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Turmeric Linked To Cognitive Defects Because Of Adulterated Lead

Science 2.0 - Sep 24 2019 - 10:09
Though the $35 billion supplement industry claims to be superior to vaccines and other medicine, the unknown constituents of shady health products could be causing cognitive defects, finds a new study.

Turmeric, a commonly used spice sometimes even injected by Americans who don't understand medicine, is sometimes adulterated with a lead-laced chemical compound in Bangladesh, one of the world's predominant turmeric-growing regions.

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Media Fail: The Life Expenctancy Of Trans Women Is Not 35

Science 2.0 - Sep 24 2019 - 08:09
All five people who watched the Emmy Awards Sunday heard Actress Patricia Arquette claim "the life expectancy of trans women of color is just 35 years old."

Which is less than half of all females, whose life expectancy is 74. Shocking, right?

It's also completely wrong, notes Katie Herzog in The Stranger. But Arquette didn't make it up, it's a common statistic reported in media. 

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Birds Are Not Vanishing From North America, Nor Are Scientists 'Shocked' By 'Prophetic' Findings

Science 2.0 - Sep 23 2019 - 15:09
The number of birds in North America has declined by 3 billion, according to one group's estimate, and New York Times is sounding the alarm over it, like they sound the alarm over everything.

But this was written by Carl Zimmer, who's not usually prone to hyperbole, so it's surprising to see him taking an estimate based on amateur logs as fact, and then quoting Rachel Carson, author of the activist Bible called "Silent Spring."  (1)

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Happy Equinox - Let's Celebrate Ancient Female Warriors

Science 2.0 - Sep 23 2019 - 00:09
There is a saying in military units across the world that no Frenchman ever won a war, and that is technically true. But a French woman once did. Joan of Arc stopped the English when they were about to lose the Hundred Years’ War. 

Though she became a Catholic Saint, she was first branded as a heretic by Henry VI, who didn't like that his army was bested by La Pucelle, a teenage girl.(1)

Yet that sexism was not always the case. Nearly 1,400 years earlier when tribes were often ruled by warrior queens. And not in a "Game of Thrones" way, where women simply survived and become stronger after being abused or taught by men, but in their own right, as equals.

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The Alarming Decline In Avian Wildlife

Science 2.0 - Sep 21 2019 - 18:09

Habitat loss, climate change, unregulated harvest and pollution have all contributed to severe ecological challenges encompassing countless species around the world. The inordinate focus on species extinction has, ironically, led to an under appreciation of the environmental dangers caused by the loss of abundance within still common species. Indeed, these significant declines can degrade ecosystem integrity, reducing vital ecological, evolutionary, economic and social services that various organisms provide to their environment.

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Does Bernie Sanders $16 Trillion Green New Deal Pay For Itself?

Science 2.0 - Sep 21 2019 - 10:09

As young children worldwide protest over climate change, I thought I'd do a post about Bernie Sanders' Green Climate Change plan.

(click to watch on Youtube)

Bernie Sanders' idea is one of many ideas but one of the ones that promises the most radical action most quickly. He plans to spend $16 trillion on it, and claims that all of this will be recovered, that it will pay for itself.

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No Risk Of Extinction Of Common Birds In US - And Have We Really Lost 3 Billion Birds?

Science 2.0 - Sep 21 2019 - 09:09

This sort of study is hard to do. The media attention does not mean it is definitive or correct. We have had several reports published recently that got lots of media attention that were low quality like that unsystematic insects study that got so much attention,

Or in the case of the Costa Rica insects study later proven to be using a flawed methodology becaues they didn't take account of the effect of a hurricane.

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Do Not Adjust Your Set ) - Why We Should Keep With Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity Of 3°C For Now

Science 2.0 - Sep 20 2019 - 08:09

This is a story that is scaring some people. New research that is suggesting that perhaps the climate is more sensitive to CO2 than previously thought - but this is way jumping the gun. We get many results like this sometimes running too hot, sometimes too cold. Only the ones that go too hot hit the headlines. But the IPCC will look at all the evidence with their next high level review in 2021. Meanwhile we should use the values for the high level review in 2018 which remains our best estimate to date.

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Welcome Back To The 19th Century - Strep A Is Causing Scarlet Fever In U.K.

Science 2.0 - Sep 20 2019 - 07:09
A new strain of disease-causing bacteria has been identified which may explain a rise in more serious Strep A infections in England and Wales, according to results from cases published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal

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Abortions Rates Are Now Back Near The Recorded Low

Science 2.0 - Sep 20 2019 - 07:09
When the political debate about abortion was the rage there was concern by some that it was modern day eugenics. Federal abortions would overwhelmingly impact minorities, they said, while others argued that abortions controlled by states meant only wealthy people got them.

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Is "Groupthink" A Problem For Climate Science?

