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  • WASHINGTON POST DISGRACES ITSELF

    01/19/2017 6:32:28 AM PST · by safetysign · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | 01/18/2017 | Stephen Hayward
    Normally Iím able to keep my equanimity in the face of the relentless stupidity of the media and even academia, but once in a while something sets me to full boil. Such as this headline and story in the Washington Post, which is beyond a disgrace even for the worst of the comPosters: David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trumpís science adviser By Sarah Kaplan Now letís pause and note that reporters are not responsible for headlines, so for the moment we should only say that the Post headline writer should be fired first thing tomorrow...
  • Tiny Moth Named for President-Elect Donald Trump

    01/17/2017 7:56:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Mindy Weisberger, Live Science
    A miniscule moth with a wingspan of just 0.4 inches is the first species to be named for the soon-to-be president of the United States, Donald Trump. Yellow and white scales topping the moth's head resemble Trump's signature hairstyle, inspiring the name Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, wrote evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari, a researcher from Ottowa, Canada, in a new study. The moth's habitat extends from Southern California in the U.S. through Baja California in Mexico. The wall that the president-elect has proposed building along the border between the two countries could divide that stretch. Nazari discovered the new species while examining moth...
  • Proteins that reprogram cells can turn back miceís aging clock

    01/15/2017 7:05:24 AM PST · by combat_boots · 32 replies
    Science News ^ | December 15, 2016 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Treatment increased life spans of prematurely aging rodents Magazine issue: Vol. 191, No. 1, January 21, 2017, p. 6 Four proteins that can transform adult cells into embryonic-like ones can also turn back the aging clock, a new study in mice suggests. Partial reprogramming of cells within prematurely aging miceís bodies extended the rodentsí average life span from 18 weeks to 24 weeks, researchers report December 15 in Cell. Normal mice saw benefits, too: Muscles and pancreas cells healed better in middle-aged mice that got rejuvenation treatments than in mice that did not. The experiment could be evidence that epigenetic...
  • Russiaís police dog cloning program has run into a few, erÖ snags

    01/14/2017 5:10:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 14, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    In case you thought that everything Vladimir Putin‚Äôs boys attempt turns to solid gold these days, we‚Äôve found at least one exception to the rule. This story popped up in one of those ‚Äúweird news of the week‚ÄĚ summaries last year and I didn‚Äôt pay too much attention to it. The Telegraph in the UK picked it up, however. The Russians were looking to upgrade their ability to sniff out terrorism (literally) and were receiving a gift of three very special police dogs who were trained to detect drugs and bombs. The reason they were so special is that they...
  • US energy agency strengthens protections for scientists

    01/11/2017 7:03:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    .nature.com ^ | 11 January 2017 | Erin Ross
    The plan allows scientists to publicly state their opinions on science and policy, as long as they make clear that they are not speaking for the government. It requires researchers to notify their supervisors if they speak to the media or publish their findings, but does not require them to seek approval for such activities. ďIt makes it absolutely clear that notification is the only thing required,Ē says Wendy Wagner, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. ďThe tenor of the entire policy seems to be full bore about giving scientists and technical people the complete freedom...
  • Shigella in gay men growing more antibiotic resistant

    01/11/2017 6:40:59 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 66 replies
    CIDRAP ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Chris Dall
    Rise of drug resistance in MSM Shigellosis is a common diarrheal disease caused by Shigella bacteria, which is highly contagious and is passed through a fecal-oral route. Shigella infection often occurs from eating food contaminated by people with shigellosis, and is associated with travel to disease-endemic areas, crowding, poverty, and attendance at daycare centers. But Shigella infections can also be spread through oral-anal sex, and research indicates men who have sex with men (MSM) are more likely than the general adult population to acquire shigellosis. Of even greater concern, a recent study from the CDC detailed evidence of rising resistance...
  • An Author's look into the future: Economic models are changing. We must deal with it.

