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The Gospel of Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump Jr. is both intensely unappealing and uninteresting. He combines in his person corruption, ineptitude, and banality. He is perpetually aggrieved; obsessed with trolling the left; a crude, one-dimensional figure who has done a remarkably good job of keeping from public view any redeeming qualities he might have. There's a case to be made that he's worth ignoring, except for this: Don
Healing myself the Pagan way: how witchcraft cast a spell on me
Witchcraft and its deep connection with nature restored my mental health Witchcraft has always played a large role in my life. While many kids were learning badminton or taking trombone lessons, I was reading up on spellcraft and ways to plant my herb garden. I grew up in the late 1990s when my cultural life became saturated with Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Charmed and Sabrina the Teenage Witch . C


Omicron: bleak New Year or beginning of the end for the pandemic?
Scientists are cautiously optimistic that the variant may be a sign the virus is losing its power, despite the high infection figures Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Once again, Britain is experiencing a festive season hit by waves of Covid-19 infections. Last year, Christmas and New Year were spoiled by the appearance of the Alpha variant. This time, it is Omicron t
From respair to cacklefart – the joy of reclaiming long-lost positive words | Susie Dent
We have been bombarded with negativity recently; but the English language is a treasure trove of joyous vocabulary Susie Dent is a lexicographer and etymologist "Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them": words of positivity from the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. But how many of us really dwell on the upside of life, as opposed to its mad, bad, seamy side?
You Have No Idea How Hard It Is to Get a Hamster Drunk
The heaviest drinkers in the animal kingdom are punier than you might expect. Elephants, for example, are massive, but they are relative lightweights—they lack a gene for alcohol metabolism . Humans actually rank pretty highly, thanks to our ancestors' propensity for picking fermented fruit off the ground. But to find the real champs, you have to think smaller. Think hoarder. Think hamster. "You
Omicron Is Pushing America Into Soft Lockdown
"I do not see a scenario for any kind of shutdown," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared this week , as parts of New York were in fact shutting down all around him. Broadway canceled show after show . Restaurants closed their kitchens . De Blasio's successor, Eric Adams, who will take office January 1, nixed his inauguration gala . There has been no March 2020–style universal shutdown, but
The Next Disaster Coming to the Great Plains
GARDEN CITY, Kan.—A century after the Dust Bowl, another environmental catastrophe is coming to the High Plains of western Kansas. The signs are subtle but unequivocal: dry riverbeds, fields of sand, the sound of irrigation motors straining to pump from dwindling aquifers. "We face a fundamental choice," Connie Owen, the director of the Kansas Water Office, said to a group of state legislators, l
Walking is a glorious, primal pastime – and a lot more radical than people think | John Harris
Despite its reputation as a bourgeois hobby, walking has been a lifeline for millions past and present If Christmas is often synonymous with hours spent indoors, the lure of the sofa and endless screentime, our second festive season spent under the shadow of Covid is presumably taking those things to their extremes. The world has shrunk: our lives are full of cautious friends and relatives, cance
Plans to sell off UK vaccine development centre criticised by scientists
Government warned it needs to retain innovation facility to deal with future pandemics Ministers have been urged to retain a facility that can swiftly create and test new vaccines, amid concerns over the sale of a leading centre originally designed to prepare Britain for future pandemics. Some senior medical figures have privately raised concerns that government officials are examining bids for t
What questions should you ask when you hear a claim based on data? | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
The source, the number, and the claim need to be trustworthy With cases, deaths, reproduction numbers, opinion polls and more, we get bombarded with statistics every day. But how can you spot a naughty number, a shabby statistic or dubious data? Lists of questions have been given by Tim Harford , Dave and Tom Chivers , and in The Art of Statistics (which David wrote), with considerable overlap as
The Great British race to space
In the outermost parts of our islands, a new industry in satellites, rockets and launch ports is poised for take-off In the next 12 months, Britain is expected to make a remarkable aerospace breakthrough. For the first time, a satellite will be fired into orbit from a launch pad in the United Kingdom. It will be a historic moment – though exactly where this grand adventure will begin is not yet c
Tensions are rising about pandemic modelling, but we 'gloomsters' are saving lives
