Barley shortage could threaten global beer supply

Climate change stands to take the one thing away from us that might make it easier to deal with, cheap beer.

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Surprising Science
  • A new study in Nature Plants suggests that changes in the climate will dramatically reduce barley harvests.
  • Barley is vital to making beer and feeding livestock, but the researchers argue that livestock will come first in a crisis.
  • The findings show us the impact that climate change will have on even the most mundane parts of our lives.
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Carl Sagan on why he liked smoking marijuana

Carl Sagan liked to smoke weed. His essay on why is facsinating.

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Mind & Brain
  • Carl Sagan was a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization.
  • He once wrote an anonymous essay on the effects it had on his life and why he felt it should be legalized.
  • His insights will be vital as many societies begin to legalize marijuana.
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Is postmodernism really anti-science?

Postmodernists like to question the very foundations of our modern society. Does this make them anti-science?

Culture & Religion
  • Postmodernism is often accused of being anti-everything.
  • The questions that postmodernists raise about objectivity put them on a collision course with science.
  • The problems of how postmodernism looks at science remind us that not every critique can be applied to every discipline.
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Brave New World predicted 2018 better than any other novel

His book warns us of the dangers of mass media, passivity, and how even an intelligent population can be driven to gladly choose dictatorship over freedom.

Culture & Religion
  • This 1931 novel predicted modern life almost to a (model) T.
  • While other dystopias get more press, Brave New World offers us a nightmare world that we've moved steadily towards over the last century.
  • Author Aldous Huxley's ideas on a light handed totalitarian dictatorship stand in marked contrast to the popular image of a dictatorship that relies on force.
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