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In The 1990s, Environmentalists Blocked Fixes To Levees Around New Orleans, Now They Are Being Obstructionist In Miami

Jun 03 2021 - 12:06
Miami has a problem and a solution. The problem has happened throughout history; hurricanes. Yet that is magnified now because of the property values and population density. The solution is a seawall.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has it covered, with a six-mile seawall proposal, but lining up against them are the usual suspects; environmentalists. Joining them are real estate developers who want to sell views, make their profit, and then leave it to 49 other states to pay the costs when another hurricane hits.

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‘Ropeless’ Crab Gear Would Put Whales At Greater Risk

Jun 02 2021 - 17:06

Advocates for proposed crab gear legislation in California, AB 534, often cite misleading information in support of policies that would destroy California’s iconic and sustainable trap fisheries, while doing noth

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Would More Vegetarian Food Have Prevented COVID-19? Philosophers Do Science, Hilarity Ensues

Jun 02 2021 - 17:06
Animals can cause diseases in humans. That won't surprise you. What may surprise you is to read that these diseases can be prevented by eating less meat. 

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Native Subsistence Farming And Depression

Jun 01 2021 - 18:06
In the early days of agriculture, everyone was somewhat equal. While one farmer could work harder or longer than another, it wasn't by an order of magnitude. Oxen and other beasts of burden changed that. A farmer with an ox was doing the work of 7 humans, and that meant a huge advantage over someone who didn't agree with progress - that the old ways were the only way to have "real" food. Thus began economic disparity, as did modern civilization. When not everyone had to hunt and grow their own food, they didn't. They could become craftsmen and priests and mathematicians. Culture was born.

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Peter Daszak, Whose EcoHealth Alliance Helped Send US taxpayer Money to the Wuhan Lab, Thanked Fauci For Defending China

Jun 01 2021 - 17:06
In an April 2020 email discovered by Buzzfeed as part of a Freedom Of Information Act request, EcoHealth Alliance head Peter Daszak thanked Dr. Anthony Fauci for dismissing concern that SARS-CoV-2, which erupted in 2019, could have come 'from a lab.'

A lab like the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the world's largest coronavirus lab, which Daszak gave $3.4 million in US taxpayer funding to, in order for them to study bat coronaviruses. The 'thank you' was while the lab was removing its database of 16,000 bat coronavirus samples that the US helped pay to create and while denying the World Health Organisation permission to visit.

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The Roof Of The World Has Been Raised Nearly Half A Mile

May 31 2021 - 13:05
The Tibetan plateau covers nearly 1,600,000 square miles. With an average altitude of nearly 14,000 feet, Tibet is called the Roof of the World for good reason. It contains the world's two highest peaks, Mount Everest and K2, and the vast Himalayan mountain range towers higher than anywhere else on Earth.

Some researchers contend it has been that height for most of its existence while others argue the roof of the world has gotten higher.

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Superforecasting: What Government Epidemiologists Can Do Better In The Next Pandemic

May 31 2021 - 13:05

Experts got it catastrophically wrong, according to Dominic Cummings, UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser. Cummings has argued that the UK government’s official scientific advice in March 2020 hugely misunderstood how the pandemic would play out, leading to a delay in locking down that cost thousands of lives.

According to Cummings, it was certain specialists with less knowledge of pandemics or medicine – such as data scientist Ben Warner, artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis of DeepMind, and mathematician Tim Gowers – who gave more accurate forecasts at this point.

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CMS Measures Multiboson Production Processes

May 30 2021 - 10:05
The CMS Collaboration submitted for publication last week a nice new result, where proton-proton collisions data collected by the experiment during the past run of the Large Hadron Collider were scanned in search of very peculiar events featuring a weak boson (W or Z) along with two energetic photons. The rate of these rare processes was measured and found in good agreement with predictions of the Standard Model of particle physics.

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Sweden Wants To Ban Any Car That Isn't Electric - And It Could Work

May 27 2021 - 13:05
The Swedish government might ban the sale of new combustion cars in 2030 - and a new paper wants to get even more Draconian. Their computer estimate suggests that banning all combustion cars, even older ones already in use, might be the only way they will meet their climate targets. The replacement: electric vehicles.

It could work.

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FDA Busts ConceiveEasy, EU Natural, Fertility Nutraceuticals, FertilHerb; NS Products For Fake Fertility Treatments

May 26 2021 - 15:05
LeRoche Benicoeur/ConceiveEasy; EU Natural Inc.; Fertility Nutraceuticals LLC; SAL NATURE LLC/FertilHerb; and NS Products, Inc. have received warning letters from the US FDA due to their selling fraudulent treatments that claim to help with infertility.

Though dietary supplements are mostly exempt from FDA scrutiny due to the Clinton administration giving them a free pass if they put a small disclaimer on the packaging, companies still can't do things like claim to treat cancer, or anything that legitimate medicine does. They can only use marketing to suggest they might make you feel better and other claims that allow naturopaths and homeopaths to make money.

