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Science (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • If Bill Nye is a “scientist,” so am I

    04/26/2017 8:17:47 PM PDT · by TBP · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 25, 2017 | Matt Walsh
    It has come to my attention that anyone can call themselves a “scientist” these days. Anyone can call themselves anything these days, it seems, and the whole mass of humanity must comply. A man can call himself a woman. A woman can call herself a man. Beyonce can call herself a singer. And a guy who made soda volcanoes on television in the 90’s can put himself forward as a scientific authority on all subjects. In fact, Bill Nye is apparently such a sciency scientist that he feels perfectly comfortable lecturing any news outlet who dares interview any scientist other...
  • The Horrors of ‘War Communism’

    04/26/2017 2:15:12 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 5 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 26, 2017 | Leo Timm
    Before the communist takeover in the 1917 October Revolution, Russia’s economy was the fifth-largest in the world and the nation was steadily modernizing. Being a Marxist regime, the All-Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) envisioned a new social order that would liberate the downtrodden masses from former oppression. Their leader, Vladimir Lenin, decided to “begin without transition to build up socialism.” Instead, Lenin’s communist policies rapidly brought down production, causing a deadly famine that claimed the lives of millions, and motivated the Soviet regime’s descent into absolute dictatorship. By 1921, the destruction and embarrassment was so great that Lenin was compelled to...
  • Will The Third Industrial Revolution Create An Economic Boom That Saves The Planet?

    04/26/2017 1:12:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fast Company ^ | April 26, 2017 | Jeff Beer
    First, the bad news: GDP is slowing all over the world because productivity has been in decline for two decades. The result has been higher unemployment (especially among young people) and economists talking about 20 more years of slow growth. According to new numbers from Oxfam, just eight people are as rich as half the globe. In addition to this unprecedented inequality, we face climate change that’s taken us into the sixth extinction wave in the history of the planet, and the last time that happened was 65 million years ago. To turn things around before it’s too late, we...
  • Tahoe Glacier Making a Comeback?

    04/26/2017 10:20:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/26/17 | Robert Felix
    Say goodbye to so-called "global warming." If the huge amounts of snowfall that buried the Sierra this past winter continue, we will soon witness the comeback of Tahoe glacier This is not as far-fetched as you may think. In fact, if history is any guide it is inevitable. Not only inevitable, the process may have already begun. California’s Squaw Valley ski resort, just west of Lake Tahoe, has been buried beneath more than 58 feet of snowfall this season. That’s enough snow to completely cover a five-story building.
  • Randazza: The March for Science … but was it?

    04/25/2017 4:54:44 PM PDT · by Salman · 6 replies
    Popehat (lawyer blog) ^ | April 23, 2017 | Randazza
    ... I'm certain (or at least willing to believe) that the organizers were truly motivated by a desire for evidence-based policymaking to conquer superstition and emotion. But, as I review the smug "look at how enlightened we are for marching" pictures and posts on social media, I realize that the leaders and the crowd might not have the same motivations. ... Now do a thought experiment: Imagine if you showed up to that march with science that supported an anti-abortion position (just as one example) do you think you would have been welcomed? Imagine if science told us that life...
  • How Trump Could Make Your Drugs Cheaper ... If He Dares

    04/24/2017 2:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    OZY ^ | April 21, 2017 | Daniel Malloy, The Daily Dose
    For the more than 3 million Americans infected with potentially deadly hepatitis C, a relatively new cocktail of drugs is considered a miracle cure. The problem: Gilead Sciences’ list price is $84,000 for a 12-week treatment. From Martin Shkreli’s Turing Pharmaceuticals jacking up the AIDS drug Daraprim from $13.50 per pill to $750 in a single day to Mylan’s allergy-fighting EpiPens rising from $100 to $600 in just a few years, Americans are getting sick of astonishing drug prices. It’s why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders both used their presidential campaigns to roast Big Pharma. In a primary-season rally in...
  • Trump wants NASA to send humans to Mars pronto — by his second term ‘at worst’

