Cool Experiment: Where Does a Basketball with Backspin End Up When You Drop It from 415 Feet in the Air?

And you thought jocks and nerds couldn’t get along? Check out what happens when you drop a basketball from the 415-foot-high Gordon Dam in Tasmania… and give it some backspin:



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Egyptian Atheist, Sentenced to Prison but Hiding from Police, is Now Releasing Pro-Science YouTube Videos

Sherif Gaber is the 20-year-old Egyptian who was arrested in 2013 for starting a Facebook group that included posts about his own deconversion out of Islam. (The police “investigation,” if you want to call it that, was a complete joke.)

This past February, he was given a one-year prison sentence for his “crimes.” But before that time could be served, Gaber was released on bail… and that’s when he ran away.

His whereabouts are unknown.

But he’s not just hiding out, doing nothing. Over the past couple of weeks, Gaber has been releasing some (really good) YouTube videos! Turn on the English subtitles when possible and check these out:



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A Third Compilation of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Best Arguments and Comebacks

Here’s a third compilation of Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s best arguments and comebacks. (You can see previous videos here and here.)



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Anti-Vaccination Class at University of Toronto Finally Canceled

For some reason, the University of Toronto at Scarborough was offering a class called “Alternative Health: Practice and Theory” that promoted non-scientific medicine as legitimate ways to help people. It was taught by homeopath Beth Landau-Halpern.

Dr. Jen Gunter explained the major concerns in the National Post:

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To the Media Who Promoted Faux “Wellness Guru” Belle Gibson​: No, You​ Don’t Get to Criticize Her Lack of Apology

Kylie Willey was suffering the agony of cancer and the sickness of chemotherapy when a friend told her of a true miracle. Sweet, young, and lovely fellow Australian Belle Gibson (below) had recently enchanted national media with her inspiring story of healing multiple terminal cancers by quitting chemotherapy and switching to things that feel “good and nurturing.” 

The 26-year-old’s holistic-lifestyle blog, book, and phone app, all titled The Whole Pantry, advised cancer patients to switch to yoga, meditation, colonics, oxygen therapy, craniosacral therapy (a type of energy-healing head massage), herbalism, and a diet free of dairy, gluten, preservatives, refined sugars, and GMOs.

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