe Trump is a kind of cry for help from the Earth, a human flare
By Frankie Boyle, Sunday 27 August 2017 04.00 EDT
So are we heading for a Mad Max-style future? I don’t think so. After having lived through Donald Trump we’ll surely just call him Max. Trump is behaving so strangely, we’re probably about a month away from not being allowed to make jokes about him. He’s gone past Charlie Sheen and we’re now … [more]
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In Norway, partying with the engineers
By Garrison Keillor, June 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm
A splendid week in Norway and now it’s good to be back home, driving around town in my old beat-up Volvo and listening to The Drifters. Norway is a land of bicycles and public transit, lean healthy long-legged people striding up into the hills, but I love my car where I can add a bass vocal to “At night the stars they put … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/07/02/a-tip-of-the-hat-to-borre-and-alice/
Another Deadly Drone Mistake: At What Point Do We Say Enough?
By Ted Gup, October 3, 2016
It was an obscure item last week that drew little media attention. An apartment building in Afghanistan’s remote Nangarhar province was apparently hit by an American drone strike, killing at least fifteen civilians and injuring thirteen more. The villagers were gathered to welcome a returning tribal leader.
Such stories are easy to ignore as inevitable errors of war. But the tally … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2016/10/05/act-in-haste-repent-in-leisure/
Visitor from space
By Donald Cunningham, February 7, 2015
Recently, our planet had a visitor from outer space, and I don’t mean Klaatu.
It was what the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has labeled “2004 BL86,” a giant asteroid, passing just 745,000 miles from the Earth. That’s about three times the distance we are to the moon, and is the closest any large-sized object has come in several centuries.
As I watched the TV news report on this … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2015/02/07/you-may-find-yourself-left-behind/
It looks like some kind of sci-fi blob from outer space, but it’s actually a high-speed photograph of a nuclear explosion. It was captured less than 1 millisecond after the detonation using a rapatronic camera, which is capable of exposure times as brief as 10 nanoseconds (one nanosecond is one billionth of a second). The photograph was shot from roughly 7 miles away during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada (1952). The fireball is roughly 20 meters in diameter, and … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/10/31/scariest-jack-o-lantern-ever/
Snowden would not get a fair trial – and Kerry is wrong
By Daniel Ellsberg, Friday 30 May 2014 07.45 EDT
John Kerry was in my mind Wednesday morning, and not because he had called me a patriot on NBC News. I was reading the lead story in the New York Times – “US Troops to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2016” – with a photo of American soldiers looking for caves. I recalled not the … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2014/06/01/the-measure-of-patriotism/
Here Are 5 Infuriating Examples of Facts Making People Dumber
By Chris Mooney, Wed Mar. 5, 2014 3:00 AM GMT
On Monday, I reported on the latest study to take a bite out of the idea of human rationality. In a paper just published in Pediatrics, Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth University and his colleagues showed that presenting people with information confirming the safety of vaccines triggered a “backfire effect,” in which people who already distrusted vaccines … [more]
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