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FDA Asks Public To Pressure Facebook And Twitter To Stop Seliing Illegal Opioid Ads

Science 2.0 - Apr 04 2018 - 16:04
The Justice Department has said that ending the flow of illegal opioids in the U.S. is a top law-enforcement priority but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn't want to wait years for courts to help, they are directly calling on the public to pressure sites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter to put a crimp on supplement and opioid sales.

At the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called on social media companies and internet companies to stop taking money for ads. Good luck with that. What he was really seeking is public help in pressuring them. Facebook and Twitter have repeatedly shown they are modern-day arms dealers and happily sell to both sides, so only the public can put the needed pressure on them.

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$400,000 Breakthrough Junior Challenge Competition Now Open

Science 2.0 - Apr 03 2018 - 14:04
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced has launched its fourth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge competition designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physics and mathematics.

Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create original videos (up to three minutes in length) that illustrate a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions will be judged on the students’ ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in the most engaging, illuminating and imaginative ways.

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Wood Heat: Why The Developing World Needs Centralized Energy, Even If It's Coal

Science 2.0 - Apr 03 2018 - 11:04

A new study takes Norwegians to task for continuing to use wood stoves as part of their bucolic northern heritage. Drive outside cities and it is common to see stacks of wood lining the walls of houses and smoke rising from the chimneys, especially on cold days. Due to that heritage, there was even a national "wood night program" on NRK, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, which ran for 12 hours and attracted international attention.

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The Magical Caves Of Frasassi

Science 2.0 - Apr 02 2018 - 11:04

While spending a few vacation days on a trip around central Italy I made a stop in a place in the Appennini mountains, to visit some incredible caves. The caves of Frasassi were discovered in September 1971 by a few young speleologists, who had been tipped off by locals about the existence, atop a mountain near their village, of a hole in the ground, which emitted a strong draft wind - the unmistakable sign of underground hollows.

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Symmetry & Relativity, Sexy Virtual Reality (VR) In Modern Relativity Theory - All For Everybody

Science 2.0 - Mar 30 2018 - 02:03
Relativity is a form of symmetry and for that reason already of fundamental importance for science. Symmetry means: You can change something in some quite fundamental way, for example rotate the whole circle, and yet, the result is in some other important way the same, the circle is in all ways we can notice as it was before the rotation. The law of the conservation of energy is such symmetry: We transform local chemical energy into non-local kinetic energy and back, yet its mass stays the exact same throughout. We usually call ‘Relativity’ a symmetry that involves transforming the observer/describer and his perspective. They are mainly:

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Interstitium: Newfound 'Organ' Missed Due To Old Standard Method For Visualizing Anatomy

Science 2.0 - Mar 27 2018 - 19:03
How do you miss an organ important for the function of all organs, most tissues and the mechanisms of most major diseases? Easy, you don't look for it. 

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Too Big To Fail, Too Difficult To Complete: James Webb Space Telescope Now Maybe 2020

Science 2.0 - Mar 27 2018 - 14:03
The James Webb Space Telescope, originally scheduled to be completed in 2007, now might be ready in 2020. If you still believe anything coming from Big Space. 

Meanwhile, Big Space claims it is under-funded. While it's true many worthy small experiments can't get the money they need, the reason is not due to the Bush, Obama or Trump administrations, it is because all three of them have watched JWST, the supposed successor to Hubble, bleed funding dry with its constant misses and overruns.

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Head Fake: Lake Methane Is Worse Than CO2

Science 2.0 - Mar 26 2018 - 14:03
A new paper is proposing that methane due to lakes is scarier than carbon dioxide, but it tells only one sider of the story: methane has much greater warming impact, they rightly note, but leave out that it is so short-lived it is having zero impact on climate change.

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The Food Waste Solution That You Might Not Know You Are Using

Science 2.0 - Mar 26 2018 - 14:03
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Was FDA’s Recent Statement On BPA Premature?

Science 2.0 - Mar 26 2018 - 14:03

A few weeks ago the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) released the results of the largest study ever conducted on bisphenol A (BPA).  The CLARITY Core study was conducted by senior scientists with the U.S.

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Finally, EPA Is Ending Regulation By 'Secret Sauce' - And Activists Are Livid

Science 2.0 - Mar 26 2018 - 13:03
In 1984, activist groups won a stunning victory for political allies they had placed inside the Federal government. Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 gave "deference" to agencies when interpreting statutes Congress required them to administer. The White House, regardless of voters or Congress, could legislate using regulations and be judge, jury and executioner when it came to science. Perfect for activism, but terrible for public trust in science. 

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New York Government Sues To Be Allowed To Deplete More Fish

Science 2.0 - Mar 26 2018 - 12:03
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is clearly on the campaign trail for his next job, because even in a state that is lawsuit happy like New York he is setting records for most pointless emails about investigations and lawsuits.

