SCIENCE – ASTRONOMY: “NASA Spacecraft to Start Orbiting Jupiter, and Collecting Information” / RT America / Manuel Rapal ☮

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with the solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter. After five years of travelling in deep space, the craft will soon orbit the planet. RT America’s Manuel Rapalo breaks down some of the most fascinating science at play in the mission.

CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN INTELLECTUAL IDIOCY: “Ben Carson’s Scientific Ignorance” ☮

LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS

For a man with an impressive educational C.V., Ben Carson makes a lot of intellectual missteps. In his September 16th debate performance, he displayed a profound lack of foreign-policy knowledge; last Sunday, when he said, on “Meet the Press,” that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” he may have seriously crippled his campaign. Still, there’s one area in which Carson’s credentials have seemed unimpeachable. Many people assume that, as a successful surgeon, he has a solid knowledge of technical, medical, and scientific issues.

With the wide release of video from a speech that Carson made to his fellow Seventh-Day Adventists in 2012, however, it’s becoming clear that there are significant gaps. In the speech, he made statements on subjects ranging from evolution to the Big Bang that suggest he never learned or chooses to ignore basic, well-tested scientific concepts.

h/t: The New Yorker

SCIENCE: “The Pale Blue Dot” / Carl Sagan ☮

Find the following transcript on, “The Folly of Human Conceits,” blog:

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. Continue reading