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Innovations In Air Filtration Technology

May 27 2022 - 23:05

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Monkeypox: Most Infected Won't Need Them But We Already Have Vaccines And Drugs For It

May 27 2022 - 15:05

Medicines are not normally needed to treat monkeypox. The illness is usually mild and most people infected will recover within a few weeks without needing treatment. But there are vaccines that can be used to control monkeypox outbreaks, which some countries are already using. And treatments do exist for those who become quite ill from the virus.

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Local Newspapers Can Be The New College Papers For Students

May 27 2022 - 15:05

Local news outlets across the U.S. are struggling to bring in advertising and subscription revenue, which pays for the reporting, editing and production of their articles. It’s not a new problem, but with fewer and fewer journalism jobs as a result, a growing number of local newsrooms have found a potential solution: college journalism students.

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The Role Of Earth’s Orbit In Climate Change

May 26 2022 - 16:05
There has long been debate about the role of Earth’s orbit in driving global climate cycles. As most people know, 90,000 of every 100,000 years have been ice ages in patterns.

Scientists have long been aware that the waxing and waning of massive Northern Hemisphere ice sheets results from changes in the geometry of Earth’s orbit around the Sun. A new study has been able to pinpoint exactly how the tilting and wobbling of the Earth as it orbits around the Sun has influenced the melting of ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere over the past 2 million years.

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Environmentalists Say Less Phosphorous Will Make Lake Erie Less Toxic - Science Knows They're Wrong

May 26 2022 - 15:05
Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins and deplete lakes of oxygen when they die.  It can be dangerous for both pets and people. In August 2014, nearly half a million people in the Toledo area were without tap water for nearly three days due to contaminated drinking water. A type of blue-green algae, Microcystis, had produced particularly high levels of the liver toxin microcystin (MC) in Lake Erie.

Since the nutrient phosphorus is an important nutrient for these algae, and environmentalists and the politicians they influence don't understand biological systems thinking, they have made efforts to reduce phosphorus levels and inhibit the growth of cyanobacteria.

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The Link Between Female Fertility And Twins - An Answer From The Past

May 26 2022 - 15:05
The common belief is that women who have twins are more fertile but what does the science say?

A detailed analysis of more than 100,000 births to women born between 1700 and 1899, published on 24 May 2022 in Nature Communications, found the answer is no.

Analysis of the offspring of twins shows that they are not exceptionally fertile when compared to the rest of the population. In addition, without refined statistical analysis, previous studies on the subject could not determine whether women have twins more often because they frequently release more than one egg during ovulation, or whether it is the multiplication of pregnancies that increases their chances.

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Giorgio The Unstoppable

May 26 2022 - 13:05
I was happy to meet Giorgio Bellettini at the Pisa Meeting on Advanced Detectors this week, and I thought I would write here a note about him. At 89 years of age Giorgio still has all his wits around him, and he is still as compelling and unstoppable as anybody who has met him will recall. It is a real pleasure to see that he still attends all sessions, always curious to hear the latest developments in detector design and performance. 

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A Tale Of Two Two-Sigma Signals

May 23 2022 - 18:05
Two recent analyses by the CMS experiments stand out, in my opinion, for their suggestive results. They both produce evidence at the two-three sigmaish level of the signals they were after: this means that the probability of the observed data under the no-signal hypothesis is between a few percent and a one in a thousand, so nothing really unmistakable. But the origin of the observed effects are probably of opposite nature - one is a genuine signal that is slowly but surely sticking its head up as we improve our analysis techniques and collect more data, while the other is a fluctuation that we bumped into. 

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Your Speculation About Why The Hanger Reflex Is Real Is As Good As Any

May 20 2022 - 17:05
If you take a hanger and place it around your head, your head is likely to turn. This was studied in 1991 and 2015 for the same reason we sometimes put shrimp on treadmills - because we can. And also because it is a mystery of neuroscience.

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Canadian Activists Wants To Ban Decabromodiphenyl Ethane - That's Bad News For The Public Worried About Fire Safety

May 20 2022 - 11:05
The activist group Environment and Climate Change Canada has gotten political allies inside the government's Health Canada division to try and lobby for bans on decabromodiphenyl ethane - without having a replacement for a flame retardant used to keep home appliances, electronics, and electric wires and cables safe.

That is an unnecessary increase in risk, not to mention a high price increase for Canadians already in the midst of a supply chain crisis.

