Science

Proxima b and the worlds around TRAPPIST-1 may be habitable after all (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“Laws of nature mixed with evolutionary/historical contingencies permit for a variety of diversity… [t]hat diversity, within the laws of nature, when I step back a bit from the desk or the computer, still surprises me to no finish.” -Adrian Lenardic When it comes to the habitability of a planet, there are a lot of assumptions that we make. All of ...

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National Water Infrastructure Efforts Must Expand Access to Public Drinking Fountains [Significant Figures by Peter Gleick]

Modern day drinking fountains chill and filter water, and let customers fill water bottles (Photo: Peter Gleick 2011) by Peter Gleick and Rapichan Phurisamban There is robust bipartisan help for expanding investment in the nation’s water infrastructure as element of a broader infrastructure work. But there is, as however, little agreement about what specific investments ought to be created. Here ...

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Our Universe’s Very Dusty Early, Early Beginnings

By DENNIS OVERBYE March eight, 2017 To the list of cosmic superlatives need to now be added a new item: the oldest dust. It is not behind your refrigerator or underneath the bed. It’s in a galaxy with only a number for a name in a constellation referred to as Sculptor, and so far away that its distance barely has any meaning. ...

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The Vatican Workshop and Statement on The Human Right to Water [Significant Figures by Peter Gleick]

In late February 2017, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted a workshop on the human proper to water organized by the Cátedra del Diálogo y la Cultura del Encuentro of Argentina with a number of other organizations. With several colleagues from science, law, human rights, history, and religion, this workshop offered the opportunity to debate and discuss how to integrate ...

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Foster Care, Immigration and Where We are Headed [Casaubon's Book]

4 years ago we have been foster parents to two superb kids whose loved ones was broken up by deportation. The parents had overstayed their visas (ie, they entered the US legally), in component because their young children have been each born (although in the US, ie the young children had been citizens) with kidney illness and their residences in ...

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Volkswagen’s Emissions Fraud May Affect Mortality Rate in Europe

Take a Quantity By STEPH YIN March 6, 2017 From 2008 to 2015, Volkswagen sold 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide rigged with computer software that cheated emissions tests by operating the complete emissions-handle program only if the car sensed a test was underway. Otherwise, the vehicles operated without emissions manage, releasing far more than 4 instances the levels of nitrogen oxides, a ...

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Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data — If They Can Find It

By AMY HARMON March 6, 2017 As the presidential inauguration drew near in January, some thing bordering on panic was taking hold amongst some scientists who rely on the vast oceans of data housed on government servers, which encompass information on every thing from social demographics to satellite photographs of polar ice. In a Trump administration that has created clear its disdain ...

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The first woman in space turns 80, and you’ve probably never heard of her (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“A bird can not fly with a single wing only. Human space flight can not develop any additional without having the active participation of ladies.” -Valentina Tereshkova Sally Ride was the first American lady in space, launched aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 amidst controversy. At 32, she was the youngest astronaut in history, surrounded by inquiries such as “will ...

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Comments of the Week #151: from lost information to the atmosphere of Mars [Starts With A Bang]

“A theory is a supposition which we hope to be true, a hypothesis is a supposition which we expect to be helpful fictions belong to the realm of art if created to intrude elsewhere, they grow to be either make-believes or blunders.” -G. Johnstone Stoney It’s been yet another thrilling week here at Starts With A Bang! This coming Thursday, I’ll be ...

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