Category Archives: Society

Why Are There So Few Doctors in Rural America?

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Author: Olga Khazan

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The airport in Bethel, Alaska, population 6,080, consists of one room with a concrete floor and a single baggage carousel. Rather than suitcases and duffles, though, it spins forth cardboard boxes scribbled with names and large plastic containers held together with duct-tape. I watched as one sturdy woman wrestled a Rubbermaid bin filled...

Simulation Theory and the Nature Of Reality

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Author: Midwest Real

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“When the original founding fathers of quantum mechanics were doing these experiments they were really excited… making statements like- ‘if quantum mechanics doesn’t blow your mind, that’s because you don’t understand quantum mechanics.’ They realized this was a really big deal philosophically, (and) scientifically… Then they tried to come up with...

Scientists Have Found an Algorithm That Could Turn Us All Into Sheeple. Could?

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Author: io9

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" Very interesting mechanics  - but isn't that what they use already?- SD" By studying the behavior of sheep dogs, scientists have come close to unraveling a mystery that stretches back millennia. How do these dogs get their sheep to go in one direction? The surprisingly complex answer could affect the...

Cellphones Used as Secret Trackers Worldwide

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Author: Craig Timberg

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Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records...

State of Emergency Declared After Calif. Quake

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Author: USA Today

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California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties Sunday after a magnitude-6.0 earthquake rattled Northern California early Sunday, leaving dozens wounded, thousands without power and hundreds of buildings damaged. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. PT near American Canyon about 6 miles southwest of Napa,...

Icelandic Volcano: Is this 2010 All Over Again?

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Author: Simon Calder

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Could an erupting Icelandic volcano be about to jeopardise international air travel once more? Four years ago, ash from Eyjafjallajökull wrought aviation havoc in northern Europe, grounding flights for up to a week. Now there are rumblings that suggest another eruption may be imminent. What could it mean for travellers...

Why Was Stonehenge Built?

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Author: Sarah Griffiths

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Humans have marvelled at the majesty of Stonehenge for thousands of years, but the famous landmark’s original purpose has remained a mystery. Now, a new technique has revealed 15 previously unknown Neolithic monuments around the mysterious monument in Wiltshire. And one archaeologist thinks they could provide evidence that the stone...