    01/10/2017 7:31:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Into the future By Udo Gollub at Messe Berlin, Germany I just went to the Singularity University summit. Here are the key points I gathered. Rise and Fall: In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they were bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years Ė and most people donít see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Yet digital cameras...
  • The Stunning Deceit and Ignorance of the ďChampions of ScienceĒ

    01/08/2017 7:16:01 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 5 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 1/8/2017 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Time and again the American leftóled by the mainstream media, Hollywood elite, and the Democrat Partyólectures us about the ignorance of conservatives, Christians, and anyone else who isnít devoted to a ďprogressiveĒ (amazing how regressive is ďprogressivismĒ) worldview. With their talk shows, columns, commercials, movies, sitcoms, roundtables, protests, Facebook posts, tweets, and the like, liberals unashamedly, repeatedly, and without hesitation (and often without much thought) denigrate those with whom they disagree. Yet, time and again, as they preach their philosophy and live out their ďfaith,Ē it is liberals who are stubbornly hindered by the facts of science and morality. Examples...
  • 100% Of US Warming Is Due To NOAA Data Tampering

    12/28/2016 11:05:42 AM PST · by Rockitz · 51 replies
    RealClimateScience.com ^ | 28 December 2016 | Tony Heller
    Climate Central just ran this piece, which the Washington Post picked up on. They claimed the US was ďoverwhelmingly hotĒ in 2016, and temperatures have risen 1,5įF since the 19th century. The first problem with their analysis is that the US had very little hot weather in 2016. The percentage of hot days was below average, and ranked 80th since 1895. Only 4.4% of days were over 95įF, compared with the long term average of 4.9%. Climate Central is conflating mild temperatures with hot ones. They also claim US temperatures rose 1.5įF since the 19th century, which is what NOAA...
  • Conversations With An Astrophysicist - Fast Radio Bursts

    12/28/2016 6:25:39 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 52 replies
    KnowTheCosmos ^ | 13 February 2015 | Scott Lewis
    Who doesn't love a good mystery story? What happens when that story is 5 milliseconds long and comes from a place millions of light-years away? This episode of _Conversations with an Astrophysicist_ Dr. +Katie Mack and +Scott Lewis dig into the mysterious *Fast Radio Bursts* that have been observed over the past few years. Astronomers are still seeking out the source of what these seemingly random blasts of radio light, but Katie & Scott are on the case to discuss what we know, and hopefully narrow it down a bit.
  • The Real War on Science

    12/26/2016 5:53:08 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    city journal dot org ^ | 2016 | Tierney
    NOTE: not a duplicate post. The other one sent you to someone's blog instead of to the actual source as was done here. My liberal friends sometimes ask me why I donít devote more of my science journalism to the sins of the Right. Itís fine to expose pseudoscience on the left, they say, but why arenít you an equal-opportunity debunker? Why not write about conservativesí threat to science? My friends donít like my answer: because there isnít much to write about. Conservatives just donít have that much impact on science. I know that sounds strange to Democrats who decry...
  • THE SOLAR WIND CONTINUES TO BLOW: For the third day in a row

    12/24/2016 7:55:41 AM PST · by tired&retired · 27 replies
    spaceweather.com/ ^ | Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 | spaceweather.com
    THE SOLAR WIND CONTINUES TO BLOW: For the third day in a row, Earth is inside a stream of solar wind blowing out of a large hole in the sun's atmosphere. This is causing magnetic unrest and bright auroras around the poles. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Dec. 24th. WHITE AURORAS? Auroras are usually green. Occasionally, other colors appear: red, purple, blue. One color that never shows itself, however, is white--that is, not until last night. "I saw white auroras over TromsÝ, Norway!" reports veteran observer Markus Varik.
  • The Warmist thumb on the scale at the Department of Energy

    12/21/2016 7:29:56 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jack Hellner
    The Obama administration fired a scientist, intimidated staff at the Department of Energy, and allegedly ordered officials to obstruct Congress Ė all in order to push its climate change agenda, a House committee report asserted. The Washington Free Beacon detailed Tuesday a report released by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, charged senior Obama administration officials retaliated against the scientist, Dr. Noelle Getting, who was manager of a radiation research program, and devised ways to block a congressional inquiry into the radiation research. "Instead of providing the type of scientific...
  • House GOP accuses Energy Dept. of political intimidation

