Category: Science & technology

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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I didn’t do anything wrong

Malala and Nabila: worlds apart By Murtaza Hussain, 01 Nov 2013 09:57   On October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick …

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The US chose to kill my mother

Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother By Rafiq ur Rehman, Friday 25 October 2013 09.00 EDT   The last time I saw my mother, Momina Bibi, was the evening before Eid al-Adha. She was preparing my children’s clothing and showing them how to make sewaiyaan, a traditional sweet made …

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