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View the TED-Ed Lesson What can Schrödinger’s cat teach us about quantum mechanics?

The classical physics that we encounter in our everyday, macroscopic world is very different from the quantum physics that governs systems on a much smaller scale (like atoms). One great example of quantum physics’ weirdness can be shown in the Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment. Josh Samani walks us through this experiment in quantum entanglement.

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It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.

Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.

Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.

I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations.

Galileo Galilei

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How to educate yourself online for free

A college degree is the adult version of a macaroni painting your parents put on the fridge. Both are trophies valued most by those who hang it up, but one means taking on debt—lifelong debt, as many people in their 50s are still making student loan payments. The problem has pervaded society to the point where calling it a “student loan crisis” is inaccurate because it affects more than students. The price of education is burying the future under bank notes and sending entire families—not just the students attending college—to the poorhouse. 

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Anyone in the Salt Lake City, UT area this weekend?

The Clark Planetarium is hosting a free screening of our film “I want to be an ASTRONAUT" tomorrow - Saturday, August 23 - at 7pm in the ATK IMAX theater!

A panel discussion will follow with director David Ruck and former astronauts Jake Garn, Charlie Precourt, and Kent Rominger.

First come, first serve tickets will be available at 6pm in the planetarium lobby, so…if you didn’t have any plans for tomorrow night and you live in the Salt Lake City area…you do now :)

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Being neurotypical is not a requirement for asexuality, and asexuality is not determined by whether or not you are taking medication, neurodivergent/mentally ill, or have experienced sexual trauma.

You don’t have to be abled to be valid.

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BLM Continues Successful Partnership to Introduce Idaho Youth to Nature’s Classroom 

School may be out for the summer, but nature’s classroom is always in full session in northern Idaho! Just ask the sixty kids who participated in a series of Watchable Wildlife Nature Camps throughout July, hosted by the BLM and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. 

This summer, campers each morning explored nature’s classrooms at BLM’s Blue Creek Bay recreation site within the 736-acre Wallace Forest Conservation Area and BLM’s Mica Bay Boater Park along the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Along the many forested trails at Blue Creek Bay, explorers sought signs of wildlife – tracks, bones, feathers and fur. And they learned about forest ecosystems as they listened for and identified bird sounds. 

At Mica Bay Boater Park, campers waded in cool waters to beat the heat, and searched for insects, fish, snails and even a few crawdads. Here campers learned about aquatic ecosystems, which are plentiful in northern Idaho. 

To escape the heat, campers spent late afternoons at the North Idaho Wildlife Education Center in Coeur d’Alene, with wildlife mounts ranging from woodland caribou to tiny pygmy owls and even a “bat room” that simulates a cave. The diverse assortment of raptors, owls, fish and mammals offered campers hands-on experiences, such as learning what owls eat by dissecting owl pellets. Campers looked for mouse bones and other interesting items that owls don’t digest during just one of the fun and cool “classroom assignments” of camp. 

-Suzanne Endsley, Public Affairs Specialist for BLM Idaho Coeur d’Alene District 

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For those of you dinosaur-lovers who are fans of “Sue” - the largest, most complete, and most preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex specimens ever found - this film (in theaters and on demand now) will be quite a familiar and rewarding journey to experience.

About the film:

When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well.

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Based on the book "Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life" by Peter Larson and Kristin Donnan.

While working in the promotional marketing industry years ago, I had the pleasure of coordinating the Chicago Field Museum’s promotional campaign to highlight the “Sue” exhibit, where a street team distributed promo materials and a model actor donned the workable T. Rex costume around downtown Chicago.

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more info on “Sue”…

I was pretty bummed I couldn’t make it out to Chicago for the debut of the Field Museum’s “Sue” inquiry to their collection, so I’m personally excited for this film because it’s a very well deserved dedication to the men and women responsible for preserving history for generations ahead.

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For more beyond what the movie trailer does not explain - regarding Chicago Field Museum’s moment in which they acquired “Sue” - read the related Washington Post article and watch the news clip entailed!

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