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DIPA-CRISPR Makes Insect Gene Editing Possible

May 19 2022 - 23:05

Since the Nobel prize for chemistry was awarded to biochemist Jennifer Doudna and microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier in 2020, for developing the gene-editing technique known as Crispr-Cas9, Crispr has enjoyed a lot of attention and interest from scientists. The technique has been touted as a possible source of new treatments for diseases caused by genetic mutations, such as muscular dystrophy, and congenital blindness.

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Media Influences Occupations - Here Is How Perceptions Of Jobs Changed Over Time

May 18 2022 - 15:05
"All The President's Men" inspired young people to rush to journalism while "Mad Men" caused enrollment in advertising courses to surge and "Top Gun led to more Navy recruits.

Film and television shapes young minds and marketers know it. A whole generation of people will believe a show like "The Offer" is a history of "The Godfather" film the same way some believe "Food Inc" is science; because it is on a screen. Yet trends have changed as fashions have. 'Stewardess' is out of the lexicon while 'Congressman' is still in.

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Women Who Hug Before A Stressful Experience Have Lower Cortisol Hormone Levels

May 18 2022 - 14:05
A new study finds that hugging a romantic partner can prevent the acute stress response of female bodies.

Women who embrace their romantic partner prior to undergoing a stressful experience had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in saliva compared to women who did not embrace their partner. No effect was found for men.

Some papers have claimed that massages, embraces combined with hand-holding, and embraces combined with affectionate communication can reduce signs of stress in women but those usually do not include men nor any effects of a brief embrace.

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To Make Infant Formula Matters Worse, The Biden Administation Got A Permanent Injunction Against Abbott Nutrition

May 18 2022 - 13:05
Some of the problem with infant formula is due to COVID-19 and the resulting supply chain issues, but the other problem America has during this crisis with domestic formula is that we have tariffs and restrictions on imports that have nothing to do with safety. Democrats claim it is Trump, everything is Trump, while doing nothing about it for the past 17 months but now declaring more government will fix it.

Protectionism is designed to make imports unprofitable and favor domestic companies. Unlike "buy American", which appeals to emotion and is fine marketing, protectionism gives mandates and therefore subsidies to companies, which means higher prices.

In this case, it also means when there is a 40 percent shortage, infants at risk.

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The Dose Makes The Poison - And That Is Why Venom May Soon Be A New Medicine

May 16 2022 - 12:05
In the 16th century, it was shown by Paracelsus that 'the dose makes the poison' - too much medicine or anything else could kill while too little did nothing. In the 21st century activists have sought to dispel that. They claim homeopathic effects from chemicals at safe doses, endocrine distuption and u-shaped curves, but science knows better.

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How Inconsistent Really Are The W Mass Measurements

May 16 2022 - 06:05
The recent precise measurement of the W boson mass produced by the non-dead CDF collaboration last month continues to be at the focus of attention by the scientific community, for a good reason - if correct, the CDF measurement in and of itself would be the conclusive proof that our trust in the Standard Model of particle physics when producing predictions of particle phenomenology needs a significant overhaul. 

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You Can Comment On NASA’s Draft Plans To Keep Earth Safe For Its Mars Sample Return In 2033 -with Many Laws To Protect Earth

May 14 2022 - 23:05

There are many laws to protect the environment of Earth. As prt of the process in the US, NASA is inviting comments and it's the kast day to give your feedback to NASA about their Mars sample return mission plans - can submit your comments to NASA here as a public comment.

This is for their draft environmental impact statement which they plan to submit later this year.

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Robert F Kennedy's Environmental Health Trust Are Modern Tinfoil Hat Conspiracy Theorists

May 12 2022 - 11:05
Once upon a time vaccine deniers were on the left and conspiracy theorists who felt government was out to control us using radio waves were on the right.

Now they have flipped. Welcome to political intelligence.

Environmental Health Trust, the brainchild of discredited zealot Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., thinks Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and especially 5G cell phone signals are killing us. The most bizarre part is he thinks cell phones were safer in the 1990s, when they emitted more radiation with more power.

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Event Horizon And Sgr A*: For The First Time We Can 'See' The Black Hole At The Center Of Our Galaxy

May 12 2022 - 10:05
At the centere of our galaxy, the Milky Way, there exists what must be a black hole. But detecting it has been challenging because of the cosmic dust around it.

Now, for the first time, a group of radio antennas knows as the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole four million times more massive than our Sun.

known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*, pronounced "sadge-ay-star") it obviously can't be seen, that is built into the black hole name, but it can be inferred thanks to a dark central region (called a “shadow”) surrounded by a bright ring-like structure. The new view captures light bent by the powerful gravity of the black hole.

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