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  • Space Alien Research Grad Program May Soon Be A Thing

    12/02/2019 9:21:48 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 30 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 19, 2019 | Lorraine Lorenzo
    Hold on to your hats, skeptics. The study of alien existence is about to become a real scientific field. Pennsylvania State University is gearing up to make the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) an established field of scientific study. This means that a degree in Alien Research, no matter how outlandish it might sound, is soon going to be a real thing. According to a report, the university is planning on doing this by offering courses on the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in its course catalog. It will also conduct actual research into the subject through it’s newly-established Penn...
  • Supreme Court weighs lawsuit pitting climate scientist against skeptics

    11/21/2019 4:00:35 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 21 2019 | John Kruzel
    The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to take up a prominent climatologist's defamation suit against a venerated conservative magazine, in a case that pits climate scientists against the free speech rights of global warming skeptics. The dispute between scientist Michael Mann and the National Review has drawn attention from lawmakers, interest groups, academics and media, as the court weighs adding a potentially blockbuster First Amendment showdown to an already politically charged docket. Scientists hail Mann’s lawsuit as a necessary defense against efforts to erode public confidence in the scientific consensus that climate change is an urgent threat, while...
  • Feminist Implants Uterus in Kidnapped Men to Protest Heartbeat Bills on 'The Blacklist'

    11/16/2019 2:03:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    mrcNEWSBUSTERS ^ | Nov 15, 2019 | Lindsay Kornick
    It turns out network television isn’t done lecturing us on abortion yet. We’ve had series after series come at us with pro-abortion stories, but NBC’s The Blacklist may have brought us the strangest case of them all. Let’s just say if this is where the propaganda is headed, liberals should stick to copying The Handmaid’s Tale. The November 15 episode “Hannah Hayes” concerns the strange case of a kidnapped governor reappearing on the day of a new election. The governor, however, isn’t sharing any details of his abduction, forcing the FBI to investigate the crime on their own. The agents...
  • 11,000 scientists demand population control because of ‘climate emergency’

    11/05/2019 5:00:17 PM PST · by ebb tide · 58 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 5, 2019 | Claire Chretien
    11,000 scientists demand population control because of ‘climate emergency’ November 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – 11,000 scientists have signed onto an article declaring that “the world population must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced,” because a “climate emergency” threatens “the fate of humanity.” Written by the Alliance of World Scientists and full of alarmist, apocalyptic language, the article was published today in BioScience.  “Still increasing by roughly 80 million people per year, or more than 200,000 per day...the world population must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity,” the authors wrote.  “There are proven and effective policies...
  • EU leaders fail to agree on 2050 climate goal

    06/21/2019 5:13:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 21, 2019 | Samuel Petrequin and Raf Casert
    European Union leaders failed Thursday to back a plan to make the bloc’s economy carbon neutral by 2050 in spite of promises to protesters across the continent to fight harder against climate change. Ahead of a U.N. meeting in the fall, the proposal was relegated to a non-binding footnote in the final statement of Thursday’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels. “For a large majority of Member States, climate neutrality must be achieved by 2050,” the footnote read. However, for the change in approach to become an official target, all 28 EU countries need to back the change. The non-decision...
  • Trump UN pick Kelly Craft breaks with White House on climate change

    06/19/2019 8:08:33 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 46 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th June 2019 | BBC News
    President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations has broken with his viewpoint on climate change, saying it "poses real risks". Kelly Craft told lawmakers at her confirmation hearing she would "be an advocate for all countries to do their part in addressing climate change". In the past, she had claimed to believe "both sides" of the climate debate. Mr Trump has previously called climate change a "hoax" and questioned the scientific consensus on the matter. Earlier this month, Mr Trump said climate change "goes both ways" and blamed other nations for worsening air and water quality. In...
  • 50-million-year-old fossil shows school of baby fish in their final moments

