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Banksy — Cast iron balls (and/or ovaries).
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"The warming hiatus does not mean we haven't been pumping extra energy into the climate system.

You can hold a lid down on a boiling pot for a minute or so but the steam's going to come out sooner or later. And when it does...
 
The current dent in global warming may last another five years and will probably end with a blast of rapid warming at twice the background rate: http://ow.ly/JwEWd
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"Astrology was until modern times part of the tradition of medicine…"

As was blood letting and hair cuts.
 
Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart.
David Tredinnick says that astrology and complementary medicine could help healthcare and opponents are ‘racially prejudiced’
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"There were no grants from Nasa, the National Science Foundation or the other institutions which were funding his colleagues at the Center for Astrophysics... his work was funded almost entirely by the fossil fuel lobby."

Getting grants from industry isn't bad per se, but 1) a researcher should always report the source of their funding, especially when a grant-provider has a commercial stake in the research, and 2) it's very suspicious when someone who gets so much money from industry cannot get money from academic sources.
 
Climate change denier took $1.25 million from Koch brothers, energy companies: Greenpeace http://ow.ly/2UZ2WV
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"they discovered that one [woman] described the brutal murder of the American aid worker Peter Kassig and 18 Syrian hostages as “gut-wrenchingly awesome”."
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Ah, that's why.
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A very interesting article written by an American war correspondent.

http://www.pieria.co.uk/articles/why_the_worlds_biggest_military_keeps_losing_wars
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Brian Cox on Conan, a great series of video clips.
After Brian tweeted a scientific fact, the famously calm Deepak threatened to shove something up Brian's, um, dark matter.
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Fortunately, these people are neither rich nor white so we don't need to worry.
 
I went a little quiet last week. That's because I was flying to the Alaskan Arctic to write this story, just published 
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell wants to help tiny Kivalina, Alaska, which is on the front lines of climate change.
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British MP suggests astrology could take pressure off the the National Health System.
 
NEWS! Tory MP David Tredennick’s horoscope predicts relentless piss-taking http://ow.ly/2V8rUP
Tory MP David Tredinnick's horoscope has today predicted a day of relentless abuse and piss-taking, just 24 hours after suggesting astrology could save the NHS.
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The War On Science
There is a lot of celebrating this +National Geographic cover in my twitter feed the last couple of days. It lists climate change, evolution, moon landing, vaccination, and #GMO skirmishes right up front. Looking forward to my copy.

Most recently I noticed +Mark Tercek send it along.
Wow -check out the great new Nat Geo mag coverage of "The War on Science" including climate,gmo's,vaccination. Bravo!
“Wow -check out the great new Nat Geo mag coverage of "The War on Science" including climate,gmo's,vaccination. Bravo!”
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If you are putting your faith in scientists instead of science, you are also on the wrong path.

Beyond that, you assume that the lay observer can easily tell what "the scientists" are saying. In  world where there are almost always people with reasons to argue both sides of an issue, that's not easy. How, for instance, does someone with no background in economics tell that Obama's claim was false? That the almost universally made claim that you were better off replacing butter with stick margarine was false—in that case lethally false? How does he distinguish between the claim that temperature is trending up and the most likely explanation is CO2, almost certainly true, and the much more dubious claims about catastrophic consequences of that trend—also asserted, by those who make them, to be supported by the science?
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My American friends are always telling me how sophisticated I am.

"Dagnabbit, y'all can spit in the can every time!"
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These are interesting ideas but the problem is filtering.

It's no use if your software churns out a million inventions a month if it takes an expert an hour to evaluate each one. Being able to filter out dead ends before doing the work is what makes an expert an expert.
Two new startups relying on relatively similar technology have recently presented business models that could necessitate revisions to our intellectual property laws.
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  • University of Birmingham
    PhD in Chemistry
  • UMIST
    BSc(Hons) in Chemistry with Computer-Aided Chemistry
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Interests: Information/network theory, non-linear chemistry,  aikido.
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Associate Professor of Chemistry
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