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USSR, Champion of Heritage Conservation?

Aug 20 2019 - 16:08
In Lviv, Ukraine, tourism is booming. It's a UNESCO world heritage site that today would be considered racist ghettos due to strictly segregated neighborhoods but which have been rebranded as multicultural Polish, Ukrainian, Jewish and Armenian quarters.

Like other tourist places, it has coffee shops and craft beer pubs within walking distance of your AirBnB but not everyone is pleased by this heritage-based urban renewal.

Elderly people who liked and perhaps even thrived under the communist dictatorship of the past feel nostalgic for old tombs. And some younger people who only see the USSR in books may feel the same way, that "museification" - like Williamsburg in Virginia - is the only way to go for heritage conservation.

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Department of Education Investigates Women-Only STEM Programs As Illegal Under Title IX

Aug 20 2019 - 13:08
The U.S. Department of Education has opened more than two dozen investigations into universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Yale, Princeton, Rice and more because they offer female-only scholarships, awards, and professional development workshops.  But they are not alone. A new analysis claims 84 percent of schools discriminate on awards when it comes to sex.

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Today In 1975, Viking 1 Was Launched To Mars From...Well, It Depends. Here's A Tortured History Of Florida Space Coast Names

Aug 20 2019 - 12:08
Viking 1, an unmanned U.S. probe headed for Mars, was launched on this day in 1975 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, which is Brevard county on the Atlantic Ocean and across the Banana River east of Merritt Island where Kennedy Space Center is which is itself east Titusville across the Indian River.

Yet even though Viking 1 took off from Cape Canaveral, formerly called Cape Kennedy, it did not take off from its more famous adjacent site, Kennedy Space Center, formerly called NASA Launch Operations CenterIt instead took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base, actual Cape Canaveral, not Merritt Island, which had once been renamed Cape Kennedy Air Force Station. 

Sound confusing? 

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Chandrayaan 2 Has Entered Lunar Orbit

Aug 20 2019 - 12:08
The Chandrayaan 2 lunar mission by India, set to visit the Moon's south polar region, has entered lunar orbit. It was launched aboard their own GSLV Mk-III rocket.

The lunar South Pole is especially interesting because of the lunar surface area here that remains in shadow is much larger than that at the North Pole. There is a possibility of the presence of water in permanently shadowed areas around it. In addition, South Pole region has craters that are cold traps and contain a fossil record of the early Solar System.

Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft land the lander -Vikram and rover- Pragyan in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70° south.

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Mars Weather Forecast 3,000,000,000 BC: Warm With Occasional Rain, Turning Cold

Aug 20 2019 - 10:08
Mars may seem hospitable only for cute robots now, but 3 to 4 billion years ago it was warm enough to have rainstorms and flowing water, followed by a longer cold period where the water froze - a lot like earth. 

Scientists have long known that water was abundant on ancient Mars, but there has been no consensus on whether liquid water was common, or whether it was largely frozen in ice. Was the temperature high enough to allow the water to flow? Did this happen over an extended period, or just occasionally? Was the surface a desert or frozen? Warm conditions make it much more likely that life would have developed independently on the surface of ancient Mars.

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AmazonFACE Project Study: Rainforest Absorbs Less Carbon Than Previously Estimated

Aug 20 2019 - 10:08
If you read English newspaper The Guardian, you will be convinced farming is killing us all. Instead of being the negative they persistently insist, food is a basic resource, we will literally die without it, and the modern world is creating more food at affordable cost with less environmental strain and less energy than once even dreamed possible. Actual data show all land use combined, types of farming, forestry, etc. are only 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and not all greenhouse gases are equal.

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Extinction Rebellion Is Antifa If They Were Stoned

Aug 19 2019 - 17:08
It's never easy to joke about people in face masks inciting violence to prevent violence they claim will happen due to other people, so I won't make fun of the Antifa group that says they oppose racism while engaging in a whole lot of "isms" of their own, like fascism, when I make fun of Extinction Rebellion for pretending to promote science when really they are the equivalent of rioters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention who claimed they were all about the Summer of Love.

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Debunking Debunking: Are We Really Less Credulous Than In The Past?

Aug 19 2019 - 15:08
Secular modernity requires the weeding out of all the baloney. Yet it’s not clear that we are any less credulous than before, notes Emily Ogden. an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia, in Aeon magazine.

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Statistical Wobble and JAMA Pediatrics Team Up To Undermine Fluoride - Boys Impacted Most

Aug 19 2019 - 15:08
If you want to claim bacon is as hazardous to your health as plutonium and mustard gas, go to the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Ramazzini Institute, or just go right to the trial lawyers many of them are either consulting for already or at least hope to soon.

But even they are not going to rush to defend this paper claiming preventing cavities leads to lower IQ. Oh wait, they will, some of this stuff even comes from NIEHS.(1)

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No Media Gatekeepers Needed: Over Half The Public Now Regard Scientists As Good Communicators

Aug 19 2019 - 12:08
In 2006, when Science 2.0 began, it felt like the world was ready for a writing network composed of scientists. There had already been two attempts, one failed and one wildly successful, albeit more focused on cultural issues than science.

