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Marijuana May Help With PTSD But It's All Anecdotes At This Point

Science 2.0 - Sep 05 2019 - 06:09

Though "medical" marijuana has long been available to much of the public, to the medical community it's been a joke. For example, over 60 percent of pain patients are older women, but the majority of medical marijuana users who got it for pain were young men. It's a nice non-specific system on a subjective scale so it became an easy route to get legal access to a drug.

And it is a drug, it does things to receptors, but what they are really accomplishing is unclear.

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Information Density: Languages Communicate At The Same Rate

Science 2.0 - Sep 04 2019 - 18:09
If you hear people talking in your second language and think people are speaking too fast, it is literally all in your head. In actuality, languages from from English to Japanese convey information at 39 bits per second on average.

The nature of the language, like English with its 7,000 distinct syllables versus the few hundred in Japanese, don't make much difference. Basque at 8 syllables per second and Vietnamese at 5 syllables per second mean the rate at which information is conveyed similar for both.

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New Lightbulb Mandates Were Meaningless, The Free Market Already Boosted Efficiency, So DOE Was Right To Revoke Them

Science 2.0 - Sep 04 2019 - 17:09
In 2007, with a majority in both houses of Congress, Democrats set out to force science and technology out of the free market and into government mandates. By replacing spoons in the Congressional cafeteria with corn-based alternatives they were going to kill plastic, and by banning incandescent light bulbs they would save us all from...something.

Well, plastic didn't die, the alternatives were actually annoying to everyone. The spoons melted in soup, the knives broke, people ended up using twice as many of them to get through lunch, and it cost a fortune. It also didn't help the environment to have the garbage shipped to Virginia in emissions-belching trucks where they were maybe composted.(1) The technology was not ready.

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Big Pharma Unseats Federal Government As Most Hated Industry

Science 2.0 - Sep 04 2019 - 12:09
The federal government's war on opioids has caused its target, pharmaceutical companies, to become even less trusted than the federal government.

Of course, Big Pharma is not the problem, generic companies like Mylan and Purdue are what has made all companies look bad, and even then it is only a matter of relativity. Almost all opioid deaths are illegal fentanyl mixed with benzos, meth, and other drugs, not prescription pain patients, but that is why the federal government has targeted.

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Plagiarism, Lack Of Diversity; Humanities Journal Editors Criticize Humanities Academia

Science 2.0 - Sep 03 2019 - 15:09
Humanities academics have so long signaled toward progressivism - even when progressives were eugenicists - that it is harm to imagine that they wouldn't become more inclusive without having it called out, but perhaps that is the nature of truly lacking inclusivity. 

You don't know you are missing something if everyone tells you that you're not. Like intolerance for plagiarism.

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Vegan Has Beef With Neighbors Over Barbecue

Science 2.0 - Sep 03 2019 - 14:09
An Australian vegan claims her neighbor's right to cook ends at her ability to smell it. And she is suing to prevent further assaults on her olfactory sense.

Cilla Carden claims that the smell of neighbors cooking non-plants have ruined her quality of life. “All I can smell is fish. I can’t enjoy my back yard. I can’t go out there.”

The case was thrown out of the lower court so she appealed to the supreme court and in July, the supreme court judge rejected her claim but she has vowed return to court with a new suit against the human diet community. 

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This Snake Crawls Through The Brain’s Blood Vessels - And That's A Good Thing

Science 2.0 - Sep 03 2019 - 12:09
To clear blood clots in the brain, doctors often perform an endovascular procedure, where a surgeon inserts a thin wire through a patient’s main artery, usually in the leg or groin. Guided by a fluoroscope that simultaneously images the blood vessels using X-rays, the surgeon then manually rotates the wire up into the damaged brain vessel.

A catheter can then be threaded up along the wire to deliver drugs or clot-retrieval devices to the affected region.

Soon, a snake may be able to do it without the exhausting manual effort by a surgeon. 

