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How Trump Has Managed to Defy Gravity

Alex Castellanos, RealClearPolitics

Dem Wave In Midterms Looking More & More Likely

Robert Kuttner, HuffPost

Blue Wave Balderdash

David Catron, The American Spectator

Ocasio-Cortez Helping Others Beat the Dem Machine

Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

The Unserious Face of an Unserious Movement

Charles Cooke, National Review

Dems Already Making Frantic Moves for 2020

Resnick, Stein & Tani, The Daily Beast

Inside the Trump 2020 Campaign

Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair

Assessing Joe Manchin's Chances in West Virginia

Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics

Beto O'Rourke Eyes an End to GOP Grip on Texas

Karson & Verhovek, ABC News

Trump Has Rebuilt America's Bond With Israel

Sen. Ted Cruz, Jerusalem Post

Trump Meeting With Iran Won't Get U.S. a Better Deal

Trita Parsi, NBC News

China Benefits From Our Attention to Russia

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today

U.S. Voice Is Needed in Human Rights Discussion

Joel Weickgenant, RealClearPolitics

Should Dems Even Bother Fighting Kavanaugh? Yes

Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker

Devin Nunes Was Right About Page and the Dossier

Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard

An Open Letter to the NFL's Owners

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Guardian

When Will Dems Condemn Left's Growing Turn to Violence?

Karol Markowicz, NYP

Suprise! Free Health Care Would Cost Trillions

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Families Destroyed? Kids Orphaned? If Only We Had a Congress!

Washington Post

California's Economy Leaves Far Too Many Poor

Orange County Register

Is Charles Koch Joking About Funding Democratic Candidates?

Kansas City Star

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Humans Succeeded Because We Are Generalists

Gemma Tarlach, Discover

Some animals are jacks of all trades, some masters of one. Homo sapiens, argues a provocative new commentary, are an evolutionary success story because our ancestors pulled off a unique feat: being masterly jacks of all trades. But is this ecological niche, the generalist specialist, the real reason our species is the last hominin standing?

Mazda Redesigns the Combustion Engine

Dan Carney, IEEE Spectrum

There are lots of reasons why we're not all driving electric vehicles now. You've probably thought of two or three already, but let me add one that I'm sure you haven't. It's a big obstacle to EVs, and it's rarely remarked upon.It's the internal combustion engine, which is no sitting duck. It's a moving target, and a fast-moving one at that.

The Controversy Over New Nuclear Weapon Cores

David Kramer, Physics Today

The Department of Energy announced in May that it will spend at least $7.6 billion to build new facilities to manufacture plutonium cores, known as pits, for nuclear weapons. Given the shrinking US stockpile, the probable usability of many pits from retired weapons, and the lack of new weapons on the drawing board, why are new pits required at all?The Trump administration's nuclear posture review released in February calls for DOE to build 20 new pits a year beginning in 2024 and increase production to 80 pits annually by 2030.

Simplest Organic Acid Seen in Protoplanetary Disk

Tomasz Nowakowski, Phys.org

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international team of researchers has detected formic acid in the circumstellar disk of the TW Hydrae system. It is the first discovery of the simplest carboxylic acid in a protoplanetary disk. The finding is reported in a paper published July 16 on arXiv.org.Located some 194 light years away from the Earth in the constellation of Hydra, TW Hydrae (TW Hya for short) is a T Tauri star less than 10 million years old, with a mass of approximately 0.7 solar masses. The star is assumed to be orbited by an ice giant planet at a...

Physicists Show Economists How to Make Predictions

Michael Lucy, Cosmos

Deep down every physicist believes that, if they only had a spare six months, they could put the messy human science of economics on a more precise and rational footing. A team of Italian physicists is trying to make the daydream a reality, but they are finding the job takes a little longer.

Russia's Favorite Conspiracy Theories

Paul Ratner, Big Think

While Americans have their own favorite conspiracy theories, which can tell us a lot about how they think, many Russians are also prone to believe in global shenanigans, according to a recent survey conducted by WCIOM, a Russian center for public opinion.

