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  • Beware those scientific studies -- most are wrong, researcher warns

    07/06/2018 7:40:10 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Yahoo AFP ^ | July 5, 2018
    Washington (AFP) - A few years ago, two researchers took the 50 most-used ingredients in a cook book and studied how many had been linked with a cancer risk or benefit, based on a variety of studies published in scientific journals. The result? Forty out of 50, including salt, flour, parsley and sugar. "Is everything we eat associated with cancer?" the researchers wondered in a 2013 article based on their findings. Their investigation touched on a known but persistent problem in the research world: too few studies have large enough samples to support generalized conclusions. But pressure on researchers, competition...
  • Climate change deniers tend to be old, white and racist, study finds

    06/20/2018 1:23:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 130 replies
    Metro UK ^ | June 20, 2018 | by Rob Waugh
    There’s a ‘type’ when it comes to climate change denial it turns out – and it’s a pretty simple one: old, white and racist. Researchers found that American voters with the highest levels of racial resentment were far more likely to dispute the idea of man-made climate change. Researcher Salil Benegal at DePauw University analysed data from American National Election Studies – and found that Republicans with high racial resentment scores were 84% likely to disagree with man-made climate change. Previous Pew research has shown that climate change deniers tend to be old and white. The scores were measured on...
  • How climate change can cause depression, anxiety: ‘We will all be affected’

    06/12/2018 1:06:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Global News - Canada ^ | June 11, 2018 | By Dani-Elle Dubé
    Canada’s climate is getting hotter and wetter and it may have an impact on your mental health. That’s what experts are warning as Canada’s climate continues to shift dramatically, causing severe flooding in many parts of the country, and even droughts and fires in parts of the Prairies and the West Coast. It’s extreme weather events like those experienced in the 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray and the 2013 floods in Toronto that can trigger mental-health disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And while some may believe these events are few and far...
  • Don’t laugh, we’re closer to a bipartisan solution on climate change than you realize

    06/05/2018 12:12:17 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/05/18 | Mark Reynolds
    Ask a typical person concerned about global warming if they think Congress will enact a bipartisan solution to climate change, and the response is likely to be a derisive laugh. For millions of Americans who watch cable news shows or read the papers, such cynicism is easy to come by. Democrats and Republicans can barely get together on keeping the government from shutting down. How in the world could they ever come together on an issue as politically divisive as climate change? But in the past decade, the findings and predictions of climate scientists have been validated by real-world evidence:...
  • Women retain and carry living DNA from every man with whom they’ve had sex with

    06/01/2018 2:11:19 AM PDT · by free_life · 145 replies
    Mindfoster ^ | May 2018
    Women retain and carry living DNA from every man with whom they have sexual intercourse, according to a new study by the University of Seattle and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The study, which discovered the startling information by accident, was originally trying to determine if women who have been pregnant with a son might be more predisposed to certain neurological diseases that occur more frequently in males. But as the scientists picked apart the female brain, the study began to veer wildly off course. As it turns out, the female brain is even more mysterious than we previously...
  • We’re asking the wrong questions about pot

    05/27/2018 6:16:38 AM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 93 replies
    PoliticsDiscussion.com ^ | May 27, 2018 | Judith Grisel (prof - neuroscience, Bucknell U)
    ... The offspring of partying adolescents, specifically those who used THC, may be at increased risk for mental illness and addiction as a result of changes to the epigenome — even if those children are years away from being conceived. The epigenome is a record of molecular imprints of potent experiences, including cannabis exposure, that lead to persistent changes in gene expression and behavior, even across generations. Though the critical studies are only now beginning, many neuroscientists prophesize a social version of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” in which we learn we’ve burdened our heirs only generations hence.
  • Anyone put any stock in IQ, IQ organizations?