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One Billion Species Face Extinction, Warns Discover Magazine

Science 2.0 - Sep 03 2019 - 12:09
Climate change will mean the end of democracy, warns The Week, while Discover tells us a million species are at risk, based on a media kit for a document that hasn't been released and uses broad estimates to make its claims. I predict it will not go anywhere because a million just isn't big enough these days.

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Prototype Reactor Turns CO2 Into Formic Acid, Pure Liquid Fuel

Science 2.0 - Sep 03 2019 - 11:09

The prototype of a catalytic reactor, an electrolyzer, uses carbon dioxide as its feedstock and produces high concentrations of formic acid, pure liquid fuel. 

In tests, the new electrocatalyst reached an energy conversion efficiency of about 42%. That means nearly half of the electrical energy can be stored in formic acid as liquid fuel. Formic acid produced by traditional carbon dioxide devices needs costly and energy-intensive purification steps.

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FDA Warns Umbilical Cord Blood Company Stemell To Discontinue Selling Its Products

Science 2.0 - Sep 03 2019 - 10:09
Stemell, Inc. of California and its president and Chief Executive Officer, Peyman Taeidi, Ph.D., have been warned by FDA to stop selling umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord products StemL UCB-Plus and StemL UCT-Plus.

The final straw was unhygienic manufacturing processes.

Thanks to President Clinton's 1994 gift to the supplement industry, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, wacky supplements are generally free from FDA oversight unless they claim to be medicine (rather than just hinting about "wellness" effects) or people keel over. All they have to do is put a disclaimer on the label that FDA has not evaluated the cosmic claims customers choose to believe.

But Stemell violates the law in two ways.

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Dr. Squatch: Soap For Dudes Who Grew Beards To Seem Manly While Agonizing Over Which Organic Hand Cream To Buy

Science 2.0 - Sep 03 2019 - 06:09
Urban beards are all the rage this decade, often worn by men in Euroweenie tight suits who want to hearken back to older times, when men were manly and not afraid of science.

Not so today. If you wear a beard now, it means you want to look masculine while virtue signaling that removing certain chemicals in soap will prevent your erectile dysfunction.

In reality, they probably needn't worry, women are swiping left because most don't want to date someone who looks ready for a Civil War re-enactment but they suspect has a bathroom filled with vegan skin care goop.


Not a Dr.

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Activists Saying Brazil Fires Were Caused By GMO Soy Means We've Reached Peak Environmental Science For 2019

Science 2.0 - Sep 02 2019 - 16:09
French anti-science activists Sherpa, France Nature Environnement, and Mighty Earth are blaming French companies for causing the Amazon fires,

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Sexual Economics Debunked: Women Don't Have Less Relationship Power As They Age

Science 2.0 - Sep 02 2019 - 16:09
Prevailing sexual economics belief posits that women have less sexual bargaining power as they age. But Baumeister and Vohs' 2004 Sexual Economic Theory (it's a proper name, like String Theory, even though it isn't really a theory, also like String Theory) was built on the assumption that sexual (reproductive) access is an intrinsically valued commodity, the supply of which is controlled by younger women.

But in the modern era sex is about more than procreation, and survey results show older women are not in a worse position. And if the women are bisexual or pansexual, they even have more power than men who are such.

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What Would A Nuclear Winter Look Like? Science Fiction, That's What

Science 2.0 - Sep 02 2019 - 06:09
What is old hype is new again, which is to say population bombs, starvation in Africa, nuclear plant meltdowns, and atomic destruction because an aggressive American president makes a wholesome dictator in Russia nervous and nuclear bombs start going off.

