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Can big data resolve the human condition?

Can big data resolve the human condition?

April 26, 2016

The Kavli HUMAN Project holds great promise for putting big data to the test. But as astronomy professor Adam Frank argue, “with great promise comes great responsibility.” / NPR

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Are snowflakes truly unique, like you?

Are snowflakes truly unique, like you?

January 19, 2016

I stood outside for a while under a streetlight watching the giant Lake-Effect snow blobs fall — and I got to thinking about the physics of snowflakes.

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How real is reality?

How real is reality?

January 5, 2016

Reality, in other words, seems pretty stubborn, pretty fixed — and pretty much independent of whatever is going on in your head. But is it? Is it really all those things?

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After Paris: reason, faith and love

After Paris: reason, faith and love

November 17, 2015

I’m good at abstracting things. It’s part of my job description as a theoretical astrophysicist. This weekend, however, I spent much of my time restraining that impulse. I didn’t want to hide in the comfort of a million-year perspective or the view from 30,000 light-years.

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Is it moral to explore, and colonize, Mars?

Is it moral to explore, and colonize, Mars?

November 3, 2015

There are many thought-provoking moments in the new movie The Martian. But unspoken, behind the film, is a truly profound question about humanity’s next steps into the solar system.

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Why the future of transportation depends on changing infrastructure

Why the future of transportation depends on changing infrastructure

October 15, 2015

University of Rochester astrophysicist and NPR commentator and blogger, Adam Frank, thinks about cities from a planetary point of view. He’s interested in the effect that our urban environments have on the natural one.

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NASA finding water on Mars is hugely good news for life everywhere — but it’s only the first step, expert says

NASA finding water on Mars is hugely good news for life everywhere — but it’s only the first step, expert says

September 28, 2015

Water is an amazing substance. It allows so many kinds of chemicals to dissolve and begin reacting that you have to work pretty hard to imagine how life could exist without water around.

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True meaning behind Pope’s rejection of God as ‘Magician’

True meaning behind Pope’s rejection of God as ‘Magician’

September 22, 2015

By Adam Frank. It was just about a year ago that Pope Francis made headlines by disparaging the view that God is a magician waving a magic wand.

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Science, knowledge and darkness

Science, knowledge and darkness

September 1, 2015

In a dark age, the knowledge that supported the previous vibrant and complex society is gone.

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A crisis at the edge of physics

A crisis at the edge of physics

June 5, 2015

DO physicists need empirical evidence to confirm their theories? You may think that the answer is an obvious yes, experimental confirmation being the very heart of science. But a growing controversy at the frontiers of physics and cosmology suggests that the situation is not so simple.

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