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  • Is It Possible to Be Too Tired to Sleep?

    01/26/2020 11:57:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Science Focus ^ | Alice Gregory
    It’s perfectly possible to feel tired and at the same time have trouble dropping off. Certain life stresses and health problems can leave us feeling exhausted, but at the same time make it difficult to relax and get to sleep. Also, missing out on sleep can disrupt our natural rhythms, which can make us feel wide awake when we’d usually be sleeping. Finally, caregivers sometimes refer to their infants as being ‘too tired to sleep’. This happens when the baby has been awake for longer than their little bodies can cope with, resulting in stress and difficulties settling.
  • City of Ithaca Creates New Position For Green New Deal - Director of Sustainability (only 10.98 years left)

    01/26/2020 6:20:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    WENY ^ | 1/22/20 | Christina Episcopo
    ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY) - The City of Ithaca is now looking for a Director of Sustainability to help launch the city into a organizational transformation initiative. This position was created to help meet the goals of the city's Green New Deal. WENY News Spoke with Ithaca City Mayor, Svante Myrick, to find out what he is looking for. "So we're looking for somebody with a particular set of skills, somebody who understands both environmental justice, as well as racial and social justice. Somebody who is capable of leading a broad community conversation around those issues, and somebody who's willing to work...
  • What is a low-carb diet? Don’t ask Harvard!

    01/26/2020 5:47:10 AM PST · by BobL · 164 replies
    The Diet Doctor ^ | Jan 23, 2020 | Dr. Bret Scher, MD
    At Diet Doctor, we are very clear about defining low-carb. We define ketogenic low carb diets as less than 20 grams of net carbs per day, moderate low carb as 20-50 grams per day, and liberal low carb as 50-100 grams per day. Assuming a 2,000 kcal diet, that equates to <4%, <10% and <20% of total calories. -snip- The latest nutritional epidemiology study out of Harvard, published this week in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, is another misrepresentation of low-carb diets. -snip- The lowest of the low-carb eaters still sourced 46% of their calories from carbohydrates. That was the...
  • AOC speaks of a nation 'in decline' in speech for Bernie Sanders (BS on a cellphone)

    01/26/2020 4:47:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/25/20 | Joseph Simonson
    IOWA CITY, Iowa - Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke of an unhealthy country nearly teetering on the brink of collapse in a speech on behalf of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at an Iowa campaign rally, saying radical change is necessary to reverse the bipartisan policies that have deeply hurt the economic circumstances of the average person in the United States. AOC cited the falling life expectancy of white people and stagnated wages as evidence that the U.S. is a "nation in decline" and said "it’s up to us to turn it around. The trends that got us here will not...
  • Ok, now you can panic… (Coronavirus)

    01/26/2020 3:12:08 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 154 replies
    Citizen Free Press ^ | 1/25/20 | Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding
    HOLY MOTHER OF GOD - the new coronavirus is a 3.8!!! How bad is that reproductive R0 value? It is thermonuclear pandemic level bad - never seen an actual virality coefficient outside of Twitter in my entire career. I’m not exaggerating... #WuhanCoronovirus #CoronavirusOutbreak 2/ “We estimate the basic reproduction number of the infection (R_0) to be 3.8 (95% confidence interval, 3.6-4.0), indicating that 72-75% of transmissions must be prevented by control measures for infections to stop increasing... 3/ ... We estimate that only 5.1% (95%CI, 4.8-5.5) of infections in Wuhan are identified, and by 21 January a total of 11,341...
  • Giant Meteorites Slammed Earth Around A.D. 500?

    02/05/2010 7:31:57 AM PST · by Palter · 30 replies · 906+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 03 Feb 2010 | Richard A. Lovett
    Double impact may have caused tsunami, global cooling Pieces of a giant asteroid or comet that broke apart over Earth may have crashed off Australia about 1,500 years ago, says a scientist who has found evidence of the possible impact craters. Satellite measurements of the Gulf of Carpentaria (see map) revealed tiny changes in sea level that are signs of impact craters on the seabed below, according to new research by marine geophysicist Dallas Abbott. Based on the satellite data, one crater should be about 11 miles (18 kilometers) wide, while the other should be 7.4 miles (12 kilometers) wide....
  • Fireball ‘as bright as the moon’ lands in Lake Huron

