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Friday, January 24, 2020

Sean Wilentz, The Atlantic, writes about the NYT's 1619 Project. "The project's aim, the magazine announced, was to reinterpret the entirety of American history. "Our democracy's founding ideals," its lead essay proclaimed, "were false when they were written." read more


Scientists warned in 2017 that a SARS-like virus could escape a lab set up that year in Wuhan, China, to study some of the most dangerous pathogens in the world. read more


It's a Catch-22 situation: to meet ambitious emissions targets by investing in low-carbon technologies, they will have to rely on revenue from expanding their businesses in oil and gas, for which there is still growing global demand. read more


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge -- even though education researchers know better. read more


In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrdinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence about the implications of the new theory of quantum mechanics. The focus of their worry was what Schrdinger later dubbed entanglement: the inability to describe two quantum systems or particles independently, after they have interacted. read more


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