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Peace Is Bad For The Environment

Jun 10 2021 - 17:06
In 2016, after over a half century of fighting, the communist group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) gave up. The revolutionaries had hidden in the Andes-Amazon region and the occupied rainforest remained under-developed for obvious violent reasons: if you want to have a successful takeover, you can't make people happier, you have to make them miserable and hope they blame the government. 

It didn't work, and instead simply created multi-generational terrorism. The only winner during the attempted overthrow was, strangely, the environment, according to a new paper.

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Thanks, Environmentalists: During A California Drought, Laws Require So Much Water Flow The Stanislaus River Is Dangerous

Jun 10 2021 - 17:06
Environmentalists believe the Pacific Ocean needs more water, and also that no new water infrastructure can be built, which leads to one of the bizarrely counter-intuitive events that have made California famous across America.

Despite a drought, laws that environmental lawyers lobbied to get in place during politically sympathetic administrations mean that 1,500 cubic feet per second of water must be dumped by law from the New Melones Reservoir until...no one knows when. 

 

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AVITA'S RECELL Spray-On Skin For Pediatric Burns Gets FDA Approval

Jun 10 2021 - 11:06
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and AVITA Medical have halted recruitment for the ongoing pediatric burn study of RECELL spray-on skin for the best possible reason; it has been shown to work.

This expanded use just received FDA approval for pediatric burn patients as well as extensive burns covering more than 50 percent of a body’s total surface area.

The most common treatment for burns is skin grafting – a painful treatment that can be disfiguring, and sometimes results in additional complications as a child grows. Large burn injuries often do not have enough viable skin available for conventional skin grafting. 

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Correlation Between Underground Carbon Stores And Above-Ground Plant Biomass

Jun 08 2021 - 00:06

One of the things that scientists rely on to accurately predict climate change is the amount of carbon sequestered underground. Carbon dioxide in the air leads to increased global warming, exacerbating climate change. When plants have a lot of access to carbon dioxide, they photosynthesize more. Scientists have assumed for a long time that this led to a high concentration of carbon sequestered under the ground. As plants took in this carbon dioxide, they transformed it into compounds and organic structures such as roots and leaves, which would add to the amount of carbon stored underground.

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Aducanumab Approved As The First New Drug Therapy For Alzheimer's Patients In 18 Years

Jun 07 2021 - 18:06
Two recent articles showed showed changes in the focus and funding of clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease therapies.

And they suggested the change might be evidenced by today, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seemed ready to approve aducanumab (Biogen) as the first new drug therapy to Alzheimer's patients in nearly 20 years.

Namely the emergence of taxpayer-funded government and nonprofit organizations as the primary drivers of research. 

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Only 49% of Super-Rich Switzerland Wants To Ban Pesticides

Jun 07 2021 - 17:06
In Switzerland, it is easy to oppose science. The country is wealthy, with a minimum wage 3X that of most US states, because other countries pay the bills.  Even anti-science activists like Swiss Public Eye are funded by the government rather than consumers.

When you are rich, food is no longer on the hierarchy of needs, it becomes part of the hierarchy of 'values' and values are easy when you have money. You can advocate for expensive food for poor people in other countries because you will never see them. You don't know their struggle to feed their families when UN members walk down the street daily.

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Toxic Politics: Did American Scientists Want Trump Gone So Badly They Denied COVID-19 Reality?

Jun 07 2021 - 11:06
In March of 2020 The Lancet published an article claiming that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus variation that erupted in Wuhan in 2019 and set off the COVID-19 pandemic, could not have come from the world's largest coronavirus lab. In Wuhan. Where scientists had been working on "gain of function" experiments to create stronger coronaviruses.

Suggesting it might have come from one of only three labs in the world doing this research, near the Wuhan market, was the same as being a global warming denier, they said, which was codespeak for 'only Republicans who are racist will ask that question.'

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Articles In Preparation: Anomaly Detection, Differentiable Programming, Nearest Neighbours On Steroids

Jun 05 2021 - 09:06
Usually, when we talk about our research we discuss things we have recently published, highlighting the importance or novelty of their contribution to the advancement of human understanding or knowledge of the specific field of Science we work on. 


So it is only normal for me to try and go against that particular cliché here, and talk about things I will publish in the future. Admittedly, it is a bit of a mine field (it is never easy to be an anticonformist), but I will try to avoid stepping on the most obvious triggers (violations of confidentiality, scooping risks, impossible promises).




1. A new tool for anomaly detection

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The Marvel MCU Was So Tenuous The Company Had To Take Out A Loan To Make A Film - And Used The Characters As Collateral

Jun 05 2021 - 07:06
Marvel is a big name now, so big that even an obscure property like Shang-Chi can get a film and people just assume it will be good.

That wasn't always the case. Marvel had instead been known for taking any sketchy deal where the check would clear. 

So when they decided they wanted to make their own films, and capitalize on the success of The X-Men (sold to Fox) and Spider-Man (sold to Sony), no one was really interested. The reasons were obvious; they had baggage and no good characters left. There were only B (Captain America) and C (Iron Man, Thor) level characters left.

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Outdoor Transmission And Masks Are Signs Many On The Left Still Don't Trust Vaccines

Jun 04 2021 - 17:06
If you read corporate news over the last year, it would be easy to believe that Republicans hate science. If someone didn't want to wear masks and needed to tell you about it, it was a right wing person being displayed on social media. 

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Former CDC Director Robert Redfield Got Death Threats After Saying A Wuhan Lab Might Be The Source Of COVID-19

Jun 04 2021 - 07:06
Most people think that scientists don't get emotional. "Star Trek" and the mostly dispassionate Spock may be why they believe a science officer does not have feelings.

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Nutrition Is Vital, So Why Aren't The New Dietary Guidelines More Science Based?

Jun 03 2021 - 18:06
Old age is the biggest risk factor for most diseases, but if you have solid nutrition your health is likely to be better throughout all periods of life. Including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet the USDA dietary guidelines produced every five years won't tell you how to optimize nutrition for where you are at in life. They are one size fits all for broad swaths of age and gender, and that needs to change

The dietary guidelines were created to make sure consumers are kept in touch with the latest science and that taxpayer-funded programs like school lunches are properly feeding developing brains.

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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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