Scientists are often blamed for leading to excessive curbs on society. But they are cautious for a very good reason Global coronavirus updates – live The past week has seen tensions rising about scientific modelling during the pandemic. Projections cited by UK and devolved governments as they tightened Covid restrictions have led to strained exchanges. But modelling is essential because it tell u
Top 10 most fascinating archaeological discoveries of 2021
The oldest map in Europe, a "lost golden city" in Egypt and a massive geoglyph in India that may be the world's largest are just some of the archaeological discoveries that were reported in 2021. Despite all the problems associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, scholars made numerous finds, and in this countdown Live Science takes a look at some of the best history and archaeology stories of
Under-30s drive surge in people getting their first Covid jab
Figures show an 85% increase in first doses for those aged 18 to 24 and 71% for those aged 25 to 30 The under-30s are driving a surge in people getting their first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine, with the overall number of people rising by almost half in the week up to 21 December, figures show. The sudden uptick is fuelled by fears of the Omicron variant, as well as the government's "Get boosted no
About It
Despite losing the dining table to it for weeks, our family stays with the puzzle, teetering plates upon knees before the television and then returning to the soft symphony of shifting the oneness of a cardboard shape into the satisfied oneness of another, over and over, the thousand little clicks of pleasure:—More than that if you count how, from time to time, someone will recognize the need to
Largest collection of free-floating planets found in the Milky Way
Using observations and archival data from several of NSF's NOIRLab's observatories, together with observations from telescopes around the world and in orbit, astronomers have discovered at least 70 new free-floating planets—planets that wander through space without a parent star—in a nearby region of the Milky Way. This is the largest sample of such planets found in a single group and it nearly do
Så ska de små partiklarna avslöja universums gåta
I ett nytt experiment hoppas nu fysiker få svar på varför universum är full av galaxer, stjärnor och planeter. Hoppet står till att en av universums allra vanligaste partiklar besitter en egenskap som gör att vi finns till. Spela videon för att se hur det nya experimentet kan hjälpa oss att lösa en av fysikens största gåtor.
Så funkar tropiska cykloner
På sensommaren 2021 drabbade orkanen Ida Karibien och USA. Ida var en tropisk cyklon och mellan juni och november bildas många tropiska cykloner på Nordatlanten. Global uppvärmning kan leda till att de mycket kraftiga cyklonerna blir fler. Prenumerera på Forskning & Framsteg! Tidskriften med faktakollade och ögonöppnande reportage och vetenskapsnyheter utkommer med 10 nummer per år.
These Robotic Factories Will Make Supermaterials in Space
By rocket , drone , and giant centrifuge , humans are getting better at hurling just about anything into space. There's a Tesla Roadster cruising around somewhere beyond Mars , and William Shatner went suborbital this year. Meanwhile, plans for private space stations are underway, and if new startup, Space Forge, is successful, orbital factories will join them. The UK company, spun up last year i
2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #52
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, December 19, 2021 through Sat, December 25, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: Climate change: Small army of volunteers keeping deniers off Wikipedia , From the eMail Bag: the Beer-Lambert Law and CO2 Concentrations , At least 97% of experts agree that climate c
Correlation between mental illnesses and serial murders; does one spawn the other, or does it go both ways?
I'm curious as to this subreddit's opinion on this question. The less spoken about more difficult side of the argument… we know mental illness is a commonly shared factor between serial killers, but to what effect does serial killing have on those not (fully?) ill? For an easier train of thought, think of someone who's taken multiple lives in defending their property. They are in this multiple
Covid survey participants receive £210m in high street vouchers
The UK's Covid-19 Infection Survey, one of the largest in the world, offers £50 for enrolment and £25 for testing visits More than 500,000 UK participants in one of the biggest ever surveys of the prevalence of Covid-19 have been given shopping vouchers worth more than £210m, figures reveal. The Covid-19 Infection Survey is the largest regular survey of coronavirus infections and antibodies in th
Immortality why are people afraid of it and how close are we to it
I don't get the concern for immortality. One of the topic against working towards immortality is over population. But simple solution for it would be to make it harder for us to have kids as we age. If technology was Advanced enough we could make it so you can't have baby's. You would need to go to a doctor and sign papers for having a kid. Then have a procedure would be done so you can have kids


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