    12/22/2016 8:02:58 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 13 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 12/20/2016 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The administration fired an employee for telling the truth to Congress, GOP lawmakers charged Tuesday, saying political appointees at the Energy Department were upset the woman backed a radiation program popular on Capitol Hill but which the department had planned to ax. Energy officials had hoped to cannibalize the money to fund global warming research... Dr. Metting was fired soon after the Oct. 16, 2014, briefing she delivered, and the House Science Committee says it has obtained documents showing the administration was upset at her for straying from pre-approved talking points. Energy Department spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said a questionnaire from...
  • Onward marches the Great Pause Global temperature update

    12/18/2016 2:30:55 AM PST · by Candor7 · 20 replies
    Lord Monkton Foundation ^ | recently | Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Since October 1996 there has been no global warming at all (Fig. 1 ){see at link]. This monthís RSS temperature plot push es up the period without any global warming from 18 years 1 month to 18 years 2 months (indeed, very nearly 18 years 3 months) . Will this devastating chart be display ed anywhere at the Lima conference? Donít bet on it. Figure 1 . The least - squares linear - regression trend on the RSS satellite monthly global mean surface temperature anomaly dataset shows no globa l warming for 18 years 2 month s since October 1996....
  • 2,000 Year Old Seed Sprouts Into Full-Grown Palm Tree In Israel

    12/16/2016 7:37:46 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 10 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 12/16/16 | Gary
    Another incredible sign of the times: Methuselah Tree in 2016 with Dr. Elaine Solowey In the 1960s archaeologists in Israel unearthed ancient pottery from Masada containing 2,000 year old seeds from a date palm - in other words seeds from around the time Christ first walked the earth. †The seeds remained in containment until 2005 when an expert desert agriculturalist successfully germinated one of the seeds, naming the growing palm tree "Methuselah". Here is Methuselah in 2008 at three years of age: Fast-forward to today and Methuselah is now well over ten feet tall, standing proud in southern Israel, and...
  • Three-year-olds can be identified as criminals of the future

    12/13/2016 5:47:05 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 61 replies
    The Times UK ^ | 13 Dec 16 | Tom Whipple
    People who will commit most crime can be predicted by looking at deprivation and brain health in childrenA fifth of the population is responsible for four fifths of crime, two fifths of obesity, three quarters of fatherless families and for claiming two thirds of benefits. Whatís more, scientists say, you can identify this troublesome group at the age of three. A 45-minute test rating children on IQ and self-control, combined with information about deprivation and maltreatment, allowed researchers to predict ďwith considerable accuracyĒ which would go on to be the greatest burden on the state. The 38-year study may be...
  • India-Israel science and innovation pact

    12/06/2016 6:49:25 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/16
    Science Minister Ofer Akunis signed a new agreement on cooperation in the fields of science and innovation with India while on a visit there. The agreement calls for each of the two countries to budget a million dollars in 2017 for mutual research projects. There will also be joint initiatives...
  • French school pupils ranked 'worst at maths' in all of EU

    11/29/2016 4:31:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 29 Nov 2016 15:44 GMT+01:00
    French school children have seriously under performed in an international maths and science testing, according to a new report. [Ö] The study, carried out by education research group TIMSS, revealed that French 10-year-olds were bottom of the class in Europe when it comes to maths, and second last to Cyprus in science. In math, the French students finished the test with an average score of 488, below the EU average of 527 (the international average was weighted at 500). Some 13 percent of these French children didnít reach the score of 400, a fact the Education Minister said showed that...
  • Why quantum mechanics might need an overhaul

    11/26/2016 6:19:48 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies
    Science News ^ | November 4, 2016 | Tom Siegfried
    Why quantum mechanics might need an overhaul by Tom Siegfried 3:37pm, November 4, 2016 Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg says current debates suggest need for new approach to comprehend reality SAN ANTONIO ? Quantum mechanics is scienceís equivalent of political polarization. Voters either take sides and argue with each other endlessly, or stay home and accept politics as it is. Physicists either just accept quantum mechanics and do their calculations, or take sides in the never-ending debate over what quantum mechanics is actually saying about reality. Steven Weinberg used to be happy with quantum mechanics as it is and didnít worry...
  • LIVING ROBOT with 'HUMAN BRAIN' close to creation as super AI computer around the corner

