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Vaping Is More Popular Than Opioids Among Young People - And That's A Public Health Win

Dec 14 2017 - 11:12
Too much caffeine is bad for you. It's very risk to buy powdered caffeine for that reason. But it's addictive and people do it. Likewise, too much nicotine is bad for you and you can't shouldn't buy undiluted optically pure nicotine and start inhaling it. 

But young people will do risky things. Some may smoke marijuana or cigarettes, some may get addicted to alcohol or drugs. Young people who take up vaping rather than opioids today are a lot better off than a generation ago.
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The Supreme Court Could Make The Endangered Species Act The Most Powerful Law In America - By Doing Nothing

Dec 08 2017 - 12:12

The definition of "endangered" is vague but in no dictionary does it mean an animal that does not even live in a state must be placed there, with private landowners footing the bill for $20 million, in order to keep a creature from declining in population.

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Alpha Zero Teaches Itself Chess 4 Hours, Then Beats Dad

Dec 07 2017 - 08:12
Peter Heine Nielsen, a Danish chess Grandmaster, summarized it quite well. "I always wondered, if some superior alien race came to Earth, how they would play chess. Now I know". The architecture that beat humans at the notoriously CPU-impervious game Go, AlphaGo by Google Deep Mind, was converted to allow the machine to tackle other "closed-rules" games. Successively, the program was given the rules of chess, and a huge battery of Google's GPUs to train itself on the game. Within four hours, the alien emerged. And it is indeed a new class of player. -->

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Does Your Brain Naturally Feel God? Temp Lobe Feel Of Person Presence & Evolved Religion

Dec 05 2017 - 23:12
There is an area close to the left ear, in the ‘temporal lobe’, that, when stimulated via strong magnetic fields, triggers religious feelings, visions of bright lights at the end of a tunnel, and, at a certain frequency, the feeling of the presence of somebody next to oneself, or somehow present, although subjects are in another room and separated from the researchers. This area is damaged in patients with the kind of schizophrenia that Vincent Van Gough suffered. His attacks of deeply religious visions started a few years before he died.

 

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Threat Via Emoji - The Law Does Not Consider Them A Joke

Dec 05 2017 - 07:12

Nearly everyone is familiar with emoji, those popular icons that appear in text messages, emails and social media platforms. Emoji are often used as light-hearted adjuncts to text, or to soften the blow of a message.

Emoji can be viewed as overly simplistic in some contexts. For example, government officials were questioned when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop conducted an interview using just emoji, and described Russian President Vladmir Putin using an angry face  

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Predicting How Plant Species Might Respond To Climate Change

Dec 05 2017 - 06:12
Though CO2 emissions have plummeted in the United States, as developing nations achieve prosperity they will want air conditioners, sanitation and food - and those all require energy. They sure are not going to let already wealthy nations tell them they must be stuck with solar panels.

So climate change may still happen, at least if energy technology stops and fossil fuel use does not. If so, how will plant species will respond to climate change? A 16-year experiment may provide answers. Of course, the experiment is small, the size of two football fields inside the Garraf National park southwest of Barcelona, but it is home to many protected species. So even if it can't model an ecosystem it can model part of one.
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For The British, Bans Increase Happiness

Dec 04 2017 - 14:12
In 2007, there was a ban that increased happiness for married women, but not men, according to the British Household Panel Survey.
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Making Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Treatable Again

Dec 04 2017 - 13:12
Transport proteins called efflux pumps, and their role in creating drug-resistance in bacteria, could lead to improving effectiveness of drugs against life-threatening diseases and perhaps even bring defunct antibiotics back to prominence.
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When Pharmacy Experts Take Medical Histories, Medication Errors Drop 80 Percent

Dec 04 2017 - 10:12
When pharmacy professionals — rather than doctors or nurses — take medication histories of patients in emergency departments, mistakes in drug orders can be reduced by more than 80 percent, according to a recent paper.

Injuries resulting from medication use are among the most common types of inpatient injuries at U.S. hospitals, affecting hundreds of thousands of patients every year. Errors in medication histories can lead physicians to order the wrong drug, dose or frequency.
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Liza Gross And The Credibility Hole Science Media Must Crawl Out Of

Dec 04 2017 - 10:12
ABC News recently suspended Brian Ross (four weeks without pay) for fabricating an unsubstantiated story that matched his ideological beliefs about Republicans and President Donald Trump and which caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to plummet. This was not the first time he had turned his wishful thinking into action, he also blamed the Aurora, Colorado shooting on the Tea Party. It was, however, the first time ABC instituted some accountability for his work.
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Another Nice Review Of "Anomaly!"