Science 2.0 - Sep 20 2019 - 06:09

When the Australian federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in August, she told waiting reporters on the shore that she’d seen “amazing wildlife, fish, turtles, clams … a reef teeming with life”.

Such an upbeat assessment seems at odds with the Scientific Consensus Statement, released by the Queensland government in 2017, which said “key Great Barrier Reef ecosystems continue to be in poor condition”.

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Wind Turbines Will Next Need Subsidies For Their Garbage

Science 2.0 - Sep 20 2019 - 06:09
The U.S. will have more than 720,000 tons of blade material to dispose of over the next 20 years, and that's without newer, taller versions that might crap out sooner than claims say they will.  

The reason is that are are few ways to recycle turbine blades, and what options do exist are expensive because all of the government subsidies go to prop up companies building these essentially useless things, not toward re-purposing the junk they leave behind.  

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Forensic Evidence In Paul Frampton's Drug Smuggling Case

Science 2.0 - Sep 20 2019 - 05:09
A few weeks ago, in an article where I discussed some new ideas for fundamental physics research, I briefly touched on an incident in which Paul Frampton, a well-known theoretical physicist, got involved in 2011. The paragraph in question read:

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American Environmentalists Believe In Sympathetic Magic - Apparently So Does Putin

Science 2.0 - Sep 19 2019 - 12:09
A few years ago, the Obama administration disclosed what must have been painful - the Russians were using donor-advised funds to send "dark money" donations to American environmental groups who were being "useful idiots" for them - the term Communists use for western liberals von Mises described in 1947 as "confused and misguided sympathizers."

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Science Of Cities: Why Do Crimes Like Rape Stay Linear With Population While Burglary Is Supercharged By City Size?

Science 2.0 - Sep 19 2019 - 09:09
If you live in a city, your chances of being involved victim of a criminal act go up, and as cities grow in size, crime grows even faster.

But not all crimes go up at the same rate.  Rape grows only linearly, at roughly the same pace as a city's population, while car theft and robbery compound and outpace the population.

A new mathematical model says the same underlying mechanism that boosts urban innovation and startup businesses can also explain why certain types of crimes thrive in a larger population. 

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Chronic Ear Infections May Have Wiped Out Neanderthals

Science 2.0 - Sep 19 2019 - 08:09
Anthropologists have long speculated about why neanderthals while Homo sapiens thrived? Was it some sort of plague specific only to Neanderthals? A cataclysmic event in their homelands?

A new paper in Anatomical Record posits that it was not some exotic pathogen, but chronic ear infections and plain old evolution. Ear infections are common in kids but how serious they are is a matter of debate. In parts of culture worried about both modern medicine antibiotic resistance, some parents believe an ear infection should just rest while a lot of older people with poor hearing believe kids should get them fixed. But killing off a species?

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Does Living Near Public Transit Lead To Alzheimer's? A Paper Claims Environmental Issues - Your Exposome - Cause It

Science 2.0 - Sep 19 2019 - 06:09
Though age is the big risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, an analysis of Swedish twins has led some to believe that half of individual differences in Alzheimer's disease risk may be environmental.

Chemists, toxicologists, and biologists note that we would have gone extinct long ago if our bodies had not been able to absorb, metabolize, ignore, or excrete trace substances but since 2005, when a new salvo against public trust in the modern world was opened, there has been talk that an "exposome" can cause all kinds of diseases.

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Paracelsus Horror: Environmental Working Group Tapwater Claims Take Chemical Cocktail Nonsense To The Next Level

Science 2.0 - Sep 19 2019 - 05:09
Environmental Working Group, the trial lawyer organization that claims modern pesticides are killing us but the old kinds labeled as "Organic"(™) create healthier families,  has a new claim out, this time that a "chemical cocktail" in plain old drinking water is causing 100,000 cases of cancer per year.

While USA Today (they'll blame Trump) and New York Times (they'll blame scientists) are sure to cover it, you don't need to be concerned. Like everything EWG does, this is manufactured hype.

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Homeless People Go Where The Free Stuff Is - And For 50% Of Them, That Place Is California

Science 2.0 - Sep 18 2019 - 18:09
Once a year I go to San Francisco. I used to go a lot more, every place I've lived I've had season tickets to baseball games, I still have my hat and pin and ticket/lanyard from the 2002 World Series, but once I moved inland it was hard to go to games because of traffic so now it is just annual. And in the last decade the city really declined due to a resurgence of vagrants and addicts that hadn't been a problem since the early 1990s.

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Omnicide, Accelerating Modernity - How Preventing Disaster Using Scientific Progress Puts Us At Risk

Science 2.0 - Sep 18 2019 - 17:09

Our present moment is characterized by a growing obsession with the long term. The study of climate change, for example, relies on increasingly long-range simulations. Science’s predictions are no longer merely hypotheses for validation or invalidation but are often grave threats – of growing scope and severity – that must be prevented.

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