The reason it felt time was because the public didn't trust journalists, who were (and are) often overtly partisan while scientists didn't trust journalists because they were (and are) often wrong. Why not make scientists the journalists?

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Archaeological Findings On Babylonian Conquest Of Jerusalem

Aug 19 2019 - 11:08
An archaeological excavation on Mount Zion in Jerusalem has found clear evidence of the Babylonian conquest from 587/586 B.C. 

The discovery is of a deposit including layers of ash, arrowheads dating from the period, as well as Iron Age potsherds, lamps and a significant piece of period jewelry - a gold and silver tassel or earring. There are also signs of a significant Iron Age structure in the associated area, but the building, beneath layers from later periods, has yet to be excavated.

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People Who Post To Social Media Under The Influence Of Drugs Often Regret It

Aug 19 2019 - 09:08
The use of social media is ubiquitous in today's culture. A recent Pew Research report found that, among 18 to 29-year-olds, over 90 percent use some form of social media while essentially 100 percent of young Americans (ages 18-29) have mobile phones, 94 percent of which are smartphones. 

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Angiogenesis Enhanced & Acute Wound Healing Improved With Electrical Stimulation Microcurrent

Aug 18 2019 - 17:08
Angiogenesis is a critical component for processes in wound healing and is defined as the formation of new capillaries from pre-existing blood vessels [1, 2]. Insufficient angiogenesis can result in impaired wound healing and chronic wound formation [4–8]. Electrical stimulation (ES) in its various forms has been shown to enhance wound healing by promoting the migration of keratinocytes and macrophages, enhancing angiogenesis, stimulating fibroblasts, and influencing protein synthesis throughout the inflammatory, proliferative and remodelling phases of healing [9–11].

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Devonian Fish Of The Eescuminac Formation

Aug 18 2019 - 16:08
An exquisite fossil specimen of an Eusthenopteron Fordi from the upper Devonian (Frasnian), Eescuminac Formation, Miguasha Park, Bay of Heat, Gaspé, Quebec, Canadian Museum of Natural History, Miguasha Collection.

If you look closely at this specimen, you can see the remarkable 3-D and soft-bodied preservation. This fish specimen reminds me of the ray-finned fossil fish you see in carbonate concretion from Lower Cretaceous deposits in the Santana Formation, Brazil.

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Nukes Can NEVER Terraform Mars - A Million Tsar Bomba's, Largest Nuke Ever Made, Can't Do It - Elon Musk's Sci. Fi Teeshirts

Aug 17 2019 - 13:08

Elon Musk has just tweeted about his "Nuke Mars to terraform it" idea. He talked about that some years back, in 2015 when many people responded with articles saying it is impossible. Now he is tweeting again.

This is surely just a joke. He can't be serious.

Here is his throwaway remark about it in 2015. It was reasonably clear he was not putting forward a serious worked out future plan for Mars. But is there any potential in the idea?

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Mauna Kea Astronomy: Something Weird Happened to the Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way 26,000 Years Ago

Aug 17 2019 - 06:08
Now they tell us. 

After 20 years of watching Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of our galaxy (that's right, no matter what astrology sign you pretend to be, we're all Sagittarius), in May astronomers saw something they'd never seen before.

Using the Keck Telescope at Mauna Kea in Hawaii (because it's 13,00 feet in the air, above 40 percent of the earth's atmosphere, it is great for infrared - this was before 2015 when mainland activists invaded to declare science was ruining a "sacred" place) they found the infrared imaging was much brighter


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1990 MU And 1998 OR2 Are NOT Planet Killers - Can't Even Hit Us - More Absurd Stories In Business Insider And Daily Express

Aug 17 2019 - 01:08

Another two harmless asteroids being shared in the sensationalist press. I am getting PM's from some really scared people about these. To debunk:

There has been NO ASTEROID WARNING. You can check that here with my non techy interface to the NASA Sentry table.

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PLOS ONE, Transplantation, Retract 15 Chinese Studies Due To Concerns About Informed Consent

Aug 16 2019 - 18:08
Every other month American journalists gleefully proclaim that communist China is spending more money (at least according to China) and producing more papers and that America is finished.

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What Scientists Just Learned From The Hidden Drawing Beneath DaVinci's "Virgin of the Rocks"

Aug 16 2019 - 17:08
In 2005, part of a hidden drawing beneath Leonardo Da Vinci’s "Virgin of the Rocks", commissioned for an altarpiece in 1483, was found, and scholars working on the National Gallery in London treasure have uncovered more.

Artist's reused materials, if there were errors, changes or they changed their minds, and now thanks to infrared and hyperspectral imaging plus X-ray fluorescence to find zinc in the drawings, we know something about what Da Vinci had originally planned. Using infrared reflectography in 2005, they discovered a preliminary drawing of the Virgin Mary - different from the final result.

And now they have revealed Leonardo’s earlier design for the angel and baby Christ.

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You Can Pretend NASA's Astrobiology Novels Are For Kids, But Everyone Will Love Them

Aug 16 2019 - 14:08
In 2010, to celebrate 50 years of Exobiology and Astrobiology research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) they commissioned a graphic history of the people and events that have shaped the science of nascent Exobiology and Astrobiology research.

Of course, how we came to be is not a new field, for as long as mankind was able to take a break from grinding out life we've wondered how it all came to be.

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