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This could explain a lot. The food industry uses plenty of other ingredients of unknown safety.
http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/02/common-food-emulsifiers-may-be-linked-to-metabolic-syndrome/
Increase inflammation in the intestines and alter the microbial community there.
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Ross Anderson is a star of computer security research. There are lots of claims for quantum-based security systems, which might explain his interest. 
https://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2015/02/23/maxwell/
Many people assume that quantum mechanics cannot emerge from classical phenomena, because no-one has so far been able to think of a classical model of light that is consistent with Maxwell's equations and reproduces the Bell test results quantitatively. Today Robert Brady and I unveil just such ...
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It is hard to know where to start on this bit of green self-congratulation from Google: http://googleblog.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/from-altamont-pass-to-mountain-view.html.
(a) The 50% reduction in bird deaths they link to seems inadequate given the desire to cover the whole planet in windmills.
(b) It also fails to mention bats which are more affected than birds in many places.
(c) Google grabs the best renewable energy, then disingenuously implies that everyone can do as well.
(d) I guess they put in that picture of the landscape covered in windmills because they think it will induce a warm glow in the reader's heart. This defies belief.
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My passion is Solar, but I just hope we can find a better tech because the panels we have right now are just not very efficient and degrade with age. Plus I live in England where we are lucky it's not raining let alone a decent amount of sun.
For wind though, I was hoping we would be at the stage of using those horizontal turbines in the ocean, work at much slower speeds with insane amount of torque, would hopefully significantly decrease animal death. 
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It is shocking to hear of the Light Water Reactor industry joining the Greens and the fossil fuel industry in trying to prevent the development of advanced nuclear power.
http://atomicinsights.com/slowly-accelerate-fast-reactor-development/

Fusion would be nice, but once again we seem to have started wrong and got stuck. It is interesting to read about fusion producing lots of neutrons, though getting power out is difficult. So why not use fusion to produce neutrons and combine that with fertile (but not fissile, i.e. not explodable) fission?
http://thepolywellblog.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/an-industry-emerges.html

A lot of value in nuclear shipping:
http://www.maritime-executive.com/features/time-to-reconsider-nuclear-propulsion
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How do interglacials change so quickly (on geological time scales) into new ice ages. This offers a tempting explanation. As the ice melts in Iceland and other volcanic places, the uplift causes a large increase in volcanic activity, reducing insolation. It won't hurt if the warmer water in the Arctic makes it ice-free, pumping extra moisture into the air to fall as snow.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/30/climate-change-lifting-iceland-volcanic-eruptions
Land moving upward faster than researchers expected at 1.4in every year, allowing ‘hot potato’ rocks to rise
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+David Brin likes to tell us (tongue in cheek) that the first 14 years of a century don't count, the story really starts in the 15th year. Some truth over the last 3 centuries. Musically we seem to be starting this 15th year with the very upbeat "Uptown Funk". I take this as a sign that the 21st century will shake off the gloom and emulate the 19th century with optimism, (relative) peace, and world changing scientific and engineering achievements. Let's go!
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Previously ( Group Selection of Humans ) I convinced myself that humanity finds a balance between in-breeding and out-breeding. I now think that the balance is more like an oscillation, as balances often are. Here’s the story: There was a discussion about I...
Previously (Group Selection of Humans) I convinced myself that humanity finds a balance between in-breeding and out-breeding. I now think that the balance is more like an oscillation, as balances often are. Here’s the story: ...
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What is Culture For?
[I've said this stuff a number of times, but there is no obvious URL to point to, so here's a summary] Seventy thousand years ago humans were very different. Superficially it wasn't that different from more modern hunter gatherers. People lived in groups (q...
[I've said this stuff a number of times, but there is no obvious URL to point to, so here's a summary] Seventy thousand years ago humans were very different. Superficially it wasn't that different from more modern hunter gat...
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My mum versus the experts
All 5 of my parents' granddaughters are now married (and what an inspiring quintet (quintuple?) of young women they are). Thinking about my mother I thought I'd mention some of her battles with the (self-appointed, pseudo-) experts.

1. My mum insisted that butter was healthier than margarine, against the "experts" put up by the processed food industry. This has recently been proved right. She was also strong on the importance of other particular foods: brains (from sheep) and liver. Her ideas on these things come down from her ancestors. It is shocking how easily we abandon traditional knowledge these days. Expertise used against traditional knowledge needs a high standard of proof.

2. My mum was a great believer in the health benefits of sunshine. This has been proved right, though the anti-sun propaganda continues to push the damaging zero-sun policy. I should say that my reading leads me to believe that this is not just about vitamin D. The body uses UV to break down toxic organic molecules in the blood. This is extra important for people (like me) whose liver is not working 100%. An example of this, that is not in dispute, is bilirubin that causes jaundiced babies.

3. My mum was a strong believer in fresh air in houses. We are faced with a strong push from the Green movement for housing to be built tight as a drum and heated and cooled with heat pumps. I think my mum will be proved right again. Even if you are not in a Radon area (are you sure?), sealed houses get various sorts of toxic build up. All my life I worked in air-conditioned offices and I'm very pleased to have escaped that.
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Mistakes (and corrupt actions) by researchers in the medical area are impacting perceptions of science in other areas.
http://blog.dilbert.com/post/109880240641/sciences-biggest-fail
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A dramatic graph (from https://theconversation.com/humanity-is-in-the-existential-danger-zone-study-confirms-36307). [The graph shows a proxy for temperature]. Is it "natural" to keep Holocene stable temperatures going? Natural or not, it is what we want to do. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9G51OQiN3RudUV4NExWUkNETFE/view?usp=sharing
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I see from one of the comments that you are sympathetic to climate management. An International Panel on Climate Management would get more public support, because avoiding Ice Ages is a no-brainer. Of course that isn't the immediate problem, but it makes it clear why we need to understand the issues to manage the climate. The fact that it will enrage the extreme "natural = good" wing of the Greens is not a problem. In fact it is a good thing because we need to get them out of the picture: ordinary voters hate them.
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A consultant is a co-genius, and other useful observations:
http://yowconference.com.au/slides/yow2014/Kmett-StopTreadingWater.pdf
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