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PLOS ONE: On the Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs

"Conspiratorial ideation is the tendency of individuals to believe that events and power relations are secretly manipulated by certain clandestine groups and organisations. Many of these ostensibly explanatory conjectures are non-falsifiable, lacking in evidence or demonstrably false, yet public acceptance... Seguir leyendo →

El mayor dique glaciar antártico se agrieta y se teme que colapse inundando costas en todo el mundo | Diario Público

"Un enorme glaciar en la Antártida que sirve de dique para el hielo del interior del continente se deshace de adentro hacia afuera, con grietas y hendiduras en su interior que hacen temer su colapso. El Glaciar Pine Island, parte... Seguir leyendo →

Is There Any Plausible Reason Why Aliens Would Evolve To Look Like Us?

"In science fiction movies and TV shows, intelligent aliens are usually the same basic shape as humans: two arms, two legs and a head. But why would creatures that evolved on a completely different planet look so similar to us?... Seguir leyendo →

Theory that challenges Einstein’s physics could soon be put to the test | Imperial College London

"Einstein observed that the speed of light remains the same in any situation, and this meant that space and time could be different in different situations. The assumption that the speed of light is constant, and always has been, underpins... Seguir leyendo →

“Las farmacéuticas impiden el desarrollo de nuevas terapias contra el cáncer” | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"Los grandes proyectos de secuenciación del genoma del cáncer iniciados hace una década han demostrado que cada tipo de tumor es tan diferente de otro a nivel genético y molecular que parecen enfermedades distintas. Esa heterogeneidad también se da dentro... Seguir leyendo →

The Secret is Out: Scientists Figured Out How Tardigrades Became Immune to Radiation | Futurism.com

"Tardigrades are amazing creatures famous for their extreme survival skills. Their collection of abilities make up for their small stature. They are capable of surviving under the harshest conditions including the vacuum of outer space, extreme temperatures, great pressure (equivalent to six... Seguir leyendo →

BBC – Future – We’ve got human intelligence all wrong

"The guests lining up outside a Brisbane gallery were not your typical culture vultures; in fact, until recently they’d never seen a painting in their life. But with just a little training, they developed their own artistic taste, showing a... Seguir leyendo →

New theory explains gravity better than Einstein’s relativity | MNN – Mother Nature Network

"When it comes to explaining gravity, Einstein's theories of relativity are the gold standard. That doesn't mean they're perfect, however. For instance, in order to account for the large-scale movements of galaxies under Einstein's theories, scientists have had to postulate... Seguir leyendo →

Was Einstein the First to Invent E = mc2? – Scientific American

"No equation is more famous than E = mc2, and few are simpler. Indeed, the immortal equation’s fame rests largely on that utter simplicity: the energy E of a system is equal to its mass m multiplied by c2, the... Seguir leyendo →

Harvard scientists think they’ve pinpointed the physical source of consciousness – Business Insider

"Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness — the awareness of one's existence. Despite advances in neuroscience, we still don't really know where it comes from, and how it arises. But researchers think they might have finally figured out... Seguir leyendo →

The man who studies the spread of ignorance | BBC – Future

"Proctor had found that the cigarette industry did not want consumers to know the harms of its product, and it spent billions obscuring the facts of the health effects of smoking. This search led him to create a word for... Seguir leyendo →

Astronomers Detect Strange Star Signals That Are “Probably” Aliens Making Contact | Big Think

"Two Canadian astronomers published a study that claims an anomaly in the pulsing of a group of stars is possibly evidence of an alien civilization. It’s easy to be skeptical of any such proposals but the scientists really do consider... Seguir leyendo →

Las islas en las que la cara de miedo no significa miedo | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"Uno de los pocos habitantes de Kaileuna, una isla remota de Papúa Nueva Guinea, habla con acento extraño. Los miembros de su clan, con los que sale a pescar cada día para poder comer, le llaman Kalekesi. Llegó a la... Seguir leyendo →

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells | Popular Science

"Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and... Seguir leyendo →

E.T. Phones Earth? 1,500 Years Until Contact, Experts Estimate

"Aliens may be mediocre just like Earthlings, which could explain why humanity hasn't heard from advanced civilizations yet. If life on this planet develops at an average pace, rather than an exceptionally slow pace, then extraterrestrial life likely followed a... Seguir leyendo →

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day? | Big Think

"Breakfast has been made out to be one of the most important meals of the day. It’s considered taboo to skip it, and we'll even go so far as to shame people for doing so. After all, making time to... Seguir leyendo →

Los grandes simios pueden adivinar lo que estás pensando | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"En 1835 llegó al Zoo de Londres el primer chimpancé para fascinar a sus visitantes. Luego llegaría Jenny, una orangután a la que vestían con ropa de mujer. La reina Victoria visitó la exhibición y quedó horrorizada ante la visión... Seguir leyendo →

Uber responds to vTaiwan’s coherent blended volition | pol.is blog

"On August 27, 2015, I served as a co-facilitator on the 7th vTaiwan e-Rulemaking public consultation meeting, alongside Minister Jaclyn Tsai. Modeled after Cornell’s RegulationRoom, vTaiwan is a g0v (gov-zero) project run by volunteers that works with the Taiwan administration... Seguir leyendo →

Imagine Economics as an Evolutionary Science – Evonomics

"In 1898, the great American institutional economist Thorstein Veblen published an article entitled: “Why is economics not an evolutionary science?” By “evolutionary”, Veblen explained that he meant an economics that took full account of the impact of Darwinism on the... Seguir leyendo →

Los aborígenes australianos son los humanos vivos más antiguos | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"Hay poblaciones humanas que hasta ahora se han visto poco representadas en los estudios genómicos, como los primeros pobladores de Australia. Mal hecho, porque la primera lectura del genoma de 83 aborígenes de aquel continente, y otras 25 personas de... Seguir leyendo →

Elinor Ostrom: Fighting the Tragedy of the Commons – Books & ideas

"Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012) was born in California during the depths of the Great Depression. Her parents were artistically inclined—her father a set designer and her mother a musician—and neither had graduated from college. Ostrom attended Beverly Hills High as a... Seguir leyendo →

What is New Economic Thinking? – Evonomics

"The financial collapse of 2007/08 and the subsequent deep recession and sluggish recovery have left huge scars on the global economy. In the UK, the government is grappling with an unprecedented budget deficit and unemployment is over 1 million higher... Seguir leyendo →

What’s universal grammar? Evidence rebuts Chomsky’s theory of language learning – Salon.com

"The idea that we have brains hardwired with a mental template for learning grammar — famously espoused by Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — has dominated linguistics for almost half a century. Recently, though, cognitive scientists and... Seguir leyendo →

Human Brains Are Neither ‘Male’ Nor ‘Female’ – D-brief

"The physical differences between men and women are pretty simple to decipher from an anatomy book, but those categorical dividing lines disappear when it comes to the brain. Going back nearly a century, scientists have attempted to determine whether the... Seguir leyendo →

A cat co-authored an influential physics paper | Science | AAAS

In 1975, Jack Hetherington and F.D.C. Willard published a paper together in Physical Review Letters. The paper is an influential view into atomic behavior and has been cited multiple times, but only one of its authors is human—F.D.C. Willard is... Seguir leyendo →

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