The full moon on Saturday will appear to be unusually big. In fact, it will be a “supermoon.”
That’s the nickname for full moons that happen when our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit.
When it’s close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although in fact the difference can be hard to detect.
If you see Saturday’s moon close to the horizon it may seem huge, but that’s just an illusion caused by its position in the sky.
More of the GOP in action.
The concept would be laughable if there weren’t so many people taking it seriously.
The idea is that states have the right under the 10th Amendment to unilaterally reject federal laws on issues not expressly reserved for the federal government in the Constitution. It’s an old idea — it had a lot of currency among segregationists during the Civil Rights era — and has been debunked by the Supreme Court.
Kansas argues that guns that don’t cross state borders fall outside the federal government’s authority to regulate interstate commerce under the Constitution. -
Nevertheless, the Kansas Legislature last year turned that empty-headed theory into law, adopting what it called the Second Amendment Protection Act (as if the National Rifle Assn. and the Supreme Court weren’t already doing that). The law exempts guns made in Kansas — and that remain in the state — from all federal gun control laws, and makes it a felony for a federal official to enforce them. That includes laws requiring serial numbers and background checks as well as laws barring the sale of handguns to minors and the sale of firearms to violent domestic abusers.
At least one prominent Republican lawmaker thinks two-time Republican presidential candidate and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will run again in 2016.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that he thinks the “Draft Mitt” hype is real.
“I think he actually is going to run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Chaffetz said during an interview on “Hardball” Monday night.
“A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do. I think he’s [been] proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he’s actually going to run, and I think he will be the next president of the United States.”
The man most likely behind the “Draft Mitt” hype.
OK, now I’m scared.
Summers in most of the U.S. are already warmer than they were in the 1970s. And climate models tell us that summers are going to keep getting hotter as greenhouse gas emissions continue. What will this warming feel like? Our new analysis of future summers illustrates just how dramatic warming is going to be by the end of this century if current emissions trends continue unabated.
For our Blistering Future Summers interactive we have projected summer high temperatures for the end of this century for 1,001 cities, and then showed which city in the U.S. — or elsewhere in the world, if we couldn’t find one here — is experiencing those temperatures today. We’ve highlighted several striking examples on the interactive, but make sure to explore and find how much hotter summers will likely be in your city.
Ed Summers, an IT specialist at the Library of Congress and an open source Web developer, recently saw a friend tweet about Parliament WikiEdits, a UK Twitter “bot” that watched for anonymous Wikipedia edits coming from within the British Parliament’s internal networks. Summers was immediately inspired to do the same thing for the US Congress …
… The stream for the bot, @congressedits, went live a day later, and it now provides real-time tweets when anonymous edits of Wikipedia pages are made. Summers also posted the code to GitHub so that others interested in creating similar Twitter bots can riff on his work.
So far, @congressedits hasn’t caught anything scandalous; most of the edits caught have been stylistic changes rather than factual ones. The most interesting edit found so far was to the Wikipedia article on horse head masks—adding a reference to President Obama shaking hands with a man in such a mask on a recent trip to Denver.
In which a molecular biologist explains to a creationist why Evolution is so relevant and important, and why it’s basically evil to force religion into science classrooms.
I have to publish this in two parts because of the length. The cuts are pretty sharp.
This is in response to OnceForgivenNowFree’s challenge to “prove evolution is a fact”. While I don’t actually care to convince him of the factual nature of evolution, I want to explain to him why I oppose his interference in science and science education. It was also an excuse to revisit HIV and evolution, my two favorite topics.
If you go with the inuitive answer you will likely be wrong for at least the near future of manufacturing.
However, there’s building research that suggests that robots are responsible for new job creation.
In fact, a recent RobotEnomics article by Colin Lewis, a behavioral economist and data scientist, states that jobs are created in companies that implement robots. His research of 76 companies where factory or warehouse robots are used, indicated an increase in employees by nearly 300,000 in the last three years.
The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) supports this, estimating that robotics directly created four to six million jobs through 2011—or eight to 10 million, including indirect jobs. The IFR projects that 1.9 to 3.5 million jobs will be created by 2021, attributing the use of robots in new product development, current industry expansion, and downstream job development for the increases. Earlier research by the IFR determined a job-creation ratio of 3.6 jobs for every robot deployed and that with more robots, fewer jobs are lost.
And there is real live evidence that supports these numbers as well.
Most of you are probably surprised to find a post about Richard Dawkins under the wingnuts category, but what he’s done here is hardly pro-reason. It is more in line with what someone like a Pamela Geller would do, not someone who is supposed to be rationalists. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with criticizing Islam, or any other religion that matter, this is not critiquing the religion from a skeptical or rationalist perspective. Dawkins has promoted a man ( and I’m guessing he’s a man ) who promotes bigotry and conspiracy theories. He has basically come out and endorsed the bigoted anti Muslim “counter jihad.”
Richard Dawkins promotes following @jihadistjoe on twitter. The following screen grabs are from the same day Dawkins endorsed, but just before he tweeted his endorsement.
Lest the doe-eyes and vintage flair fool anyone, Zooey Deschanel has reminded us of one thing she is decidedly non-retro about.
In the August issue of InStyle, Deschanel tells writer Mike Albo that she’s sick of the sexist double standard implicit in the “do you want kids” question:
‘Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so. Nobody asks guys that,’ she says, gaining steam. ‘And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, ‘Pregnant and Alone!’ Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. This brings out the fiery feminist in me,’ she pronounces.
Deschanel’s words ring true in a culture that tends to view childfree women of a certain age as sad victims of circumstance rather than individuals making a valid choice. But the 34-year-old “New Girl” star is in pretty good company: Cameron Diaz explained her childfree status to Esquire earlier this month, saying “I’m just what I am. I work on what I am. Right now, I think, things are good for me. I’ve done a lot.”
At the beginning of July, 26-year-old Mallory Loyola gave birth to a baby girl. Two days later, the state of Tennessee charged her with assault. Loyola is the first woman to be arrested under a new law in Tennessee that allows the state to criminally charge mothers for potentially causing harm to their fetuses by using drugs.
The legislation, which officially took effect about a week ago, stipulates that “a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug.” However, this may not actually apply to Loyola’s case. So far, there’s no evidence the young woman either used a narcotic drug or caused harm to her newborn child.
According to local news reports, Loyola tested positive for methamphetamine and admitted that she smoked that drug several days before giving birth. Meth is not considered to be a narcotic, which is a class of drugs that refers to opiates like heroin and prescription painkillers. Tennessee’s new law was passed specifically in response to fears about babies being exposed to opiates in utero, something that can lead to “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.”