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Stephen Paddock: May His Name Be Obliterated

Science 2.0 - Oct 03 2017 - 18:10
With 89 guns for every 100 people, the U.S. by far has the most number of guns per capita. In total, there are about 310 million weapons in the United States.

While that sounds alarming, the number of guns isn't necessarily the problem. Indeed, according to CNN, several European countries have a high prevalence of gun ownership, as well. Switzerland (46 guns per 100 people), Finland (45 per 100), and Sweden (32 per 100) are all packing pretty serious heat.

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The Physics Of Boson Pairs

Science 2.0 - Oct 01 2017 - 05:10
At 10:00 AM this morning, my smartphone alerted me that in two months I will have to deliver a thorough review on the physics of boson pairs - a 50 page thing which does not yet even exist in the world of ideas. So I have better start planning carefully my time in the next 60 days, to find at least two clean weeks where I may cram in the required concentration. That will be the hard part!
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Organic Food Leads To Surge In Manure Methane Emissions

Science 2.0 - Sep 29 2017 - 10:09
The realization that livestock like cows are ruminants - and produce a lot of methane while chewing - was a real boon to vegetarian activists because they got to say curbing meat would mean less global warming.

Methane has 23X the warming power of the more popular CO2 in climate change estimates but it drastically shorter in duration. Still, that is enough. When natural gas caused American CO2 emissions from energy to plummet back to early 1990s levels, solar and wind lobbyists and their environmental allies claimed that methane, which they had endorses as an alternative to coal for decades, was suddenly a crisis.
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Gravitational Wave GW170814 Hits Earth

Science 2.0 - Sep 28 2017 - 18:09

Three detectors tracking gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes have brought science a little closer to locating a gravitational wave's birthplace in space. 

Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time created when two massive, compact objects such as black holes merge. The new detections were made on August 14, 2017 by two gravitational-wave detectors in the United States - Hanford and Livingston at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), operated by Caltech and MIT - and by the Virgo Gravitational-Wave Observatory in Italy. This marks the fourth detection of a binary black-hole system.

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Bumble Bee Studies Show How Science Can Be Massaged

Science 2.0 - Sep 27 2017 - 17:09

Two recent studies on the health of bumblebees and links to neonicotinoids were published simultaneously last month in sister publications of the prestigious science journal empire Nature.

Both examined closely similar scientific questions, with somewhat different experimental methodologies. They had one big difference: The study that found that neonics caused no serious issues was ignored by the media while the one suggesting a bee-apocalypse was widely played up as “definitive.’

Let’s unpack what these studies actually showed, and reflect on why the studies have been reported on so differently.

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Mark Zuckerberg Thinks I'm Jewish And Other Reasons Not To Fear AI

Science 2.0 - Sep 26 2017 - 22:09

I'm not easily alarmed. Nuclear war, climate meltdown, economic collapse, zombie apocalypse -- nothing really fazes me. I just assume that worst-case scenarios pretty much never happen, so everything will work out in the long run.

Maybe that isn't rational. Throughout all of human history, things often didn't work out. There were countless wars. Infectious disease claimed the lives of hundreds of millions. To this very day, war and starvation kill people in poor parts of the world. Perhaps the political and economic stability of the developed world is just an illusion; in reality, the world is teetering on the brink of chaos, and my blind optimism is based on naïveté and complacency.

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Now That The World Hasn't Ended - Let's Petition YouTube And Journalists To Do Something About These Stories!

Science 2.0 - Sep 23 2017 - 00:09

As you will know the world did not end. This is the time for the UK. It would be a couple of hours earlier in Jerusalem. This is by no means the end of it. They are already setting the next date to scare us, with several different dates already for October. There have been a dozen of them since last summer.This may be a good time to sign a couple of petitions to influence journalists and YouTube to stop adding their support to this scary nonsense in the future.

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World Won't End Tomorrow 23rd September - Don't Kill Yourself Over This BS- Some Advice To Help Those Anxious And Scared

Science 2.0 - Sep 22 2017 - 12:09

I'm getting numerous pm's from very scared and sometimes suicidal people who think the world will end tomorrow. Some "news sites" have added timers counting down to the end of the world which makes them even more scared. If any journalists from the Sun, Daily Express, Daily Star, etc are reading this - I'm sure you have no idea how your stories are affecting people. Children as young as 12 are terrified. It is entirely possible that some children and vulnerable young parents with young babies may well have killed themselves.

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Top Quarks Observed In Proton-Nucleus Collisions For The First Time

Science 2.0 - Sep 22 2017 - 08:09
The top quark is the heaviest known matter corpuscle we consider elementary. 
Elementary is an overloaded word in English, so I need to explain what it means in the context of subatomic particles. If we grab a dictionary we get several possibilities, like e.g.- elementary: pertanining to or dealing with elements, rudiments, or first principles


- elementary: of the nature of an ultimate constituent; uncompounded
- elementary: not decomposable into elements or other primary constituents
- elementary: simple
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Both Liberals, Conservatives Engage In Motivated Reasoning To Interpret Science

Science 2.0 - Sep 20 2017 - 22:09

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many claims have been made that science denial, particularly as it relates to climate change, is primarily a problem of the political right.

