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What I learned from debating science with trolls

Image Credit: Flickr/Kenny Louie, CC BY I often like to discuss science online and I’m also rather partial to topics that promote lively discussion, such as climate change, crime statistics and (perhaps surprisingly) the big bang.

What Our Love Affair With Coffee Pods Reveals About Our Values

By John Rice, Griffith University and Nigel Martin, Australian National University A quick shot, but then what?

The Horrors of Sound Pollution: Meet The Bird That Mimics Chainsaws and Car Horns

Sound pollution is a serious issue in our society. One way to illustrate the problem is through hummingbirds.

How Big Is Comet Churymov-Gerasimenko?

Earlier in August, after a long and grueling ten-year journey, the Rosetta spacecraft finally reached Comet 67p/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Climate Change Continues: The ‘Pre-Holocene’ Climate is Returning

This article was written by Peter Fisher, RMIT University and was originally published on The Conversation (Image via NOAA) A string of events earlier this year provided a sobering snapshot of a global climate system out of whack.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 8/20/14 – M78

Image Credit: ESO (European Southern Observatory) and Igor Chekalin Sometimes, instead of planetary nebulae like the Helix and Butterfly Nebulae, we get something (arguably) far more stunning: reflection nebulae.

How to See Without Glasses (Video)

Do you use glasses? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had forgotten or broken your bifocals?

Nature & Man, by Mike Taylor

Image Credit: Mike Taylor This is another incredible photograph taken by Mike at Taylor Photography. There are a few interesting things happening in this picture (titled: “Nature & Man: Iridium Flare, Milky Way, Clouds and Light Pollution”).

NASA Needs Your Help Identifying Millions of Images of Earth

The Iberian Peninsula at night, showing Spain and Portugal. Madrid is the bright spot just above the center.

Meet The Assassin Bug

Assassin bug nymph with ant carcasses on its back. By Kurt This is a stealthy, predatory insect, and it’s one of my favorites in the world of entomology: Meet the Assassin Bug (aw, isn’t it cute?

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 08/19/14 – 3C 305

Image Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/F. Massaro et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI/C.P. O’Dea et al.; Radio: NSF/VLA/CfA/F.

No X-rays from SN 2014J

Image Credit: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona In January of 2014, an incredibly bright supernova illuminated the night sky.

The Wow! Signal

The Wow! Signal On August 15, 1977, SETI scientists detected the famous Wow! signal. This was a very strong narrowband radio signal that lasted 72 seconds and has continued to capture the hearts and minds of scientists and lay people.

Scientists Discover Higgs boson May Explain Expansion & Earliest Moments of the Universe

Image Credit: Stock.xchng Recently, two scientists proposed that the Higgs boson, whose existence was recently confirmed and which is proven to be the origin of the universe’s mass, may also be responsible for inflation and, ultimately, the shape of the Universe.

Light Pulses Lead to Discovery of Rare Black Hole

The universe has so many black holes that it’s impossible to count them all. There may be 100 million of these intriguing astral objects in our galaxy alone.

To Immunize or Not to Immunize? : Vaccine Statistics, Facts, & Figures

Image via Shutterstock In May of 2014, the journal Vaccine published an article  by the University of Sydney which confirms that there is no association between vaccines and autism or between vaccines and the autism spectrum disorder.

Cleaning Your Hands May Be More Complicated Than You Think

The following article was written by Christine Carson (a research associate at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, who also hails from the University of Western Australia) for "The Conversation" There is no evidence that the antibacterial ingredients of such soaps do anything more than plain soap and water.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 08/18/14 – Messier 109

Image Credit: Daniel Duggan/Faulkes Telescope North Messier 109, also know as NGC 3992, is a barred Galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major, or better know as the Big Dipper.

The Heartbreaking Story of Vladimir Komarov

Original image source: Encyclopedia Astronautica When we think about the Space Race, we tend to gravitate toward happy stories about men making history by leaving footprints on the moon and the many “firsts” that followed that monumental achievement.

How Diet Affects Mental Well-Being

By Felice Jacka, Deakin University We are only now realising how poor diets impact mental health and well-being.