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Trust In Science Is Now On Par With The Military - And Above The Media And Government

Aug 02 2019 - 10:08
In 2016, Americans seemed to have waning trust in science. Back then, only 21 percent had "a great deal of confidence" in science(1) even though American adult science literacy leads the world.

Science has been doing something right in the last few years. That number is up by almost half, to 35 percent.(2)

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Telepathic Gaming: Co-Op With Friends Using Only Your Minds

Aug 02 2019 - 08:08

Telepathic communication might be one step closer to reality thanks to new research from the University of Washington. A team created a method that allows three people to work together to solve a problem using only their minds.

In BrainNet, three people play a Tetris-like game using a brain-to-brain interface. This is the first demonstration of two things: a brain-to-brain network of more than two people, and a person being able to both receive and send information to others using only their brain. The team published its results in Scientific Reports after being posted on arXiv last year.

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Fake News: Blame Partisan Media, Blame Social Media, But It's A Monster We All Created, And It's Worldwide

Aug 02 2019 - 07:08

The term "fake news" has been popularized by President Donald Trump in recent years, and while its meaning has been hotly debated, the spreading of false information to fulfill a political agenda is far from a new concept. It's not just an American thing.

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The EU Can Barely Feed Itself, And A New Report Wants It To Get Worse

Aug 02 2019 - 07:08
As France has drifted away from agricultural progress, it has become more reliant on imported food. What was once Europe's greatest ag engine has become the sick old man of of the continent. A new paper says it needs to get even worse if the EU is going to honor its other commitments to environmentalists.

Agricultural areas cover 174 million hectares, 40 percent of the EU, yet despite what may be the world's most fertile land, Europe still accounts for 85 percent of the world's agricultural subsidies. Their products are too expensive to sell elsewhere without them.

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The Placental Microbiome Is The Schrodinger's Cat Of Biology, Which Means It Isn't Science Yet

Aug 01 2019 - 13:08
People are rushing to buy supplements because of (correct) claims that the microbiome is important. While the science on helpful microbes is correct it does not mean yogurt or any other food - even organic, try as their trade groups try to claim that - is helping any more than that redox science in mitochondria means you should spend your money on antioxidant supplements.

There is no compelling evidence any of that has an impact and if it did, that it would be beneficial.

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Bad Epidemiology: 2016 Trump Election Linked To Preterm Latina Births

Aug 01 2019 - 06:08
A new paper in JAMA Network Open takes using epidemiological statistics to support ideological goals to the next level. It suggests that since it seems to have happened in 2016, if a Republican even campaigns for President in 2020 Latina women will have more preterm births. 

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Could Light And Noise From Earth Attract Alien Attention?

Aug 01 2019 - 06:08


Since the first use of electric lamps in the 19th century, society hasn’t looked back. Homes and streets are lit at all hours so that people can go about their business when they’d once have been asleep. Besides the obvious benefits to societies and the economy, there’s growing awareness of the negative impact of artificial light.

Light pollution has been blamed for wasting energy, disrupting wildlife behavior and harming mental health. One aspect has avoided the spotlight though. Namely, that light not only allows one to see, but also to be seen. This could well attract unwelcome attention – and not just from moths.

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GJ 357 D : Nearby Potentially Habitable Super Earth Is Just 31 Light Years Away

Jul 31 2019 - 17:07
The first potentially habitable world outside of our own solar system is only about 31 light-years away and a new paper models the conditions under which the planet GJ 357 d, discovered a few months ago, could sustain life.

With a thick atmosphere, the planet GJ 357 d could maintain liquid water on its surface like Earth and that means it could be habitable. It is nearby a diminutive M-type dwarf sun, about one-third the size of our own sun,(it is unclear if the planet transits) which harbors three planets, with GJ 357 in that system's habitable zone.

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Josh Hawley's Alert After 30 Minutes Of Social Media Use Can't Pass - Can't Be Serious - But Internet Addiction Is An Issue

Jul 31 2019 - 17:07

This is surely going to be one of the 93% of bills that never make it to law. First there is his op. ed. and surely this is not serious:

First his “maybe we’d be better off if Facebook disappeared.” is part of an argument. He is saying we need to be tough on social media and not let ourselves be shoved around by them.

Confront the industry, we’re told, and you might accidentally kill it — and with it, all the innovation it has (supposedly) brought to our society.

Maybe. But maybe social media’s innovations do our country more harm than good. Maybe social media is best understood as a parasite on productive investment, on meaningful relationships, on a healthy society.

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‘Arctic On Fire’ Is Normal, Part Of Nature - Moose, Bears, Voles, Foxes, Owls, Birds Of Prey All Depend On Wild Fires

Jul 31 2019 - 16:07

Short summary - the Arctic is always on fire in summer, and it’s a natural part of the ecosystem, to the extent that moose, bears, bison, voles, foxes, owls, birds of prey, …, they are all dependent on the fires directly or indirectly. It would be a very different ecosystem without them. Part of the Arctic burns every year but other areas recently burned grow new growth such as birches, berries, herbs, willow, grassland, others then are turning into mature forests of spruce, which burn when they become very dry, others are peat banks that again burn when they are very dry and it cycles round and round.

