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Facemasks are the Most Important, Powerful Public Health Tool

Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifying before Congress on Wednesday: Facemasks — these facemasks — are the most important, powerful public health tool we have. Goddamn right. Now, some people are saying that Dr. Redfield “walked back” his remarks, after being publicly disputed by Comrade Trump, but that’s […]

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Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden

Scientific American: Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly. The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is […]

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Grant Imahara, Former Mythbuster, Battlebots Champion, Dies at 49

The Discovery Channel: We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Grant Imahara was an electrical engineer who dedicated his life to using his skills to make people smile. Beyond […]

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Everything looks fine, until it isn’t fine.

Well, as Dr. Phil Plaitt (aka The Bad Astronomer) states below, this video is very, very good at explaining why we don’t see this stuff until it’s too late, and why early action gets called overreaction. Dr. Joe Hanson (of It’s Okay to Be Smart) explains in very easy to understand terms. Hey folks. Confused […]

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Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy First Day of Spring! The equinox happens at the earliest point in 124 years. #SpringHasSprung pic.twitter.com/G8ZhnDUzVc — WilsonSevereWX (@WilsonSevereWX) March 19, 2020

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Holy Shit! Man Walks on Moon +50 Years

As you no doubt well know by now, today marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the Moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Lightyear, er uh, that is to say, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walked upon the surface of the Moon 50 years ago today, while astronaut Michael Collins orbitted the […]

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What is atrial fibrillation, and why is your watch telling you about it?

John Timmer at ARS: Your heart has four chambers, two atria and two ventricles. The atria are smaller chambers at the top of the heart, and their contraction fills the larger ventricles with blood. The ventricles then provide the powerful push that sends the blood either to the lungs to pick up oxygen or out […]

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Science in a bottle: 132-year-old experiment washed ashore in Australia

Kiona N. Smith at ARS Technica: A 132-year-old message in a bottle turned up on an Australian beach earlier this year, but it’s not a love note or a treasure map: it’s a science experiment. […] “This bottle was thrown overboard on 12th June 1886, in 32 degrees, 49 minutes latitude South and 105 degrees, […]

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NASA Unleashes Two Vintage Warplanes to Chase the Eclipse

Wired: WHILE MILLIONS OF astronomy enthusiasts chase the moon’s shadow on the ground during the August 21 total solar eclipse, four NASA personnel are going to have front row seats. Two pilots and two technicians will race the big black spot at 50,000 feet, well above any cloud cover. And at 400 mph, they’ll be […]

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Genetic evidence suggests the Canaanites weren’t destroyed after all

Annalee Newitz, writing at ARSTechnica: The Canaanites are famous as the bad guys of the Book of Joshua in the Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible. First, God orders the Hebrews to destroy the Canaanites along with several other groups, and later we hear that the Canaanites have actually been wiped out. Among archaeologists, however, the […]

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