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Hey Bill Nye! Santa's Got a Bone to Pick with You

The man in red has a challenge for everyone's favorite Science Guy.

Santa Claus: Ho ho ho. Hello from the North Pole. Bill Nye, you almost made my naughty list this year. You go around telling too many little boys and girls that magic doesn't exist. Here's my question for you Bill, if magic did not exist then how do I do what I do every Christmas Eve?  And I've been doing it long before you were born young man. Ho ho ho ho ho ho. The only reason Bill you did not go on the naughty list is because of the wonderful work you're doing on climate change. You know I live in the North Pole and believe me we can use all the help we can get. Ho ho ho ho ho.

Bill Nye: Who said I didn't believe in magic? Who came up with that? The thing about you, Santa Claus, is you can be everywhere in the world at once. That's how you roll. I've seen it. I've witnessed it. I will say, though, I have met Santa Claus in many manifestations. The first time I heard this odd sort of vaguely Scottish accent mixed in with American accent speaking English. I guess Santa you speak every language there is. I mean you're Santa for crying out loud. As far as the North Pole melting, we're working on it. It's very troubling. You may have to convert some of your factories to floating factories. We're doing our best here. I hope we can encourage young people, through science toys this holiday season, to learn more about science, to become more academically just more literate writ large and get ready to change the world. Thank you Santa for your good work once again this year. Carry on. My best to the elves. Carry on.

The man in red has a challenge for everyone's favorite Science Guy.

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Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti get stuck in an infinite wedding time loop.

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Dinosaurs suffered from cancer, study confirms

A recent analysis of a 76-million-year-old Centrosaurus apertus fibula confirmed that dinosaurs suffered from cancer, too.

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  • The fibula was originally discovered in 1989, though at the time scientists believed the damaged bone had been fractured.
  • After reanalyzing the bone, and comparing it with fibulas from a human and another dinosaur, a team of scientists confirmed that the dinosaur suffered from the bone cancer osteosarcoma.
  • The study shows how modern techniques can help scientists learn about the ancient origins of diseases.
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David Epstein: Thinking tools for 'wicked' problems

Join the lauded author of Range in conversation with best-selling author and poker pro Maria Konnikova!

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UPDATE: Unfortunately, Malcolm Gladwell was not able to make the live stream due to scheduling issues. Fortunately, David Epstein was able to jump in at a moment's notice. We hope you enjoy this great yet unexpected episode of Big Think Live. Our thanks to David and Maria for helping us deliver a show, it is much appreciated.


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Map of the World's Countries Rearranged by Population

China moves to Russia and India takes over Canada. The Swiss get Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi India. And the U.S.? It stays where it is. 

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What if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of the country with the largest population would move to the country with the largest area? And the second-largest population would migrate to the second-largest country, and so on?

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Can a quantum strategy help bring down the house?

Study finds quantum entanglement could, in principle, give a slight advantage in the game of blackjack.

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