But what happens when scientific conclusions challenge liberals’ attitudes on public policy issues, such as gun control, nuclear power or immigration?

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Most Americans Get Science News From Corporate Media - And That's Bad

Science 2.0 - Sep 20 2017 - 13:09
Though every politician and both U.S. parties claim to be pro-science, that isn't reflected in corporate media coverage. The New York Times will publish conspiracy theories drafted by US Right To Know, a corporate front group created by Organic Consumers Association. Washington Post will host a panel on food science and refuse to invite any scientists. 

The public does not trust corporate media science journalism, that is why science journalism jobs in newspapers have disappeared even as science has become more important than ever. To get the facts right, the public now goes to targeted outlets, like Science 2.0, the American Council on Science and Health, and similar groups that are politically agnostic and scientifically credible.
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Whatever Happened To Lyndon LaRouche?

Science 2.0 - Sep 19 2017 - 21:09

Seattle attracts some very strange people.

When I first moved to the Emerald City in 2004, I remember coming across a group of young political activists protesting George W. Bush. Of course, that's normal in a place like Seattle, but what wasn't normal was that this same group of activists didn't like Al Gore. (I seem to recall a banner that depicted Mr. Gore as a giant blob, sort of like Jabba the Hutt.) The LaRouchies wouldn't have much use for Barack Obama, either. Who were these people? I had to find out.

So, way back in 2004, I decided to engage one of them in conversation, which I quickly learned was like entering an alternate universe where up is down and the Pope is Hitler.

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The Insect Spreading Citrus Death

Science 2.0 - Sep 18 2017 - 23:09
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USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement

Science 2.0 - Sep 18 2017 - 17:09
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General recently did an audit of the National Organic Program, which is part of its Agricultural Marketing Services group.
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Does Rope Cause Suicide?

Science 2.0 - Sep 18 2017 - 13:09
A new paper claims that guns are only involved in 5 percent of suicide attempts but are 50 percent of suicide deaths. Despite everyone claiming to want to be data-driven about gun deaths, few are and this is no exception.  
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Letters From Indochina, 1952-54: The Tragic History Of A 18 Year Old Enrolled In The Legion Etrangere

Science 2.0 - Sep 17 2017 - 12:09
In 1952 my uncle Antonio, then 18 years old, left his family home in Venice, Italy to never return, running away from the humiliation of a failure at school. With a friend he reached the border with France and crossed it during the night, chased by border patrols and wolves. Caught by the French police Toni - that was the abbreviated name with which was known by everybody - was offered a choice: be sent back to Italy, facing three months of jail, or enrol in the French legion. Afraid of the humiliation and the consequences, he tragically chose the latter. -->

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Since It's Not Medicine, Medical Students Aren't Trained To Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Science 2.0 - Sep 17 2017 - 10:09

Although 29 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use for medical purposes, there is no evidence it is medicine. Obviously some of the reason for that is because it's illegal and therefore hard to study, but regardless of the past it seems odd that scholars at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis surveyed medical school deans, residents and fellows, and examined a curriculum database maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and lament that medical marijuana is not being addressed in medical education.

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Nibiru As Daft As Extra Continent In The Pacific - Not Particularly Christian - Bullshitter - 23rd September Numerology Nonsense

Science 2.0 - Sep 17 2017 - 08:09

I thought I should do another debunking article, as there are lots of people who are getting really scared by this BS. The Daily Express particularly is promoting David Meade's book heavily with more than two articles a day on this totally non notable author for the last week. The other "red top tabloids" are joining in. These journalists seem to forget that vulnerable people, including young children read these stories. Parents report children as young as 12 or younger who are scared by this. 

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Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?

Science 2.0 - Sep 14 2017 - 17:09
Why linguistics attract so much nonsense is because these “crackpots” are not linguists, according to a linguist.
Scholars of yore, when reflecting upon language, would wonder things such as: which of the contemporary languages was spoken by the first man? Which one is superior to the rest? And which of the human tongues deserves the label ‘divine’? Modern linguists will not touch those with a 10-foot pole.

Given the extensive body of historical knowledge collected since, one would expect that claims of Goropian and Rudbeckian absurdity would be a thing of the past.

That would be wrong, writes Gaston Dorren at Aeon.
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The World Is NOT Going To End On 23rd September - FAKE PROPHET ALERT

Science 2.0 - Sep 13 2017 - 07:09

For the last several weeks I’ve been getting messages from scared people nearly every day. They are worried that the world is going to end on 23rd September. We have had numerous such dates, about a dozen a year at present. These people are trying to drag you back to a pre-scientific dark age where you go to prophets to learn about the future, and the prophets look into the stars for omens. Nowadays they write books or publish videos and learn lots of money from those books and get them promoted in sensationalist papers. Don’t let them do this. Relate to your own common sense. He is a fake prophet.

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