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WHO [May 13th]: Eradicating COVID-19 With A Safe And Effective Vaccine Would Be A Beacon Of Hope For The Future Of Our Planet

May 14 2020 - 20:05

The WHO have been hugely misreported by the media. Mike Ryan said that if we develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID19 we also have to deploy it. We can do this. If we vaccinate enough people to eradicate this virus, it is a "beacon of hope" for the way we care about our world citizens.

Mike Ryan points out that we have a safe and effective vaccine for measles but haven't eliminated it from the world although we know how to do this.

[We have eradicted it from the Americas, last case July 2015 in Brazil. Measles elimination in the America]

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The Next Plague: Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia?

May 14 2020 - 16:05
Though coronavirus is a new name for much of the world, microbiologists have worried about it for half a century. It is in the same family as the common cold virus but with the right mutation it can be deadly to those with risk factors for respiratory diseases because it is common like the common cold.

To microbiologists, the world is filled with pathogens so predicting the next plague when nature is always out to kill us can verge on paranoia; instead we are fortunate most new crises never happen. Let's hope that worry about global spread of the multi-resistant pathogen Stenotrophomonas maltophilia fizzles out also.

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Plant Respiration Implicated In Arctic Melting

May 14 2020 - 11:05
A new paper has implicated a physiologic mechanism in vegetation as a cause for Arctic warming.

The "greenhouse effect" is well-known by now, water vapor that plants emit during photosynthesis serves to lower land surface temperature, similar watering the yard on a hot day, but it can lead to a rise in air temperature.

The new paper finds that the Arctic temperature rises when the moisture released by plants is reduced due to the increase of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) in the atmosphere. The increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration closes the pores (stomata) of plants in high-latitude areas and reduces their transpiration, which they find ultimately accelerates Arctic warming. 

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The Army Corps Of Engineers Wanted To Prevent Hurricane Katrina Devastation, Environmentalists Sued, Now They 're Doing It Again

May 13 2020 - 13:05
Conservation groups have frequently sued the U.S Army Corps of Engineers claiming that government scientists do not "properly" evaluate the environmental impacts of its plans to mitigate flood risk.

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The Psychosis Of Coronavirus

May 13 2020 - 12:05
When states and nations began to implement forced lockdowns to combat COVID-19, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that has now killed 20,000 more people than the flu did two years ago, there was relatively little mention of mental health. For those who wanted to stay home and learn to bake bread, it was a paid vacation, but for those more susceptible to psychological stress it is a risky time.

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Epidemiologists Link Celiac Disease To Frying Pans And Then We Wonder Why People Don't Believe In Masks

May 12 2020 - 14:05
During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, when disease epidemiologists want to be taken seriously by the public, they face an uphill battle. Blocking their progress are epidemiologists who casually link everything to diseases, often using food frequency questionnaires which have no scientific legitimacy.

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The Mental Health Benefits Of Reading Science Fiction

May 12 2020 - 10:05

Young people who are “hooked” on watching fantasy or reading science fiction may be on to something. Contrary to a common misperception that reading this genre is an unworthy practice, reading science fiction and fantasy may help young people cope, especially with the stress and anxiety of living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Are You Anxiety Prone? It May Be SLC6A4 Serotonin Cleanup Proteins

May 11 2020 - 20:05

Anxiety-prone people can blame serotonin cleanup proteins gone awry in their amygdala, according to research in marmosets recently published in JNeurosci. Targeting the amygdala with anti-anxiety medication could provide quicker relief.

The same event or set of life circumstances could send one person into the depths of anxiety or despair while leaving another unaffected. This distinction, called trait anxiety, arises from the proteins involved in serotonin signaling, a neurotransmitter implicated in anxiety and depression.

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Why Bones Of Diabetics Are So Fragile

May 11 2020 - 09:05

A person with Type 2 diabetes is three times more likely to break a bone than a nondiabetic. Since the number of people with diabetes is increasing rapidly in the United States, skeletal fragility in patients with Type 2 diabetes is a growing, but little-known, public health issue.

Usually poor bone density is the culprit behind fragile bones, but that is not the case with Type 2 diabetics, who tend to have normal to high bone density. Yet, they still suffer from fractures at an alarming rate. Nobody knows why.

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Two Ground-breaking PhD Offers In Physics (Machine Learning At The LHC)

May 11 2020 - 08:05
The offer of Ph.D. positions in Physics at the University of Padova has opened just a few days ago, and I wish to advertise it here, giving some background on the matter for those of you who are interested in the call or know somebody who could be.

