2018年8月31日 星期五

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President Trump Doubles Down on Trump

John Micklethwait, Bloomberg

Impeachment Over Porn Star Payoffs Is Liberal Fantasy

Marc Thiessen, Wash Post

Trump's Cultural Fearmongering Catnip for Evangelicals

J. Wilson-Hartgrove, NBC

Secrets to Trump' Success: Strong Economy, Biased Media

Matthew Continetti, WFB

How Gillum Can Repeat His Staggering Primary Win in November

Mark Stern, Slate

It's Gonna Be Trump vs. the Looney Left in November

John Fund, FOX News

Washington's Establishment Guard Is Crumbling

Gracy Olmstead, The Week

Nothing Good Ever Comes From a Special Counsel

Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard

The Trump Administration Doesn't See Latinos as Americans

Eugene Robinson, WP

A Dem Media Lie That GOP Is Hostile to Minorities

Star Parker, Boston Herald

Why Google Doesn't Rank Right-Wing Outlets Highly

Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

Silicon Valley Right to Worry About Its Liberal Bias

Noah Rothman, Commentary

Elon, What Were You Thinking?

James Ellis, Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Here's to People Who Work With Their Hands

Froma Harrop, Seattle Times

Honoring Mollie Tibbetts's Memory With Honesty

Kevin Brock, The Hill

Why Mark Penn Is Sounding Trumpy

Annie Karni, Politico

NBC Threatened Ronan Farrow Over Weinstein Story

Tani & Cartwright, Daily Beast

Leave Jeff Sessions Alone

Los Angeles Times

Send Campus Sexual Assault to Court

Washington Examiner

Church Must Eradicate Its Coverup Culture

Irish Times

Andrew Gillum Would Be a Disaster as Florida Governor

National Review

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Ten Things to Know About Stress and Health

Tom Siegfried, Knowable

It's no secret that stress is bad for your health.Everybody knows that life stress events things like loss of a job, death of a loved one and getting divorced (or married) raise the risk of getting sick.All sorts of other life events also generate stress, with possible negative health effects ranging from catching a cold to major depression to a fatal heart attack.

How Cargo Ships Can Sink When Their Cargo Liquefies

Susan Gourvenec, Conv

Think of a dangerous cargo and toxic waste or explosives might come to mind. But granular cargoes such as crushed ore and mineral sands are responsible for the loss of numerous ships every year. On average, ten solid bulk cargo carriers have been lost at sea each year for the last decade.

NASA's New Space Taxis

Mark Harris, Air & Space Magazine

Space travel is about to change. Ever since Yuri Gagarin's pioneering flight in 1961, only spacecraft built by nation states have carried humans into orbit. But sometime soon, as early as next year, the world's first private, crewed spaceship will take off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and head for the International Space Station.

Our Motion Through Space Isn't a Vortex

Ethan Siegel, Forbes

There are a lot of moving parts to the Universe, as nothing exists in isolation. There are literally trillions of large masses in our Solar System, all orbiting around the galactic center on timescales of hundreds of millions of years. But there's a viral video, parts 1 and 2, that claims that as the Solar System moves through the galaxy, it makes a vortex shape, pulling the planets behind it as it does.

Small Leak Found on International Space Station

Jake Parks, Astronomy

Early this morning, NASA announced the International Space Station one of the most expensive and complex structures ever built is slowly leaking air out of miniscule hole just 2 millimeters wide. Although the astronauts aboard are not currently in danger, this is the first time the nearly 20-year-old orbiting laboratory has experienced any potentially hazardous damage.

It's Time to Publish Peer Reviews


Long shrouded in secrecy, the contents of peer review are coming into the open. In the past decade, outlets such as eLife, F1000Research, Royal Society Open Science, Annals of Anatomy, Nature Communications, PeerJ and EMBO Press have begun to publish referee reports. Publishers including Copernicus, BMJ and BMC (the latter is owned by Springer Nature) have been doing so for even longer (see Revealing peer review').

Black Holes Can Reanimate Dead Stars

Mike Wall, Space.com

Close encounters with medium-size black holes can reanimate dead stars, if only momentarily, a new study suggests.A team of astronomers performed computer simulations to determine what happens when a burned-out stellar corpse known as a white dwarf passes close to an intermediate-mass black hole one that harbors between 1,000 and 10,000 times the mass of Earth's sun.