These recurring doomsday narratives follow a predictable cycle:

1) Hysterical activist with a credible title engages in crisis inflation
2) It gets New York Times coverage and a whole bunch of other people talk about it
3) A few questionable academics jump on the bandwagon
4) Serious scientists debunk it, to little public acclaim
5) The original scientists back off
6) All the old critics die off
7) A new generation of activists claim it was not a myth

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James Webb Space Telescope, 14 Years Behind Schedule, Gets Mechanical Assembly

Science 2.0 - Sep 01 2019 - 06:09
The U.S Government Accountability Office (G.A.O.) has had NASA on its High Risk list since 1990, due to persistent cost inflation and missed schedules of its programs.

Long before banks and General Motors set out to become "too big to fail", NASA had made it a core value.  There is no better example of how far NASA has fallen from the can-do group that gave us the Apollo program than the James Webb Space Telescope fiasco.

First proposed and funded in 1996 as the successor to Hubble, by 2002 they had told Congress that 11 years - longer than it took for the Apollo Program to put man on the moon from scratch - was not going to be enough time to send a mirror outside our atmosphere.

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Healthy People Over 70 Should Not Use An Aspirin Regimen

Science 2.0 - Aug 31 2019 - 15:08
Aspirin is fine for headaches but like much of epidemiological correlation that suggests cause and effect, link aspirin to fewer heart attacks has been nothing but a subsidy for companies. New results of the ASPREE trial presented today at ESC Congress 2019 show it doesn't help older people even if they are in the highest risk of cardiovascular disease.

In America, where we have created pre-diabetes to try and convince people they are already ill and need medication, an aspirin regimen is common, due to belief it helps prevent cardiovascular disease. That is not the case in Europe for people who do not have free from cardiovascular disease  because there is increased risk of major bleeding (doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehw106).

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ROBOpilot: Robot Passes FAA Test Well Enough To Get Its Pilot License, Then Has An Accident

Science 2.0 - Aug 31 2019 - 12:08
Insurance companies charge more at age 16 than age 21 because inexperience and youth make people more accident-prone.

This goes for robots also. 

ROBOpilot, developed by DZYNE Technologies as an easy way to make any aircraft autonomous, passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s Practical Test for piloting light aircraft and carried out its first flight on August 9 in Utah but then a few weeks later had its first incident and was damaged.

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Elon Musk And Jack Ma Not Population Experts - Population Is NOT Going To Collapse Rapidly In The Next 20 Years

Science 2.0 - Aug 31 2019 - 06:08

This is a story running in the news even on the BBC website, which is scaring a few people. There isn't any prediction of an accelarating population collapse. Indeed our population is increasing and is expected to level off some time between 2050 and 2100 and AFAIK nobody is saying our population will collapse in 2050 except these two CEO's in their interview.

This is another article I'm writing to support people we help in the Facebook Doomsday Debunked group, that find us because they get scared, sometimes to the point of feeling suicidal about it, by such stories. Do share this with your friends if you find it useful, as they may be panicking too.

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From Washington To Maine, A Storm May Let You See The Aurora Borealis This Weekend

Science 2.0 - Aug 30 2019 - 18:08
The colorful Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) occur when charged particles from the sun interact with gases in Earth’s during darker winter months in high-latitude regions like Alaska, Scandinavia, and Iceland but a geomagnetic storm predicted for this weekend could result in aurora sightings even in Montana.

When particles from the sun interact with Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere and gases like oxygen and nitrogen, they gain energy and later release it, creating the light shows.


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Elon Musk And Jack Ma Are Not Population Experts - Population Is NOT Going To Collapse Rapidly In The Next 20 Years

Science 2.0 - Aug 30 2019 - 18:08

This is a story running in the news even on the BBC website, which is scaring a few people. There isn't any prediction of an accelarating population collapse. Indeed our population is increasing and is expected to level off some time between 2050 and 2100 and AFAIK nobody is saying our population will collapse in 2050 except these two CEO's in their interview.

This is another article I'm writing to support people we help in the Facebook Doomsday Debunked group, that find us because they get scared, sometimes to the point of feeling suicidal about it, by such stories. Do share this with your friends if you find it useful, as they may be panicking too.

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