Re: What is this election's most dangerous idea?
I believe that this election’s most dangerous idea is the notion that a change in American leadership will somehow alter the perception of America abroad. Any serious student of history will know that hegemons are never loved but grudgingly respected. It was under President Clinton that the French gave America the derisive moniker "hyper-power". Yet candidates peddle the fantasy that they and they alone can restore or reinvigorate the American brand overseas. Unlike the retail politics of campaigning, international relations recognizes one currency—power. As long as America remains a military and economic hegemon no change in American leadership will alter international perception.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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