    11/26/2016 10:07:07 AM PST · by DFG · 35 replies
    Express UK ^ | 11/26/2016 | Joey Millar
    Engineers at the University of Massachusetts are developing microprocessors which mimic biological synapses - the nerve cells which pass messages across the human body. The science fiction-style project is being undertaken by Joshua Yang and Qiangfei Xia, professors of electrical and computer engineering at the US college. Their work focuses heavily on memristors - a computer component which could change science forever, switching the focus from electronics to ionics.
  • Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

    11/25/2016 4:11:06 PM PST · by Enchante · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 17, 2016 | Avery Thompson
    Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect. The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles.
  • Blood from human teens rejuvenates body and brains of old mice

    11/24/2016 10:51:35 AM PST · by moose07 · 52 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 15 November 2016 | Jessica Hamzelou
    Blood plasma from young people has been found to rejuvenate old mice, improving their memory, cognition, and physical activity. The method has the potential to be developed into a treatment for people, says Sakura Minami of Alkahest, the company behind the work. Previous research has found that stitching old and young mice together has an interesting effect. While sharing a blood system works out well for the older mouse, the younger one isnít so lucky. The young animals started to show signs of brain ageing, while the brains of the older mice started to look younger. ďWe see a rejuvenation...
  • Walgreen's $140 Million Lawsuit Shows Theranos Is Way Worse Than We Thought

    11/23/2016 11:10:50 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    Thrill List ^ | 11/23/2016, 2:58 PM | By Christina Stiehl
    <p>Theranos, the biotech company started by a 19-year-old Stanford dropout, has another hurdle to cross in its whole "we're totally a legit blood-testing company" campaign. This time, it turns out that tens of thousands of blood tests were voided, making them totally invalid. Whoops!</p>
  • The Real War on Science

    11/23/2016 7:38:54 PM PST · by tbw2 · 20 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn, 2016 | John Tierney
    The Real War on Science: The Left has done far more than the Right to set back progress.
  • Theranos's Insane Campaign To Punish Whistleblower, Who Happened To Be Famous Boardmember's Grandson

    11/21/2016 7:48:00 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    TechDirt ^ | Mon, Nov 21st 2016 5:13pm | by Mike Masnick
    We haven't really written much about the insane Theranos scandal, though we discussed it on our podcast. The whole story is pretty crazy -- involving a heavily hyped up company that appeared to basically be flat out lying to everyone about what it could do. The company still exists, but barely. The company's founder and CEO, who was plastered across magazine covers and compared frequently to Steve Jobs, has been banned from running a lab for two years, and the company is now facing a $140 million lawsuit from its biggest partner, Walgreens, who claims that Theranos repeatedly lied to...
  • Doctor: Treatment Using Maggots Saves Lives, Limbs and Money

    11/19/2016 8:13:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    KHOU ^ | November 11, 2016 | Shern-Min Chow,
    Sometimes ancient remedies are the best, even if they make you a little squeamish. Maggots are being used again but in a new way: to save lives, limbs and money. Some doctors think the larvae could revolutionize wound care, which costs $10 to 15 billion a year in the U.S. Itís a problem that will grow, with our growing diabetes population. On the Ca-Hil farm out in the small town of Wild Peach in Brazoria County, it is another day. Owner Randy Harang is prepping the fields to bale hay, but for the 59-year-old, it is not just business as...
  • Theranos and David Boies Cut Legal Ties

    11/19/2016 12:07:29 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 18, 2016 7:12 p.m. ET | By John Carreyrou
    Litigator David Boies and the law firm he founded, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, have stopped doing legal work for Theranos Inc. after disagreeing about the strategy for handling ongoing government investigations of the blood-testing company, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Boies, 75 years old, has been one of the countryís best-known litigators since the late 1990s. He became Theranosís outside counsel after being approached in 2011 by two investors in the Palo Alto, Calif., startup. He fiercely defended Theranos against questions about its technology and operations. Those efforts included threatening to take legal action against The...
  • Theranos and David Boies Cut Legal Ties

    11/18/2016 11:53:04 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 18, 2016 7:12 p.m. ET | By John Carreyrou
    Litigator David Boies and the law firm he founded, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, have stopped doing legal work for Theranos Inc. after disagreeing about the strategy for handling ongoing government investigations of the blood-testing company, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Boies, 75 years old, has been one of the countryís best-known litigators since the late 1990s. He became Theranosís outside counsel after being approached in 2011 by two investors in the Palo Alto, Calif., startup. He fiercely defended Theranos against questions about its technology and operations. Those efforts included threatening to take legal action against The...
  • Why is Elizabeth Holmes still leading Theranos?

