Finally, there are more young Americans who 'believe' in evolution than creationism There’s been a long-standing divide between Americans who believe in evolution, and those who think God created humans just as they are. But a recent poll has shown that 51 percent of American adults under the age of 30 now claim to believe purely in secular evolution, which means evolution independent of any divine power – a jump from 40 percent back in 2009, when the research began. The survey was conducted by the Pew Research Centre back in July, and overall, the results were incredibly positive. Even though just over half the young people said that they believed solely in evolution as a result of natural selection, 73 percent said they expressed some sort of belief in evolution – which is 12 percent more than six years ago – as Rachel E.
Educational Activities Below are LGBT educational exercises that anyone can utilize as ice breakers, generate discussions, activities or even create a full program around. That’s Gay (Answers) A worksheet matching terms and definitions GLBT Trivia A 15 minute ice-breaker trivia game Bisexuality Activity A 25 minute game exploring attitudes and opinions on bisexuality Dealing with Homophobia Questions to help in harboring awareness about heterosexism, and to give you ideas about things you can do to be supportive of lesbians and gay men. Situation Exercise A 25 minute activity where students are asked to rate how safe they think it is for typical LGBT college students to be out in a variety of settings
You requested someone with a degree in this? *Holds up hand* You requested someone with a degree in this? *Holds up hand* So there are two main schools of Artificial Intelligence — Symbolic and non-symbolic. Symbolic says the best way to make AI is to make an expert AI — e.g. if you want a doctor AI, you feed it medical text books and it answers questions by looking it up in the text book. The $100bn gold mine and the West Papuans who say they are counting the cost In 1936, Dutch geologist Jean Jacques Dozy climbed the world’s highest island peak: the forbidding Mount Carstensz, a snow-covered silver crag on what was then known as Dutch New Guinea. During the 4,800-metre ascent, Dozy noticed an unusual rock outcrop veined with green streaks. Samples he brought back confirmed exceptionally rich gold and copper deposits. Today, these remote, sharp-edged mountains are part of West Papua, Indonesia, and home to the Grasberg mine, one of the biggest gold mines – and third largest copper mine – in the world. Majority-owned by the American mining firm Freeport McMoRan, Grasberg is now Indonesia’s biggest taxpayer, with reserves worth an estimated $100bn (£80bn).
Engaging Students in a Study of Identity: A Flipped Classroom Exercise At Facing History, we begin each journey of investigation with a study of identity, focusing on how both individual and national identities are formed, as well as how these identities influence behavior and decision-making. This month we are excited to launch a new online resource that grapples with issues of both personal and community identity. Sholem Aleichem and the Challenges of Modernity looks at the life and times of Sholem Aleichem, a Jewish writer and humorist who lived from 1859–1916 whose writing is noted for portraying eastern European Jewish life with both humor and compassion. (His name may or may not be familiar, but you probably know his work - his short stories about Tevye the Dairyman were the inspiration for the musical Fiddler on the Roof!)
Polish Sculptor Makes Water Complete Her Bronze Fountain Sculptures When you hear the word “sculpture”, you unintentionally imagine something that stands still. Unless it goes with the name of this Polish sculptor Malgorzata Chodakowska, who creates these beautiful fountain sculptures out of bronze where the water plays an essential part in the whole structure. Show Full Text Erupting from the statues in unlikely places, water creates a motion that gives Chodakowska’s sculptures a human-like presence and somehow feels sort of magical.
From MIT Press: 10 Topics Every 21st Century Citizen Should Know About “That’s it: I need to know what I need to know!” I exclaimed recently when I heard about the “Essential Knowledge” series published by MIT Press. Know what I mean? The 21st century’s constant rapid change — particularly in technology — can engender a festering fear of missing out, the sense that everyone else is riding some trending wave while you’re standing with your back to it not even aware it’s there. And call me naive but there's no arbiter of need-to-know modern knowledge I'd rather consult than the bastion of brilliance that is MIT.
Ross Sea Designated as World’s Largest Marine Protected Area Today’s closing of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting made history by declaring the largest marine protected area on the planet in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. This marks the first time that CCAMLR’s 24 member countries and the European Union reached consensus to protect this huge area of the Southern Ocean after similar proposals were blocked for the past five years. The 1.55 million square kilometer marine protected area will provide critical habitat, including breeding and foraging grounds, for a multitude of penguins, seals, krill, whales, and other species. It will also implement crucial policies needed to guide human activities such as fishing, shipping, and tourism, safeguarding this region, one of the last pristine oceans left on Earth.
Identity Circles - Icebreakers, Ice Breakers, Ice Breaker Games Identity Circles / Value Circles Identity Circles (also known as Identity Cards or Value Circles) is a deeper get-to-know-you game, during which you will have an opportunity to discuss with many friends the values that make up your identity and how you prioritize them in your life. For this activity, you will be paired up with several different people, the number depending on how many people are in your group. The activity works best in even numbers, as pairing requires. To begin, divide your group in half and create two concentric circles (one inner circle and one outer circle). The people in the outer circle should face inside, and the people in the inner circle should face outside. The two questions that determine your scientific literacy “Through basic science literacy, people can understand the policy choices we need to be making. Scientists are not necessarily the greatest communicators, but science and communication is one of the fundamentals we need to address. People are interested.” -James Murdoch There are a lot of claims going around the news lately that make one question whether, as a nation and a world, humanity is a scientifically literate species. Prominent politicians and lawmakers, among many other citizens of Earth, are debating and publicly questioning, among other topics:
This video about the scale of black holes will crush your poor, tiny brain Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They're so weird, that when Albert Einstein's equations first predicted the existence of these beasts, he didn't believe they could actually be real. And you can't really blame him, because the idea that we have these singularities of space-time intent on sucking up all the matter around them scattered all around our cosmic backyard is pretty hard to wrap your head around. But as people who write about black holes a lot, we figured we were past being shocked by how strange and massive they are. That is, until we saw this video from YouTuber morn1415, famous for their size comparisons of the Universe.