Ion Engine Breakthrough Could Take Us To Mars At A Fraction Of The Fuel | IFLScience

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“Scotty set course for the Red Planet and engage Ion engines on my command!” (The study was published in “Applied Physics Letters”http://go.shr.lc/1LZC3hG)

Source: Ion Engine Breakthrough Could Take Us To Mars At A Fraction Of The Fuel | IFLScience

#Neuroscience of #Chicago #Cubs Fans – YouTube

C2ST Artist in Residence Aaron Freeman pretends to interview Stanford University Neurobiology professor Robert Sapolsky on the difference between the brains of Chicago Cubs fans and those of lesser beings.  According to Sapolsky part of the difference may have  to do with higher sustained levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Even #Bears have hormones -Effects of victory and defeat on testosterone and cortisol response to competition

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Effects of victory and defeat on testosterone and cortisol response to competition: evidence for same response patterns in men and women.

Source: Effects of victory and defeat on testosterone and cortisol response to competition: evidence for same response patterns in men and women. – PubMed – NCBI

50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration – The Atlantic

This is a clip from a long but excellently written article in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Politicians are suddenly eager to disown failed policies on American prisons, but they have failed to reckon with the history. Reconsidering Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on “The Negro Family,” 50 years later.

Source: 50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration – The Atlantic

Meet the Black Marine Vet Who’s Speaking Out Against #BlackLivesMatter

Cornell West this guy ain’t.  A whole lot of what he says seems to me egregious nonsense.   But I take from this interview that the rhetorical utility of #blacklivesmatter as a slogan is rapidly coming to an end.  It crumbles in the face of “lives matter”.

For anyone familiar with how hard ball politics is played it’s easy to believe that some of the more odious chants at blm rallies, “fry ’em”, “pigs in a blanket”, etc, are being shouted by “false flag” plants working for the FBI, Tea Party,  FoxNews or the Koch brothers.  I readily acknowledge blm has served a useful role since Ferguson in rallying and focusing the energy and online attention of people outraged by the killings of Michael Brown and others.  But it looks like the slogan’s 15 minutes are about up.  The rallying cry “livesmatter” necessarily includes our darker ones and that, sez me, is the best way forward.

Toxicologist Ric Newman Talks #GMOs

This is NOT a video about the arguably “evil” business practices of the any particular predatory, multinational agrivulture corporations, particularly any based in St. Louis, Mo and certainly not Monsanto ;-).  It is a discussion of the science of genetic modification from the perspective of a research scientist with more than 30 years of experience working with Baxter International, Searle, the Dept. of Ag, the FDA and the CDC, and others in addition to being a Doctor of Toxicology.  His intent is NOT to defend GMO’s but to explain what they are and how they work.

Barack Obama’s Long Game – Todd S. Purdum – POLITICO Magazine

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Barack Obama is not a modest man, but when it comes to assessing his or any president’s place in the long American story, he has been heard to say, “We just try to get our paragraph right.” Yet the way a raft of recent events have broken sharply in his favor, Obama suddenly seems well on his way to writing a whole page—or at least a big, fat passage—in the history books

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/07/barack-obamas-long-game-120259.html#ixzz3gCNVWhW6

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