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  • The 'March For Science' Shows How Carl Sagan Ruined Science

    04/22/2017 9:23:03 PM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 21, 2017 | Robert Tracinski
    I am a Carl Sagan fan from way back. His 1980 TV miniseries “Cosmos” hit me at just the right age and inflamed a lifelong love of science. But we’ve had nearly 40 years to assess the long-term effects and see how Sagan unwittingly contributed to a trend that muddled public understanding of science. This weekend’s so-called “March for Science” is a perfect example of what went wrong. All you really need to know about the “March for Science” is that it is scheduled for Earth Day. The organizers may say the march is nonpartisan and has a variety of...
  • March for Science rallies take aim at climate change skepticism, proposed budget cuts

    04/22/2017 7:47:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr. 22, 2017 | Fox News
    Federal scientist cooked climate change books ahead of Obama presentation, whistle blower charges. Trump critics say they are concerned about the president’s proposed cutbacks for the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health, his administration’s skepticism about the cause of climate change and other science-related issues.   However, organizers say the march was political but not partisan -- to in fact promote the understanding of science and defending it from attacks, including a proposed 20 percent cutback at the NIH. "It's not about the current administration,” said co-organizer and public health researcher Caroline Weinberg. “The truth is we...
  • Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’

    04/22/2017 2:38:17 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 39 replies
    The Stream ^ | Jay Richards
    This week’s March for Science is odd. Marches are usually held to defend something that’s in peril. Does anyone really think big science is in danger? The mere fact that the March was scheduled for Earth Day betrays what the event is really about: politics. The organizers admitted as much early on, though they’re now busy trying to cover the event in sciencey camouflage. If past is prologue, expect to hear a lot about the supposed “consensus” on catastrophic climate change this week. The purpose of this claim is to shut up skeptical non-scientists. How should non-scientists respond when told...
  • Why people are marching for science: ‘There is no Planet B’

    04/22/2017 11:02:02 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 04/22/2017 | Joel Achenbach
    The March for Science materialized as a global event on six continents — and cheered on by scientists on a seventh, Antarctica. On the National mall, the crowd has been large, with thousands of people gathered on the grounds of the Washington Monument and lines for the security checkpoints stretching for more than two blocks. Rain has varied from light to borderline apocalyptic, but that didn’t stop people from dancing when Thomas Dolby performed his 1982 blockbuster hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” The march proper is scheduled for 2 p.m., and will proceed down Constitution Avenue to the foot...
  • Charlton Heston reading from Jurassic Park ("You think man can destroy the planet?")

    04/22/2017 11:14:28 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1990 or so | Michael Crichton
    Charlton Heston reading from the Michael Crichton novel Jurassic Park. Ian Malcolm's speech about why man is incapable of destroying the Earth.
  • The March for ... What?

    04/22/2017 7:52:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | April 21,2017 | Joe Bastardi
    The March for Science is tomorrow and no one in their right mind would say they are against it because of its name. First of all, you are standing against the right of people to march for whatever cause they wish. Second, you would be portrayed as someone who is against science. I am all for science. I think the climate changes. It always has and always will. Yet I have been portrayed as anti-science and a climate change “denier” by many who will be marching for things I certainly believe in. Just who does not believe in science? It’s...
  • When Will Progressives Stand for the Scientific Method?

    Do you have march fatigue yet? The left, apparently, does not, so we’re in for some street theater on Earth Day, April 22, with the so-called March for Science. It’s hard to think of a better way to undermine the public’s faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and around the country modeled on the Women’s March on Washington that took place in January. The Women’s March was an anti-Donald Trump festival. Fine. I found it vulgar and demeaning to women, but it’s a free country. Science, however, to be respected, must be purely the search for...
  • Elon Musk Lays Out Plans to Meld Brains and Computers

    04/21/2017 5:08:10 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/20/17 | Rolfe Winkler
    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp., revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in “consensual telepathy.” Speaking to writer Tim Urban on the explainer website Wait but Why, Mr. Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal report last month that Neuralink aims to implant a tiny brain...
  • Unionized Scientists March in Protest of Attacks on Science and Jobs

    04/19/2017 2:51:05 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 44 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | April 18, 2017 | Carly Ebben Eaton,Kathy Setian
    Of all the attacks on our civil society, the attacks on evidence-based science pose perhaps the greatest existential threat. Decisions being made about climate science and environmental protection at this critical time will shape the future of our planet. Advances in research are produced by the twin pillars of dedicated scientists and an activated citizenry who demand that the best science be applied to today’s most pressing problems. Because scientists produce the facts that expose the lies currently being purveyed, the tip of the spear is pointed at the heart of science-based policy and research. But the imminent threat also...
  • AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals (By Learning History on Internet)

    04/16/2017 4:41:36 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 40 replies
    Guardian ^ | 4-13-2017 | hannah Devlin
    The words “female” and “woman” were more closely associated with arts and humanities occupations and with the home, while “male” and “man” were closer to maths and engineering professions. And the AI system was more likely to associate European American names with pleasant words such as “gift” or “happy”, while African American names were more commonly associated with unpleasant words.
  • The Christian Origins of Science

