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Ask Ethan: Why don’t we shoot Earth’s garbage into the Sun? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:04:56 +0000

“There will be peace when the people of the world, want it so badly, that their governments will have no choice but to give it to them. I just wish you could all see the Earth the way that I see it. Because when you really look at it, it’s just one world.” -Superman So,…

Friday Cephalopod: Net traps and chiller [Pharyngula]

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:48:37 +0000

If you ever wondered how to breed nautiluses…

Project TENDR: A call to action to protect children from harmful neurotoxins [The Pump Handle]

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:59:13 +0000

Just 10 years ago, it wouldn’t have been possible to bring leading physicians, scientists and advocates together in a consensus on toxic chemicals and neurological disorders in children, says Maureen Swanson. But with the science increasing “exponentially,” she said the time was ripe for a concerted call to action.

More Wadhams [Stoat]

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:08:57 +0000

Browsing Twitter after a break I was unsurprised to see the usual suspects dissing that fine chap, Peter Wadhams. Heaven forfend that I should ever stoop so low. It is tempting to describe the “lame article” they were dissing as the usual stuff, but alas it isn’t. It lards extra Yellow Peril guff onto the…

Can bees experience positive emotions? [Life Lines]

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:01:10 +0000

A new study was designed to test whether bees can experience some kind of primordial “emotions”. In the study bees were trained to associate a tunnel marked with a blue flower with a sugar water treat at its end. In contrast, a green flower meant no reward at the end of the tunnel. However, when bees were…

How do photons experience time? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:39:34 +0000

“Everyone has his dream; I would like to live till dawn, but I know I have less than three hours left. It will be night, but no matter. Dying is simple. It does not take daylight. So be it: I will die by starlight.” –Victor Hugo Whether you’re at rest or in motion, you can…

September Pieces Of My Mind #3 [Aardvarchaeology]

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:21:20 +0000

Just got the application referees’ evaluation for a job I’ve been hoping for. I’m afraid to read it. Taking a walk first. I’m really tired of this thankless shit. Impatient for December, when I’ll know if I’ll have money to write that castles book or if I should start calling people about a steady job…

A victory and a more substantial defeat for the cruel sham known as “right to try” [Respectful Insolence]

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:01:00 +0000

I’ve referred to so-called “right to try” laws as a cruel sham.on more than one occasion. Since 2014, these laws, all based on a template provided by the libertarian Goldwater Institute, have been proliferating at the state level with the help of lobbying by the aforementioned Goldwater Institute and a concept that makes it pitifully…

Dark matter faces its biggest challenge of all (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:17:29 +0000

“Nothing in the standard cosmological model predicts this, and it is almost impossible to imagine how that model could be modified to explain it, without discarding the dark matter hypothesis completely.” -David Merritt Dark matter is a hugely successful theory for explaining a whole slew of observations about the Universe. Just by adding this one ingredient…

With a little help from its friends, NCCIH funds Son of TACT to study chelation quackery again [Respectful Insolence]

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:31:03 +0000

One of the things that first led me to understand the dangers of quackademic medicine was a trial known as the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy, or TACT. Chelation therapy, as you might recall, is the infusion of a chelating agent, or a chemical that binds heavy metals and makes it easier for the kidney…