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Niels Bohr's House And The Carlsberg Beer Company

Nov 19 2022 - 06:11
It's no surprise that a lot of company heads are fans of science. Sinclair Oil's CEO loved paleontology, and they funded a lot of research. The term "fossil fuel", coined in 1759, was to note that it was natural, while that paleontology Sinclair loved said oil began to form during the Mesozoic era - when dinosaurs lived. So he made it their logo.

And so anti-science hippies somewhere along the way decided that all oil came from dinosaurs.

Now science knows coal developed long before that, and rather than being dinosaurs oil is overwhelmingly the result of bacteria, aquatic phytoplankton, and zooplankton.

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No Dead Animals - Cultivated Chicken Gets The FDA Nod

Nov 18 2022 - 05:11
Cultured Gallus gallus cells, with characteristics of myocytes and fibroblasts, don't sound delicious, but it one day soon could be.

It's chicken, except chicken without dreary activists going on about cages and without any heads being chopped off. And now it has FDA go-ahead. After looking at all of the data and the methodology, FDA has determined that it is as safe as chicken or other substitutes.

Given how it is created, it is likely far more safe. They call it 'cultivated' meat to distinguish it from its conventional counterpart and it is already approved in Singapore.

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Panoquell-CA1 For Pancreatitis in Dogs Gets FDA Approval

Nov 17 2022 - 16:11
Inflammatory disease of the pancreas is a life-threatening condition for dogs that often occurs spontaneously and is more common in some breeds of dogs. It generally requires hospitalization.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given conditional approval to Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd for Panoquell-CA1 (fuzapladib sodium for injection) for acute onset of pancreatitis while the dog is hospitalized for treatment of the disease.

Fuzapladib sodium, the active ingredient in Panoquell, has been used in Japan since 2018 and FDA reviewed data from there as part of its assessment of the application for conditional approval.

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Does Organic Food Cause Cognitive Decline?

Nov 17 2022 - 14:11
A new paper accompanied by a scary-looking map claims "people who lived in cities with lead-contaminated water as children had worse baseline cognitive functioning at age 72" and is designed to make every new parent think their child's grades can be blamed on the water supply, but it leaves out important scientific context.

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By Removing More Hydroelectric Power, California Energy Costs Will Go From Highest To...Highest

Nov 17 2022 - 12:11
Years ago, California asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to remove Klamath River dams that are currently part of a vast network of water and energy supply in the state.

What two things does California lack? Water and energy. And this will make it worse. But California invoked native tribes and environmental laws it helped push into existence as a reason to say the dams needed to be removed - at a cost of $500,000,000 and with very little study of the environmental impact of removing them.

Worst of all, a state that routinely has to ask EPA for permission to void all emissions regulations and run conventional fuel plants at full blast to avoid brownouts due to bizarre belief in solar and wind schemes now has even less clean energy.

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Organic Industry Journalists Want To Make Sure 'No Kill' Meat Never Enters The Market

Nov 15 2022 - 14:11
If you see a claim that vegetables grown using no pesticides at all, no, GMOs, even no soil don't count as "organic" you can be almost certain you are seeing a progressive journalist from a site like Mother Jones that gets 84% of its funding from corporations (albeit laundered through a foundation they created to take corporate money and which has one grant recipient) or someone else colluding with the organic food segment of environmental activism.

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NIMBY-ism May Be Why Renewables Won't Make A Diference In The US

Nov 15 2022 - 13:11
If you live along the coastal US, you are almost certain to be a wealthy progressive, which means you are almost certain to nod your head at President Biden's pledge to cut climate emissions by 2030.

Yet progressive enclaves, which mean 9 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the US, are least likely to support climate-friendly plans that don't involve having poor people pay higher utility costs to subsidize solar panels for the rich. 

Writing in Reason, science journalist Ron Bailey notes that 18,000 megawatts of offshore wind power, on the coasts, are being tied up in federal environmental permitting battles, because either activists want concessions or residents don't want their expensive view affected, and any permit is a slippery slope to being overrun.

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Dogs With Cancer Are Cutting Cutting-Edge Treatment, And It May One Day Help Human Kids

Nov 15 2022 - 10:11
A clinical trial where dogs get advanced cancer treatment could pave the way for a new immunotherapy treatment in kids. 

Sarcoma is a cancer of the bones and soft tissues and one of the most common childhood cancers, the third most common cancer in children, with one in three dying from their disease. The first step for almost all sarcoma patients after diagnosis is surgery to remove the tumor. 

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Atrial Fibrillation: Skip Drugs And Go Right To Cryoablation?

Nov 15 2022 - 10:11
A new study says early intervention with cryoballoon catheter ablation (cryoablation) can halt disease progression and reduce risk of serious health impacts of atrial fibrillation(AF).

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Grip Strength To Estimate The Pace Of Aging

Nov 13 2022 - 07:11
Age is relative. If you put two people the same chronological age next to each other, one may look younger while one may nonetheless be biologically younger. Yet age is the biggest risk factor for most diseases even though it doesn't tell much of a health story.

Population statistics about age are as pointless in individual care as most epidemiology, but they can provide proxies for biological aging that at least have people taking important things for their future, rather than placebos like a USDA food servings chart.

