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Why A Good Future Isn’t A Sure Thing: A Review of The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction explores the tragedy of past extinctions and the reality of currently endangered species by engaging science through the approachability of story and well-placed gravity. Kolbert---winner of the National Magazine Award and a science writer for The New Yorker---is articulate and engaging, which made this book difficult to put down.

3 for Thursday: 3 MinutePhysics Episodes on the Big Bang

Remember that recent discovery of the primordial B-mode polarization in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) by BICEP2 a couple weeks back? Remember how it helped to verify both Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the inflationary model of the universe’s expansion after the Big Bang? No? Maybe? Isn’t the Big Bang Theory a TV show?

3 for Thursday: 3 Crash Courses on The Brain

There was a day when people thought with their hearts. Well, maybe they did not actually think with their literal hearts, but they thought the heart is where the mind could be found...anyway, you get the picture. If neuroscience has demonstrated anything, it is that the brain is where the mind is at today.

The Scopes Monkey Trial Revived at Bryan College

It's a story making its way around the internet at the moment, Bryan College of Dayton, Tennessee is returning to its fundamentalist roots and obligating professors to sign a creationist statement.

Quoted: Carl Sagan on the Earth as a Small Stage

“Everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was…lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Carl Sagan

Where Creationism Goes Wrong

If you’re not a creationist, the temptation might be to finish the title of this post with “on everything.” So go ahead. Say it aloud and you’ll probably feel better. In my recent article, “‘There is a book,’ but Ken Ham has no idea how to read it,” at Toledo Faith & Values (our

3 for Thursday: 3 Ways To Time Travel

For this week's 3 for Thursday, MinutePhysics looks at three simple ways to time travel (that you're already doing) and three complicated theoretical ones.

3 for Thursday: 3 Traces of Evolution’s Legacy

Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12) is this week and social media is bustling with Darwin quotes, articles on evolution, and talk of HBO’s documentary, Questioning Darwin. There is little doubt that evolution continues to create a stir, especially with 46 percent of Americans being creationists. For this week, therefore, it seemed appropriate to do
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