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The Virus That Turns Physicists Into Crackpots

Mar 19 2020 - 17:03
First off, let me say I do not wish to sound disrespectful to anybody here, leave alone my colleagues, to most of which goes my full esteem and respect (yes, not all of them, doh). Yet, I feel compelled to write today about a sociological datum I have paid attention to, in these difficult times of isolation, when all of us turn to the internet as our main outlet for rants, logorrhea, or to make the impending threat of a global catastrophe less heavy by sharing it with our peers, to exorcise our fears.

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Wash Your Hands But Stop Touching Your Face So Often Too - Here's How

Mar 19 2020 - 13:03

Public health officials consistently promote hand-washing as a way for people to protect themselves from the COVID-19 coronavirus. However, this virus can live on metal and plastic for days, so simply adjusting your eyeglasses with unwashed hands may be enough to infect yourself. Thus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have been telling people to stop touching their faces.

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Social Bonding, Vampire Bat Style: They Groom And Share Blood

Mar 19 2020 - 13:03
Social bonding in vampire bats is no surprise, they have roommates. What is uncommon is that they demonstrate behavior some might call friendship; unrelated vampire bats engage in social grooming and food sharing to form life-saving bonds that can last a lifetime. 

Vampire bats sustain themselves on only blood, and if a bat is unable to feed for 3 days, it runs the risk of starving. Like early man, they have a 'boom and bust' foraging lifestyle, so they either hit it big and get a large blood meal or they're starved for that night.

If they starve three nights in a row there is a high chance they'll die but vampire bats with close social ties can be rescued from the brink. 

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Elpistostege Fish Fin Fossil And Evolution Of The Human Hand

Mar 19 2020 - 12:03

An ancient Elpistostege fish fossil has revealed how the human hand evolved from fish fins, the missing evolutionary link in the 'fish to tetrapod transition', as fish began to foray in habitats such as shallow water and land during the Late Devonian period millions of years ago.

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What The Coronavirus Government Lockdown Might Mean For The Future Of Employment

Mar 19 2020 - 11:03
Because of concerns about spreading coronavirus, tens of millions of people are working from home that didn't before. 

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Parasitic Worms In Sushi: A Dramatic 283X Increase Since The 1970s

Mar 19 2020 - 09:03
A new review finds a dramatic increase in the abundance of a worm that can be transmitted to humans who sushi - 283-fold more since the 1970s

But is that due to better detection or a real increase? And what implications does it have for humans and marine mammals?

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Organic Food Activists Are Using Coronavirus To Claim Regular Farmers Are Making People More Susceptible To Disease

Mar 19 2020 - 08:03
It's no surprise that Twitter is a hotbed of misinformation and disnformation about science. They have no barrier to entry whereas a journal article must survive peer review and if you want to promote your clients in The Guardian you at least have to cut them a check.

What is interesting is how these deniers for hire are using the public's newfound resolve to mitigate risk for people with preexisting conditions from coronavirus to advance their agenda against normal agriculture. This, they argue, is the "precautionary principle" in action and if it's right for infectious disease, why not use it against food sold by competitors to their clients and spiritual leaders? 

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Asteriornis: Belgian Wonderchicken Is A Missing Link Between Chickens, Ducks, And Dinosaurs

Mar 18 2020 - 18:03

The oldest fossil of a modern bird yet found dates from the age of dinosaurs and was found in a limestone quarry near the Belgian-Dutch border, making it the first modern bird from the age of dinosaurs found in the northern hemisphere.

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Kids Not In School? Here Are 7 Fun Science Projects For Ages 3 To 15

Mar 18 2020 - 18:03
If the kids are out of school and missing homework, or you're tired of them playing Fortnite, here are seven fun projects they can get involved with courtesy of the National Science Foundation.

1. Use on-the-go science tools to explore the world around you (all ages)

Foldscopes are paper microscopes that give you a deeper look at the world around you. Peer at the cell structure in an onion's skin, examine a human hair or look at the busy microbial world of pond scum.



2. Become a citizen scientist and help collect and analyze data for scientific research (all ages).

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Baymax From Big Hero 6 May Soon Be A Real Thing

Mar 18 2020 - 17:03
Soft robotics is a newer field, so no one is quite sure what to do with them, but sturdy softness could be useful in homes and workplaces where traditional robots could cause injury. Since they are squishy, they could be tools for disaster response.

For now, they may play basketball. Or at least pick one up. Maybe eventually they will be a delightful companion that can still get down to business like Baymax from the Big Hero 6 cartoon and comics. 

