Since 1984, the scientific research institute SETI has worked with some of the brightest minds on our planet: astronomers, solar system dynamics experts, exoplanet detection specialists, astrochemists. All of them are on a mission to decode the universe’s mysteries – but has one area of expertise been overlooked? Jill Tarter thinks so. She’s the chair emeritus of SETI – whose name stands for “search for extraterrestrial intelligence” – and the inspiration for Jodie Foster’s character in the movie Contact. Tarter believes scientists should look to the art world to help solve some of their biggest problems. “Art gives people an opportunity to think about bigger-picture ideas or think about them in a new way,” she says. “It can make people think differently about who they are, where they are, or questions such as: where do we come from? Where are we going? Is there anybody else out there?” After meeting artist Charles … [Read more...] about ‘We’re all Earthlings’: the scientists using art to explore the cosmos
close Video Jill Abramson defends New York Times' handling of Kavanaugh report President Trump accuses the New York Times of knowingly leaving out key details in its report on Kavanaugh assault allegation; insight from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson defended the Gray Lady, claiming there was “no conspiracy” behind the controversial, now-revised piece on Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh that omitted key details. The piece by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly alleged there was corroboration of an incident in which Kavanaugh, as a college student at Yale, exposed himself to a female classmate at a party. After swift backlash, The Times updated the story to include the significant detail that some friends of the alleged victim said she did not recall the purported sexual assault. “My move would have been the moves that The Times had … [Read more...] about Ex-New York Times boss Jill Abramson defends Kavanaugh debacle: ‘It was no conspiracy’
As part of its yearlong investigation into plummeting youth crime, The Chronicle set out to learn who is locked up in California’s juvenile halls, why they are there and how long they stay. In addition to interviewing sources and reviewing documents, The Chronicle relied primarily on figures from the Board of State and Community Corrections from 2018 through June 2019 and juvenile hall intake logs from five counties obtained through the state’s Public Records Act covering the same time period. Many counties denied a request for these anonymous intake records, citing privacy laws or saying they did not maintain the information. The combined sets of data provided a comprehensive picture of the number of youths in juvenile hall for misdemeanor crimes or probation violations, and the periods they spend in custody. Here is a more detailed look at the data The Chronicle used: More from the Vanishing Violence series Minor crimes, major time: Many in custody for low-level … [Read more...] about How The Chronicle reported the ‘Minor crimes, major time’ story
WASHINGTON — The pieces for a Joe Biden presidential campaign are falling into place: His nucleus of advisers has begun offering campaign positions to seasoned Democratic strategists. They are eyeing a headquarters in Delaware or nearby Philadelphia and a launch date in the beginning of April. Biden’s family is on board — his wife, Jill, enthusiastically so. Biden has also been privately reaching out to a range of influential Democrats, including party donors, members of Congress and allies in the early primary states, to gauge their support. A pillar of organized labor, the International Association of Fire Fighters, is prepared to support him in the Democratic primary. And in recent weeks, Biden’s strategist, Steve Ricchetti, has called a handful of would-be candidates and their aides to signal that the former vice president is likely to enter the race and of late has been telling Democrats that he’s 95 percent committed to running, according to … [Read more...] about Joe Biden’s 2020 Plan is Almost Complete. Democrats Are Impatient.
Photo: Brigitte Lacombe Adapted from the forthcoming book Merchants of Truth, by Jill Abramson. Copyright © 2019 by Jill Abramson. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. When I took the reins of the New York Times in 2011, it was during a period of convulsive change and financial struggle, when the pace of the great digital disruption had intensified after the introduction of the iPhone and Facebook’s News Feed. The decade that followed, which culminated in Donald Trump’s election, transformed everything about how the news was reported and delivered. On their smartphones, people expected news to be instantaneous, even if the stories were erroneous. The old business model — advertising and circulation — was shattered by the new mantra that news had to be free. News was global, and could be manipulated by foreign powers, as the world learned in the 2016 election. As executive editor of the Times, I had the best ringside seat to the digital … [Read more...] about Difficult News
close Video US Women's Team wins record fourth World Cup title The U.S. Women's Soccer Team wins their fourth World Cup title in France. The U.S. defeated the Netherlands on Sunday to win its second consecutive Women's World Cup title. It’s the team's fourth overall. The Americans defeated the Dutch, 2-0, behind goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle. Rapinoe scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute and Lavelle scored in the 69th minute. MEGAN RAPINOE SAYS FIFA WORLD CUP PRIZE MONEY ‘NOT FAIR,’ WOMEN NOT AS ‘RESPECTED’ AS MEN It was a hard-fought battle between the U.S. and the Netherlands. The two squads were tied in the second half as it looked like the Dutch defense had the Americans’ number despite the heavy attack. A foul was committed on Alex Morgan in the box and after a VAR review and an official review, the U.S. was awarded a penalty kick. Rapinoe took the kick and finally scored on the Netherlands goalkeeper Sari … [Read more...] about US women’s soccer team wins second straight World Cup title, fourth overall