Science News

SETI Institute


Cycle 6 Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Flights Completed
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:37:15 +0000
Cycle 6 Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Flights Completed jhedges@seti.org Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:37
 
Make a Gift in Honor
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:03:59 +0000
Make a Gift in Honor lly@seti.org Wed, 12/12/2018 - 23:03 Who inspires you? Whether it was a teacher, a family member, or a trailblazing scientist known to many, you can honor them during this season of giving. Make a gift to the SETI Institute today, and you can dedicate your support in honor.....
 
NASA scientist says space alien search should be more 'aggressive'
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 22:43:17 +0000
NASA scientist says space alien search should be more 'aggressive' jhedges@seti.org Wed, 12/12/2018 - 22:43
 
Support the EARTHLING Project
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:17:51 +0000
Support the EARTHLING Project lly@seti.org Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:17 SETI Institute Artists in Residence Program
 
December Matching Gift Challenge
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:04:57 +0000
December Matching Gift Challenge lly@seti.org Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:04 Have you ever wondered, is there life beyond Earth? The SETI Institute is the only organization in the world solely dedicated to answering that question. As we approach a new decade, we are at a turning point in the quest to.....
 
December Matching Gift Challenge
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 22:04:38 +0000
December Matching Gift Challenge lly@seti.org Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:04 Have you ever wondered, is there life beyond Earth? The SETI Institute is the only organization in the world solely dedicated to answering that question. As we approach a new decade, we are at a turning point in the quest to.....
 

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe


Your Escape to Reality

The Skeptics Guide #700 - Dec 8 2018
Sat, 8 Dec 2018 12:00:00 -0400
Interview with Nick Pyenson; Living in the era of fake news; News Items: Back to the Moon, Gene Editing Babies; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction
 
The Skeptics Guide #699 - Dec 1 2018
Sat, 1 Dec 2018 12:00:00 -0400
News Items: Global Warming Report, The New Kilogram, Insight Mars Lander; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Atlantis Claim; Science or Fiction
 
The Skeptics Guide #698 - Nov 24 2018
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:00:00 -0400
QED 2018 Private Show with guest rogue George Hrab; Audience Q&A Personal Heroes; Science or Fiction
 
The Skeptics Guide #697 - Nov 17 2018
Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:00:00 -0400
Guest Rogue: Devin Bray; What's the Word: Cybernetics; News Items: Earth's Dusty Satellites, How We Think, The Mad Russian, Engineering Photsynthesis; Is Stuff Real; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction
 
The Skeptics Guide #696 - Nov 10 2018
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 12:00:00 -0400
What's The Word: Agglutination; News Items: Oumuamua Update, Glasses for Color Blindness, Anti-Gravity, NASA Retires Kepler, New Controversial Opioid; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails; Science or Fiction
 
The Skeptics Guide #695 - Nov 3 2018
Sat, 3 Nov 2018 12:00:00 -0400
Live from Cambridge; Complete the Science Headline; News Items: Reliability vs Validity, Soyuz Failed Launch, Hot Jupiters, Bottom Baryons, UFO Government Waste, What Is Psychopathy; Science or Fiction
 

Friendly Atheist


Patheos

A Divided NM Supreme Court Says Religious Schools Can Use State-Funded Textbooks
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:00:22 +0000
The Court's only two Republicans said public money should not finance private schools. They were right, but they were outnumbered.
 
The GOP Has Always Relied on White Evangelicals, But That’s Not Going to Last
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:00:45 +0000
The Christian Right's legacy? They used their power to hurt as many people as possible.
 
CNN Analyst Blasts Rick Santorum for Hypocrisy of Defending Immoral Donald Trump
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:30:03 +0000
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin rightly said conservative Rick Santorum was "making excuses" for Donald Trump's immoral actions.
 
Christian Activist Credits God After His Body Acclimates to Denver’s Altitude
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 01:00:18 +0000
E.W. Jackson is desperate to give God credit for everything.
 
On Attorney’s Advice, Woodland (WA) Mayor Moves Illegal Nativity Scene
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:00:09 +0000
Finally, a mayor who has the good sense to follow the law on this issue.
 
Louisiana Police Chief Sued (Again) for Forcing His Religion on Officers
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:30:33 +0000
Port Allen Police Chief Esdron Brown shouldn't be allowed to get away with foisting his faith on other officers.
 

Skeptoid


A weekly look at the true facts behind urban legends and stories you've probably heard.

Skeptoid #653: The Great Kentucky Meat Shower
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
A rain of meat is said to have fallen in rural Kentucky one day in 1876.
 
Skeptoid #652: The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
The UFO story seems to defy debunking because of the physical injuries suffered by witnesses.
 
Skeptoid #651: The Electric Universe Theory
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Some believe that everything we know about the universe is wrong — and it's all electric.
 
Skeptoid #650: I Believe
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Your beliefs are fallible and can fool you. Be willing to change your mind based on new information.
 
Skeptoid #649: George Soros Conspiracy Theories
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
George Soros remains the focus of many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
 
Skeptoid #648: Pop Quiz: Aliens and UFOs
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on aliens and UFOs.
 

