Science

Friday Fun: National Park Service Temporarily Ordered To Stop Tweeting: Reactions From Wildlife [Confessions of a Science Librarian]

This one particular from Samantha Bee is so funny, I do not know whether or not to laugh to cry. On second thought, largely cry. Lots and lots of crying. The only thing that will save me is singing a rousing chorus of Bruce Springsteen’s Badlands in honour of the crazy great park rangers at Badlands National Park. It is ...

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How the anthropic principle became the most abused idea in science (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

“There is a voice inside of youThat whispers all day extended,‘I really feel this is proper for me,I know that this is incorrect.’” -Shel Silverstein When it was 1st proposed in 1973 by Brandon Carter, there have been only two straightforward statements that one particular could hardly disagree with concerning the anthropic principle: 1.) We should be ready to take account ...

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“Alternative facts” on worker injuries in poultry plants [The Pump Handle]

I can thank the Trump Administration for 1 factor. I now have a new phrase to describe how the poultry sector distorts information about functioning situations for its staff: alternative details. Last fall, the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry &amp Egg Association made a wild pronouncement about their industry’s operate-associated injury price. They also said: “Perhaps ...

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If Sugar Is Harmless, Prove It

January 25, 2017 By DAVID BORNSTEIN Over the previous half-century, the price of obesity in America has nearly tripled, although the incidence of diabetes has enhanced roughly sevenfold. It’s estimated that the direct health care charges connected to obesity and diabetes in the United States is $ 1 billion a day, whilst economists have calculated the indirect expenses to society ...

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Why is the US Government turning back to petroleum when clean energy means JOBS JOBS JOBS? [Greg Laden's Blog]

The solar energy field now produces the larest share of jobs in US Energy generation. There are 374,000 jobs i Solar proper now, compared to fewer than 190,00 in coal, gas, and oil. This corresponds to shifts in the quantity of electrical energy created by these numerous sources, as indicated in the Department of Energy graph shown above. The biggest ...

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A case study in fake news: Did the FBI raid the CDC based on the CDC whistleblower’s allegations? [Respectful Insolence]

Now that the unreal has become actual, I was just pondering how weird it is that I’ve never in fact blogged about a phenomenon that directly contributed to the election of Donald Trump. I’m referring to the phenomenon recognized now as “fake news.” Now, by “fake news,” I do not mean sloppy reporting. I do not mean biased reporting. I ...

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Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

January 23, 2017 By NATALIE ANGIER Whether personally or professionally, Daniel Kronauer of Rockefeller University is the sort of biologist who leaves no stone unturned. Passionate about ants and other insects given that kindergarten, Dr. Kronauer says he nonetheless loves flipping more than rocks “just to see what’s crawling around underneath.” In an amply windowed fourth-floor laboratory on the east ...

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