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Cultish Unscientific Thinking

Science says fluoride in water is good for kids. So why are these towns banning it. by NBC News (NBC News) “Now, you have this weird backlash where people think that anything that is a chemical is bad, even though everything is a chemical,” said University of Miami associate professor Joseph Uscinski, co-author of the book “American Conspiracy Theories.” “There are groups of people who think that if something isn’t natural, it is somehow impure or bad, and it grosses…

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Math, Chemistry, Physics and Biology

Math, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Those were my favourite subjects in school. In the schools I attended in Antigua and St. Vincent these subjects are taught simultaneously from Form 3 to Form 5 ( the equivalent of grades 10 through 12). I loved these four subjects and did very well with them. For me, these four subjects are all a continuum of the same thing. Math helps me solve the physics problems. Physics helps me understand the molecular world of…

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Does the human brain have an off switch?

A scientist at George Washington University may have found the location of the human brain's off switch in the claustrum. When the team zapped the area with high frequency electrical impulses, the woman lost consciousness. She stopped reading and stared blankly into space, she didn't respond to auditory or visual commands and her breathing slowed. As soon as the stimulation stopped, she immediately regained consciousness with no memory of the event. The same thing happened every time the area was…

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Alan Turing's Royal Pardon

The pardon was announced by the British justice secretary, Chris Grayling, who had made the request to the queen. Mr. Grayling said in a statement that Mr. Turing, whose most remarkable achievement was helping to develop the machines and algorithms that unscrambled the supposedly impenetrable Enigma code used by the Germans in World War II, “deserves to be remembered and recognized for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science.” .... Mr. Turing committed suicide in…

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Kaiser Fung

Kaiser Fung is a recognized expert and speaker in business analytics, and data visualization. He leads the Business Intelligence and Analytics team at Vimeo, the destination for high-quality videos. Previously, he built or managed data science teams for Internet, entertainment and financial services companies, such as SiriusXM Radio,[X+1] and American Express.…

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