Skeptic


Examining Extraordinary Claims and Promoting Science

eSkeptic for December 12, 2018
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 08:00:48 +0000
In his December 2018 ‘Skeptic’ column for Scientific American Michael Shermer discusses how to avert a looming crisis among today’s youth.
 
eSkeptic for December 5, 2018
Wed, 05 Dec 2018 08:00:19 +0000
In Science Salon # 47, Dr. Michael Shermer speaks with Dr. Susan Blackmore about: how science can test subjective mystical experiences; memes and tremes; free will and determinism; the hard problem of consciousness, out of body experiences, near-death experiences, and God.
 
Dr. Susan Blackmore — Altered States and Conscious Beings
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:00:38 +0000
In Science Salon # 47, Dr. Michael Shermer speaks with Dr. Susan Blackmore about: how science can test subjective mystical experiences; memes and tremes; free will and determinism; the hard problem of consciousness, out of body experiences, near-death experiences, and God.
 
eSkeptic for November 28, 2018
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 08:00:35 +0000
Psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Lewis answers the following question for religious believers facing adversity: “You’re an atheist?! How do you find meaning and morality in life if there is no God?”
 
Answering the Hard Question “You’re an Atheist?! How Do You Find Meaning and Morality in Life if There Is No God?”
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 20:00:39 +0000
Psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Lewis answers the following question for religious believers facing adversity: “You’re an atheist?! How do you find meaning and morality in life if there is no God?”
 
Zac Sechler interviews Michael Shermer about Why People Believe in God
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000
In this unusual Science Salon we bring you an interview of Dr. Shermer by Zac Sechler, a high school senior at Grace Prep High School in State College, PA.
 

BBC News - Science & Environment


BBC News - Science & Environment

What chance has Nasa of finding life on Mars?
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:16:13 GMT
When the US space agency's next rover gets to Mars in 2021, it will seek evidence of ancient life.
 
Hope for 'decent' climate talks outcome
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:36:30 GMT
The likelihood of a deal at global climate talks in Poland has increased after a new draft text was released.
 
Plan for food waste to be separated
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:46:45 GMT
People will have to separate their food waste to combat methane emissions
 
Nasa's Jupiter mission Juno reveals giant polar storms
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:27:47 GMT
Stunning images from Nasa's Jupiter "JunoCam" show huge, "endless storms" at the planet's poles.
 
Branson's Virgin Galactic reaches edge of space
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:26:46 GMT
The latest test flight by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic makes it to the edge of space and back.
 
Parker Solar Probe: Sun-skimming mission starts calling home
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:16:24 GMT
Having become the closest-ever human-made object to our star, the Parker spacecraft returns its first data
 

NeuroLogica Blog


Your Daily Fix of Neuroscience, Skepticism, and Critical Thinking

More Evidence Organic Farming is Bad
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:48:08 +0000
I know I have been hitting this topic frequently recently, but I can’t ignore a major study published in Nature. The study is not just about organic farming, but about how we use land and implications for climate change, specifically carbon sequestration. The core idea is this – when we conside.....
 
Delay School Start Times
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:09:01 +0000
Living in a complex society means that some decisions are made for us. In a representative democracy, this means our elected officials, at every level, can have incredible power over our lives. The social contract, however, is that these elected officials should know what they are doing, act in.....
 
Study – Mental Activity Does Not Prevent Decline
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:52:30 +0000
There has been a very interesting debate going on in neuroscience over the impact of so-called “brain training” activities and cognitive ability and decline. No one study, of course, is ever going to be the final word on this debate, but a new study does add one more piece to the puzzle. Unfort.....
 
To Screen Or Not To Screen
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:03:56 +0000
Should you regularly see a physician for preventive medicine and to screen to potential health problems? Of course, and this has been consistent messaging to the public for decades. However, specific decisions about whether or not to perform a specific screening test can be complicated, and thi.....
 
Real Ion Drives in Mercury Probe
Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:09:24 +0000
Most Star Wars fans know that the name of the iconic TIE fighters is an acronym standing for “Twin ion engines.” Most space fans know that ion engines are real, but are nothing like what we see in the movies. There is a disappointing disconnect between science fiction and science reality when i.....
 
Against Ideology
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:15:56 +0000
The skeptical movement has always struggled with some unavoidable ironies. We are like a group for people who don’t like to join groups. We actively tell our audience not to trust us (don’t trust any single source – verify with logic and evidence). Our belief is that you really should not have .....
 

Technology Org


Science and technology news

5 most important questions about Instagram tracking apps – can it really be called “spying”?
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:50:27 +0000
Instagram is much more than just a platform to showcase your vacation pictures. Over the years it morphed
 
Insight into VPNs: How they keep your data private
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:08:24 +0000
Virtual Private Networks are suddenly all the rage. Touted as the third key pillar of a good security
 
South Korea stopped importing condensate from Iran before receiving sanctions waivers
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:00:13 +0000
South Korea, the world’s leading importer of condensates, has sought alternatives to partially offset declines in imports of Iranian
 
Large babies born to moms with gestational diabetes face nearly triple the risk of childhood obesity: study
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:50:12 +0000
The size babies are at birth and whether their mother has maternal diabetes greatly increases the risk of
 
Scientists identify new minerals for carbon capture and storage
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:40:24 +0000
A new group of minerals were found to capture and store carbon, according to new University of Alberta
 
Regrowing damaged nerves hinges on shutting down key genes
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:30:37 +0000
Neurons in the brain and spinal cord don’t grow back after injury, unlike those in the rest of
 
Science News - darren popham