    01/25/2020 7:30:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    ML Live ^ | 01/25/2020 | Tanda Gmiter
    Peter Brown, a professor in Western University’s physics and astronomy department, tweeted a series of photos of the spectacle. He dubbed it the Kintail fireball, for the spot near the Canadian shoreline of Lake Huron where it was believed to have crossed over before going into the water. On a map, Kintail is directly across the lake from Michigan’s Thumb. “Kintail fireball orbit from last night place origins firmly from the asteroid belt. The initial mass was somewhere between a few to ten kilograms - softball sized. Not quite as bright as the full moon," Brown posted on Twitter. Fireballs...
  • Prescription For Violence: The Corresponding Rise of Antidepressants, SSRIs & Mass Shootings

    01/25/2020 11:03:52 AM PST · by ammodotcom · 7 replies ^ | 1-25-2020 |
    One of our Resistance Library readers reached out to us recently and shared a BBC article that they found interesting. They said it reminded them of our piece Prescription For Violence: The Corresponding Rise of Antidepressants, SSRIs & Mass Shootings and thought it supported some of the connections made there. They’ve been linked to road rage, pathological gambling, and complicated acts of fraud. Some make us less neurotic, and others may even shape our social relationships. It turns out many ordinary medications don’t just affect our bodies – they affect our brains. Why? And should there be warnings on...
  • 'Witch Bottle' Discovered Under Virginia Highway

    01/24/2020 10:16:04 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 23, 2020 | WTVR CBS 6
    A glass jug found under the median of Interstate 64 in York County is believed to be a "witch bottle" left by Union soldiers during the Civil War, according to researchers.
  • Flu count jumps to 15M cases

    01/24/2020 11:01:00 AM PST · by buckalfa · 34 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | January 24, 2020 | Mackenzie Bean
    After declining in the first two weeks of the year, flu activity jumped in the week ending Jan. 18, according to the CDC's most recent FluView report. Six things to know: 1. The CDC estimates flu has caused 15 million illnesses, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths this season. 2. More than half of positive flu tests confirmed in public health laboratories have occurred in Americans under age 25. Only 12 percent involved adults age 65 and older. This trend has led to high levels of outpatient cases and lower levels of flu-related hospitalizations. 3. Thirty-five states experienced high flu-like illness...
  • Mysterious particles spewing from Antarctica defy physics

    01/24/2020 5:46:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    Live Science ^ | 01/24/2020 | Rafi Letzter
    The death of this reigning physics paradigm, the Standard Model, has been predicted for decades. There are hints of its problems in the physics we already have. Strange results from laboratory experiments suggest flickers of ghostly new species of neutrinos beyond the three described in the Standard Model. And the universe seems full of dark matter that no particle in the Standard Model can explain. But recent tantalizing evidence might one day tie those vague strands of data together: Three times since 2016, ultra-high-energy particles have blasted up through the ice of Antarctica, setting off detectors in the Antarctic Impulsive...
  • 'This is Dunkirk. This is 9/11': Al Gore implores Davos to tackle climate crisis

    01/24/2020 2:59:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Guardian via MSN ^ | 1/23/20 | Graeme Wearden
    Former US vice-president Al Gore has tried to mobilise the global elite to fight the climate crisis by comparing it to some of history’s greatest battles, from Agincourt to Dunkirk. Gore told delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the scale of the climate emergency was much worse than people recognise, and getting worse much faster than people recognise. “The burden to act on the shoulders of the generation of the people alive today is a challenge to our moral imagination,” said Gore, during a session on protecting the Amazon and developing sustainable markets. “This is Thermopylae. This...
  • Mount Vesuvius eruption melted victim's brain to glass

    01/23/2020 9:08:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.23.2020 | lc/rc (AFP, AP)
    The eruption of Mount Vesuvius turned an ancient victim’s brain into glass, according to Italian anthropologists. The finding, dubbed as “sensational” and published on Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, marks the first time that scientists have verified such a phenomenon. […] The remains of a man found lying on a wooden bed were discovered in Herculaneum in the 1960s. He is believed to have been the custodian of the College of Augustales, a place of worship that was at the center of the cult of Roman Emperor Augustus. The glassy substance found inside of the victim’s skull...
  • CDC coronavirus prevention and response

    01/23/2020 1:41:06 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 86 replies ^ | CDC
    How to protect yourself (from coronavirus): "There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following: (#1) .. wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (#2) ..avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands (#3) .. avoid close contact with people who are sick " Also: (#4)..stay home while you are sick - don't spread the illness (#5) ..avoid close contact with others (#6).. cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough...
  • Six shades of fire-lighters in Australia; The good, the bad, and the one causing all the wildfires.