    05/31/2019 5:37:16 PM PDT · by ETL · 46 replies ^ | May 31, 2019 | Brandon Specktor Senior Writer | LiveScience
    There's room for all types in a newly described fossil that shows 259 baby fish swimming together in a school, approximately 50 million years ago. According to the authors of a new study published Wednesday (May 29) in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, this ex-school may be the earliest known fossil evidence that prehistoric fish swam in unison, just as modern fish do today. A team of Arizona researchers stumbled upon this remarkable rock during a visit to the Oishi Fossils Gallery of Mizuta Memorial Museum in Japan. Working with the museum, the researchers determined that the...
  • Expert Psychologist Banned From Twitter Over Controversial Statement on Gender Identity

    05/20/2019 7:35:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Activist Mommy ^ | May 18, 2019 | Activist Mommy
    For all their hollow declarations that they are “pro-science”, the left continually demonstrates that they only accept “science” that affirms their own radical science-defying ideology. This is never truer when applied to the increasingly fascistic and dominant “gender ideology.” If you are a college professor and would like to lose your job, your tenure, your credibility, and even your access to social media, go ahead and present your clinical findings that contradict social justice warrior talking points. Ray Blanchard, the groundbreaking psychologist who helped craft the diagnostic and treatment procedures for clinicians dealing with transgenderism, was blocked on Twitter this...
  • How climate change widens gap between haves and have-nots

    04/22/2019 4:19:34 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    Chico Enterprise Record ^ | April 22, 2019 | Lisa Krieger
    Climate change is widening the world’s gap between the haves and have-nots, worsening economic inequality between rich and poor countries, according to a new analysis by Stanford scientists.
  • Dame Emma Thompson defends her hypocrisy on flying to climate event.[video]

    04/19/2019 12:16:01 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19th April 2019 | BBC News
    Actress Dame Emma Thompson has been defending her decision to fly from the US to attend a climate change protest in central London. Speaking to reporters from the Extinction Rebellion campaign group's pink boat, she said did not fly as much as she used to - and planted a lot of trees. Ms Thompson also compared the protest to the campaign of disruption by the Suffragettes.
  • What we aren't eating is killing us, global study finds

    04/05/2019 3:21:39 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 89 replies
    CNN ^ | April 5, 2019 | Sandee LaMotte
    Which risk factor is responsible for more deaths around the world than any other? Not smoking. Not even high blood pressure. It's a poor diet. "In many countries, poor diet now causes more deaths than tobacco smoking and high blood pressure," said Ashkan Afshin, an assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks Drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks And it's not just that people are choosing...
  • Anti-vaxxers pack hearing as senators investigate viral epidemic — of fear

    03/05/2019 4:22:21 PM PST · by Mariner · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 5th, 2019 | Alexander Nazaryan
    WASHINGTON — Anti-vaccination activists, some with their (presumably unvaccinated) children, packed the Dirksen Senate Office Building Tuesday morning for a hearing that they hoped would vindicate, or at least recognize as legitimate, their fear that protecting their families from measles runs the risk of something worse, including autism and other disorders. As the doors closed on the room where the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions was meeting, a woman could be heard pleading to be allowed in to give her side of what has become a heated, and potentially dangerous, controversy. That hope would be quickly dashed....
  • Journal retracts study claiming LGBT people die earlier in prejudiced communities

    02/26/2019 7:32:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/26/2019 | Samuel Smith
    SCIENCEDIRECT.COM A mid-2000’s study linking anti-gay prejudice to shorter lifespans for lesbians, gays, and bisexual individuals has been retracted on grounds that it was an “erroneous” finding.The study “Structural stigma and all-cause mortality in sexual minority populations” was conducted by researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and was published by the peer-reviewed academic journal Social Science & Medicine in February 2014.The study purported to have found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people who live in communities with high levels of anti-gay sentiment tend to die earlier than lesbians, gays and bisexuals who live in communities that are...
  • The coolest thing about the Oscars that you probably missed? The CIA's live tweets

