Science

First China, next the world: The Chinese government gives a big boost to traditional Chinese medicine, just like Chairman Mao did [Respectful Insolence]

Of all the forms of unproven and disproven alternative medicine being enthusiastically “integrated” into science-based medicine by proponents of “integrative medicine” (formerly—and occasionally still—known as “complementary and alternative medicine,” or CAM), so-referred to as “traditional Chinese medicine” (TCM) is clearly among the most well-known and seemingly the most accepted. Soon after all, acupuncture, the most well-known modality in the TCM ...

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Comments of the Week #145: from identical snowflakes to science and God [Starts With A Bang]

“I hope that in this year to come, you make errors. Since if you are making blunders, then you are making new issues, trying new items, understanding, living, pushing your self, changing yourself, changing your planet. You’re performing items you have in no way carried out before, and much more importantly, you’re doing some thing.” -Neil Gaiman Here we are, ...

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A 45.7-Meter Field Goal? The Indy 805K? Florida Stokes the Metric Debate.

By JERÉ LONGMAN January 19, 2017 It seems highly unlikely that the 121.92-meter home run would gain any much more traction now than it did during baseball’s flirtation with metric distances on outfield fences in the 1970s. And a tv audience may well be more confused than delirious if it was announced that Stephen Curry had just hit a buzzer-beater from 10.67 ...

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Off Long Island, Wind Power Tests the Waters

By DIANE CARDWELL January 21, 2017 Only a few years ago, the lengthy-held dream of harnessing the strong, steady gusts off the Atlantic coast to make electricity seemed destined to remain just that. Proposals for offshore wind farms foundered on the shoals of higher expenses, regulatory hurdles and the fierce opposition of these who didn’t want giant industrial machinery puncturing the pristine ...

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Rick Perry Studies His Job Description

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD January 19, 2017 It is not each day that a nominee to lead a multibillion-dollar federal department makes use of a confirmation hearing to repudiate his earlier pledge to get rid of that really division. But possessing taken the time to find out what the Power Division really does, Rick Perry now seems eager to lead it as Donald ...

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January Pieces Of My Mind #2 [Aardvarchaeology]

I just wrote a long drinking song in Swedish for the Stockholm Tolkien Society’s 5 x 9th anniversary. The very first line translates to “Thranduil in Mirkwood imports beverages”. Like most archaeologists I use Academia.edu to share my operate, but I have a somnolent placeholder account on ResearchGate as properly. They hold pestering me to engage more. Just now they ...

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English Ivy, Spread by Admiring Humans and Hungry Birds

N.Y.C. Nature By DAVE TAFT January 20, 2017 What men and women like most about English ivy also takes place to be its greatest problem. Like so numerous plants brought to North America, it is eye-catching and sturdy. English ivy is extravagantly green even in the worst winters, and it grows — like a weed — in disturbed areas. Under the correct ...

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