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What Would The Effects Be Of A Major Solar Storm? Short Term Local Power Cuts For Hours - Not Widespread Blackout For Months

Oct 21 2021 - 01:10

From time to time we get larger solar storms. One of the last major ones was the one in March 1989 geomagnetic storm which caused a nine hour power cut in Quebec. That happened because they weren’t prepared for it. Modern power supplies are hardened against this, making such events much less likely.

There were earlier studies suggesting widespread damage to transformers which could cause months to years to repair, widespread power supply problems that would take a long time to resolve, and trillions of dollars of damage, so a large economic impact.

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No COP26 Would NOT Fail If USA Removes Climate Measures From Reconciliation Bill - COP26 And Paris Agreement Is Already A Succes

Oct 21 2021 - 00:10

This is for people who worry that the Democrats in the USA will never come to agreement on their climate policies. It’s tough work for them, because they have to get agreement of 50 senators, even one abstention and they will lose the vote.

IMHO this is also a strength- the bill is getting intense scrutiny. Everyone’s concerns need to be listened to. Joe Manchin seems genuine and he represents centrist politicians in the USA - a bill is more likely to work if he is behind it too.

But we are getting stories claiming that COP26 will fail if this bill doesn’t include strong climate change action - that’s just not true. The other countries would continue with strong climate action even if the USA was still under Trump and not in the Paris agreement.

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How To Motivate Your Self, And Others To Act On Climate Change, Biodiversity Or Anything Else - Tips From Psychology

Oct 21 2021 - 00:10
How to motivate your self, and others to act on climate change, biodiversity or anything else - tips from psychology

This talk may help you if you are thinking about how to motivate both yourself and others, and also governments, to act on climate change, biodiversity loss or indeed anything. The way you might do it instinctively, to focus on all the negatives that need to be fixed, is actually not the best approach. Psychologists call this negative framing.

Psychology says, in order to create engagement, we should present, on balance, three positive or supportive framings for each climate threat we mention.

Epsen Stokes, 8:49 into this video.

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Yet Another Over-Hyped Study Alleging Phthalates As The Cause Of All Human Misery

Oct 20 2021 - 16:10

I’ve written in the past about the tendency of some researchers to compensate for weak study design or small sample size by over-hyping their research findings, particularly with the news media.

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Telemedicine: Remote Aid And Social Distancing

Oct 20 2021 - 10:10
In the wake of the pandemic crisis, many services had to go online or change to the home office. Classes, conferences, and meetings moved to the internet, with laptops and mobile devices. If co-workers can meet online, why can't you see your doctor in the same way?


Telecommunication technology is more accessible than ever. Undoubtedly, healthcare technology must keep pace with it. There are limitations to this system, though. Still, it can be a very effective tool for preventive healthcare. Read more about telemedicine's advancements in this article.

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Only 7% of Americans Trust Media. Katie Couric Is A Symptom, Not The Disease

Oct 19 2021 - 10:10
Katie Couric recently revealed that she cut some comments by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who said in an interview that she thought kneeling during the national anthem was wrong, because she ‘wanted to protect’ her. Couric said she felt racial justice was a ‘blind spot’ for RBG so she was doing her a favor.

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You Can Soon Own Darwin's Microscope

Oct 18 2021 - 17:10
In 1864, Charles Darwin gave a microscope (designed by Charles Gould for the firm Cary) to his 14-year-old son Leonard. Leonard died in 1943 but it stayed in the family - and now it is going up for auction; the only one ever offered to the public.

Other microscopes he owned are still at Charles Darwin’s family home, Down House, and the Whipple Museum.

Of this one, Darwin once wrote in a letter to his eldest son, ‘Lenny was dissecting under my microscope and he turned round very gravely and said “don’t you think, papa, that I shall be very glad of this all my future life”.’


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Science Journalists Are Optimistic About Their Field

Oct 18 2021 - 10:10
Recent survey results by SciDev.Net/CABI reveal that the majority of science journalists (633 respondents from 77 countries) believe that the field is not consolidating the way some other mainstream/legacy journalism specialties are.

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How Exascale Computers Can Verify The Universe

Oct 16 2021 - 16:10

Proving the universe seems like a gargantuan task, but we might have a chance to do so with exascale computers.

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Art And Artificial Intelligence: An Odd Couple?