    04/15/2017 8:48:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2017 | Jack Kerwick
    It’s Easter, a time when Christians the world over commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of their Lord and Savior. However, it isn’t just Christians, but anyone and everyone who regularly reaps the incalculable benefits of Western civilization that should be grateful for the fact that Jesus of Nazareth walked among us. In virtually every conceivable way, Jesus, courtesy of the legions of disciples that He spawned throughout the centuries, has made the world that we take for granted. Though it will doubtless come as an enormous shock to such Christophobic atheists as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and their ilk,...
  • Democrats Aren't the Party of Science

    04/13/2017 5:03:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    As fate would have it, Hillary Clinton spoke at last month's Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security, where she emphasized the importance of peace, of women and of women in peace. "When women participate in peacekeeping and peacemaking we are all safer and more secure," said Clinton, who boasted of "evidence-based" research that backs up this claim. And she's right. Including women in the peacemaking process is often a valuable way of securing peace in war-torn countries. But she also got in what was seen as a partisan shot at the Trump administration. At one...
  • Democrats Ask Teachers To Destroy Books Written By ‘Climate Deniers’

    04/05/2017 6:06:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/4/2017 | Andrew Follett
    Three senior House Democrats asked U.S. teachers Monday to destroy a book written by climate scientists challenging the environmentalist view of global warming. The Democrats were responding to a campaign by the conservative Heartland Institute copies of the 2015 book, “Why Climate Scientists Disagree About Global Warming” to about 200,000 science teachers. Democratic Reps. Bobby Scott of the Committee on Education, Raúl M. Grijalva of the Committee on Natural Resources, and Eddie Bernice Johnson of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology all issued a statement telling teachers to trash the book. “Public school classrooms are no place for anti-science...
  • Idaho’s $4.3 Million Solar Road Generates Enough Power To Run ONE Microwave

    04/04/2017 4:56:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 04/03/2017 | Andrew Follett
    An expensive solar road project in Idaho can’t even power a microwave most days, according to the project’s energy data. The Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways project generated an average of 0.62 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day since it began publicly posting power data in late March. To put that in perspective, the average microwave or blow drier consumes about 1 kWh per day. On March 29th, the solar road panels generated 0.26 kWh, or less electricity than a single plasma television consumes. On March 31st, the panels generated 1.06 kWh, enough to barely power a single microwave. The panels...
  • The next agricultural revolution: a ‘bionic leaf’ that could help feed the world

    04/04/2017 10:02:00 AM PDT · by unlearner · 21 replies
    kurzweilai.net ^ | 4/3/2017 | Kurtzweil AI Network
    Harvard University chemists have invented a new kind of “bionic” leaf that uses bacteria, sunlight, water, and air to make fertilizer right in the soil where crops are grown. It could make possible a future low-cost commercial fertilizer for poorer countries in the emerging world... Fertilizer created from sunlight + water + carbon dioxide and nitrogen from the air For the new “bionic leaf,” Nocera’s team has designed a system in which bacteria use hydrogen from the water split by the artificial leaf plus carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to make a bioplastic that the bacteria store inside themselves as...
  • EPA scientific integrity office reviewing Pruitt's comments on carbon

    04/01/2017 6:08:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2017 | By Emily Flitter
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's scientific integrity watchdog is reviewing whether EPA chief Scott Pruitt violated the agency's policies when he said in a television interview he does not believe carbon dioxide is driving global climate change, according to an email seen by Reuters on Friday. Lawyers for environmental group the Sierra Club had asked the EPA's Office of Inspector General to check whether Pruitt violated policy when he told a CNBC interviewer on March 9, "I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see." The EPA Inspector General's office responded to the...
  • (Video) What Happens If you put Vodka into Liquid Nitrogen?

    03/31/2017 9:07:37 PM PDT · by brucedickinson · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3-3-2017 | Crazy Russian Hacker
    Is it possible to freeze Vodka?
  • The Things that Matter Most (Part 2): The Truth and What it Attests To -- PODCAST

    03/28/2017 7:03:14 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Archive.org ^ | February 26, 2017 | Rob W. Case
    In this episode, my guest John Beechy and I will continue with our discussion on "The Things that Matter Most" by addressing truth and its transformative power as it is associated with Jesus Christ who claimed to be "the way, the truth, and the life." We will also shed some light on how organized religions have deviated from this concept, distinguish relative truth from absolute truth, and explore how science has reacted to, and/or compliments biblical truth. There are many thought provoking points to consider, and we want you to join us for this episode of "Making Sense with Rob...
  • Scientists turned spinach leaves into beating human heart tissue

    03/27/2017 9:39:24 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 27th, 2017 | Signe Dean
    Researchers have successfully used spinach leaves to build functioning human heart tissue, complete with veins that can transport blood. To tackle a chronic shortage of donor organs, scientists have been working on growing various tissues and even whole organs in the lab. But culturing a bunch of cells is only part of the solution - they simply won't thrive without a constant blood supply. It's notoriously difficult to build a working network of fine blood vessels (also called vasculature), especially when you get down to capillaries, which are only 5 to 10 micrometres wide. Blood vessels transport the oxygen and...
  • Would YOU choose to live forever? Age-reversing pill Nasa wants to give to astronauts on Mars...

    03/23/2017 4:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2017 | Harry Pettit
    Scientists have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing. The drug could help damaged DNA to miraculously repair and even protect Nasa astronauts on Mars by protecting them from solar radiation. A team of researchers developed the drug after discovering a key signalling process in DNA repair and cell ageing. During trials on mice, the team found that the drug directly repaired DNA damage caused by radiation exposure or old age. 'The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment,' said lead author Professor...