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Like Plants? Thank Mass Extinctions

Nov 12 2022 - 07:11
One of the largest mass extinctions ever is bad. Six marine extinctions is even worse. That all happened in one period now known as The Devonian Period, 419 to 358 million years ago.

Yet that is also when the world got the trees and complex land plants similar to those we know today first evolving and spreading across the landscape. Those complex root systems affected soil biogeochemistry and set off part of the chain that allowed humans to thrive.

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Science Without Borders, The USERN, And Its New President

Nov 11 2022 - 13:11
Humanity progresses thanks to the diffusion and sharing of human knowledge. In particular, scientific progress is brought forth by the sharing of ideas, measurements and experimental results among scientists, and the distribution of excellent education. We have grown very good at doing that, but can we improve the sharing of knowledge for the common good? 

The answer is certainly yes, as the interconnection of the scientific community and the interdisciplinarity of its efforts are hampered by borders, language barriers, cultural differences, political influences, religious hindrances, education system challenges, and also by different conventions, policies, metrics in the different areas of scientific research.

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Lifestyle Ticking Time Bombs Were Sped Up By COVID-19

Nov 11 2022 - 06:11
In 2022, the United States surpassed one million COVID-19 related deaths. Many of them had co-morbidities that are risk factors for many diseases, like old age, cancer, or respiratory issues.

Added into those risk factors were lifestyle diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and smoking, all of which are linked to poorer outcomes from COVID-19 infections. Those have all long been linked to negative health outcomes, which is why we have advocated for exercise, sensible diets, and giving up cigarettes as first lines of defense against many future problems.

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Melanoma Wants To Kill - Here Is How It Changes To Do So

Nov 10 2022 - 20:11
A new paper describes the perfect combination of genetic alterations that tumors use to promote explosive growth and prevent their own demise, a development that could change the way oncologists understand and treat melanoma.

Telomeres, protective caps at the of the end of the chromosome, are required to prevent DNA from degrading. In healthy cells, telomeres become shorter with each cycle of replication until they become so short that the cell can no longer divide. Disruptions in maintenance of the length of the telomeres can lead to severe disease. Short telomere syndromes lead to premature aging and death, but extra-long telomeres are associated with cancer.

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Short Extreme Rainfall Events Are More Common - Climate Change Implicated

Nov 10 2022 - 20:11
If you have ever visited or Florida or any place with rainfall extremes at sub-hourly timescales - short storms - residents joke that if you don't like their weather, wait five minutes and it will change.

A new analysis says those changes may be happening quickly, and are intensifying much faster than those on longer hourly or daily timescales. Which means greater chance for damaging environmental hazards like flash flooding. If these intense short-duration precipitation events are being affected by our changing climate. understanding them is crucial for effective climate adaptation and mitigation. 

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Mr. Cloud, I Don’t Like You Any More.

Nov 10 2022 - 17:11

My nice Plaxo online address book disappeared when the host company was sold and the buyer discontinued the service. My contacts, up in smoke.

Dropbox (cloud storage and data synch) and TunnelBear (VPN) both decided not to support my OS any more, as did Google Chrome. I face expensive upgrades.

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Evolution, A.I., And Science

Nov 10 2022 - 10:11

Our eyes see only a tiny band of the electromagnetic spectrum. Matter is mostly empty space, but we see and feel it as continuous solid. Why don't we comprehend the world as it really is? It is because evolution has prepared us to survive and reproduce. Evolution has no interest in preparing us to see the world as it is. There is no reproductive value in seeing the whole truth.

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America Leads The World In Science - And Anti-Science Conspiracy Theories

Nov 08 2022 - 10:11
With a tiny fraction of the world population, the United States dominates science output. America dominates in Nobel prizes, and adult science literacy.

Yet leading the world in science literacy needs under 30% of its people, so it isn't that America is great, it is more that other countries are terrible. Anyone looking at the science policies of Europe - 'anything but science' is the default - when it comes to food, energy, and medicine knows they're regressing into the Dark Ages. Asia never stopped being the home of supplements and mysticism, it is why they lead the world in endangered-species-killed-for-folk-medicine occurrences.

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Electric Cars Aren't For The 1%, They Are For The 0.6%

Nov 07 2022 - 16:11
If you are in agriculture, you know that growing food using older pesticides and other inputs has a cost - more economic expense and more environmental stress. California is the only state that requires all pesticides, including those that lobbyists get put on the organic list, to be specified. Copper sulfate is certified organic because it is old, not because it is less toxic. It is known to be more toxic to aquatic invertebrates and have greater environmental persistence than products like atrazine.(1)

To be effective you need to use 400% more of the legacy organic stuff. All for a tiny sliver of the public.

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Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 Vaccine Linked To Higher Myocarditis Risk Than Pfizer BioNTech

Nov 07 2022 - 15:11
Heart inflammation after a COVID-19 vaccine is very rare but epidemiology exists to vreate exploratory between products and outcomes and a recent analysis showed incidence of myocarditis, pericarditis or myopericarditis is two- to threefold higher after a second dose of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine compared to the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

That's not a reason to avoid a vaccine, any more than you should stop eating salad if it has a regular pesticide rather than an organic one, but it may mean that it's beneficial to choose specific vaccines for certain populations.

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