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Paul Offit likes to tell a story about how his wife, pediatrician Bonnie Offit, was about to give a child a vaccination when the kid was struck by a seizure. Had she given the injection a minute so...
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The article is titled "Stuff: When Less Is More" and it's a great summary (of research by Vaclac Smil) about how over the last century we're using less energy per unit of produced material, but this is leading us to consume more materials.  It's a good, short read.
Today we use far fewer materials to get the same things done—a phenomenon known as dematerialization. But, paradoxically, this efficiency has only driven up overall consumption.
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I think the color should have been called "Astronomer Green" instead of the name they eventually chose.  (Read the article to find out the real color of the universe.)
How a team of physicists calculated the "color of the universe", and how, at first, they got it wrong.
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It is amazing that a snail can use "weaponized" insulin to stun prey and then eat it.  Because it can disable a large number of fish at a time, I wonder if it also is used defensively too?
<p>Researchers hope the discovery will allow for advancements in the use of insulin for people. </p>
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No specific proposals in this video. I haven't read his paper yet. But simply redefining the goal can have a huge impact. Sadly I doubt political leaders will take this up unless Elon Musk decides to go into politics. (And I don't think he's that dumb!)
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This is a great article on how SECURE online voting could be enabled by the technology behind Bitcoin.  Attempts last decade for computer voting machines was a debacle because of the way the machines could be hacked.  This article outlines how voting from the comfort of your own home could be more secure and overall more reliable!
For a brief period in November 2000, it looked as if the future of the United States was going to be decided by chads—hanging door chads, swinging door chads, perforated chads, and yes, even the occasional dimpled chad. When the electoral contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore came down to ...
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"Being right does matter — and the science tribe has a long track record of getting things right in the end. Modern society is built on things it got right."
Our emotions and instincts sometimes overpower the facts.
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It's well established that fluoridation hardens tooth enamel and helps protect against dental caries, yes.  However, it's also well established that fluoridation makes tooth enamel less tough and more prone to chipping.  "Science" makes no judgement on which is better for you, since that depends on other factors, like whether your diet makes you more prone to dental caries or to tooth chipping.

Similarly, believing that genetically modified foods are safe because "there’s no evidence that it isn’t" is hardly scientific.  Would you eat a completely unknown substance because there's no evidence that it's unsafe - since there's no evidence about it either way?

As for modern society, it's built on things science got wrong as well as things it got right.  The obesity epidemic happened as a result of scientifically based dietary recommendations, after all.

The rest of the article is no better.
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Solar is cheaper than some fossil fuels now and will be cheaper than all of them very soon.  The other six reasons in the article are also interesting to read.
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"Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported."
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"Queen Elizabeth basically spent an afternoon using her military-grade driving skills to haze the crown prince of Saudi Arabia."

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If he interpreted it as a bad woman driver, it might have reinforced any belief on his part that women shouldn't drive, though.
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It’s about listening, empathy and having more women.
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Awesome info graphic on the history of life on Earth.
 
Humans: Just A Twig On The Tree Of Life - CLICK & ZOOM - "3.5 billion years of evolution, in one beautiful infographic. Life started with bacteria. By some cosmic chance, amino acids became DNA and proteins, which together became life. It took roughly 2 billion more years for things to get more interesting…but things got very, very interesting."

"In this graphic by the Tree of Life web project and designer Leonard Eisenberg, we see all 3.5 billion years of life on earth evolving, not through limbs and timelines, but an elegant rainbow swirl. It’s as if our whole history is a colorful bunch of balloons, all tying back to bacteria.

As you look at the graphic, realize that time radiates outward and each kingdom’s appearance is also in chronological order from left to right. What you’ll discern then is a story of origins and mass extinctions, the way life almost bided its time through the Ice Age then hit the gas through the Cambrian Explosion. It was here when the protostomes (everything from trilobites to squids) simply went nuts, and the separation of plants vs. animals as we know them arose.

You’ll see lots of ideas that didn’t work—branches surrounded by small pockets of white or an extinct species. But mass extinctions, while often ending giving rise to new diversity, barely moved the needle on existing diversity. (This graph is constantly expanding, not shrinking). And of course, you’ll see the most important age to mankind, the mass extinction 65 million years ago that killed the dinosaurs and let the mammals have their day. That one did leave a pretty huge mark—a giant hole, in fact, in the branches.

Humans? We showed up about 63 million years later as one of the last bits of brown ink on the mammal branch—the smallest drop of pigment, but more than enough to wipe this beautiful rainbow away."

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http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670898/infographic-humans-are-just-a-twig-on-the-tree-of-life
http://www.evogeneao.com
http://tolweb.org/tree

  #evolution #tree #treeoflife #infographic  
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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Physics, 1989 - 1993
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Materials Science & Engineering, 1996 - 1999
  • University of Pittsburgh
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