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A Very Measured Live Discussion With Dr. Tony Fauci On Coronavirus

Mar 18 2020 - 15:03
What is the line between increased resolve to mitigate risk to people who have preexisting conditions from coronavirus, and therefore possibly COVID-19, versus the panic culture that seems to be evident in places like California, where the governor has declared it a crime to leave your home if your trip violates what government has deemed essential.

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Coronavirus Panic Buying Shows Surveys Do Not Indicate Actual Behavior - Everyone Is Selfish

Mar 18 2020 - 14:03
How many people on a survey would respond positively that they'd hoard goods at the expense of others?

Very few. On surveys, 78 percent of Americans disagree with even 'no victim' greed like being paid more than someone else to do the same job and yet if there is one thing that California's reaction to 335 cases of COVID-19 in a state of 40,000,000 has shown, it is that at the first sign of trouble it's all about greed. And it makes no difference if you are a CEO or an employee, a Democrat or, in California, even more of a Democrat. Nearly everyone is doing it.

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A Vegetarian Diet Is Only Beneficial If You Also Avoid Vegetarian Junk Food

Mar 18 2020 - 10:03

A vegetarian diet is promoted as beneficial to heart health and even the environment in more advocacy-based studies, but as its popularity has grown images of thin beautiful people are being supplanted by reality of just as many obese people as in a conventional diet.

A vegetarian diet can't perform miracles, it's still about calories. 

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Music As Angina Therapy After A Heart Attack

Mar 18 2020 - 09:03
Your ears enjoy music but your heart may also benefit, according to a new study presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session.

Patients with early post-infarction angina, episodes of chest pain after a heart attack, reported 
significantly lower levels of anxiety and pain if they listened to music for 30 minutes a day. While that's hard to pin down biologically, 700,000 people survive a heart attack just in the U.S. each year and roughly 1 in 9 heart attack survivors experience subsequent episodes of chest pain and anxiety within the first 48 hours, so whatever works to reduce that.

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WHO (Mar 16): Test Test Test & ISOLATE All Cases Of COVID19, However Mild, Until 14 Days After Patients Recover

Mar 18 2020 - 09:03

Summary (of WHO press briefing on 16th March): We must test every suspected case for COVID-19. We must immediately isolate all cases, even the mild ones. Isolation needs to continue through to 14 days after the symptoms cease to make sure the patients are no longer infectious. The mild cases are best treated in hospitals but when there aren’t the beds for them, they can be treated in stadiums, or gyms, or treated at home. If they are isolated at home, the caregivers must know how to protect themselves or they risk infecting others in the same household.

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UK Must CONTAIN Covid19 Right Now - We Can Stop It - Each Ten Days Delay Can Increase Cases Tenfold 1,000 To 10,000 Then 100,000

Mar 18 2020 - 02:03

I often get asked - “How long is this COVID19 pandemic going to last?”. The answer, according to the WHO, is that it is up to us. We can stop this. The only question is whether we will. Most countries in the world are acting vigorously to stop it with rigorous case finding, contact tracing and isolation. But the UK and, sadly, Netherlands have decided to follow another direction.

This can only be stopped if all countries are in it together, and for just one country to depart from this strategy means the virus will continue in that country and reinfect the rest of the world, at least until we have a vaccine, a year to eighteen months from now.

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Many Countries Are Stopping COVID19 - Containing Cases Is The Key - Every Day Of Delay Makes It Harder For Countries & The World

Mar 18 2020 - 00:03

COVID19 can be stopped. China has nearly made it go away completely. China had no new cases even in Hubei yesterday (17th March). It had four cases only on the two previous days - and it's only getting a few cases from other countries.

South Korea has nearly got rid of it, down to less than 100 a day for several days after a peak of over 1000 a day.

China peaked in early February and has been declining ever since.

If you add all cases over the WHO "West Pacific" region of South Korea / Japan / Singapore / Malysia / Indonoesia then it had its peak of cases two weeks ago.

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Where Coronavirus Really Came From

Mar 17 2020 - 18:03

We haven't had a widespread flu problem since 2018. Yet despite it only being 2020, some insist this year's coronavirus must be the product of government scientists, though some also suggest it was the result of 5G cellular service in Wuhan. Then China claimed it might be the U.S.

What is the truth?

The novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that emerged in the city of Wuhan is the product of natural evolution, finds an analysis of genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses published today.

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