Dec 03 2017 - 09:12
It was nice to find John Duffield's review of my book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab" in the Amazon site today. -->

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When Ignorance Kills Human Progress, And A Petition You Should Sign

Dec 01 2017 - 06:12
An experiment designed to study neutrinos at the Gran Sasso Laboratories in Italy is under attack by populistic media. Why should you care? Because it's a glaring example of the challenges we face in the XXI century in our attempt to foster the progress of the human race.
What is a neutrino? Nothing - it's a particle as close to nothing as you can imagine. Almost massless, almost perfectly non-interacting, and yet incredibly mysterious and the key to the solution of many riddles in fundamental physics and cosmology. But it's really nothing you should worry about, or care about, if you want to lead your life oblivious of the intricacies of subnuclear physics. Which is fine of course - unless you try to use your ignorance to stop progress.
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North Korea ICBM Likely Carried Light Mock Warhead - Not Quite So Mad Dictator - And Effects Of Hydrogen Bomb Test In Pacific

Nov 29 2017 - 04:11

Once more many people are getting scared as a result of the recent North Korea test which puts the whole of the US in range.  The headlines say it puts all of US in range. You have to read carefully to discover it was probably a lightweight mock warhead. The way over hyped news stories about North Korea scare vulnerable young children and adults. So I write this to help put it in perspective. Also to explain why there is no way North Korea want to attack the US with a nuclear weapon. Nor does the US have any military options involving an invasion of North Korea, and both sides know that.

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From Neuroscience To AI: How Robots See

Nov 27 2017 - 06:11

How vision operates is a complex task thehuman brain (and now “computer brains” have to take on). We take much of whatour brains do for granted.

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Online Myth: 90 Percent Will Shop In Retail Stores This Holiday Season

Nov 23 2017 - 11:11

It surprises most millennials to learn that only about 10 percent of all retail purchases are actually made online. Each semester, when I ask hundreds of undergraduate business students to estimate, they consistently guess that between a quarter and half of all retail spending happens on the internet. But this holiday shopping season, as ever in the past, the overwhelming majority of purchases will still happen within four physical walls of a store.

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We Need Mandatory Sexual Harassment Insurance

Nov 22 2017 - 19:11

The proliferation of sexual harassment allegations against powerful people in government, business, and media has brought to light a serious cultural problem in America that needs to be addressed.

The best solution is likely what we are witnessing now: Public shaming. In the age of social media, shaming is an important tool for those without power to keep those with power in check.

Undoubtedly, however, we will soon hear calls from do-gooders that the federal government needs to get involved. We’ll need more rules. More laws. Perhaps even a Sexual Harassment Czar.

Because I want to stay ahead of the curve, I would like to propose a solution inspired by Obamacare: Government mandated sexual harassment insurance for men.

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Relevance Of Race And G Factor Over Social Darwinism In China And General

Nov 21 2017 - 01:11
Since writing on intelligence and race, many who know me and that I am capable of Aspergerian levels of critical thought, such as the boss of Science2.0, cannot understand how I, the quantum relativist unforgiving of any simplification, can be suddenly so naïve as to, for instance when discussing IQ, neglect different kinds of intelligence and “creativity”. Such dismissals occur in spite of, as it is relevant for this particular example of discussing intelligence, my discussing analytic-verbal versus spatial intelligence and “emotional intelligence”, and also knowing from personal experience what can be described as a “lack of creativity/critical thinking” of East Asians (I teach East Asians for 15 years, a decade in China!). -->

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Can Apophis Hit Earth? Answer NO - Not Before 2068 And Close To Certain To Miss Then Too - Easy To Deflect

Nov 20 2017 - 17:11

I have had lots of questions about this today because of a poorly researched Daily Star sensationalist article based on a four years out of date NASA press release. As usual with Google News this nonsense has gone right to the top of its search results. They really do need to fix this! Anyway writing this in the hope that it gets into Google News and helps some of the people getting scared by this story. 

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Holiday Drinking: What The Saints Believed

Nov 20 2017 - 07:11

Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects.

Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time?

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No World Isn't About To End - Terral Croft's Fantasy 'black Star' At The Far Side Of The Sun

Nov 18 2017 - 03:11

This is another silly story that is scaring people. The claim is that a 'black star' (??) at the far side of the sun is going to somehow send powerful earthquakes to Earth on Sunday 19th November. There is no truth to this, it's just a made up fantasy like a script for a bad movie. Anyway we are getting so many comments in our Doomsday Debunked Facebook group and many PM's also from people who are having panic attacks about it that I thought I should do another post here. Both to help those scared and to alert others to the issues, how these stories, keep getting promoted right to the top of Google News by its algorithm, and are scaring our young children and young adults.

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