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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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It's almost as if, and stay with me here folks, people are safer without guns.
 
I Was A Cop In A Country With No Guns: 6 Startling Truths - http://goo.gl/P74EM6

“I appreciate that, to U.S. coppers who are issued more guns than cameras, our approach probably sounds like the kind of woolly pinko nonsense that they'd expect from us tea-sipping dandies.”
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To sum up the key points, the Iraq war was a complete fuck up and the people responsible were thoroughly warned beforehand that it would be.

Good job everyone had learned their lessons in time for the Brexit referendum.
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This is straight up mad.
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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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Doctor's love this one bloody obvious trick for losing fat!!!1!

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36763102
Many people look for quick fixes to get rid of abdominal fat - but what actually works?
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As far back as 2003 I knew there would be a whole lot of 'I told you so' following the Iraq invasion...

but this is shocking even for me.
Claim that nerve agents were stored in glass beads bears resemblance to action film <i>The Rock</i>
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I can't imagine being this wasteful and inconsiderate.
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The video states that there are collection points for charities, people just can't be bothered cleaning up their own mess.
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Interests: Information/network theory, non-linear chemistry,  aikido.
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    PhD in Chemistry
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