Poppy Genome Reveals Opiate Evolution

Stephen Fleischfresser, Cosmos Magazine

A series of bizarre events and biological errors over evolutionary history were responsible for the intoxicating medicines found inside the humble poppy, new research published in Science reveals.Opiates and humanity go way back. The first evidence of the cultivation and use of the poppy (Papaver somniferum) is from Neolithic villages in Switzerland, and history records cultivation five thousand years ago by the Sumerians. Similarly, the Egyptians grew a variety, and derived what was known as Theban opium referred to by Geoffrey Chaucer remnants of which has been found in ancient...

FDA Warns California Not to Label Coffee Carcinogenic

Ed Cara, Gizmodo

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to stop the state of California from going ahead and abiding with a controversial court decision, one that would mandate coffee sold in the state come with a label warning people it could cause cancer.

The New Hunt for Dark Matter Is Under a Mountain

Daniel Oberhaus, Motherboard

About an hour outside of Rome there's a dense cluster of mountains known as the Gran Sasso d'Italia. Renowned for their natural beauty, the Gran Sasso are a popular tourist destination year round, offering world-class skiing in the winter and plenty of hiking and swimming opportunities in the summer. For the 43-year old Italian physicist Davide D'Angelo, these mountains are like a second home. Unlike most people who visit Gran Sasso, however, D'Angelo spends more time under the mountains than on top of them.

When Snails Attack Lobsters

Christie Wilcox, Discover

The year was 1983. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi had just hit theaters, The Police's Every Breath You Take topped the charts, and Amos Barkai was a new graduate student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He'd recently gotten his bachelor's from Tel Aviv University, and was excited to start his graduate work under George Branch. Little did he know he was about to discover an ecological phenomenon that would earn him a prestigious paper in Science.

How to Solve the Abortion Problem

Michael Shermer, Scientific American

In May of this year the pro-life/pro-choice controversy leapt back into headlines when Ireland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to end its constitutional ban on abortion. Around the same time, the Trump administration proposed that Title X federal funding be withheld from abortion clinics as a tactic to reduce the practice, a strategy similar to that of Texas and other states to shut down clinics by burying them in an avalanche of regulations, which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in 2016 as an undue burden on women for a constitutionally guaranteed right.

The Dangers of Excessive Earwax

JoNel Aleccia, Scientific American

Of all the indignities that come with aging, excessive earwax may be the most insidious.Don't laugh.That greasy, often gross, buildup occurs more often in older ears than those of the young, experts say. And when it goes unrecognized, it can pose serious problems, especially for the 2.2 million people who live in U.S. nursing homes and assisted living centers.

The Age of the Heroic Inventor Is Over

Robert W. Lucky, IEEE Spectrum

Everyone knows the great electrical inventors of the past, such as Alexander Graham Bell of the telephone, Marconi of the radio, and Edison of the incandescent light. But few know who invented the transistor, laser, integrated circuit, optical fiber, stored-program computer, GPS, or Internet. Yet these are probably the most significant inventions of the last century, and I wonder: Why this disparity?

The Surprising Role of Cheese in Human Evolution

Penny Bickle, The Conversation

A solid white mass found in a broken jar in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has turned out to be the world's oldest example of solid cheese.Probably made mostly from sheep or goats milk, the cheese was found several years ago by archaeologists in the ancient tomb of Ptahmes, who was a high-ranking Egyptian official. The substance was identified after the archaeology team carried out biomolecular identification of its proteins.

Did Climate Change Ice Neanderthals Out of Existence?

Jason Daley, Smithsonian

About 40,000 years ago, Neanderthals began disappearing from Europe, but exactly why they died out is a mystery. Some paleoarchaeologists have hypothesized it's possible they simply couldn't reproduce fast enough to keep up with the modern humans moving into Europe around that time. Others suggest modern humans slaughtered any bands of Neanderthal they came across or infected them with novel diseases.

How the Kessler Syndrome Could End Space Exploration

Paul Ratner, Big Think

Exploring space is one of humanity's most hopeful activities. By going out into the great unknown of the Universe, we hope to extend our reach, find new resources and life forms, while solving many of our earthly problems. But going to space is not something to take for grantedit can actually become impossible. There is a scenario, called the Kessler Syndrome, that can cause the end of all space exploration and dramatically impact our daily lives.
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