    05/22/2018 1:02:49 PM PDT · by fwdude · 128 replies
    self | May 22, 2018 | fwdude
    I know that FReepers tend to be the most intelligent people on the planet, if not the salt-of-the-earth, generous beings in existence. So, does anyone give any veracity to IQ (Intelligence Quotient) test scores? Has anyone had theirs tested? Any FReepers who are members of Mensa? Reason I'm asking is that I've never (knowingly) had mine tested. Also, a friend who is really down on himself needs a pick-me-up, and I'm going to mention having his IQ tested as an ego boost, since I know he's at least average. I know this score is mostly irrelevant as far as competence,...
  • GOP lawmaker says rocks falling into ocean to blame for rising sea levels

    05/18/2018 6:50:03 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 17th May 2018 | AVERY ANAPOL
    A Republican lawmaker on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said Thursday that rocks from the White Cliffs of Dover and the California coastline, as well as silt from rivers tumbling into the ocean, are contributing to high sea levels globally. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) made the comment during a hearing on technology and the changing climate, which largely turned into a Q&A on the basics of climate research. Climate scientist Philip Duffy testified before the panel, addressing lawmakers’ questions about climate change, according to E&E News. "The rate of global sea-level rise has accelerated and is now four...
  • Trump’s NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'(barf alert)

    05/17/2018 3:54:10 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 58 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 17th May 2018 | MARINA KOREN
    The new administrator of nasa held a town hall Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jim Bridenstine is about four weeks into the job, and his path here was mired in controversy. After a few opening remarks, he started taking some questions. The first was about what Bridenstine thinks makes him qualified to be the head of nasa. The second was, as the moderator put it, “one more easy one—because it’s about climate change.” Bridenstine laughed. So did many in the room. It was an uncomfortable question. Bridenstine, as a Republican in Congress, has a record of denying...
  • Winter Olympians call for action on climate

    04/24/2018 1:19:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2018 | BY MARK REYNOLDS AND MARIO MOLINA
    One of the most electrifying moments of the 2018 Winter Olympics came when American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins surged from behind in the final seconds to win gold for her and teammate Kikkan Randall in the team sprint. It was a gutsy feat. Future Olympians may not get a shot at the dream Diggins achieved in PyeongChang. That’s because climate change is warming our winters, reducing our snowpack, and shortening our seasons - all changes that make it difficult to participate in snowsports. Diggins and four other winter Olympians - Stacey Cook, Arielle Gold, Maddie Phaneuf, and David Wise -...
  • Florida and Texas are expected to take the biggest economic hit from climate change

    04/24/2018 1:26:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 24, 2018 | By Ciara Linnane
    Florida and Texas are the two states expected to suffer the greatest economic damage from climate change, according to a new study from Science magazine. The study used a model that aimed to calculate the future impact on each state’s gross domestic product (GDP) from events including hurricanes, storm surges, changes in agricultural yields, changing electricity demands, changes in mortality rates, changes to the labor supply, rising sea levels and rising crime rates. The study comes amid a concerted effort by climate activists to help the U.S. meet the goals of the Paris Accord of limiting temperature change to below...
  • Aptos teacher pioneers inclusive sex-ed curriculum

    04/16/2018 6:12:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 25 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 04/15/18 | Calvin Men
    Jamie Cutter isn’t shy about sexual health. She teaches sexual education at Delta Charter High School to a generation that’s breaking traditional gender expectations. But when she started teaching it four years ago, there weren’t many books helping her navigate the waters of intersex, transgender and other non-traditional gender norms in an inclusive way.
  • Two degrees no longer seen as global warming guardrail

    04/02/2018 8:01:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | April 2, 2018 | by Marlowe Hood
    Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius will not prevent destructive and deadly climate impacts, as once hoped, dozens of experts concluded in a score of scientific studies released Monday. A world that heats up by 2C - long regarded as the temperature ceiling for a climate-safe planet - could see mass displacement due to rising seas, a drop in per capita income, regional shortages of food and fresh water, and the loss of animal and plant species at an accelerated speed. Poor and emerging countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America will get hit hardest, according to the studies.
  • DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one

