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  • China's first bio-safety level 4 lab put into operation [From Jan 2018]

    01/30/2020 9:02:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | January 4, 2018 | Editor: Xiang Bo
    BEIJING -- China has opened its first bio-safety level four laboratory, capable of conducting experiments with highly pathogenic microorganisms, according to the national health authority on Thursday. Wuhan national bio-safety level four lab of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Wuhan P4 lab) is part of Sino-French cooperation in prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases, said the Department of Health Science, Technology and Education with the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Level four is the highest bio-safety level, used for diagnostic work and research on easily transmitted pathogens which can cause fatal disease, including Ebola virus. The Wuhan P4...
  • Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties

    01/28/2020 12:21:40 PM PST · by Renkluaf · 11 replies
    AP News ^ | 1/28/20 | ALANNA DURKIN RICHER
    BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor has been c harged with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research, federal officials said Tuesday. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his involvement in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to recruit people with access to and knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property.
  • Has anyone ever heard of the K level?

    03/21/2020 2:01:24 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 66 replies
    unk | unk
    Back when I went to college, many years ago, my biology teacher brought up a thing called the K level, which he did after discussing how animals have a supposed level where they reach their peak of numbers and then some disaster, a disease, a climate thing or a malfunction of biology, something, occurs to cause their deaths and bring their numbers down to a different level where they begin to thrive again. He said there is a thing called the "K Level" which is the level the human race reaches this same predicament and at that point the numbers...
  • Scientists Believe They’ve Made a Huge Breakthrough in Coronavirus Vaccine Effort

    03/13/2020 4:21:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 13, 2020 | Laura Italiano
    A team of Canadian scientists has successfully isolated and grown copies of the coronavirus — bringing the world a step closer to finding a vaccine to fight the deadly illness. Researchers from the Sunnybrook Research Institute, the University of Toronto, and McMaster University were able to isolate and replicate the virus in a lab using samples taken from two Canadian patients. The lab-grown copies will now be able to help scientists study the pathogen to develop better diagnostic testing, treatments, vaccines, and gain a better understanding of its biology, the team said in a statement.
  • Ellie and Nele: From she to he - and back to she again

    03/10/2020 7:36:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 10, 2020 | By Linda Pressly and Lucy Proctor
    Studies suggest that most people who transition to another gender do not have second thoughts. But after two trans men met and fell in love, their personal gender journeys took an unexpected turn, to a destination neither had foreseen. "I always felt we have a very special history. We have special bodies, and a special connection based on the physical experience we had." Ellie is 21 and Belgian. Her German partner, Nele, is 24. Both took testosterone to become more masculine, and they had their breasts removed in double mastectomy surgery. Now they have detransitioned, and live again as female...
  • Dwyane Wade supports daughter's gender identity ["Journalist" is a biological science denier!]

    02/12/2020 11:27:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    ESPN ^ | 2/11/2020 | Malika Andrews
    Retired NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade recently opened up about supporting his daughter Zaya, who identifies as a transgender girl. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on "The Ellen Show" this week, Wade said that one day his 12-year-old came home and asked to have a discussion about using she/her pronouns and going by a different name than the one that she was given at birth
  • Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases

    01/28/2020 10:49:21 PM PST · by ransomnote · 7 replies
    doj.gov ^ | 1/28/20 | doj
    The Department of Justice announced today that the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China.  Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint with one count of making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement.  Lieber will appear this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts.Yanqing Ye, 29, a Chinese national, was charged in an indictment today with...
  • Social Liberal Is Silenced Over Belief That There Are ‘Only 2 Sexes’

    01/27/2020 10:53:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 23, 2020 | Nicole Russell
    Weeks after J.K. Rowling expressed disdain for a British employer firing an employee for stating sex is binary, another employer—this time in the U.S.—allegedly fired a freelance columnist for saying there are only two sexes. Jon Caldara, a regular columnist for The Denver Post, announced Jan. 17 in a Facebook post that the publication had fired him for his traditional, but apparently offensive and “insensitive,” beliefs about sex and gender. An editor’s note posted Jan.21 at The Denver Post confirmed Megan Schrader, editor of The Denver Post’s editorial pages, decided the publication no longer would run Caldara’s weekly freelance column,...
  • ‘It’s Not Fair’: Idaho Lawmaker to Introduce Bill Barring Biological Males From Girls Sports