    04/24/2017 2:33:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 139 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2017 | Joel Achenbach
    What we are reporting here isn't fake news. But it doesn't feel exactly like real news, either. It's in that foggy realm of Trump news in which everything is slightly ambiguous and wobbly and internally inconsistent and almost certainly improvisational and not actually grounded in what you could call “government policy.” What happened was: Trump called the International Space Station and talked to astronauts and, in passing, mentioned that he's going to send Americans to Mars, and soon, like really lickety-split. Trump was marking the historic achievement of astronaut Peggy Whitson, the commander of the International Space Station, who set...
  • Bill Nye blows gasket when a real scientist schools him on facts about ‘climate change’

    04/23/2017 11:59:58 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 88 replies
    CNN and the BLAZE ^ | Apr 22, 2017 | Chris Enloe
    Bill Nye, known for his 1990’s science kid’s show who has since become an outspoken advocate on “climate change,” accused CNN of doing a “disservice” to its audience on Saturday by having a real scientist on their network to discuss climate change. The CNN “New Day Saturday” panel, which included Nye and William Happer, a physicist at Princeton University,” became heated after Happer said the climate change that Nye talks about is a “myth.” “There’s this myth that’s developed around carbon dioxide that it’s a pollutant, but you and I both exhale carbon dioxide with every breath. Each of...
  • Bill Nye Called Out CNN for Giving Climate Change Denial A Platform on Earth Day

    04/23/2017 10:51:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Mary Sue ^ | April 23, 2017 | Marykate Jasper
    Bill Nye was invited to speak on CNN’s New Day Saturday program for Earth Day, along with May Boeve, the executive director of green action group; and William Happer, a climate change skeptic and physicist at Princeton. Nye was clearly exasperated with Happer’s claims, and annoyed that CNN had invited him. To enthusiastic nods from Boeve, Nye said, “I will say, much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change.” (CNN is hardly the first media organization to give these...
  • Trump’s Got a Mega-Bomb Designed to Hit North Korea

    04/19/2017 8:55:12 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 19, 2017 | David Axe
    In 2004, the Pentagon began development of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a 15-ton conventional bomb specifically designed to collapse all but the deepest buried facilities in Iran and North Korea. MOP was ready for combat in 2011. Each of the Air Force's 20 B-2 stealth bombers based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri can carry two of the 21-foot-long munitions.
  • Anti-Trumpers Have Launched the First 'Protest in Space'...Kinda

    04/14/2017 7:25:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    MRC TV ^ | April 14, 2017 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    While there have been plenty of ridiculous protests against President Trump — including marches with hats resembling female genitalia — there is now an over-the-top “protest in space.” In solidarity with the upcoming March for Science, the Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN) launched a balloon into space this week with a message reportedly directed at Trump. The important message that needed to be broadcast above Earth was the phrase “LOOK AT THAT, YOU SON OF A B*TCH,” in the form of a tweet. Behold:
  • Killing Clean Power Plan crucial step in ending climate deception

    04/13/2017 9:14:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/13/17 | Tom Harris
    Realists must now sway public opinion firmly against global warming scare President Donald Trump is right to kill the hugely expensive Clean Power Plan (CPP). After all, it only controls carbon dioxide (CO2), which is simply plant food. The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change cites over 1,000 peer-reviewed studies showing that rising atmospheric CO2 enhances productivity of forests and grasslands. Commercial greenhouses run at up to about four times the outside level of CO2 to boost plant growth.
  • 3D Bio-printing Approaches for Tissue Engineering Applications

    04/12/2017 1:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    AZO Materials ^ | April 12, 2017 | Liam Critchley
    Three-dimensional (3D) printing has gained traction in recent years and is now used across a wide range of industries for the quick and easy fabrication of complex materials. 3D printing is now set to revolutionise the medical industry, especially in regenerative medicine, as it enables cells, tissues and organs to be printed on demand. These biological components are traditionally cultured for long periods of time, using various gaseous and chemical environments so that they grow. Aside from the timescales, standard culturing methods can easily go awry if there is even a small, and often accidental or unavoidable change in the...
  • Men's Looks Matter More Than Women Admit, Study Shows

