In a laboratory in San Diego, a team of chemists and biologists are trying to create life in a test tube filled with liquid. Scientists don’t all agree on what the definition of life is, but they DO agree that it must have the ability to evolve and adapt. This gives us an idea of how to recognize life if should find it on another planet.
Scientists have found that when just 10% of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. This could help explain some of the crazy concepts that seem to be going on in our government right now! (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). The scientists used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion.
Basically, the Tea Party congressional caucus is pointing a knife directly at the hearts of the seniors who elected them. These seniors were drawn to the voting booth by promises that Obamacare would be repealed. What they have gotten instead are two things: a) the Ryan Plan, which basically ends any significant access to medical care for people over 65; and b) a certainty that any budget cuts that come in the next few weeks will hobble Medicare and cut Social Security payments.