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“How can we possibly be giving £1 billion a month to Bongo Bongo Land when we're in this kind of debt is completely beyond me”, Godfrey Bloom said in August of last year. That comment went too far even for the Little Englanders of the UK Independence...
From: Big Think | By: Frank Jacobs | Friday, April 18, 2014
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It's certainly cheaper than sending a person: NASA will be sending microbes into space. Researchers at UC Davis are leading the initiative. The big idea presented here is that the study will allow us to understand how bacteria lives in microgravity,...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Thinking, like seeing, has built-in blind spots. An old parable and Husserl’s matchbox can illuminate these geometric, biological, and cognitive limits. In the parable six blind men try to describe an elephant they’re standing beside. Feeling what’s...
From: Big Think | By: Jag Bhalla | Friday, April 18, 2014
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If you’re running a little short on potable water, you might want to take some empty jugs up to Portland Oregon, where for the next few days they will be throwing away 38 million gallons of water…treated, drinkable water… because the other night...
From: Big Think | By: David Ropeik | Friday, April 18, 2014
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"Without friends," Aristotle wrote in his Ethics , "no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods." Friendships afford us an "opportunity for beneficence," Aristotle tells us. They give us a refuge from misfortune and poverty. They steer...
From: Big Think | By: Steven Mazie | Friday, April 18, 2014
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This is not an April Fool's Joke, but it should be. Researchers in Japan have solved the age old problem of having to pretend to be interested in something when you're not, and having to be polite to someone you don't like. Need to take a nap at work?...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Friday, April 18, 2014
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“If you look at the neuroscience, the way that we're wired has a profound effect on how we hear and respond to feedback,” says Sheila Heen, the co-author, with Douglas Stone, of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well....
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Friday, April 18, 2014
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The two “go to” occupations for conveying the idea of genius are usually “rocket scientist” and “brain surgeon.” Only the best minds pursue the mysteries of the outer space beyond our atmosphere or the inner space between our ears. We all...
From: Big Think | By: Bob Duggan | Friday, April 18, 2014
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There is considerable debate right now about whether to pass an increase in the Federal minimum wage, from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Supporters of the proposal say that boosting the minimum wage would bolster the earnings of about 16.5 million workers;...
From: Big Think | By: Luis Salazar | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Pack up your bags, because we may have found a new home. As Stephen Hawking warned us, humans must move to a new planet or face extinction. NASA has located the strongest contender yet.  According to the AP, via The Huffington Post:  Astronomers have...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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President Obama's recent appearance on "Between Two Ferns," Funny or Die’s internet comedy series starring Zach Galifianakis, and Macy’s CEO Terry Lungren’s  interview this week with the popular social news and entertainment site Buzzfeed are...
From: Big Think | By: Samantha Klein | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy” ― Isaac Newton Read More...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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February to May is talent season for NFL teams. Once the Super Bowl is over, the focus turns to replenishing and upgrading the roster, filling gaps and compensating for weaknesses with new and better players who can improve and sharpen a franchise’s...
From: Big Think | By: Al Davis | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Incredible photos of the "blood moon" on April 15th show that the lunar eclipse was quite dramatic, as of course expected. Tuesday's reddish moon is the first in a series of four "blood moon" lunar eclipses. The next one will be October 8, 2014.  NASA...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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With Amazon, YouTube, and Netflix disrupting traditional television with their hit original series, it’s critical for us binge-watching viewers for them to keep these hits coming. So how are the digitally-driven, nascent production companies paying...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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I've spent a lot of time thinking about both the means and consequences of demonization. And like most Americans of my generation I generally think it's a terrible thing. To portray a fellow citizen as if he were too wicked and monstrous for a seat at...
From: Big Think | By: David Berreby | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Four days ago the hybrid remote controlled vehicle Nereus began its 40-day mission to explore the Kermadec Trench, one of the deepest oceanic regions on the planet. Diving below 6,000 meters for extended periods of time has long challenged humanity....
From: Big Think | By: Derek Beres | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Editor's Note: This article was provided by our partner, RealClearScience. The original is here. You might recall from high school biology a scientist by the name of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. He proposed a mechanism of evolution in which organisms pass...
From: Big Think | By: Alex Berezow | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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This is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  It’s a time to celebrate what has been learned and to push the process further along.  There is no screening test to diagnose Parkinson’s disease (PD) early.  Researchers are searching for biomarkers –...
From: Big Think | By: Kathleen Kelley Reardon | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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In part three of my five-part interview series with Bob Tewksbury, the new director of player development for the Major League Baseball Players Association, as well as a former major leaguer and former mental skills coach for the Boston Red Sox, he...
From: Big Think | By: Matthew Shepatin | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Editor's Note: This article was provided by our partner, RealClearScience. The original is here. Cue Jeopardy music. Waiting. We've all done it, and pretty much all of us hate it. Can science help us do it better? Sadly, when it comes to waiting in...
From: Big Think | By: Ross Pomeroy | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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On April 15th, people in North America were treated to a "blood moon," when dispersed light from Earth's sunsets and sunrises covered the face of the Moon during a lunar eclipse. This is the first in a series of four "blood moon" lunar eclipses occurring...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles Darwin Read More...
From: Big Think | By: Big Think Editors | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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