Science

Please join me this Thursday evening April 5 at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences NightLife event celebrating the Space Age! At 8:30pm, I’ll be speaking about the Voyager Golden Record, the iconic message for extraterrestrials launched into space that my friends Tim Daly, Lawrence Azerrad, and I released on…

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), a massive area of floating plastic debris that is more than twice the size of Texas, actually contains between 4 and 16 times the mass of plastic that scientists previously estimated. And the amount of plastic within this area is growing “exponentially,” according to…

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Image: francois guillota/AFP/Getty Images By Proma Khosla2018-03-10 23:09:11 UTC Zoos are giving animals Amazon-esque species ratings, and it’s honestly kind of great. The trend started Friday with the Oregon Zoo in a tweet hashtagged #rateaspecies. Other animal conservancies got in on the fun – including aquariums – providing informative ratings…

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An MIT research team has published a paper in Science detailing their analysis of the virulence with which truth and falsehood spread on Twitter; they analyzed 126,000 stories tweeted by 3m people 4.5m times, characterizing the stories as true or false according to consensus among a pool of independent…

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