GeoPicture

GeoPicture of the Week: Folded and Tilded Limestone in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Jasper National Park is truly amazing – beautiful rivers and valleys, several peaks over 3,000 meters, and an overall stunning geology. The western ridge forms the continental divide, separating streams that flow east and north to the Arctic Ocean or Hudson Bay from those which drain westward to the Pacific Ocean. Here, we see a tilted mountain composed of folded limestones.

Domestic Science, News

Big Difference Between What the Science Says and What the Public Believes

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At least in the US, there is a huge difference between what the general public thinks and what scientists think – and this is a big problem. Science is at the core of any nation – it influences the economy, the public life, the health… pretty much everything – everybody agrees on this; but despite this agreement, the beliefs of people

World Problems

David Attenborough – We are a plague on the Earth

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Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English broadcaster and naturalist, with a voice recognized by millions. In an interview from 2013, he used his well known voice to speak against the damage that people are causing to the planet. He said that we need to drastically limit our population growth, as we are currently acting like a plague upon the planet.

Domestic Science, News, Nutrition

Dr. Oz “miracle green coffee pills” pulled, marketers fined $9 million

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If you’re one of those people who believe green coffee pills can do wonders for your health, then I’ve got some bad news for you. Not only do they not work, but the marketer who supported them was given a huge fine for misleading and lying about his product. Remember the “magic” green coffee pills advertised on Dr. Oz? Scientists

Art

Beautiful Extreme Close-ups of Everyday Things

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Book Pages In one of the most beautiful projects I’ve seen in a while, artist Pyanek uses macro photography to show everyday things in astonishing detail. This is the first public release of his work (that I could find at least). Be sure to follow him on Facebook and YouTube. If you enjoy his work, you can also buy him a cup

Alternative Medicine, Health & Medicine, News

Expensive Placebos Work Better Than Cheap Placebos

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Although generic drugs are often identical to their brand-name counterparts, the effect is often not the same. It’s not because the more expensive drugs do something different or better – in fact, it’s all in your head. A new study has found that expensive placebos can work better than cheap placebos.

Climate, Environment, News

“only god can change the climate” – US chief of Environment & Public Works Committee

Republican and US senator James Inhofe: ‘Man can’t change climate’. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

When the US Senate finally agreed that global warming is real, I thought we’re finally going to get some progress. The leaders of the US were finally starting to acknowledge the environmental damage we’re causing and maybe even start taking measures against it… it was too good to be true. While the senate agreed that climate change is happening (because hey, that’s

Anthropology, News

Neanderthals and humans interbred in the Middle East over 50,000 years ago

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An ancient skull found in Israel indicates that early Homo sapiens likely interbred with Neanderthals 50,000 years ago. The female skull is the first skeletal evidence to support the idea that Neandertals and moderns mated. The finding is published in the journal Nature. The Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) are closely related to modern humans, differing in DNA by only 0.12%. Genetic evidence published in 2014 suggests

Environment, News, World Problems

“Global Calculator” shows we can all live better while reducing CO2 emissions

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The living standard of everybody in the world can be increased while also reducing CO2 emissions and limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius – that’s the conclusion of The Global Calculator, a new free, interactive tool developed by UK scientists in collaboration with organisations from India, US, China,and Europe. Calculating the future The Global Calculator can be used by businesses and researchers