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Some more physics for you.
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The physics of the Fosbury Flop.
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Never cover Stairway to Heaven

...unless you can do it well enough to get a standing ovation from Led Zeppelin themselves.
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It's almost as if, and stay with me here folks, there's a trend to this global temperature thing.

Should be due for a 'coldest ever' month any day now.
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Humans (and some other species) are well evolved to be able to survive significant climate change. But they are dependent on ecosystems that are very complex and interdependent on species which have not evolved to adapt to rapid climate change.

I am not saying that all life on earth will stop. But the forecasts spell very dramatic changes. The dual impact of warming and acidification of the oceans is one of my biggest concerns. I believe that the ocean systems will eventually adapt and survive but the impact will likely be very catastrophic for many coral reefs and significantly adversely affect the whole food chain. Already we have mass coral bleaching and die-off of mangroves as possible early indicators.

I guess it depends on your definition of catastrophe. I think the extinction of hundreds of major species is catastrophic, especially when is could have been avoided by listening to the tempered, rational science communicated in the late 70's. Maybe some stronger language back then would have encouraged more action when it may have had more impact.

That is not a lie.
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Some very interesting comments by +Joerg Fliege.
 
You Brexit, you fix it

Say what you will about Theresa May, but she is absolutely ruthless and seems to have a nice sense of humour. On her first day in office, and within the first six hours, she sacked 10 cabinet members, most of them from Cameron's old boys network, and made a number of refreshing appointments:

Three hardcore Brexiteers (Boris Johnson, David Davis, and Liam Fox) get jobs as Foreign secretary, Brexit secretary, and international trade secretary. In other words, they have to deal with everyone they pissed off during the last months. Every failure in upcoming Brexit negotiations will be blamed on them.

Johnson's department of foreign affairs has been practically gutted; all he can do is fly around the world and give speeches. He has been set up for failure.

Priti Patel now heads the Department of International Development. She is on record saying that that department should be abolished, and will soon find out how passive-agressive civil servants can be.

Andrea ("as a mother") Leadsom is now secretary for the environment, which also covers farming and fishing. As a Brexiteer, she can now explain angry farmers that they won't get any EU subsidies anymore, and that they won't get any subsidies from London either.

This might actually end in some fun. Some very special type of fun.
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Thankfully, climate change isn't really happening and everything is bound to get better all by itself any century now✴︎.

✴︎(note sarcasm filter)

On a related note, can anyone tell me how to short Australian tourism?
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Just in case you thought you, or our entire planet and its entire history, was in the slightest bit important:

Each galaxy in this video is home to an average of about 400 000 000 000 stars, with several times that worth of planets. And this is only a very, very small part of the observable universe.
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It's about time someone made a film about this.

(Correction, it appears a few people already have)

And I'm so glad Christopher Nolan is at the helm.
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This is a very interesting study.

Even if you only recruit scientists that do their best to publish good research, current pressures to publish or perish select for scientists that overly hype minor advancements or fail to identify false positives.
Evolutionary analysis suggests that the way researchers are rewarded, and the competitive environment they work in, are pushing them to do worse research
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It's not just the US. This profligate waste is utterly shameful.
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Interests: Information/network theory, non-linear chemistry,  aikido.
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    PhD in Chemistry
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