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Extraterrestrial Art History Opportunity

No, I’m not talking about aliens doing watercolors. There’s an opportunity to mark the historical significance of earth-bound humans, but to do so on the planet Mercury. There are five unnamed craters on Mercury, and the Mercury Surface Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging Team is

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A Plague of Frogs?

This morning, I found myself reading the Bible book of Exodus, which features six chapters describing ten plagues brought down upon the Egyptians by the god Yahweh in order to punish the Pharaoh for hemming in Yahweh’s favored ethnic group. Almost all of the ten

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Methane Fluctuations On Mars – How Big Are The Implications?

The NASA Curiosity Rover team calls the findings “incredibly exciting”. Yesterday, they reported finding organic compounds in Martian soil, as well dramatic fluctuations in atmospheric methane – “the first in-situ detection of methane on Mars”. Given that methane breaks down quickly in the Martian atmosphere,

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Challenge To Ben Carson Supporters On Climate Change

For a generation, Americans have disagreed about climate change. They have debated whether or not scientific data shows that Earth’s atmospheric temperatures are warming, and whether human activity is to blame. Throughout it all, Americans have at least agreed on one thing: They have agreed

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Reasons to Boycott Black Friday. What’s Yours?

A boycott of Black Friday, the day on which Americans are labeled as “consumers” and expected to shop, comes from many corners this year. Some are boycotting Black Friday as a way of protesting disproportionate violence against Black Americans at the hands of the police:

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Irregular Math Gets Queasy

I was doing some research on a problem in algebra early this morning, and one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was looking at a paper presented at the American Mathematical Society in 1972 with the purpose “to show that a

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Can A Conservative Strikeforce Buy Active Engagement?

This week, a political action committee called Conservative Strikeforce wrote a check to a business called Active Engagement Limited Liability Corporation. I see that the spending was on behalf of Bill Cassidy, who is running against Mary Landrieu in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate runoff election, but

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For Oral History Presentation, Submit To Text

“Oral history is constantly in motion – in the evolving relationship between the two parties in an interview; in the interplay between the past and the present; in conjunction with emergent technologies and diverse applications. Oral history also has played a crucial role in documenting

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Playing At Quidditch

Today on the Cornell University campus, I saw this group of people playing a game with three hoops on either end of a field, many balls, with brooms between their legs. The question in my mind: Were they playing quidditch, or playing at quidditch?

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?