    01/21/2020 6:48:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 21, 2020 | Peter Hasson, The Daily Caller News Foundation
    An Idaho state legislator plans to introduce a bill that would require biologically male athletes to compete on boys sports teams, regardless of whether they identify as a transgender girl or not. Idaho state Rep. Barbara Ehardt is the latest Republican lawmaker across the country to introduce legislation ensuring girls aren’t forced to compete against biologically male athletes. The wave of proposed legislation comes as biological males have piled up victories in female athletics. “Boys and men will not be able to take the place of girls and women in sports because it’s not fair. We cannot physically compete against...
  • Question about rape ends up on biology homework assignment for 9th-graders at Klein Collins HS

    01/15/2020 7:37:17 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    Click 2 Houston ^ | 01 14 2020 | Staff
    A question about rape ends up on a biology homework assignment for ninth graders at a Houston-area high school. Klein Independent School District confirms a teacher at Klein Collins High School sent home what the district calls an “inappropriate homework question” on a take-home assignment Friday. The question was part of a biology DNA assignment and reads: “Suzy was assaulted in an alley and is a victim of rape. The police collected a sample of sperm that was left at the crime scene and now have three suspects in custody. Which of the suspects rape (sic) Suzy?” Parents along with...
  • 2019: The Beginning of the End for the Progressive Left’s Narrative On Gender

    01/08/2020 11:17:41 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Activist Mommy ^ | January 7, 2020 | The Activist Mommy
    Just when it seemed as though the transgender movement was reaching a fever-pitch and it was becoming impossible to stand up to the zealous mob of trans-enthusiasts, it appears some celebrities may have found the secret to shutting them down and evading the dreaded “cancel culture” imposed on anyone who dares speak truth or reason. Perhaps this culture battle is not all but lost after all. Back in December, famed author J.K. Rowling tweeted her support for Maya Forstater, a former tax expert who lost her job at think tank Center for Global Development for declaring that men and women...
  • Truth On Campus Is Painful, But Compassionate

    12/11/2019 8:23:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2019 | Kristan Hawkins
    Unless you live under a rock, you’ve witnessed a cultural transformation wherein people describe themselves in terms of how they “identify.” It’s common to hear men say they “identify as a woman” or in some extreme cases to hear a Caucasian person identify as black. However, no amount of identifying as a woman will make a man have a period. No amount of identifying as a woman will allow a man to grow or birth a child. Identifying as a woman makes a man a woman as much as my identifying as a 2-year-old makes me a toddler. Our identity and...
  • Can Biology Class Reduce Racism?

    12/07/2019 6:19:49 AM PST · by karpov · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 7, 2019 | Amy Harmon
    COLORADO SPRINGS — Biology textbooks used in American high schools do not go near the sensitive question of whether genetics can explain why African-Americans are overrepresented as football players and why a disproportionate number of American scientists are white or Asian. But in a study starting this month, a group of biology teachers from across the country will address it head-on. They are testing the idea that the science classroom may be the best place to provide a buffer against the unfounded genetic rationales for human difference that often become the basis for racial intolerance. At a recent training in...
  • What I Learned About the Transgender Politics Injected Into This Affluent County’s Schools

    11/04/2019 9:01:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 3, 2019 | Cathy Ruse
    I live in Fairfax County, Virginia, which has the 10th-largest public school district in the nation, but I never focused on our public schools. My kids go to Catholic schools, and that was the center of our universe. I never focused, that is, until I heard that the Fairfax County School Board voted to let boys into the girls’ bathrooms. The vote was 10-1. Was there only one sane person on the Fairfax County School Board? I had to find out. So I began attending school board meetings. And there I saw moms and dads begging the school board to...
  • Secretary Ben Carson: America's Dr. Politically Incorrect

