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Move Over - The Talk I Will Not Give

Science 2.0 - May 06 2024 - 01:05
Last week I was in Amsterdam, where I attended the first conference on European AI for Fundamental Physics conference (EUCAIF). Unfortunately I could not properly follow the works there, as in the midst of it I got grounded by a very nasty bronchial bug. Then over the weekend I was able to drag myself back home, and today, still struggling with the after-effects, am traveling to Rome for another relevant event.

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Kratom: This Supplement Can Kill Godzilla But You Can Buy It In Gas Stations

Science 2.0 - May 02 2024 - 10:05
U.S. Marshals, acting on a request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seized yet another ridiculous "dietary supplement," and this one's a doozy. About 90,000 bottles of a bunch of garbage with the brand name RelaKzpro, which is sold by Dordoniz Natural Products of South Beloit, Illinois, were confiscated.

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With EV Sales Flatlined, Tesla Cancels Its Supercharger Network

Science 2.0 - May 02 2024 - 05:05
President Biden was thrilled when Tesla announced it was creating a Tesla Supercharger network, because electric cars were not legitimate until they stopped needing government hand-outs, and few wanted electric cars until they were sure they could charge them on trips.

Which no company wanted to do because there were no government handouts.

Tesla believed it could solve the problem, and President Biden was going to add to an alarming federal deficit to give them handouts, but the problems seem insurmountable, because Tesla pulled out.


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EPA Sets Timeline For Ban Of Non-Industrial Use of Methylene Chloride

Science 2.0 - May 01 2024 - 16:05
As announced a few years ago and stated every few months in preparation, EPA has created a timeline  for a ban of non-industrial uses of methylene chloride. 

It was used in the past as a paint stripper but could also be found in things like automotive cleaners and various other consumer products. In home use, acute deaths did occur but only after shocking violations of common sense and boldly stated safety precautions.  If you used it to strip a bathtub in a closed room, well, you need to learn to read. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has long had stringent safety controls in place.

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Vermont Should Stop Showing Leadership In Overruling Scientists On Farming

Science 2.0 - May 01 2024 - 14:05
Despite Vermont's Agricultural  Innovation Board (AIB), created to inform regulatory recommendations using science, flatly stating there was no basis for a ban on a class of safe pesticides called neonicotinoids, and agreement by Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Vermont Senate just passed House Bill H706, which will ban such insecticides despite decades of safe use.

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Congressional Panel Recommends Wuhan Envoy Dr. Peter Daszak Be Formally Debarred

Science 2.0 - May 01 2024 - 13:05
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the science community was right to openly wonder about the Wuhan labs next to the wet market where the disease took the world by storm. A Chinese government researcher had been arrested and found guilty of selling lab animals and everyone with any experience knew that a biosafety rating in America and in China were much different levels even if a the communist government slapped any number they wanted on there.

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Evolutionary Psychology: Your Parents Income During Pregnancy Made You Gay

Science 2.0 - Apr 30 2024 - 16:04
Evolutionary psychology, the discipline that claimed we're being manipulated by flowers and evolved to like the appearance of black men, also made the bold assertion that the income of your parents during pregnancy made you...gay?

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With Skittles Banned, California Democrats Are Targeting Froot Loops and Doritos Next

Science 2.0 - Apr 29 2024 - 12:04
California Democrats know to strike when the anti-science iron is hot, so hot on the heels of banning red dye No. 3, using nothing but the same suspect epidemiology that turned the state into a laughing stock with Prop 65 'may cause cancer' warnings on 65,000 products, they are going after red dye 40.

Think of all the lives being saved by all those bans. There must have been corpses lining the streets!

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Opioid Addicts Are Less Likely To Use Legal Opioids At The End Of Their Lives

Science 2.0 - Apr 29 2024 - 11:04
With a porous southern border, street fentanyl continues to enter the United States and be purchased by recreational drug users, all while the U.S. government continues to treat suffering cancer patients like criminals when it comes to legitimate pain medication access. It isn't much better in Canada, according to a new study.

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More Like Lizards: Claim That T. Rex Was As Smart As Monkeys Refuted

Science 2.0 - Apr 29 2024 - 07:04
A year ago, corporate media promoted the provocative claim that dinosaurs like Tyrannorsaurus rex had so many neurons they had to be substantially more intelligent than assumed, since these high neuron counts could directly inform on intelligence, metabolism and life history.

They even added that T. rex was monkey-like in some of its habits and may even have used cultural transmission of knowledge as tools. Corporate media sells ads so they love such 'scientists are baffled by' narratives and a scenario where dinosaurs could be ruling on other planets. Other scientists were instead baffled that it got by peer-review.

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Fed Is Best: Parents Are Pushing Back Against Influencer Driven Baby Food Fundamentalism

Science 2.0 - Apr 27 2024 - 06:04
A New Yorker writer extols bucking modern food militancy in a story about a world where infants could try lemons and schnitzel.