    04/02/2018 6:59:34 AM PDT · by mairdie · 70 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | April 2, 2018 | Antonio Regalado
    Ready for a world in which a $50 DNA test can predict your odds of earning a PhD or forecast which toddler gets into a selective preschool? Robert Plomin, a behavioral geneticist, says that’s exactly what’s coming. For decades genetic researchers have sought the hereditary factors behind intelligence, with little luck. But now gene studies have finally gotten big enough—and hence powerful enough—to zero in on genetic differences linked to IQ. A year ago, no gene had ever been tied to performance on an IQ test. Since then, more than 500 have, thanks to gene studies involving more than 200,000...
  • EPA's lack of transparency is breeding ground for junk science

    03/30/2018 3:00:35 AM PDT · by gattaca · 19 replies
    Just Facts ^ | 03/29/2018 | James D. Agresti
    In a recent New York Times op-ed, two former EPA officials criticize a Trump administration plan that would require the EPA to reveal the details of studies used to craft environmental regulations. In this piece, Obama’s EPA director Gina McCarthy and assistant director Janet McCabe, claim that: Current EPA director Scott Pruitt and “some conservative members of Congress are setting up a nonexistent problem in order to prevent the EPA from using the best available science.” EPA’s studies “adhere to all professional standards and meet every expectation of the scientific community in terms of peer review and scientific integrity.” the...
  • The Stunning Statistical Fraud Behind The Global Warming Scare

    03/29/2018 1:34:09 PM PDT · by Gideon7 · 22 replies
    IBD ^ | 3/29/2018 | IBD
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may have a boring name, but it has a very important job: It measures U.S. temperatures. Unfortunately, it seems to be a captive of the global warming religion. Its data are fraudulent. What do we mean by fraudulent? How about this: NOAA has made repeated "adjustments" to its data, for the presumed scientific reason of making the data sets more accurate. Nothing wrong with that. Except, all their changes point to one thing — lowering previously measured temperatures to show cooler weather in the past, and raising more recent temperatures to show warming in...
  • The Climate Change Trial: A Case Pitting Reason Against Extremism

    The legal battle against oil companies for their purported role in contributing to a climate change crisis is starting to take shape. This past Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco made history, holding the first-ever U.S. court hearing exploring the impact of climate change. Lawyers representing the cities of Oakland and San Francisco as well as five of the largest multinational oil companies named in the lawsuit, participated in a climate change “tutorial,” a chance to explore both sides’ positions on several questions related to climate change. Here’s what we learned from the hearing: future litigation will pit reasoned...
  • Norfolk's iconic swallowtail butterfly at risk from climate change

    03/28/2018 9:34:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | March 28, 2018 | by University of East Anglia
    Norfolk's butterflies, bees, bugs, birds, trees and mammals are at major risk from climate change as temperatures rise—according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers carried out the first in-depth audit of its kind for a region in the UK to see how biodiversity might be impacted in Norfolk as the world warms. The study finds that the region's Swallowtail Butterfly, which can't be found anywhere else in the UK, is at risk - along with three quarters of bumblebee, grasshopper and moth species. The project reveals that at just 2oC, 72 per cent of bumblebees in...
  • Former EPA Head Turns Out To Be A Huge Fan Of Secret Science

    03/27/2018 4:03:15 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 21 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 3-27-18 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall our recent discussion about a new EPA policy which will require all scientific studies used in considering new regulations to make not only their findings but their methodology and underlying data available for public scrutiny and comparative analysis. What’s not to like, right? These are investigations being done by the government and funded by the taxpayer, so the information used to reach any conclusions should be freely available. Everyone’s a big fan of transparency when it comes to those sneaks in Washington so this should roll through smoothly. Not even close. It turns out that a previous...
  • Hotting up: how climate change could swallow Louisiana's Tabasco island

    03/27/2018 8:36:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 91 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 27, 2018 | by Oliver Milman
    With thousands of square miles of land already lost along the coast, Avery Island, home of the famed hot sauce, faces being marooned. The home of Tabasco, the now ubiquitous but uniquely branded condiment controlled by the same family since Edmund McIlhenny first stumbled across a pepper plant growing by a chicken coop on Avery Island, is under threat. An unimaginable plight just a few years ago, the advancing tides are menacing its perimeter. “It does worry us, and we are working hard to minimise the land loss,” said Tony Simmons, the seventh consecutive McIlhenny family member to lead the...