Category: Science & technology

Act in haste, repent in leisure

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. …

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You may find yourself left behind

  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 …

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Scariest jack-o’-lantern ever

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 …

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The measure of patriotism

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 …

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Backfire effect

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 …

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Their first institutional reflex

A clue as to why the Shin Bet might hack me By Jonathan Cook, 7 February 2014   I have been pondering – probably more than is wise – what happened yesterday, when I lost control of my computer for an hour shortly after I had contacted the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman for a comment …

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Politically motivated and theologically inept

New Atheism’s big mistake: Debating creationists solves nothing By Sean McElwee and Abigail Salvatore, Saturday, Feb  1, 2014 09:30 AM CST   Bill Nye and Ken Ham will be debating creationism on Feb. 4, and it’s a bad idea for both scientists and Christians. Ham’s young-earth creationism represents the distinct tendency of American Christian fundamentalists …

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