    11/18/2016 11:38:20 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    San Francisco Business Times ^ | Nov 18, 2016, 1:40pm PST | Ron Leuty Reporter San Francisco Business Times
    It's worth asking why Elizabeth Holmes is still leading the embattled blood testing company Theranos Inc. But there may be a good reason why she still is in charge, one that has little to do with the scandal-ridden company's performance to date. Forget what venture capitalist Tim Draper ó one of the first to invest in the Palo Alto company ó implied this week that Holmes is being attacked because she's a young, female entrepreneur. The simple fact is that Theranos has not been able to deliver on its technology from a commercial, scientific or regulatory standpoint, and that falls...
  • Breakthrough for DNA-editing: US team discovers 'holy grail' to fix genes to cure incurable diseases

    11/18/2016 7:56:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2016 | Mia De Graaf
    * Salk Institute scientists have used new technique to cure rats' blindness * It is the first time anyone has edited DNA in eyes, heart, brain or liver * These organs' cells rarely divide, making them very difficult to penetrate * So far the most advanced method is called CRISPR, which can edit skin and gut genes - it was tested yesterday by Chinese scientists * But Salk's study has been hailed as biggest leap in DNA research to date Scientists have discovered how to edit DNA to repair 'broken genes' to cure incurable diseases - and potentially extend human...
  • Theranos Whistleblower Tells All On Intimidation And Coercion Tactics Employed To Silence Him

    11/18/2016 12:05:55 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Nov 17, 2016 7:20 PM | by Tyler Durden
    2016 has not been too kind to Elizabeth Holmes, the Steve-Jobs wannabe in charge of fraudulent Theranos. She has thus far been banned for 2 years from operating labs, removed from hosting fundraisers for Hillary and lost her entire net worth. And now, the Wall Street Journal has published the "tell-all" story of the whistle-blower, 26 year old Tyler Shultz, who brought the the whole Theranos farce crashing down. It's a sordid tale complete with all the expected twists and turns of a Jason Bourne thriller including intimidation, coercion and private detectives. Tyler Shultz is the grandson of George Shultz,...
  • Theranos Whistleblower Shook the CompanyóAnd His Family

    11/16/2016 6:06:29 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 16 2016 | By John Carreyrou
    After working at Theranos Inc. for eight months, Tyler Shultz decided he had seen enough. On April 11, 2014, he emailed company founder Elizabeth Holmes to complain that Theranos had doctored research and ignored failed quality-control checks. The reply was withering. Ms. Holmes forwarded the email to Theranos President Sunny Balwani, who belittled Mr. Shultzís grasp of basic mathematics and his knowledge of laboratory science, and then took a swipe at his relationship with George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Theranos director. ďThe only reason I have taken so much time away from work to address this...
  • What the Trump Presidency Could Mean for Science

    11/10/2016 10:38:39 AM PST · by fishtank · 16 replies
    http://crev.info ^ | 11-9-16 | David Coppedge
    What the Trump Presidency Could Mean for Science Editorial: a rising tide of economic prosperity could lift science, too, as long as it is honest science serving the citizenry. The morning after Donald Trumpís historic upset, his opponents in Big Science are strangely silent. They may be in shock. Some science news sites, like the BBC News, are panicking, worried what this will mean for global warming treaties. One guy on The Conversation is blaming Twitter bots for the victory. Mike Wall on Space.com is already telling Trump what he needs to do for space science. Science reporters will be...
  • Is Modern Feminism Incompatible with Science?