A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate

Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine

In the 1920s, decades before counterculture guru Timothy Leary made waves self-experimenting with LSD and other psychedelic drugs at Harvard University, a young perceptual psychologist named Heinrich Klver used himself as a guinea pig in an ongoing study into visual hallucinations.

Ignored Physics Facts You Should Have Been Taught

Sabine Hossenfelder, B-react

Really the idea that entropy measures disorder is totally not helpful. Suppose I make a dough and I break an egg and dump it on the flour. I add sugar and butter and mix it until the dough is smooth. Which state is more orderly, the broken egg on flour with butter over it, or the final dough?

What Kills You When a Volcano Erupts?

Jan Freedman, Aeon Magazine

The blockbuster movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) involves more than just dinosaurs wreaking havoc. Humans are sent in to rescue some prehistoric critters on the volcanic island of Isla Nublar, and chaos soon begins. The volcano erupts, and everyone runs away as a roiling cloud called a pyroclastic flow approaches. At one point the main character disappears into the cloud.

String Theory May Create Far Fewer Universes

Clara Moskowitz, Sci American

The problem with string theory, according to some physicists, is that it makes too many universes. It predicts not one but some 10500 versions of spacetime, each with their own laws of physics. But with so many universes on the table, how can the theory explain why ours has the features it does?

Six Times Celebrities Pushed Terrible Science

Paul Offit, Salon

In our post-truth era, scientific illiteracy has morphed into science denialism. Today, people simply declare their own truths. As a consequence, science is losing its platform as a source of truth. Meanwhile, a pervasive celebrity culture in which celebrities are considered trusted experts solely because of their fame has poisoned the idea of what constitutes expertise.

Are Penis Transplants Ethical?

Ross Pomeroy, RealClearScience

Earlier this year, a young American veteran of the War in Afghanistan became the first person to receive a successful total penis and scrotum transplant. A medical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital performed the complicated, 14-hour procedure.To date, five individuals have received penis transplants, one in China, two in South Africa, and two in the United States. Each event is vigorously reported in the popular press, but as is typical, the coverage often contains more cheerleading than context.

Physicist Explores the Enigmatic 4th Dimension: Time

Dan Falk, NBC News

What is time? It ticks by, moment by moment, day after day. But it's so baked into our lives that we don't think much about it, unless we're late for an appointment or suddenly notice those gray hairs in the mirror.Then the physicists weigh in, and time suddenly seems more complicated. Einstein tells us that it can expand and shrink, while the second law of thermodynamics, which says that the universe is growing more disordered, seems somehow to be tied to time's flow.

A New Pandemic Could Kill 10% of Humans

Kevin Loria, Business Insider

The committee to advise the President first met approximately one month after the virus first appeared.There had been more than 400 cases and 50 deaths so far, mostly split between Frankfurt, Germany, and Caracas, Venezuela.Patients presented with fever, cough, and confusion. In a disturbing number of cases, encephalitis swelling in the brain caused patients to fall into a potentially fatal coma.

A New Richter-Like Scale for Alien Signals

Layal Liverpool, The Guardian

When a team of Russian astronomers reported in 2015 that a telescope in the Caucasus region had intercepted a mysterious signal from a distant star, talk of extraterrestrials was not far behind. As some asked: was this proof aliens were trying to contact us?The answer came soon enough. Follow-up observations from other telescopes failed to confirm the signal and researchers came to the conclusion that the source of the signal was far closer to home.

David Bohm, Quantum Mechanics, and Enlightenment

John Horgan, Sci American

In August 1992 I visited David Bohm at his home in a London suburb. His skin was alarmingly pale, especially in contrast to his purplish lips and dark, wiry hair. His frame, sinking into a large armchair, seemed limp, languorous, and at the same time suffused with nervous energy. One hand cupped the top of his head, the other gripped an armrest.
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