Articles that warn about the effects on global warming are a bit premature. You need to look at all the effects over multi-year periods.

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Another Study Finds Data IARC Ignored Shows The Weedkiller Glyphosate Doesn't Cause Cancer

Jul 31 2019 - 16:07
Another paper has disqualified claims by organic industry trade groups, sympathetic academic journalists, and trial lawyer organizations that the weedkiller glyphosate, which acts on plants, somehow causes human cancer

Thee researchers evaluated as yet unpublished data from the Agricultural Health Study (AHS) in the USA, the observation period of which had been extended by eleven years. Through the extended follow-up of the AHS, they come to the conclusion that no connections could be established between applications of plant protection products containing glyphosate and the occurrence of cancer among the examined population group.

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Impossible Burger Win: FDA Approves Soy Leghemoglobin As A Color Additive For Uncooked Home Products

Jul 31 2019 - 11:07
A color additive petition submitted by Impossible Foods Inc. requesting the FDA to issue a regulation listing soy leghemoglobin as a color additive for use in such products such as Impossible Burgers has gotten FDA approval.

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Newton Is Wrong And Einstein Is Next, Says UCLA Astrophysicist

Jul 31 2019 - 11:07
A new paper states that Einstein still holds up "for now" but that Newton is wrong.

The reason the authors believe Einstein’s general theory of relativity is weak is because it cannot fully explain gravity inside a black hole - and though no one has experimented inside a black hole to get measured data they believe the theory must come first, which happened with Einstein but not with Newton.

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Conservation Tillage: What It Is And How Well It Works

Jul 31 2019 - 10:07
Tillage. mixing and churning soil and crop residues like corn stalks, has been around for thousands of years. Even the earliest farmers knew that soil could become depleted and tillage could make the next crop more likely to be successful so we eventually developed a chisel plow for field cultivation, to turn over soil at the end of the growing season.

But not everyone could afford a plow and some just let old stalks break down naturally, a kind of top level composting. Then in the spring they planted new seeds. Some didn't till at all.

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Proportionality: Can Birth Length And Birth Weight Predict Future Heart Problems?

Jul 31 2019 - 06:07
A new paper in the journal Early Human Development hopes to use the infant form of the Body Mass Index(BMI) to predict future heart disease.

BMI is famous by now and has been used by government guidance bodies since the 1980s. It was invented nearly 200 years ago but, like homeopathy from the same period, somehow remains dogma to a few. It's a simple math calculation that takes into account height and weight. If you want to calculate yours, multiply your weight by 703 and then divide that by your height squared - (weight x 703)/(height in inches x height in inches).(1)

That is with adults. You can't do it with growing kids. 

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Lyme Disease Is Not A Military Bioweapon

Jul 31 2019 - 06:07

Could Lyme disease in the U.S. be the result of an accidental release from a secret bioweapons experiment? Could the military have specifically engineered the Lyme disease bacterium to be more insidious and destructive – and then let it somehow escape the lab and spread in nature?

Is this why 300,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with this potentially debilitating disease?

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It's An Adequate Glossary But For Psychiatric Diagnoses DSM-5 Is 'Scientifically Meaningless'

Jul 31 2019 - 00:07

A new study in Psychiatry Research (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2019.07.005) has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders.

The study involved a detailed analysis of five key chapters of the latest edition of the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5, on 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder', 'depressive disorders', 'anxiety disorders' and 'trauma-related disorders'.

Diagnostic manuals such as the DSM were created to provide a common diagnostic language for mental health professionals and attempt to provide a definitive list of mental health problems, including their symptoms.

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Archeologists Uncover The Church Of The Apostles

Jul 30 2019 - 18:07
While traveling around the Sea of Galilee, visiting Tiberias, Magdala, Capernaum and Kursia in 725 A.D., a Bavarian bishop named Willibald passed through a place called Bethsaida where he saw a church built over the house of the Apostles Peter and Andrew, two brothers who were numbered among the first disciples of Jesus.

The New Testament said they, along with Philip, came from the village of Bethsaida, which in the first century was located on the lakeshore and today is in the Buteiha Valley Nature Reserve. It recounted that Jesus cured a blind man there.

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Call For Proposals for Science Student Groups Civic Engagement Projects

Jul 30 2019 - 13:07
The Research!America Civic Engagement Microgrant Program supports activities developed by students to connect directly with public officials and community leaders regarding the importance of scientific discovery and research.

The group is funding graduate student groups’ nonpartisan activities of their design focusing on civic engagement and elevating the importance of scientific research, innovation, and public health. These programs encourage dialogue between young scientists and local leaders about the roles science and research play in issues important to their communities. Groups are also encouraged to expand their efforts through partnerships with social science and communications students as part of the new Science Meets Science Microgrant Program.

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How Conspiracy Theorists Dominate Social Media Science Content

Jul 30 2019 - 06:07
If you want to find a nexus of conspiracy theories about science (it's a vast corporate conspiracy among the anti-GMO, anti-vaccine and anti-nuclear crowd, and a deep state conspiracy among the chemtrails crowd) YouTube is a good way to go, shows a new study (open access.)

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