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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts

Enlarge / Here lies an expert (maybe). (credit: Nicolas Raymond / Flickr) There is a Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. Take a moment to consider the implications of that fact....

Collapse of ancient city’s water system may have led to its demise

Enlarge / The Cambodian city of Angkor was once the largest in the world until vast swathes of the population decamped in the 15th century. Its famous temple, Angkor Wat (above),...

Ars on your lunch break: Theaterwide biotoxic and chemical warfare

Enlarge / "Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I've come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks." (credit: MGM/UA) Today we’re presenting the fourth and final installment...

New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power

Enlarge / A 110 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Israel’s Negev desert. (credit: OPIC) With the price of photovoltaics having plunged dramatically, solar is likely to become a major contributor...

Rocket Report: Why SpaceX stays in LA, Russia moves on, buy a missile silo

Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. (credit: Arianespace/Aurich Lawson) Welcome to Edition 1.22 of the Rocket Report! We have plenty to discuss this week, from Paul Allen's untimely...

Why figuring out what’s behind a big gender paradox won’t be easy

Enlarge / Pink vs. blue—innocent gender self-expression or material wealth creating more entrenched gender stereotypes? (credit: lambda's / flickr) In Sweden, girls are just as likely to go to school...

New study argues against some of the oldest evidence for life

Enlarge / The triangular shapes had been described as possible relics of 3.7 billion-year-old microbial life. The rock has been flipped upside down since then, but the red arrow highlights that...

What watching Forrest Gump tells us about how we store memories

Enlarge / Participants in new neuroimaging study watched an edited version of Forrest Gump. (credit: Paramount Pictures) Watching the 1995 film Forrest Gump can elicit sincere emotion and pleasure or...

Ars on your lunch break: Let’s talk about religion, politics, guns, and privacy

Enlarge This is the third installment of my conversation with the outspoken author, podcaster, philosopher, and recovering neuroscientist Sam Harris. Please check out part one and part two if...