How bright is the Earth as seen from the Moon?


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

You know how bright the full Moon is. Well, from the Moon, how would the ‘full Earth’ compare? …

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Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle


(Politico) – Tim Alberta:

Donald Trump had heard enough about policy and process. It was Thursday afternoon and members of the House Freedom Caucus were peppering the president with wonkish concerns about the American Health Care Act – the language that would leave Obamacare’s “essential health benefits” in place, the community rating provision that limited what insurers could charge certain patients, and whether the next two steps of Speaker Paul Ryan’s master plan were even feasible – when Trump decided to cut them off.

“Forget about the little shit,” Trump said, according to multiple sources in the room. “Let’s focus on the big picture here.” …

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Colourful Characters Beneath Berlin


(Guardian Art) – Temitope Kalejaiye:

Berlin is known for its underground scene of artists, DJs and techno, but it was the actual underground that captured the attention of photographer Sebastian Spasic. In his project Berlin Lines, a collaboration with website Pixartprinting, Spasic photographed 20 people in the German capital’s metro stations that had a particular significance to them. …

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Berlin Lines

Germany converting a huge coal mine into giant renewable battery


(The Independent) – Harriet Agerholm:

Water will flow down through the mine powering turbines. …

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Prosper Haniel hard coal mine

Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 4)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

OK, let’s wrap up this balcony scene once and for all! …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 4)

Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul


(NewYorker::Profiles) – Joshua Rothman:

Daniel Dennett’s naturalistic account of consciousness draws some people in and puts others off. “There ain’t no magic here,” he says. “Just stage magic.” …

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Daniel C. Dennett: From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Allan Karlsson has a passion for just two things: drinking and blowing things up with explosives. This combination results in his life, quite serendipitously, intersecting with those of General Francisco Franco, J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project on the nuclear bomb, Harry Truman, Josef Stalin, Ronald Reagan, and Herbert Einstein, Albert’s extremely dim bulb of a brother. For part of the time he also stumbles into becoming a Cold War double agent, working for both the CIA and the KGB.

This film is riotously funny. …

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The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

Castor and Pollux, Not Really Twins


(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

If you live in the northern hemisphere – and statistically speaking, there’s a 90% chance you do – then go outside and look south as soon as the sky gets dark. You’ll see Orion standing tall to the southwest, leaning a bit to his left (your right, since we assume he’s facing us), with the bright star Sirius to the lower left, and Procyon directly left of reddish Betelgeuse (Orion’s right shoulder – to your left).

Just above Procyon are two more bright stars, close together in the sky. These are Castor and Pollux, and they mark the heads of the twin brothers denoted by the constellation Gemini. If you have good eyesight you may be able to tell that Pollux (the one closer to the eastern horizon) is yellowish, while Castor is blue. …

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Gemini, by Rogelio Bernal Andreo

How Aristotle Created the Computer


(Atlantic Tech) – Chris Dixon:

The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world. …

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Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 3)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Time for some more sweet, sweet balcony action! …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 1 (part 3)