    10/25/2019 7:08:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | October 25, 2019 | Tony Perkins and FRC senior writers
    "This whole concept of political correctness ... it's going to destroy our nation." That was the no-nonsense response of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) earlier this week. Wexton was trying for a "gotcha" moment in a congressional hearing when she asked Dr. Carson if he would "apologize" for being quoted for expressing concern over "big, hairy men" trying to gain entry into an Alaska women's homeless shelter. I could not have said it better. On yesterday's edition of Washington Watch, Dr. Carson – or Dr. Politically Incorrect as I've called him -...
  • Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes biology is the next frontier in computing

    10/03/2019 6:29:59 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 33 replies
    cnbc ^ | 10/02/19 | Jennifer Elias
    Brain inserts and carbon-absorbing bacteria aren’t just the fantasies of Silicon Valley’s richest executives, they’re also a part of a larger hope to advance artificial intelligence and computing efforts. “Biology will undoubtedly fuel computing” in coming years, former Google CEO and current technical advisor Eric Schmidt said at a conference called SynBioBeta in San Francisco Monday. “Taking biology, which I’d always viewed as squishy and analog, and turning it into something that can be digitally manipulated, is an enormous accelerator.” Schmidt’s comments come as Silicon Valley’s seeming obsession with biology attempts to move beyond fascinating projects and into more serious...
  • What’s the Status on Male Birth Control?

    09/01/2019 3:05:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    Natural Womanhood ^ | August 31, 2019 | Gabriella Patti
    For the past several years, many of us have seen headlines referencing the development of birth control drugs for men. It does seem like for too long women alone have borne the burden of pregnancy prevention, despite how baby-making requires two parties to take place. Further, since men are fertile 100% of the time, while women are only fertile about a quarter of the time in their menstrual cycles, it seems a little heavy-handed to put the responsibility solely on women, for couples hoping to postpone kids. As it turns out, the history of birth control includes attempts to find...
  • Mathematical Challenges to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution with Berlinski, Meyer, and Gelernter

    07/28/2019 10:50:40 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 119 replies
    Hoover Institution - Uncommon Knowledge ^ | 7/22/2019 | Stephen Meyer, David Berlinski, David Gelernter, Peter Robinson
    Recorded on June 6, 2019 in Italy. Based on new evidence and knowledge that functioning proteins are extremely rare, should Darwin’s theory of evolution be dismissed, dissected, developed or replaced with a theory of intelligent design? Has Darwinism really failed? Peter Robinson discusses it with David Berlinski, David Gelernter, and Stephen Meyer, who have raised doubts about Darwin’s theory in their two books and essay, respectively The Deniable Darwin, Darwin’s Doubt, and “Giving Up Darwin” (published in the Claremont Review of Books).
  • Refining the Origin of Life Argument

    07/27/2019 4:52:02 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 32 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | July 27, 2019 | Philip Cottraux
    Refining the Origin of Life ArgumentBy Philip Cottraux One of the most popular arguments for the existence of God involves the complexities of life itself, implying something so intricate could never be the product of natural causes. A supernatural intelligence would be required to form together even the basic living cell, with its membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, and billions of lines of coding. Requiring over ten thousand chemical reactions each second just to stay alive, the cell is truly a remarkable feat of engineering. And to be fair, to date scientists really don’t know how it originated, though there are plenty...
  • Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost

    07/07/2019 1:23:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    Wshington Post ^ | July 7 at 12:00 PM | Daniel Ackerman
    Vishnivetskaya ... has coaxed million-year-old bacteria back to life on a petri dish. They look “very similar to bacteria you can find in cold environments [today],” she said. But last year, Vishnivetskaya’s team announced an “accidental finding” — one with a brain and nervous system — that shattered scientists’ understanding of extreme endurance. They placed the frozen material on petri dishes in their room-temperature lab and noticed something strange. Hulking among the puny bacteria and amoebae were long, segmented worms complete with a head at one end and anus at the other — nematodes. Clocking in at a half-millimeter long,...