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COVID-19 Is More Than Life And Death, Half Of Patients Left The Hospital Worse Off Than Before

May 25 2021 - 13:05
In a recent study, scholars did a prospective review of charts of nearly 300 adult patients hospitalized for COVID-19 at Michigan Medicine during the pandemic's first wave between March and April 2020. They analyzed discharge locations, therapy needs at the time of release and if they needed durable medical equipment or other services..

The investigators found that 45 percent of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 experienced significant functional decline after being discharged.

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Keeping Kosher Only Happened Gradually In Ancient Judea

May 25 2021 - 13:05
An analysis of ancient fish bones from 30 archaeological sites in Israel and Sinai which date from the Late Bronze Age (1550-1130 BC) until the end of the Byzantine period (640 AD) finds that Judeans commonly ate non-kosher - lacking scales or fins - fish.

This finding sheds new light on the origin of Old Testament dietary laws that are still observed by many Jews today - and how well people adhered. Some things become part of culture because they are common. If people in Tennessee banned eating sharks it wouldn't be a huge loss. The ban on finless and scaleless fish deviated from longstanding Judean dietary habits, the authors note.

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Posturing On Vaccine Hesitancy Is A Mistake

May 25 2021 - 11:05
If you are still being paid and your job is so secure you can go on strike to demand that your employer not ask you to come into the office, you might think getting a vaccine is not only no big deal, but is a moral mandate more important than any other. You can dismiss people who are less enthusiastic(1) as vaccine deniers or something even worse for journalists and 94 percent of science academics; Republicans.

That's privilege talking. It's also untrue.

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The Next Big MCU Villain Will Be The Celestials

May 24 2021 - 18:05
At the end of "Marvel's The Avengers" we had some idea who the next film's big villain would be - we just didn't know they would build the entire MCU around gim.

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If Georgia Has A Vaccine Hesitancy Problem, The Problem May Be Chiropractors

May 24 2021 - 15:05
Georgia would like to get COVID-19 vaccine up to herd immunity levels sooner rather than later but there are obstacles; among the less educated, they may be a little nervous because prior to 2020 FDA and CDC acted like all pharmaceutical companies were spawns of Lucifer, so suddenly being told they are saving the world causes cognitive dissonance. Some journalists and social media pundits who can't get out of their own way will try to find a way to blame Republicans.

But among wealthy educated people the problem may be chiropractors.

Going to a chiropractor is mostly for the rich, who can augment real medicine with supplements, organic food, and getting a 'spinal adjustment.' 

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Evidence For The Wuhan Lab COVID-19 Hypothesis Isn't Going To Be Waved Away

May 24 2021 - 10:05
A recent report by the World Health Organisation on the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and resulting disease COVID-19 glossed over China - the country is not even mentioned until page 15 - but the rest of the world is not so easily bullied.

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Curiosity Rover Seen Climbing Mount Mercou On Mars

May 23 2021 - 12:05
The Mars Curiosity rover has been on the job since the summer of 2012, exploring Gale Crater on the red planet. It's slow going, it has driven only 25 kilometers to date.  

But it can be fun to watch, like its ascent of Mount Mercou, a broad outcrop of rocks on the northern flank of Mount Sharp near the center of the crater, on April 18th 2021.

Mt. Sharp is over 2 miles high and Curiosity is the size of a small car. In the picture, it is above a 20-foot-high cliff where it examined the exposed rocks.


Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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China Joins Russia And Iran At IARC - And That Means The IARC Agenda Will Be Even More Regressive

May 22 2021 - 13:05
Last year it was announced that the Chinese government was going to pay for a third season of the Russian TV show "Better Than Us", a drama about an advanced AI robot that has a neural network bordering on free will, no limitations on killing, and drops terminology about family so often it could be in a Vin Diesel movie.(1) It was an odd move for a totalitarian regime historically afraid of culture they don't control centrally.

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Validating The Quantum Statistical Model Of Reactions

May 20 2021 - 22:05

When one thinks about chemistry, one doesn't usually consider quantum mechanics to play a part. Yet it does. When it boils down to it, all matter is a combination of a handful of subatomic particles and the forces holding them together. Chemistry, is in essence, applied physics. For decades, scientists have been trying to determine how to follow a chemical reaction from its initial state through all of its quantum states to its products. The hope was that, by doing so, researchers could understand the quantum dynamics that drive these reactions. Until now, it has mostly been speculation. However, a recent paper published in Nature by Liu et al. suggests that this may be possible.

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Advanced Multi-Variate Analysis Methods For New Physics Searches At The LHC

May 20 2021 - 11:05
The title of this post coincides with the one of a scientific report which was submitted for publication in Reviews in Physics last Sunday; and it is also the meaning of the acronym "AMVA4NewPhysics", the name of an European Union-funded Innovative Training Network I directed as scientific coordinator from 2015 to 2019. 

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