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OPEN DISCUSSION APRIL 2019
Apr 1, 2019 · 86 

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An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 227 

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 …

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One of Stephen Hawking’s Most Famous Theories About Black Holes Just Suffered a Huge Blow
Apr 25, 2019

By Meredith Fore One of Stephen Hawking’s most famous theories about dark matter — that this mysterious and invisible substance is made up of primordial black holes — recently suffered a huge blow. That conclusion comes from a massive telescope that captured an image of an entire galaxy in one shot. The findings don’t completely rule out Stephen Hawking’s …

For Some Reason, an Ohio Middle School Displays a Plaque of the Ten Commandments
Apr 25, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta If you walk into the auditorium in Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio, you’ll see this Ten Commandments plaque… for some strange reason. There’s no explanation of it. There’s no context. It’s just a Christian display that says things like “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and other examples of religious …

It’s Starting To Look Like God Won’t Save Us From Global Warming
Apr 25, 2019

By Dan Vergano God help us, but it looks like religion isn’t the answer to climate change. Nearly four years ago, Pope Francis released a groundbreaking letter, Laudato Si, On the Care of Our Common Home, calling on the world — and its 1.2 billion Catholics — to curb manmade global warming. “We are presently witnessing a …

A Catholic Hospital in Iowa Offered Contraception for Decades. Then the Bishop Found Out.
Apr 25, 2019 · 2 

By Amy Littlefield Ebonie Bailey was seven months pregnant when she and her family moved to Waterloo, Iowa, for her husband’s job at John Deere. Her provider back home had recommended the midwives at Covenant Medical Center, one of two hospitals in town. Ahead of her delivery there, Bailey toured the sprawling brick building. She was surprised when the tour guide …

Talking Black Holes with Astrophysicist Katie Mack
Apr 24, 2019

By Brian Malow On the heels of the recent announcement by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration of the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole, I interviewed astrophysicist Katie Mack about the new image and black holes in general. Katie is an assistant professor of physics at NC State and a member of the university’s Leadership in Public Science …

Vast Expanses of Rock on Earth’s Surface May Act Like a Natural Solar Panel
Apr 24, 2019

By Yasemin Saplakoglu Scientists have found electricity flowing in an unexpected place — across the surfaces of rocks. Mineral coatings on rocks turn sunlight into electricity, turning on like a light switch when the sun hits them, according to a study published April 22 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Plants use …

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Originals


An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 227 

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


One of Stephen Hawking’s Most Famous Theories About Black Holes Just Suffered a Huge Blow
Apr 25, 2019

By Meredith Fore One of Stephen Hawking’s most famous theories about dark matter — that this mysterious and invisible substance is made up of primordial black holes — recently suffered a huge blow. That conclusion comes from a massive telescope that captured an image of an entire galaxy in one shot. The findings don’t completely rule out Stephen Hawking’s …

For Some Reason, an Ohio Middle School Displays a Plaque of the Ten Commandments
Apr 25, 2019 · 1 

By Hemant Mehta If you walk into the auditorium in Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio, you’ll see this Ten Commandments plaque… for some strange reason. There’s no explanation of it. There’s no context. It’s just a Christian display that says things like “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” and other examples of religious …

It’s Starting To Look Like God Won’t Save Us From Global Warming
Apr 25, 2019

By Dan Vergano God help us, but it looks like religion isn’t the answer to climate change. Nearly four years ago, Pope Francis released a groundbreaking letter, Laudato Si, On the Care of Our Common Home, calling on the world — and its 1.2 billion Catholics — to curb manmade global warming. “We are presently witnessing a …

A Catholic Hospital in Iowa Offered Contraception for Decades. Then the Bishop Found Out.
Apr 25, 2019 · 2 

By Amy Littlefield Ebonie Bailey was seven months pregnant when she and her family moved to Waterloo, Iowa, for her husband’s job at John Deere. Her provider back home had recommended the midwives at Covenant Medical Center, one of two hospitals in town. Ahead of her delivery there, Bailey toured the sprawling brick building. She was surprised when the tour guide …

Talking Black Holes with Astrophysicist Katie Mack
Apr 24, 2019

By Brian Malow On the heels of the recent announcement by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration of the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole, I interviewed astrophysicist Katie Mack about the new image and black holes in general. Katie is an assistant professor of physics at NC State and a member of the university’s Leadership in Public Science …

Vast Expanses of Rock on Earth’s Surface May Act Like a Natural Solar Panel
Apr 24, 2019

By Yasemin Saplakoglu Scientists have found electricity flowing in an unexpected place — across the surfaces of rocks. Mineral coatings on rocks turn sunlight into electricity, turning on like a light switch when the sun hits them, according to a study published April 22 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Plants use …

Discussion


OPEN DISCUSSION APRIL 2019
Apr 1, 2019 · 86 

This thread has been created for 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 our Comment Policy applies as usual. There is a link to this at the foot of the page. If you would like …

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