"Borders feel like places of movement. A transition point from one place to another. You don't think of people making a home there. But they do."-A description of Photographer Lara Shipley's
project, Coming, Going and Staying
The Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB), on behalf of The National Academies, is seeking input papers on human spaceflight until July 9th, 2013
. You can also read the current submissions
. [more inside]
What are the secrets of former American President Bill Clinton noted oratory? Is it the writing
, the body language
or his unique human touch
? Whatever it is, his gift for speeches was on full display at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. [more inside]
Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic
, recently touched on a couple of interesting aspects of the American Civil War. First, Racism Against White People
briefly looked at how Southern intellectuals argued that Northern whites were of a different race. Then a subthread in the comments on that post spawned an investigation of American Exceptionalism in History
and the notion of preserving democracy in the context of the American Civil War. After all, "if a government can be sundered simply because the minority doesn't like the results of an election, can it even call itself a government?" Definitely check out the comments of both posts.
The US National Insitutes of Health recently filed notice
of a prospective grant to give an exclusive license to New York based Kannalife
for Development of Cannabinoid(s) and Cannabidiol(s) (i.e. marijuana) Based Therapeutics To Treat Hepatic Encephalopathy in Humans. Toke of The Town covers the issue
, including an interview with Kannalife CEO Dean Pethanas.
39 years ago today, Apollo 17
splashed down in the South Pacific, marking the end to manned exploration of the Moon
. What we learned from those 10 years of discovery was amazing. [more inside]
50 years ago today, on May 25 1961, US President John F. Kennedy decided
"...this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." Eight years later the Apollo program fulfilled the task
, leaving the world with a legacy that includes advances in computers and communciation
, lessons in managing complex projects
, technological innovations
and new views
of the Earth
. [more inside]
The End of Christian America.
The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now—and what, as a nation, we are about to become.