    10/27/2016 3:30:21 AM PDT · by Az Joe · 6 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 10.26.2016 | Alex Berezow
    Ideology is a double-edged sword. Dedication to a set of beliefs can be admirable, but when it leads to inflexibility and obstinance in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, it is a†dangerous thing.
  • Scientists find 500 U.S. seabed vents of powerful greenhouse gas

    10/21/2016 10:48:11 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 October 2016
    Scientists have found 500 seabed vents bubbling methane into the Pacific Ocean off the United States, roughly doubling the number of known U.S. seeps of the powerful greenhouse gas, a study showed on Wednesday. Methane naturally escapes from the sea floor in many places around the world and can stoke global warming if it reaches the atmosphere. Worldwide, scientists are trying to see if rising ocean temperatures cause more leaks. "It appears that the entire coast off Washington, Oregon and California is a giant methane seep," Robert Ballard, who is famed for finding the wreck of the Titanic and has...
  • University of Cape Town Student Leader Wants to Scrap Science Because Itís Racist, Oppressive

    10/17/2016 11:20:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | October 16, 2016 | William Hicks
    Students in South Africa are embroiled in a ďFees Must FallĒ protest, aiming to lower tuition fees and ďdecolonizeĒ the nationís schools. These protests are offshoots of the ďRhodes Must FallĒ movement which aimed to get names of colonialists off school buildings. At a meeting with the University of Cape Town science faculty, one of these ďfallistsĒ took the movement further demanding science too must fall.
  • Great Barrier Reef Obituary Goes Viral, To The Horror Of Scientists

    10/15/2016 10:51:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 14, 2016 | Chris D'Angelo
    Dead and dying are two very different things. If a person is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, their loved ones don't rush to write an obituary and plan a funeral. Likewise, species aren't declared extinct until they actually are. In a viral article entitled "Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC-2016)," however, writer Rowan Jacobsen proclaimed ‚Äē inaccurately and, we can only hope, hyperbolically ‚Äē that Earth's largest living structure is dead and gone.
  • Watch Leftist Students Say Science Is Racist and Should Be Abolished

    10/15/2016 9:48:57 AM PDT · by bkopto · 45 replies
    Reason ^ | 10/14/2016 | Robbie Soave
    Students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa brought some interesting concerns before the science faculty this week: namely, they think science as it is currently understood must be abolished. "The whole thing should scratched off, especially in Africa," said one of the students. Essentially, these students believe that modern scientific understanding is too Eurocentric. But according to the student, witchcraft is like Isaac Newton's theory of gravityóit's just one way of explaining the world, among many. "Decolonising the science would mean doing away with it entirely and starting all over again to deal with how we respond...
  • Occasional birdy thread (In Memory of SWAMPSNIPER)

    10/08/2016 3:15:19 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 78 replies
    Photos | Oct 8, 2016 | Me
    How about a little sanity break from the politics and mayhem? Blue jay Crested caracara Cormorants hanging out at the pier
  • Rethinking Polls. Whistling Past the Graveyard Ė The Threat of Low Response Rates in Political Polls

    10/03/2016 8:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Media File ^ | October 3, 2016 | John Newhagen
    ďRipĒ Smith, played by Jimmy Stewart, solved the problem of getting respondents to take part in a telephone poll in the 1947 film Magic Town. He found the perfectly representative Midwestern city and simply asked a few folks around town how they felt about the dayís burning issues. Stewartís character, just back from the war, had his work cut out for him. He wanted to break into the then new science of public opinion polling. But he was broke and his competition, George Stringer, was well established. Then he discovered Grandview, which was perfectly representative of the county as a...
  • The Smog-Sucking Tower Has Arrived in China. But Can It Stay There?

    10/03/2016 6:08:34 AM PDT · by tekrat · 15 replies
    Motherboard @ Vice.com ^ | 9/30/2016 | JAMIE FULLERTON
    Daan Roosegaarde reached into the pocket of his suit jacket, pulled out a plastic bag filled with black powder, and waved it around. ďThis is Beijing smog,Ē Roosegaarde said, before gesturing to the seven-metre tall, gently humming metal tower we are stood next to in the Chinese capitalís art district, 798. ďWe collected it from the tower yesterday. Incredibly disgusting.Ē Dutch designer Roosegaardeís smog souvenir may be disgusting, but itís the byproduct of an invention that he has touted as a potential alleviator of Chinaís pollution problems. His ďsmog-free towerĒ sucks air, filters it with ion technology, with Roosegaarde having...
  • Earth's atmospheric oxygen levels continue long slide