But now he says the science is on his side, not just his political interpretation of the law, and that will get a response where the usual politics won't. So let's see if this is about science or greed.

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Energy Is Not A Substance And How To Easily Understand This

Science 2.0 - Mar 25 2018 - 04:03
Energy is not a substance, not something in the sense of “some thing”. Energy often appears to be a substance that flows, for example if charging a battery or an electrical capacitor. When charging, also electrons flow into these devices, but as many electrons flow out of the device. Nevertheless, there is something flowing into the device, namely energy. Moreover, the charged electrical capacitor is a tiny little bit more massive, more heavy than before, because an amount of energy E has always the mass m given by the famous equation E = m c2.

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Everything Is An Endocrine Disruptor, Claims French Activist Researcher Barbara Demeneix

Science 2.0 - Mar 24 2018 - 12:03
The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Paris-Sorbonne, must be a dangerous place to work, because scholars there have found that almost everything is a so-called "endocrine disruptor".

They may be correct. If you drink a cup of coffee while reading this, your hormones changed, they were disrupted. If you got angry knowing that the most anti-science country in the developed world, France, put out yet another article that has gone essentially unchallenged by anyone in their whole school much less a co-author with some common sense, your hormones changed. And because they changed, they can be called "disrupted" - if you have an agenda that does not involve science or public health. 

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Why Content Farms Succeed: How-To Articles Beat Posts About Scientific Developments

Science 2.0 - Mar 21 2018 - 10:03
A Pew Research Center analysis of science-related pages on Facebook found that people are most likely to encounter "how-to" tips or advertisements rather than stories about scientific discoveries.

The reason is simple. Facebook shows people what they want to see based on past behavior. So shocking IFLScience or Buzzfeed 'X Did Y and you'll never guess what happened next!' titles will get clicked on more than articles about nematodes, making the former more likely to show up in the future. 

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More People Can Afford Meat Now, And Hepatologists Claim That Is Causing Liver Disease

Science 2.0 - Mar 21 2018 - 08:03
Vegetarians are not winning in the public consciousness but they are certainly winning in media and academia. The reason is simple: claiming something is harmful is a great call to action whereas telling people they are healthier in the modern world than ever before won't raise money at all.

The controversial group International Agency for Research on Cancer, which has been shown to have been hijacked by activists who didn't declare conflicts of interest, declared red and processed meat carcinogens on the same level as mustard gas, plutonium and cigarette smoking, and since California is required by law to automatically put IARC ingredients on its Proposition 65, there has been a rush to chase grants reaffirming why they are right. 

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No Need To Fear Universe May End In Collision With Bubble Of Nothingness (False Vacuum From Collapse Of Higgs Boson)

Science 2.0 - Mar 20 2018 - 08:03

This is an article in New Scientist that’s being shared in social media and it’s scaring many people because when you read it as far as it goes, before you have to pay to read, it doesn’t give a timeline, so they think it could happen any moment. Also, because it says “there’s a chance” that it has already collapsed in a distant corner of the cosmos. Here is the preview:

“The Higgs boson could destroy the universe. There’s a chance this particle has collapsed in a distant corner of the cosmos, producing a bubble of expanding vacuum energy that could envelop us all.

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Over 65 Essential Oils Are Endocrine Disruptors

Science 2.0 - Mar 19 2018 - 12:03
At a press conference Saturday, a team of scholars presented data that sent an icy chill through the hearts of activists against science and medicine, like Pete Myers of Environmental Health News and Fred vom Saal, who sell natural alternatives to modern products which they claim are all "endocrine disruptors."

They showed that regular exposure to lavender or tea tree oil was linked to abnormal breast growth in young boys - prepubertal gynecomastia - because the common plant-derived oils act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals.  

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Journalists Continue To Hope, But There Is No Beecopalypse Or Colony Collapse Disorder

Science 2.0 - Mar 19 2018 - 11:03
USDA has reported that honeybees are down 4 percent for 2017, which set off another flurry of Beepocalypse claims by corporate journalists who desperately want to believe that modern science is killing us.

What gets left out of the story is that the 4 percent is down from a 22 year high.

There is no Beepocalypse, no Colony Collapse Disorder, no anything. It is just a statistical blip, as has happened in bees since even casual record-keeping began over a thousand years ago.

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Conspiracy Or Self-Deception, Higher Apes At Crossroad Facing World War III

Science 2.0 - Mar 19 2018 - 02:03
Trigger Warning [general trigger warning]: My analysis of the current situation is deeply concerning, but there is some hope. As an autistic abnormal of that kind, I try perfecting consistency in my interpretations, insisting on self-critical scientific method – also in all of the following. However:

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