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Over 65 Essential Oils Are Endocrine Disruptors

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

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

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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How Do You Deal With Trash On The Moon? Not As Easy As You'd Think

Mar 18 2018 - 14:03

How do you deal with the trash on the Moon? This is not an exciting or glamorous subject I know, but it is part of the reality of space travel. This is something that's easy to forget about, how much trash astronauts generate every year. We don't notice it so much on the ISS because it is easy for the astronauts to dump it, and it all burns up cleanly in the atmosphere. The Apollo crew didn't spend enough time on the Moon for it to be that noticeable.You may be surprised at how much trash the ISS generates. And what about footprints on the Moon, and rocket exhausts, and all the dust thrown up by spaceships as they land and take off (two tons of dust in the case of the Apollo misisons)?

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RIP Stephen Hawking

Mar 14 2018 - 07:03
I do not keep crocodiles[*] in my drawer, so this short piece will have to do today.... Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned British cosmologist, passed away yesterday, and with him we lost not only a bright thinker and all-round scientist, but also a person who inspired two or three generations of students and researchers, thanks of his will to live and take part in active research in spite of the difficulties he had to face, which he always managed to take with irony. Confined on a wheelchair by ALS, and incapable of even speaking without electronic assistance, he always displayed uncommon sharpness and wit.

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Let's Make Sure Astronauts Won't Extinguish Native Mars Life - Op Ed - Short Version

Mar 11 2018 - 23:03

Lisa Pratt, the new planetary protection officer for NASA takes up her job at a challenging time for astrobiology. We are approaching a major decision point for Mars. If Elon Musk succeeds in his ambitious plans, then some time in the next couple of decades we may introduce trillions of hardy microbial spores to the planet. Not deliberately, but just because we can't help but take them with us wherever we go. This is a major quandary for astrobiology. But not just for astrobiologists. 

I think almost anyone would be saddened if we had this headline news story in the 2030s:

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Let's Make Sure Our Astronauts Won't Extinguish Native Mars Life?

Mar 11 2018 - 03:03

Lisa Pratt, the new planetary protection officer for NASA takes up her job at a challenging time for astrobiology. We are approaching a major decision point for Mars. If Elon Musk succeeds in his ambitious plans, then some time in the next couple of decades we may introduce trillions of hardy microbial spores to the planet. Not deliberately, but just because we can't help but take them with us wherever we go. This is a major quandary for astrobiology. But not just for astrobiologists. 

I think almost anyone would be saddened if we had this headline news story in the 2030s:

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On Lawrence Krauss, BuzzFeed, And #MeToo

Mar 09 2018 - 06:03
Large amounts of ink (well, electrons) have been spilt over the web in the past few months to discuss the #MeToo movement. It seems this blog will eventually join the crowd, although a bit belatedly, and with a slightly different viewing angle. 
After keeping silent on the matter, I am stimulated to discuss it after a BuzzFeed article exposed several cases of alleged sexual harassment and related inappropriate behavior by world-class cosmologist-cum-science-pop-guy-cum-skeptic Lawrence Krauss. Plus, yesterday was international women's day, and I never miss a chance to miss a deadline.

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How's About Civilian Space As Route To Reunification Of Koreas?

Mar 09 2018 - 02:03

Well, to everyone’s surprise, it seems that Trump and Kim Jong Un are going to meet. So this is no longer a hypothetical question. Trump accepts invitation to meet Kim (This originates as my answer on Quora to: What would happen if Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump could meet and talk to resolve the tension over North Korea?

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One Thing Hitler Did Wrong

Mar 05 2018 - 06:03

In 1917, Kelly Miller (scientist) published an open letter to President Woodrow Wilson in the Baltimore Afro-American against lynching, which he called "national in its range and scope," and called the government's failure to stop it "the disgrace of democracy." He also stated “It is but hollow mockery of the Negro when he is beaten and bruised in all parts of the nation and flees to the national government for asylum, to be denied relief on the basis of doubtful jurisdiction.

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Might We Colonize Saturn's Moon Titan? It Has A Thick Atmosphere After All

Mar 03 2018 - 15:03

Titan might seem an unlikely place to colonize at first, since it is so far from the sun, and cold. But actually it's got more going for it than you might think. It's got many possible native sources of energy for one, including chemical, wind, hydro and (surprisingly) solar power too. The thick atmosphere and the low gravity greatly simplifies the process of building settlements and it has abundant hydrocarbons which are great for making plastics.

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What President Putin Actually Said - Not Threatening War - Nuclear Deterrent To Preserve Peace

Mar 02 2018 - 17:03

I’ve had several PM’s and we’ve had comments by scared people in our Doomsday Debunked Facebook group who have read alarmist stories suggesting that Putin threatens to attack the US. It is worth listening to his actual speech to get their perspective on it, which is the opposite of that. They think of this as the only way to preserve peace. So I thought I should post here, since if so many people in the group are getting scared by the misreporting of his speech, maybe others will too who haven't found us.

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When Did BPA Stop Being Toxic?

Mar 01 2018 - 07:03

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