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Open Discussion – January 2019
Jan 1, 2019 · 151 

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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An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 198 

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 · 6 

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


1st Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua Is Actually Not That Special
Jan 18, 2019

By Hanneke Weitering SEATTLE — A cigar-shaped space rock named ‘Oumuamua caused quite a stir when it became the first interstellar visitor discovered in our solar system. Is it an asteroid, a comet or an alien spacecraft? While astronomers continue to work on answering these big questions, one thing has become certain: ‘Oumuamua probably isn’t that …

The Cerebellum Is Your “Little Brain”—and It Does Some Pretty Big Things
Jan 18, 2019

By Diana Kwon For the longest time the cerebellum, a dense, fist-size formation located at the base of the brain, never got much respect from neuroscientists. For about two centuries the scientific community believed the cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”), which contains approximately half of the brain’s neurons, was dedicated solely to the control of …

Trump’s evangelical base has shrunk
Jan 18, 2019

By Mark Silk At the beginning of the year, the Washington Post asked Jerry Falwell, Jr. whether there was anything Donald Trump could do that would endanger his support among evangelical leaders. “No,” Falwell replied. “I know anything he does, it may not be ideologically ‘conservative,’ but it’s going to be what’s best for this country, and I …

Mississippi May Mandate Ten Commandments and Pledges to State, U.S. Flags in Schools
Jan 18, 2019

By Ashton Pittman JACKSON — Mississippi law would require schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and see the Ten Commandments be displayed on public-school walls under new bills in the Legislature this session, requirements that may violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. One would also require Mississippi teachers to teach Mississippi’s pledge glorifying …

Anti-Vaccine Movement Joins Ebola, Drug Resistance on List of Top Global Threats
Jan 17, 2019

By Rachael Rettner A new list of top global health threats from the World Health Organization (WHO) reads like a “who’s who” of public health hazards: Pandemic flu. Ebola. Drug resistance. But tucked in this list of much-talked-about threats is one perhaps-surprising inclusion: the anti-vaccine movement. The list, released this week, highlighted “10 of the many …

Cryptic DNA sequences may help cells survive starvation
Jan 17, 2019 · 1 

By Michael Marshall Patches of seemingly meaningless DNA dotted throughout the genome might actually have a function: helping cells to survive starvation. Two studies published in Nature on 16 January suggest that these stretches of non-coding DNA called introns help to control the rate at which cells grow, conserving energy when food becomes scarce. Genes carry the information …

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Originals


An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 198 

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 · 6 

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


1st Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua Is Actually Not That Special
Jan 18, 2019

By Hanneke Weitering SEATTLE — A cigar-shaped space rock named ‘Oumuamua caused quite a stir when it became the first interstellar visitor discovered in our solar system. Is it an asteroid, a comet or an alien spacecraft? While astronomers continue to work on answering these big questions, one thing has become certain: ‘Oumuamua probably isn’t that …

The Cerebellum Is Your “Little Brain”—and It Does Some Pretty Big Things
Jan 18, 2019

By Diana Kwon For the longest time the cerebellum, a dense, fist-size formation located at the base of the brain, never got much respect from neuroscientists. For about two centuries the scientific community believed the cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”), which contains approximately half of the brain’s neurons, was dedicated solely to the control of …

Trump’s evangelical base has shrunk
Jan 18, 2019

By Mark Silk At the beginning of the year, the Washington Post asked Jerry Falwell, Jr. whether there was anything Donald Trump could do that would endanger his support among evangelical leaders. “No,” Falwell replied. “I know anything he does, it may not be ideologically ‘conservative,’ but it’s going to be what’s best for this country, and I …

Mississippi May Mandate Ten Commandments and Pledges to State, U.S. Flags in Schools
Jan 18, 2019

By Ashton Pittman JACKSON — Mississippi law would require schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and see the Ten Commandments be displayed on public-school walls under new bills in the Legislature this session, requirements that may violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. One would also require Mississippi teachers to teach Mississippi’s pledge glorifying …

Anti-Vaccine Movement Joins Ebola, Drug Resistance on List of Top Global Threats
Jan 17, 2019

By Rachael Rettner A new list of top global health threats from the World Health Organization (WHO) reads like a “who’s who” of public health hazards: Pandemic flu. Ebola. Drug resistance. But tucked in this list of much-talked-about threats is one perhaps-surprising inclusion: the anti-vaccine movement. The list, released this week, highlighted “10 of the many …

Cryptic DNA sequences may help cells survive starvation
Jan 17, 2019 · 1 

By Michael Marshall Patches of seemingly meaningless DNA dotted throughout the genome might actually have a function: helping cells to survive starvation. Two studies published in Nature on 16 January suggest that these stretches of non-coding DNA called introns help to control the rate at which cells grow, conserving energy when food becomes scarce. Genes carry the information …

Discussion


Open Discussion – January 2019
Jan 1, 2019 · 151 

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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