    02/26/2019 2:57:33 AM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 25 Feb 2019 | Michelle Lou and Saeed Ahmed
    CNN)In a sea of users live-tweeting the Oscars last night, one account stood out: the CIA. Apparently, the agency is into movies -- especially "Black Panther." Throughout the night, the CIA Twitter feed explored the feasibility of the technology seen in the Marvel superhero flick. The agency also tested its followers' knowledge of metals, asking if they thought the fictional metal vibranium is real...
  • Senator Feinstein shuts down kids Green New Deal resolution (video)

    02/22/2019 3:28:42 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 60 replies
    Twitter ^ | February 23rd 2019 | Sunrise Movement
    This is how @SenFeinstein reacted to children asking her to support the #GreenNewDeal resolution -- with smugness + disrespect. This is a fight for our generation's survival. Her reaction is why young people desperately want new leadership in Congress.
  • Use these tools to help visualize the horror of rising sea levels(OH NOES!!!!)

    02/21/2019 12:28:12 PM PST · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 2/17/2019 | A Chen
    Seeing is believing By now, everyone knows: the climate is changing, sea levels are rising, and the crises are likely to happen sooner than expected. Still, it’s one thing to know, and another thing to really see these potential disasters. Luckily (or unluckily), there’s no lack of tools to help the apathetic develop a visceral sense of what could be at stake. First, Information Is Beautiful has used data from NASA, Sea Level Explorer, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to create the aptly named “When Sea Levels Attack,” which shows how many years are left until major cities...

    02/10/2019 5:09:07 PM PST · by Maceman · 117 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 11/29/18 | DANIEL MORITZ-RABSON
    NYU Psychology professor Eric Knowles and doctoral student Sarah DiMuccio queried 300 men on Amazon's crowdsourcing platform Mechanical Turk to discover whether they had or would search for terms such as "erectile dysfunction," "how to get girls," "penis enlargement," "testosterone," and "Viagra," among others. They discovered a high level of concern about masculinity "was strongly associated with interest in these search topics." They then correlated the geopgrahic dispersion of these search topics in 2016 with how such areas voted in that year's election, finding "that support for Trump in the 2016 election was higher in areas that had more searches...
  • Tulane study says seas may be rising faster than thought (misplaced gauges)

    02/03/2019 8:05:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 94 replies
    Tulane ^ | 1/30/19 | Barri Bronston
    A new Tulane University study questions the reliability of how sea-level rise in low-lying coastal areas such as southern Louisiana is measured and suggests that the current method underestimates the severity of the problem. The research is the focus of a news article published this week in the journal Science. Relative sea-level rise, which is a combination of rising water level and subsiding land, is traditionally measured using tide gauges. But researchers Molly Keogh and Torbjörn Törnqvist argue that in coastal Louisiana, tide gauges tell only a part of the story. Tide gauges in such areas are anchored an average...
  • Earth system impacts of the European arrival and Great Dying in the Americas after 1492

    02/01/2019 1:23:21 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    Science Direct ^ | 1 March 2019 | Alexander Kocha and Chris Brierley
    Highlights: Combines multiple methods estimating pre-Columbian population numbers. Estimates European arrival in 1492 lead to 56 million deaths by 1600. Large population reduction led to reforestation of 55.8 Mha and 7.4 Pg C uptake. 1610 atmospheric CO2 drop partly caused by indigenous depopulation of the Americas. Humans contributed to Earth System changes before the Industrial Revolution. Furthermore, we show that the global carbon budget of the 1500s cannot be balanced until large-scale vegetation regeneration in the Americas is included. The Great Dying of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas resulted in a human-driven global impact on the Earth System in...
  • Ancient asteroid impacts played a role in creation of Earth’s future continents

    02/01/2019 12:37:16 AM PST · by Simon Green · 6 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | 01/31/19
    More than 3.8 billion years ago, in a time period called the Hadean eon, our planet Earth was constantly bombarded by asteroids, which caused the large-scale melting of its surface rocks. Most of these surface rocks were basalts, and the asteroid impacts produced large pools of superheated impact melt of such composition. These basaltic pools were tens of kilometres thick, and thousands of kilometres in diameter. “If you want to get an idea of what the surface of Earth looked like at that time, you can just look at the surface of the Moon which is covered by a vast...