    09/27/2016 11:09:49 AM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 22 replies
    Accuweather ^ | September 27, 2016 | Charles Q. Choi
    Atmospheric oxygen levels have declined over the past 1 million years, although not nearly enough to trigger any major problems for life on Earth, a new study finds.
  • Beautiful Beach Glows by Bioluminescent

    09/25/2016 12:08:00 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 17 replies
    Bioluminescent waves in San Diego, Red Tide Blue Waves, Alien footsteps on beach, Red Tide Surfing
  • THE PARTY OF SCIENTISM, NOT SCIENCE

    09/19/2016 10:38:51 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 11 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | May 19, 2016 | Bruce Thornton
    In a commencement speech at Rutgers, President Obama took an indirect shot at Donald Trump and the Republicans: "Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science: These are good things. These are qualities you want in people making policy . . . We traditionally have valued those things, but if youíre listening to todayís political debate, you might wonder where this strain of anti-intellectualism came from." Obama here indulges one of the hoariest progressive clichťs: that they are the party of enlightenment, reason, and fact, while conservatives are ignorant obscurantists, ďbitter clingersĒ to the superstitions of religion and tradition. This...
  • New Study Shows Awe Bad for ĎScienceí (If by ĎScienceí You Mean Atheism)

    09/14/2016 12:00:07 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 39 replies
    The Stream ^ | September 14, 2016 | Douglas Axe
    New Study Shows Awe Bad for ‚ÄėScience‚Äô (If by ‚ÄėScience‚Äô You Mean Atheism) Douglas Axe Psychology professors from Claremont McKenna, Yale and Berkeley have just published a study that should be ¬ďdisconcerting to those interested in promoting an accurate understanding of evolution.¬Ē Specifically, they¬íve identified an insidious factor that has crept into science films and videos, undermining the ability of viewers to be good Darwinists.Awe is the culprit, they say. All those jaw-dropping nature documentaries have been messing with our minds.Most wildlife shows are packaged with the usual Darwinian narrative, spoken in an authoritative tone that isn¬ít supposed to be...
  • New Worm Named After US President

    09/14/2016 6:18:56 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 24 replies
    Pravda ^ | 9/9/16 | Source: Pravda.ru
    Biologists discovered a new type of flat worm and dedicated it to the US president naming it Baracktrema obamai. Biologist Thomas Platt, who turns out to be Obama's relative, doesn't regard it to be offensive. He believes it should be an honor for the president adding that the parasite resembles his namesake very much. It's also 'long, thin and cute'.
  • NEWLY DISCOVERED FLATWORM IS NAMED AFTER OBAMA

    09/08/2016 12:50:16 PM PDT · by hawaiianninja · 29 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 08 September 2016 | KATE BAGGALEY
    A new species of blood fluke was found infecting the lungs of turtles in Malaysia. This parasitic flatworm has been dubbed Baracktrema obamai, in honor of the President of the United States (who is the fifth cousin twice removed of one of the discovering scientists). More...
  • The Cambrian Explosion: Falsification of Darwinian Evolution

    09/07/2016 11:34:29 AM PDT · by kimtom · 277 replies
    www.apologeticspress.org ^ | 5/1/2016 | Jeff Miller, Ph.D.
    One important task of science is to develop testable theories. And one important characteristic of a theory is the ability to falsify it with evidence gathered from experimentation. Predictions should be able to be made that would verify the theory if those predictions play out, or falsify the theory if the evidence contradicts the theory. If, for example, one theorizes that gravity is a force that causes objects with much larger mass, if unimpeded, to pull objects with smaller mass towards it, one can make the prediction that if he drops an apple from his hand, the larger mass of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day

    09/06/2016 11:21:04 AM PDT · by Paradox · 5 replies
    APOD website ^ | 2016 September 6 | Nasa
    Explanation: Follow the handle of the Big Dipper away from the dipper's bowl, until you get to the handle's last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you might find this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier's famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is also cataloged as NGC 5194. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (left), NGC 5195. The pair are about 31 million light-years distant and officially lie within the angular...