The Ph.D. in Italy In Italy, Ph. D.s last three years (the duration can be extended but this is not recommended). Courses start with the first academic semester, so the calls typically open in the spring, and admission tests are run in the summer. The system is not too different from that of other countries, but there are peculiarities of which you might want to be aware.

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Anomaly! : The Lost Chapters (Part 3)

May 10 2020 - 11:05
The text below is the third part of what could have become "Chapter 13" of the book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab", which I published in 2016. For part 1 see here; for part 2 see here.

Giromini joins Run 2

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Plandemic Principle: Vaccine Deniers Are Cognitively Different From Normal People

May 08 2020 - 18:05
In 2000, vaccines led to the measles virus being declared eliminated from the United States yet in 2019 there were 1,282 confirmed cases in 31 states - the greatest number reported since 1992.

Unsurprisingly, nearly three-fourths originated from New York which, along with the west coast, has long been a hotbed for vaccine denial. And the cases occurred in people not vaccinated against measles. 

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Should Any Current COVID-19 Estimates Be Used To Make Policy Decisions?

May 08 2020 - 13:05
There is a popular saying in statistics - "Everyone believes the data except the collector. No one believes the model except the modeler."

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An Argument To Force China To Pay Coronavirus Reparations

May 07 2020 - 16:05
When President Trump said he was going to restrict travel from China earlier this year due to coronavirus, I didn't engage in the reflexive politics of corporate journalists and call him a racist, I just though it an overreaction. After all, the Whole Health Organisation did not consider it a pandemic and they usually hyperventilate about everything. They had even assured us it could not be transmitted human to human.

Their source for both; the communist party in China. 

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If Your Seventh Chakra is in Retrograde Due To Coronavirus Worry, You Can Visit This Homeopathic ER

May 07 2020 - 13:05
A homeopath, an economist, and a psychologist walk into a homeopathic ER...

That is not the start of a joke, in Stockholm those three did start a homeopathic Emergency Room, as I was reminded by a 2014 Debunking Denialism post, so I went to see if they are still around, and sure enough and it still exists

They claim homeopathy "strengthens the immune system" whatever that means, and for people who believe Science Is A Vast Corporate Conspiracy, that promises to get them off the treadmill of actual medicine.

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Coronavirus Claims Cause FDA To Go After 41 Bogus Homeopathy, Supplement And 'Alternative' Medicine Products

May 07 2020 - 11:05
Journalist Chris Cuomo and his spouse were criticized after endorsing a variety of nonsense products recommended by their "naturopath" to treat his COVID-19 - claims that involved light energy, tinctures and a variety of useless placebos.

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Australian Wildfires Caused By Not Enough Trees, Say Environmentalists

May 06 2020 - 15:05
Fire breaks and responsible logging are overwhelmingly considered positives for forest management. Every native culture practiced removal of trees and controlled burns to mitigate risk of uncontrolled ones.

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A Wuhan Lab Develope Fossil Fuel-Free Jet Propulsion Using Air Plasmas

May 06 2020 - 06:05
The last group most of the world wants to hear from right now is a lab in Wuhan, but if their microwave air plasma thruster is more real than their claims of having a certified BSL-2 lab studying coronavirus, there could be a great deal of interest in the future. 

Like solids, gases, and liquids, plasma is fourth state of matter found naturally in places like the sun's surface and Earth's lightning. The Institute of Technological Sciences at Wuhan University
say they have created a plasma jet by compressing air into high pressures and using a microwave to ionize the pressurized air stream.

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Gig Economy Workers Suffer During The Pandemic, And California's Ill-Timed Delivery Service Lawsuit Just Made It Worse

May 05 2020 - 17:05
If you had a choice, would you rather set your own hours or work around your schedule around family needs, or would you prefer being forced to go into an office where a corporate manager applies constant pressure to do more in the same amount of time and you have to pay for babysitting?

Many people opt for the former, and the "gig economy", where you set your own schedule, has been a boon for them. But fewer employees mean less payroll taxes and California has $500,000,000 in unfunded liabilities, primarily for government pensions and debt, so if a company is not paying payroll taxes to the state, California's recent policy actions have shown they have to go.

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New Journalism Tool Reveals How Paid Deniers Dominate The Anti-GMO Movement

May 05 2020 - 16:05
A year-long Genetic Literacy Project investigation culminating in the rollout of the Anti-GMO Funding Tracker has found that despite claims that the agro-chemical industry, led by Monsanto, is a financial and political juggernaut flooding the media with propaganda and pulling political levers to maintain support for GMOs despite public skepticism, the opposite true.

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