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Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You're Sure? Jul 27, 2015
Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You're Sure?
Our ignorance about our own ignorance.
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ENCORE  Nuclear fission powers the Sun. Or is it fusion? At any rate, helium is burned in the process, of that you are certain. After all, you read that article on astronomy last week*.

Moral's Law Jul 20, 2015
Moral's Law
Are we becoming better behaved?
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“If it bleeds, it leads” is the tried and true tenet of news.  Indeed, headlines are often no more than a long list of moral atrocities.  Yet one man argues that we’re living in the most civilized era in history.  And he credits this to scientific thought and reason.  

Forget to Remember Jul 13, 2015
Forget to Remember
Digital and biological storage.
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ENCORE  You must not remember this. Indeed, it may be key to having a healthy brain. Our gray matter evolved to forget things; otherwise we’d have the images of every face we saw on the subway rattling around our head all day long. Yet we’re building computers with the capacity to remember everything. Everything!

New Horizons spacecraft Jul 06, 2015
Dogged Pursuit of Pluto
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Pluto is ready for its close up – but the near encounter during this historic flyby will last less than three minutes.

Jun 28, 2015
What the Hack
Are you protected?
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ENCORE A computer virus that bombards you with pop-up ads is one thing. A computer virus that shuts down a city’s electric grid is another. Welcome to the new generation of cybercrime.

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