    01/23/2020 7:44:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/23/2020 | Viv Forbes
    Australian fire-lighters come in six colors — yellow, black, white, blood red, dark green, and light green. All are relevant to bushfires and forest management. "Yellow" is the fire-lighter that has been with us forever. It is the yellow flash of lightning, which has always ignited the Australian bush. We're dreaming to think we can lock yellow fire out of parks, forests, and heritage areas. But good forest management can reduce the ferocity and destruction of lightning-strike fires. "Black" fire-lighters came with the first Australians. Without matches or tinder boxes, they probably captured the fire genie from a lightning fire....
  • Deadly coronavirus is MUCH more contagious than feared: Medics confirm the disease that has killed 17 can be spread third hand by a simple COUGH – as Singapore, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia become the latest countries to confirm cases

    01/23/2020 7:28:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 23, 2020 | Vanessa Chambers, and Sam Blanchard
    The new Chinese virus which has now infected hundreds of people in at least 10 countries around the world can be spread just by coughs and sneezes from someone nearby, an expert has warned. Scientists previously thought the infection was spreading through saliva or in close contact such as when people hug, kiss or share cutlery, but they now realise it is even more contagious and spreads through the air. The revelation comes as a third city in China went into lockdown today while officials battle to stop the spread of the deadly new coronavirus that has killed 17 and...
  • Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak Traced Back To Snakes, Study Finds

    01/23/2020 7:15:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Study Finds ^ | January 23, 2020 | John Anderer
    The emergence of a new coronavirus strain in Wuhan, China last month has put the entire world on alert. Following the recent revelation that the virus can in fact be spread via human-to-human transmission, Chinese authorities have halted flights and trains departing the city and inhabitants have been advised not to travel. Meanwhile researchers have been working tirelessly to understand this new health risk, both its origins and nature, in order to formulate the best way to stop a full blown epidemic. Now, researchers appear to have zeroed in on how the virus, officially named 2019-nCoV by the World Health...
  • We cozy up 'like little sardines': Meet the youth delegates camping in subzero temperatures at Davos (only 10.99 years left)

    01/22/2020 5:24:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/22/20 | Sam Meredith
    DAVOS, Switzerland - Youth climate delegates from around the world are taking part in a "collaborative protest" against the rich and powerful by camping in subzero temperatures at the World Economic Forum. The annual January get-together - which is often criticized for being out of touch with the real world - is set to welcome more than 3,000 participants this week, with those in attendance poised to focus on the intensifying climate crisis. **SNIP** "We are just trying to show them that we are doing the right thing despite the fact that we are not sleeping or staying in the...
  • The selling of CTE: How the 'Concussion' doctor has built a career on distorted science

    01/22/2020 1:27:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Stars & Striped ^ | January 22, 2020 | WILL HOBSON
    In 2017, Bennet Omalu traveled the globe to accept a series of honors and promote his autobiography, "Truth Doesn't Have A Side." In a visit to an Irish medical school, he told students he was a "nobody" who "discovered a disease in America's most popular sport." In an appearance on a religious cable TV show, he said he named the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, because "it sounded intellectually sophisticated, with a very good acronym." And since his discovery, Omalu told "Sports Illustrated," researchers have uncovered evidence that shows adolescents who participate in football, hockey, wrestling and mixed martial...
  • These Tiny Nuclear Power Stations Could Be, Well, Huge ...And they come from ... *checks notes* ... Rolls-Royce?

    01/22/2020 1:14:26 PM PST · by Red Badger · 82 replies ^ | Jan 21, 2020 | By Caroline Delbert
    ================================================================= Bespoke car maker Rolls-Royce is advancing research on nuclear small modular reactors. Rolls-Royce's staid reputation as haute luxury belies its legacy of innovation in aerospace and other engineering. Modular reactors are easier to manufacture, making costs both lower and more predictable. =================================================================== Rolls-Royce has taken a sharp right turn, from making million-dollar luxury sedans to researching cutting-edge nuclear small modular reactors (SMRs). Modular reactors are au courant in energy technology, and Rolls-Royce joins startups and governments around the world in trying to shrink the footprint and increase the safety of nuclear energy. With its SMR design, which is "just...