Oct 16 2021 - 06:10
This past Thursday I held a public lecture, together with my long-time friend Ivan Bianchi, on the topic of Art and Artificial Intelligence. The event was organized by the "Galileo Festival" in Padova, for the Week of Innovation.
Ivan is a professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Padova. We have known each other since we were two year olds, as our mothers were friends. We took very different career paths but we both ended up in academic and research jobs in Padova, and we have been able to take part together in several events where art and science are at the focus. Giving a lecture together is twice as fun!


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Facial Recognition Is Finally Raising Questions About Government Accountability

Oct 15 2021 - 17:10
For most of this century, anyone in London has been photographed and filmed an average of 300 times each day. Their reasoning to start such intrusive scrutiny was that England, Wales, and Scotland led the developed world in crime, and a tourist attraction like London needed extra monitoring.

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Banning Financing For Fossil Fuel Projects In Africa Increases Inequity

Oct 15 2021 - 06:10

Today’s global energy inequities are staggering.

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Green Energy Reality: Coal Plants Are Coming Back Online As Enegy Prices Soar 95%

Oct 14 2021 - 14:10
Like organic food, alternative energy such as solar and wind are fine placebos for wealthy people - as long as things are good. When there is a shortage, we find out how poorly such alternatives work, the same way that during the early stages of the pandemic the cleaning supply aisles in stores had plenty of green alternatives while the public bought up all the Clorox, Purell, and Lysol.

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Merck Invented Nobel Prize-Winning Ivermectin 30 Years Ago, They're Not Telling You To Take It For COVID-19 Now

Oct 14 2021 - 13:10

Ivermectin is an over 30-year-old wonder drug that treats life- and sight-threatening parasitic infections. Its lasting influence on global health has been so profound that two of the key researchers in its discovery and development won the Nobel Prize in 2015.

I’ve been an infectious disease pharmacist for over 25 years. I’ve also managed patients who delayed proper treatment for their severe COVID-19 infections because they thought ivermectin could cure them.

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Biden Under Fire for Reversing Environmental Protections

Oct 12 2021 - 17:10
For a candidate who insisted his opponent was colluding with Russians, it looks odd for President Biden to undo an environmental check Trump had placed on Russia - and will lead to unchecked CO2 emissions. 

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Soda Tax Provision In California’s Keep Groceries Affordable Act of 2018 Found Unconstitutional

Oct 12 2021 - 14:10
Imagine I created a bill called Keep American Clean, and to do it, I intended to create pollution. A giant chunk of people would go along with it based on the name, especially if I am in their political party.

That is the claim made about the intent of California’s Keep Groceries Affordable Act of 2018. In a state that already has a stigma of social authoritarianism wrapped in quasi-benevolent racism, the bill prevents local governments from throwing any tax they want on foods they choose to ban. Foods that people of color happen to like. If they do that outside state laws, they will lose revenue.

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Asia Is Ending Its Zero Covid Ideal: Should The US Do The Same?

Oct 11 2021 - 11:10
Sometimes the perfect is the enemy of the good. The Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Asian Flu of 1957 eventually ended, without shutdowns of the economy. China never shut down, they have barely counted any COVID-19 deaths as coronavirus-related since last spring, and the rest of Asia is abandoning the Zero COVID goal. Should the US do the same?

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White Patients Significantly Less Likely To Be Sent Home Rather Than To A Skilled Nursing Facility After Surgery

Oct 11 2021 - 08:10
Even if insurance and household incomes are similar, white people are more likely than people of color to be sent home after surgery rather than to a skilled nursing facility. People of color are also more likely to stay in long-term care or get care at home, according to results presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 annual meeting.

The reason, the authors believe, it is that people of color are more likely to have severe diabetes and high blood pressure, which can impact recovery. 

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Do Mennonite Kids Have Fewer Allergies? If So, Pathogens In Breast Milk May Be Why

Oct 11 2021 - 07:10
It used to be that allergies were somewhat rare but if you go to an allergist today, you are almost certain to be declared allergic, or at least sensitive, to something. How much of that is actual biological change versus how much is that the country that purchases 85% of the world's prescription medication loves to get medical diagnoses is unclear.

Now the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology believes that nearly half of the population of the EU have allergies to something. A survey of Americans in 2020 estimated that approximately 30 percent of Americans of all ages have allergies. Since they are self-reported surveys rather than dianoses, what is unclear is how many of those are people claiming issues like gluten sensitivity.

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