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Dr. Kaku's Universe

Coral Reefs in Danger

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over 4 years ago

The director of the census bureau in charge of marine species, called the Global Marine Species Assessment, has issued a warning about the deterioration of earth's coral reefs. It was stated that perhaps within 100 years we may see the total collapse of all the coral reefs around the country and ...

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The Nuclear Option

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over 4 years ago

Like many kids in the 80s, I was convinced I would die in a nuclear war. Dialogue between the United States and the Soviet Union had broken down after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Ronald Reagan warned us that there was "a bear in the woods." Each side had many thousands of nuclear weapons ...

IdeaFeed

Tiger's Tale

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over 4 years ago

Robert Wright believes Tiger Woods' sexual behavior represents a threat to the moral sanction that is vital to the institution of monogamous marriage. He writes that "the institution that seems to be, on average, the least bad means of rearing children is an institution that doesn’t naturally ...

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Elementary Discovery

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over 4 years ago

A team of Russian and American scientists reported yesterday that they had discovered a new -- and very heavy -- atomic element. Six atoms of the element were created in a lab by smashing together isotopes of calcium and the radioactive element berkelium in a particle accelerator. The discovery ...

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The Pirate Way

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over 4 years ago

Kevin Kelly went to China to find out how local film industries survive in places where everything seems to be pirated. But as he studied China (and India, and Nigeria), he discovered that piracy of local films was not as rampant as that of imported Hollywood fare. "Contrary to expectations and ...

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Nuke-Free for Real?

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over 4 years ago

Some of the most arch realists and high-ranking Cold warriors in the US foreign-policy establishment are supporting the idea of a nuclear-free world. Having realized the dangers that have grown in the world since the end of the U.S.'s nuclear-tipped standoff with Russia, many think that we would be ...

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Anoxic Animals

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over 4 years ago

Researchers have found three species that apparently spend their entire lives in the oxygen-starved waters at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. Previously, living oxygen-free was thought to only be possible for viruses and single-celled microorganisms, but these three as-yet-unnamed bottom ...

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Volcanoes from space!

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over 4 years ago

Actually, no the volcanoes aren't from space, but pictures of the volcanoes were taken from space. The NASA Earth Observatory has posted three more gems of volcanic activity taken by one of the fleet of earth imagers in orbit: A recent image of Chaiten taken by EO-1. Image courtesy of the NASA ...

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Palin-tology

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over 4 years ago

Sarah Palin's speeches are given to "meandering phraseology of a kind suggesting someone more commenting on impressions as they enter and leave her head rather than constructing insights about them," writes John McWhorter. He doesn't think that Palin's way of speaking is attractive to her fans, per ...