    04/08/2017 8:46:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Live Science ^ | April 7, 2017 | Cari Nierenberg
    Even if a guy has a great personality, a woman looking for a date still hopes he's at least a little cute, a new study suggests. Researchers asked young women (ages 15 to 29) to choose potential dates from a series of photographs and descriptions, while the women's mothers (ages 37 to 61) were asked to select possible boyfriends for their daughters using the same information. Results showed that a man's looks influenced both groups of women more strongly than his personality profile. This held true even if a man's profile was filled with highly desirable personal qualities, such as...
  • Goldman Sachs: space-mining for platinum is 'more realistic than perceived'

    04/06/2017 10:51:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 6, 2017 | Jim Edwards
    Goldman Sachs is bullish on space mining with "asteroid-grabbing spacecraft." In a 98-page note for clients seen by Business Insider, analyst Noah Poponak and his team argue that platinum mining in space is getting cheaper and easier, and the rewards are becoming greater as time goes by. "While the psychological barrier to mining asteroids is high, the actual financial and technological barriers are far lower. Prospecting probes can likely be built for tens of millions of dollars each and Caltech has suggested an asteroid-grabbing spacecraft could cost $2.6bn," the report says. $2.6 billion (£2 billion) sounds like a lot, but...
  • How a Hypnotist Sees a Verbal Slip

    04/05/2017 3:42:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | April 5, 2017 | Scott Adams
    A few days ago, Mike Cernovich broke the news that ex-Obama advisor Susan Rice had asked for the identities of Americans caught up in electronic surveillance of foreigners, including some Trump associates. After Mike broke the story, the big news organizations followed. I asked my well-informed Trump-hating friend what he thought of the story. He said he hadn’t heard of it. I was surprised. It was the headline news. While we were on the phone, he checked CNN’s website on his computer and informed me that no such story existed. In his words, it was probably “fake news” that he...
  • Silence of the Gophers

    04/04/2017 5:48:57 AM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    We the Governed ^ | April 3, 2017 | Glen Morgan
    Under a dark canopy of fir trees lie a blanket of moss and decomposing needles. Scattered across this dark forest floor are hundreds of pocket gopher skulls and bones in a timeless scene only nature can create. Based on the location and detritus, it appears that many generations of owls have flourished in this young stand of trees, nourished by the large population of nearby pocket gophers and other rodents. Normally, this would just be another example of the natural cycle of life. Perhaps this would be a scene that a biology professor would explore with students. However, in south...
  • CGCC Fermentation Science class series starts April 5 (Oregon)

    04/01/2017 1:24:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Hood River News ^ | March 31, 2017
    The Columbia Gorge is now home to an estimated 45 wineries, 14 breweries, 13 cideries and two distilleries — not counting dozens, probably hundreds, of home brewers. #All those brewers represent different applications of “fermentation science,” the topic of a six-part instructional series starting next month through Columbia Gorge Community College. #Local industry leaders in such disparate fields as beer, cider, wine, spirits, baking and fermented foods will describe the commonalities uniting their work, facilitated by Dr. Kevin McCabe, lab supervisor at Full Sail Brewing Co. and former microbiology professor at the college. Students will learn the principles of fermentation...
  • Reusable Carbon Nanotubes: Water Filter of the Future?

    03/30/2017 9:32:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Technology Networks ^ | March 30, 2017 | Rochester Institute of Technology
    Enhanced single-walled carbon nanotubes offer a more effective and sustainable approach to water treatment and remediation than the standard industry materials—silicon gels and activated carbon—according to a paper published in the March issue of Environmental Science Water: Research and Technology. RIT researchers John-David Rocha and Reginald Rogers, authors of the study, demonstrate the potential of this emerging technology to clean polluted water. Their work applies carbon nanotubes to environmental problems in a specific new way that builds on a nearly two decades of nanomaterial research. Nanotubes are more commonly associated with fuel-cell research. “This aspect is new—taking knowledge of carbon...
  • Growing Spuds on Mars

    03/29/2017 9:48:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/29/17 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    Invasive Species, Biological Control, Where do Potatoes come from? Yours truly has a preference for spuds over rice as the dietary “carb.” So, you may forgive me for being interested in news about this tuber-kind being potentially feeding the future colonists on planet Mars. Surely now, our venerable Canadian Broadcasting Service (CBC) would not lie! As the report says “The [potato growing] experiment was conducted in soil in the Atacama Desert in Peru, which is most similar to what is found on Mars.”