Dear Young People, Don’t Vote. Sincerely, Old People — Climate Denial Crock of the Week

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“Climate change? That’s a “you” problem – I’ll be dead soon.” UPDATE: Newer cut focused on climate.

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Latest climate complaint: Arctic plants are getting “too tall” — Watts Up With That?

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Plants in the Arctic are growing taller because of climate change, according to research from a global scientific collaboration. While the region is usually thought of as a vast, desolate landscape of ice, it is in fact home to hundreds of species of low-lying shrubs, grasses and other plants that play a critical role in…

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10 Ways Technology Can Benefit Mental Health — Peace from Panic

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My millennial daughters were part of the first generation ever to grow up with computers, cell phones, and the Internet. I appreciate the incredible technological advances but as a parent, I experienced challenges that seem to go hand-in-hand with electronics. It was a constant battle to monitor screen time. I wanted to make sure that […]

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How best to communicate science?

Why Evolution Is True

It is increasingly evident that, unlike acceptance of most scientific “truths” (i.e. provisional truths), acceptance of evolution rests not on knowing the many facts supporting evolution, but about being part of a “tribe” (liberals, intelligentsia, and so on) that either accepts evolution, or of a “tribe” (conservative religionists and Republicans) that rejects evolution. Here, for instance, is a section of Steve Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now, that gives the results of a recent survey:

This is not exactly heartwarming to someone like me, whose first and most popular book is a presentation of the evidence for evolution. Did I go wrong trying to do that? Shouldn’t have I been working on getting people to change tribes rather than giving them evidence on a subject about which they’d already made up their minds? Well, yes, that’s one reason I criticize religion—the main constituent of anti-evolution tribalism.

This doesn’t just go…

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Traveling the Scenic Wonders of New Zealand

Where the X-Men movies were shot

ISA Study Abroad Student Blog

Ashley Jonathan is a student at Bellarmine University. She is an ISA Featured Photo Blogger and studied abroad with ISA Service Learning in Wellington, New Zealand

When traveling to an unfamiliar location across the world, my eyes naturally take in every background and landscape that is different from what I am used to seeing at home. I made a huge effort to capture these picturesque landscapes wherever I traveled while studying abroad in New Zealand. These pictures not only help me remember the beautiful land of New Zealand, but also the memories I made while I was there. I believe that it is important to take in every moment while you are abroad, and to take photos so that you can remember those feelings once you have left.

A picture of Mount Taranaki on a clear blue day during my first plane ride into Wellington

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How to Stay Productive While Taking A Break From Technology — Currently, Lately

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In my opinion, the biggest downfall to being a blogger is feeling like you must be constantly connected. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the idea of detaching yourself from your online presence seem really, really difficult? I feel so out of the loop when I’m not putting up content on one of my […]

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