Basically, before the 1990s, when pregnant women were shamed into believing if they had a glass of wine their child would have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (but only US babies - European pregnant women are fine without Puritan mullahs) and that they needed to stay home and breast feed for two years and then only feed their infant USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Shaman-Blessed bland purees of 'nutritious' vegetables.

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A Panel Discussion On AI For Fundamental Physics

Science 2.0 - Apr 26 2024 - 15:04
From April 30 to May 3 more than 300 researchers in fundamental physics will gather in Amsterdam for the first edition of the EUCAIF conference, an initiative supported by the APPEC, NuPecc and ECFA consortia, which is meant to structure future European research activities in fundamental physics with Artificial Intelligence technologies.


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Solar Uber Alles: Germans Turn On The Green Party After Realizing They Lied About Nuclear Energy

Science 2.0 - Apr 26 2024 - 11:04
With the solar and wind replacements touted by the German Green Party shown to be expensive failures, and environmentalists helping the German coal industry lie about its emissions to avoid blame for getting nuclear energy banned being exposed, the knives are out for the activists who drove Germany into such a state that German companies are closing plants and dumping money into America.

To Germans, even American runaway inflation and trillion-dollar subsidies for government union workers is an improvement.

Solar Uber Alles

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Solar Companies, Only Viable By Government Mandates And Subsidies, Plead For Bailout

Science 2.0 - Apr 26 2024 - 06:04
If you have to pay for companies to make a product, and then pay for people to buy it, and then pay for them to use it, you don't have a product, you have government wishful thinking.

That is the problem with solar power. When the Obama administration first took a basic research funding effort and decided it was time to subsidize it, and a miracle of free markets would take over, companies which had lost money on it for 50 years were amused. Then he started throwing money at it. A lot. Predictably, it went to Democratic donors, like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and many of them declared bankruptcy after getting the loans, but $4 trillion later the industry is starting to recoil.

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There Are No Non-GMO Strawberries

Science 2.0 - Apr 25 2024 - 15:04
A new study has shown conclusively that no matter how many 'organic' industry companies give money to Environmental Working Group and Non-GMO Project to spread misinformation and doubt about their competitors, none on the market are free of genetic modification. 

Most of them were engineered before the "organic" process even existed and all of the strawberries we eat now were engineered in France just a short while ago, shortly before synthetic fertilizers were invented. 

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California Politicians Lower The 'Erin Brockovich' Chemical And Cheer Saving 0 Lives

Science 2.0 - Apr 25 2024 - 06:04
In the 1990s, Julia Roberts starred in a movie about a lady who interviewed people in a California town who insisted they were being poisoned by the evil PG&E utility. What the film left out is that the chemical is found naturally in animals and plants and rocks and soil, plants. It is everywhere. It is also used in some manufacturing processes.

Despite the lack of any science, she was a big hit and the movie ended with the utility settling the case for an amount that changed the lives - of the attorneys, anyway.(1)


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Vaccines Have Saved 101 Million Infants In 50 Years, Europe Needs To Let That Happen In Agriculture Too

Science 2.0 - Apr 24 2024 - 17:04
In the last 50 years, vaccination has averted 154 million deaths, 146 million kids under 5 years, and 101 million infants, according to this World Health Organisation report. They translate that to 102 billion years of health gained and 52% of those child lives were in Africa.

It is a shame Europe wants to block Africa from the same health benefits in agriculture.

Lives saved are obviously important but so is quality of life. Throughout history, when a people devotes less of their time and money to basic necessities like food and energy, culture flourishes. Life improves.
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EPA Debunks Environmentalist Claims That Acephate Causes Autism

Science 2.0 - Apr 24 2024 - 12:04
The Biden EPA has let scientists win over environmental epidemiology claims just this once. They have debunked claims that acephate 'causes' autism. 

Anti-science activists have long claimed everything causes autism and a whole spectrum of 'neurodevelopmental disorders' that covers 85 percent of the world. Vaccines were the big one for 25 years, every kids get vaccines so that is a huge class-action settlement for lawyers, but then Republicans decided they wanted to be anti-vaccine for a little while so the anti-science left had to scramble for something new.

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Despite Little Demand, 2024 Electric Car Sales Will Be Up To 17 Million, Says Advocacy Group

Science 2.0 - Apr 23 2024 - 11:04
The International Energy Agency is estimating that global electric car sales will rise to 17 million by the end of this year

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Biden's Nursing Home Mandate Will Do To Rural Senior Care What Obamacare Did To Hospitals

Science 2.0 - Apr 23 2024 - 11:04
U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris has started to take on more leadership in the Biden administration, for obvious reasons. A President declared too mentally unfit to face criminal charges is likely not going to finish out a second term if he wins re-election, so it is important for Democrats to get voters comfortable with her today, or else the 40 percent of their party who didn't want him to run for re-election at all may not show up in November.

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