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Dr. Kaku's Universe

The World of Nanotechnology

Nanotech_o
over 4 years ago

In my book Visions , I state that nanotechnology was first proposed by Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman in a seminal but witty article entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom." Feynman envisioned the theoretical capability of nanotech in 1959, stating: “I want to build a billion tiny factories ...

Daylight Atheism

On Non-Believing Clergy

Dabanner
over 4 years ago

Daniel Dennett recently published a fascinating study on nonbelieving clergy: pastors and ministers from various denominations, both liberal and conservative, who've either lost their faith or hold beliefs that they know their superiors would condemn as highly unorthodox. Naturally, these people ...

Trend World

The Great US-China Student Exchange Race

Graduation
over 4 years ago

It’s not something generally referenced in the discussion over China’s awesome growth, and it might only be marginally related. But the influx of Chinese students attending American universities hasn’t gone unnoticed over the past decade. Perhaps taking a cue from how that migration has evolved ...

IdeaFeed

Unexceptional Performance

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over 4 years ago

Samuel Culbert writes that it's time for companies to do away with performance reviews. "Everybody does it, and almost everyone who's evaluated hates it. It's a pretentious, bogus practice that produces absolutely nothing that any thinking executive should call a corporate plus." It's not that ...

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Supreme Decision

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over 4 years ago

Liberals want President Obama to find a progressive nominee for the Supreme Court who is "an intellectual giant, and also passionate, persuasive, and politically savvy enough to build consensus and outfox the court's conservatives" -- someone not unlike Justice William J. Brennan Jr., who retired ...

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The Cost of Greening

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over 4 years ago

"Is it possible to make drastic cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions without destroying our economy?" asks Paul Krugman in a long magazine article looking at the economic costs and benefits associated with fighting climate change. Yes, he concludes. And while the U.S. isn't likely to take action soon ...

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Spank Not

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over 4 years ago

Parents have long disagreed over whether children benefit from being spanked when they do something wrong. The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't think the practice is an effective tactic, but many parents have found otherwise. New research, however, shows that children who are spanked are more ...

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Church and State

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over 4 years ago

The governing body of the Catholic Church, The Holy See, is often treated as a sovereign nation, giving it outsize political influence among the world's religions, write Kal Raustiala and Lara Stemple. This practice has long been bad for women's equality, gay rights, and reproductive freedom, they ...

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Political Economy

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over 4 years ago

Republicans have been giddy about their prospects in the midterm elections, but Democrats could be saved if the economy recovers over the summer, writes James Surowiecki. Voters have short memories. "But economies aren’t machines. The Democrats will have to spend the next seven months much the way ...

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Silence of the Galaxy

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over 4 years ago

After 50 years of searching for intelligent life in outer space, astronomers still haven't made contact with extraterrestrials. "Does that mean we are alone in the universe after all? Or might we be looking for the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time?" asks Paul Davies. He notes that ...

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Mental Notes

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over 4 years ago

The infamous English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge "was also a metacognitive theorist far ahead of his time," writes David Schneider. "Specifically, from around 1796 to about 1808, Coleridge was incessantly burying into four related questions: how does perception work; how does the mind ...