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OPEN DISCUSSION – NOVEMBER 2018
Nov 1, 2018 · 160 

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An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 186 

Richard Dawkins 24 Oct 2017   I had tweeted an invitation to attend lectures in various parts of Britain by Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who grew up among wild African elephants while her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton was conducting his pioneering studies of their ecology and behaviour, and he and his wife Oria were fighting the poachers. Saba’s …

A letter from Elizabeth Loftus, PhD to Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA
Jul 29, 2017 · 5 

July 27, 2017 To: Mr. Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA gm@kpfa.org From: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. & Kaleda Denton, Student We just met last night, one of us a professor at UC-Irvine (EL) and another a senior at UCLA (KD), and our conversation turned to the unfortunate events surrounding the disinvitation by KPFA of Richard …

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Researchers have created a virtual reality simulation of a supermassive black hole
Nov 19, 2018

By BioMed Central The black hole at the centre of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, has been visualised in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described in an article published in the open access journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology. Scientists at Radboud University, The Netherlands and Goethe University, Germany used recent astrophysical models of Sagittarius …

The not-so-dangerous lives of Neanderthals
Nov 19, 2018

By Marta Mirazón Lahr Injuries are part of everyday life, from a scratch on the skin to a broken bone to a fatal trauma. Although many injuries are accidental, others can arise as a consequence of an individual’s or a group’s behaviour, activity or social norms — characteristics that tell us about societies and the inherent …

How Trump administration pressure to dump 4-H’s LGBT policy led to Iowa leader’s firing
Nov 19, 2018

By Courtney Crowder and Jason Clayworth The Trump administration pushed the national 4-H youth organization to withdraw a controversial policy welcoming LGBT members — a move that helped lead to the ouster of Iowa’s top 4-H leader earlier this year, a Des Moines Register investigation has found. The international youth organization, with more than 6 million members, …

Texas Will Keep Teaching Kids That Moses Influenced the Founding of America
Nov 19, 2018

By David Gee The Texas Board of Education has decided to keep the biblical character of Moses in the part of the social studies curriculum that discusses historical figures important to the founding of the United States. We reported in September on the board’s preliminary vote, which recommended keeping Moses and removing Hillary Clinton from the overall curriculum. …

The Earth Is Eating Its Own Oceans
Nov 16, 2018 · 1 

By Stephanie Pappas As Earth’s tectonic plates dive beneath one another, they drag three times as much water into the planet’s interior as previously thought. Those are the results of a new paper published today (Nov. 14) in the journal Nature. Using the natural seismic rumblings of the earthquake-prone subduction zone at the Marianas trench, where the …

Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ produce electrical patterns that resemble those of premature babies
Nov 16, 2018 · 2 

By Sara Reardon ‘Mini brains’ grown in a dish have spontaneously produced human-like brain waves for the first time — and the electrical patterns look similar to those seen in premature babies. The advancement could help scientists to study early brain development. Research in this area has been slow, partly because it is difficult to obtain fetal-tissue …

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An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 186 

Richard Dawkins 24 Oct 2017   I had tweeted an invitation to attend lectures in various parts of Britain by Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who grew up among wild African elephants while her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton was conducting his pioneering studies of their ecology and behaviour, and he and his wife Oria were fighting the poachers. Saba’s …

A letter from Elizabeth Loftus, PhD to Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA
Jul 29, 2017 · 5 

July 27, 2017 To: Mr. Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA gm@kpfa.org From: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. & Kaleda Denton, Student We just met last night, one of us a professor at UC-Irvine (EL) and another a senior at UCLA (KD), and our conversation turned to the unfortunate events surrounding the disinvitation by KPFA of Richard …

News


Researchers have created a virtual reality simulation of a supermassive black hole
Nov 19, 2018

By BioMed Central The black hole at the centre of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, has been visualised in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described in an article published in the open access journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology. Scientists at Radboud University, The Netherlands and Goethe University, Germany used recent astrophysical models of Sagittarius …

The not-so-dangerous lives of Neanderthals
Nov 19, 2018

By Marta Mirazón Lahr Injuries are part of everyday life, from a scratch on the skin to a broken bone to a fatal trauma. Although many injuries are accidental, others can arise as a consequence of an individual’s or a group’s behaviour, activity or social norms — characteristics that tell us about societies and the inherent …

How Trump administration pressure to dump 4-H’s LGBT policy led to Iowa leader’s firing
Nov 19, 2018

By Courtney Crowder and Jason Clayworth The Trump administration pushed the national 4-H youth organization to withdraw a controversial policy welcoming LGBT members — a move that helped lead to the ouster of Iowa’s top 4-H leader earlier this year, a Des Moines Register investigation has found. The international youth organization, with more than 6 million members, …

Texas Will Keep Teaching Kids That Moses Influenced the Founding of America
Nov 19, 2018

By David Gee The Texas Board of Education has decided to keep the biblical character of Moses in the part of the social studies curriculum that discusses historical figures important to the founding of the United States. We reported in September on the board’s preliminary vote, which recommended keeping Moses and removing Hillary Clinton from the overall curriculum. …

The Earth Is Eating Its Own Oceans
Nov 16, 2018 · 1 

By Stephanie Pappas As Earth’s tectonic plates dive beneath one another, they drag three times as much water into the planet’s interior as previously thought. Those are the results of a new paper published today (Nov. 14) in the journal Nature. Using the natural seismic rumblings of the earthquake-prone subduction zone at the Marianas trench, where the …

Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ produce electrical patterns that resemble those of premature babies
Nov 16, 2018 · 2 

By Sara Reardon ‘Mini brains’ grown in a dish have spontaneously produced human-like brain waves for the first time — and the electrical patterns look similar to those seen in premature babies. The advancement could help scientists to study early brain development. Research in this area has been slow, partly because it is difficult to obtain fetal-tissue …

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OPEN DISCUSSION – NOVEMBER 2018
Nov 1, 2018 · 160 

This thread has been created for open discussion on themes relevant to Reason and Science for which there are not currently any dedicated threads. Please note it is NOT for general chat, and that all Terms of Use apply as usual. If you would like to refer back to previous open discussion threads, the three …

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