Is Everything in the Universe the Same Age?


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

Or can moving at relativistic speeds through a general relativistic Universe change everything? …

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Cosmic epochs

A Celebration of Slavery


(The Intercept) – Jon Schwarz:

Almost no one seems to be aware that even if the U.S. were a perfect country today it would be bizarre to expect African American players to stand for the Star Spangled Banner. Why? Because it literally celebrates the murder of African Americans.

Few people know this because we only ever sing the first verse. But read the end of the third verse and you’ll see why the Star Spangled Banner is not just a musical atrocity, it’s an intellectual and moral one, too:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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1812 Star-Spangled Banner



(Spiegel Der Kritiker) – Georg Diez:

Autoritäre Systeme, Radikalismus, Kapitalismus – was ist das für eine Zeit, in der wir leben? Der Kritiker zieht sich nach Harvard zurück, um zu erforschen, wie die Zukunft der Demokratie aussehen könnte. …

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Angela Merkel und Frauke Petry

How Many Stars in the Night Sky Still Exist?


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

We’re looking back in time when we look across the light years, so what’s different between what we see and what’s really there? …

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Supernova remnant W49B

Venus and Jupiter Kiss This Weekend


(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

There’s a real treat in the sky over the next few nights: Venus and Jupiter will be very close together. How close?

Very, very close. Closest approach (what astronomers call the appulse, but is more colloquially and commonly called a conjunction) will be on Saturday at 22:00 UTC (18:00 Eastern U.S. time), and at that time they’ll be an incredible four arc minutes apart. That’s only 1/15th the width of the full Moon on the sky! In fact Jupiter appears half an arc minute across, so Venus will only be about eight times Jupiter’s diameter away! …

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Venus-Jupiter conjunction 2016-08-27

Hillary’s Lifeboat to the GOP


(Slate Politics) – William Saletan:

The Democratic nominee offered her rivals a way to save themselves from the catastrophe that is Donald Trump. …

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Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan

The Clinton Foundation Is Not a Scandal


(Slate::Outward) – Mark Joseph Stern:

The Clinton Foundation runs one of the most phenomenally successful AIDS relief programs of all time, and AIDS relief is simply not on most straight people’s radars. But let me provide a bit more background about the foundation’s work to provide a more complete picture of this purported “slush fund.” …

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Clinton Foundation logo

Proxima Centauri b


(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Astronomers have found a planet orbiting the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, 4.25 light-years away. …

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Proxima Centauri b

The Good News


(Atheist Pig) – “Hey, Winston, did you hear the good news?” …

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The Atheist Pig: Those Donuts

Linux erobert die Welt


(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Benedikt Frank:

Das freie Betriebssystem Linux wird 25 Jahre alt. Es gilt immer noch als kompliziert und nerdig. Dabei benutzt es heute fast jeder, meist ohne es zu merken. …

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Linux penguin Tux


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