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We are skeptics who have devoted much of our careers to practicing and promoting scientific skepticism. We ask that journalists use more care when reporting on those who reject climate science, and hold to the principles of truth in labeling. Please stop using the word “skeptic” to describe deniers.
Public discussion of scientific topics such as global warming is confused by misuse of the term skeptic.
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We try to stay neutral +Mary R :)

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It's not confusing.  It's

Confucius
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
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Victor Hugo
"An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come."
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In reality, washing chicken increases the risk that harmful bacteria could spread to the sink and surrounding surfaces through a process called aerosolization. If people eat any food being prepared on those surfaces, they could become sick through the cross-contamination, And there's simply no need to wash the chicken because cooking it to a proper temperature will kill the bacteria.
Many people believe that washing raw chicken prior to cooking is safe, or even prevents food-borne illness. In fact, the opposite is true
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More fun with open office space thanks to cheap companies that think office workers prefer to chatter.
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It’s worth keeping in mind that this is a very small study, and it’s not published yet. The researchers have said they want to do further follow-ups.
Researchers find that “nature”-type sounds help people in open-plan offices regain focus faster
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Black hole jets are more likely to come from galaxies that have undergone mergers. More at space.com: http://bit.ly/1Fn9re8
Explosive geysers of material that shoot away from black holes at nearly the speed of light seem to form more often in galaxies that are the product of two galaxies merging together, according to a new study using data from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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A study of Canadians :)

The study determines that wealth and education do not influence a person’s breadth of musical taste. However, class and other factors – such as age, gender, immigrant status and ethnicity – shape our musical tastes in interesting and complex ways.

What people don’t want to listen to also plays a key role in creating class boundaries. “What upper class people like is disliked by the lower class, and vice versa,” said Veenstra.
Love the opera? Hungry for hip hop? It turns out that your musical likes and dislikes may say more about you than you think, according to UBC research.
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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Dr. Viktor Frankl
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+Trung Pham​ Sounds like a song Frank Sinatra sung. 🎶 I did it my way.🎶

That's so the truth, though, isn't it? We have to choose one way, one or another thing, always...but why does it seem that the "this one or that one" selections are always made by someone else? Are the choices just a self inflicted delusion to make us think that we are in control, simply because we were allowed a presented set of options or obstacles to choose from? Did I word that correctly to make sense? :)

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Do you have time?
 
Time may change after tomorrow as tests on a new generation of hyper-precise #atomic  clocks are set to begin, giving the world’s official timekeeper, the caesium atomic clock, serious competition.

Caesium clocks are currently used to define a ‘second’, which is how long it takes caesium atoms to absorb or emit waves as it changes energy states to cycle through billions of oscillations. The new clocks will harness elements like strontium and ytterbium and are expected to be 100 times more precise, potentially changing how we define the second and universal time.

Read more in this +Nature News & Comment story about the experiments and how the changing state of elements is helping the world coordinate its universal time.
Next-generation timekeepers can only be tested against each other.
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As part of the visit, researchers attached (with parental consent) electrodes to each child’s torso to collect physiological data, including information about heart rate and vagal tone. Vagal tone indicates the influence of the vagus nerve, which connects the brain with other key organs and provides a useful measure of the body’s ability to regulate physiological stress responses. High vagal tone is related to feeling safe and calm, says Miller, and has been associated with better physical health, behavior, and social skills among young children.

“This implies that certain aspects of high-SES culture that have been observed in adults, such as increased self-focus and decreased social sensitivity, might be present in children as young as 4 years of age,” says Miller.

The researchers note that because children from less wealthy families donated more tokens, they may get a helpful physiological boost from altruistic behavior. This boost might help to offset some of the physiological disadvantage associated with growing up in a lower-income household.
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"Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito."
  --Confucius
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No, Texans use their trucks and shotguns to kill them.

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Zhang’s project holds promise as an alternative diagnostic tool for prostate cancer — replacing invasive biopsies, which are the current go-to. Zhang’s research focuses on nailing down the best way of measuring zinc in prostate cells, but the question of whether or not this is truly a better way of diagnosing prostate cancer hasn’t been answered yet. Zinc levels alone aren’t an indicator of cancer — a person can have a high-zinc day or a low-zinc day and still be healthy. As a chemist, Zhang sees himself as part of a global scientific team, and knows that his role alone has limits — but he’s comfortable with those limits.
 
“I want to be able to work with patients that have real, substantial concerns, and to be able to drive the advancements in the lab that will help them most.” –Daniel Zhang '15 http://mitne.ws/1dJ5QBe

#scienceeveryday   #collegestudents   #STEM   #biochemistry   #MIT  
Senior biology and chemistry major Daniel Zhang helps build noninvasive cancer diagnostic tools.
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Yes, so let's listen to music only ;)
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