Study: Exposure to right-wing media increases distrust of scientists

THIS shouldn’t surprise anyone who can read a stop sign without moving their lips: In the past several years, a number of polls have documented the huge gap between liberals and conservatives when it comes to their acceptance of the science of climate change. Naturally, then, researchers have increasingly turned their attention to trying to explain this dramatic divide over what is factually true. And it wasn’t long before they homed in on the role of conservative media in particular—thus, a number of studies show that watching...

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Bad news for Republicans: The 2013 Word of the Year is “science”

The Tea Party movement’s surge of influence in the Republican Party in recent years has given rise to all sorts of anti-science rhetoric among GOPers in the form of creationism, global-warming denialism and other nonsense. This benighted trend, I suspect, has been a factor in THIS SITUATION: Sorry, folks. Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is not “selfie.” And twerk is nowhere on the list, either. Unlike the lads and ladies over at Oxford, Merriam-Webster has declared “science” its 2013 word of the year.....

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Onslaught from fools prompts Popular Science website to eliminate its comment threads

The folks at THIS REVERED INSTITUTION have had enough of the nonsense from the flat-earthers who refuse to accept even bedrock scientific doctrine: Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off. It wasn’t a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former,...

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Creationism and climate-change denialism are linked in the war on science

Adam Frank, a professor of physics and astronomy, laments A DISTURBING TREND: In 1982, polls showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created human beings in their present form. Thirty years later, the fraction of the population who are creationists is 46 percent. In 1989, when “climate change” had just entered the public lexicon, 63 percent of Americans understood it was a problem. Almost 25 years later, that proportion is actually a bit lower, at 58 percent. The timeline of these polls defines my career in science. In 1982 I was...

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How much is 100 billion times 100 billion?

There are 100 billion galaxies in the universe, and each of them has about 100 billion stars. Here are some cool pictures of a few of those galaxies. [youtube]http://youtu.be/oAVjF_7ensg[/youtube]

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