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  • "Disturbing" discovery: Giant hole found under Antarctica glacier

    01/31/2019 3:59:17 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 143 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 31, 2019 | Sarah Lynch Baldwin
    Researchers say a massive cavity the size of two-thirds of Manhattan was found under a glacier in Antarctica. The pocket is a sign of "rapid decay" and just one of "several disturbing discoveries" made recently regarding the glacier, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a news release Wednesday. "[The size of] a cavity under a glacier plays an important role in melting," said Pietro Milillo of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "As more heat and water get under the glacier, it melts faster." The growing cavity sits in West Antarctica at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier, which is about as big...
  • Teach kids about climate change? A legislative proposal in Connecticut would require it

    01/17/2019 7:31:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | January 16, 2019 | By MICHAEL MELIA
    A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it would be the country's first to write such a requirement into law. "A lot of schools make the study of climate change an elective, and I don't believe it should be an elective," said state Rep. Christine Palm, a Democrat from Chester who proposed the bill. "I think it should be mandatory, and I think it should be...
  • SJWs Outraged White Actress Will Play African Queen Cleopatra (RUH ROH!)

    01/15/2019 10:47:13 AM PST · by rktman · 175 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/15/2019 | Tyler O'Neil
    On Sunday, Britain's Daily Star reported that Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie — two white actresses — are competing for the role of Cleopatra, sparking outrage across social media. Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) demanded that the African queen should be played by a woman of color, even though the historical Cleopatra was Greek, not black. "Stop whitewashing Cleopatra!!!" tweeted Kendra James, a writer and editor at Shondaland.com. "Film the story of literally any other queen on the vast African continent."
  • Oceans warming faster than expected, set heat record in 2018 - scientists

    01/10/2019 5:40:29 PM PST · by zeestephen · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 January 2019 | Alister Doyle
    The oceans are warming faster than previously estimated, setting a new temperature record in 2018 in a trend that is damaging marine life, scientists said on Thursday...."Global warming is here, and has major consequences already. There is no doubt, none!" the authors wrote in a statement.
  • New Jersey deeply hates Christmas, survey shows

    12/05/2018 10:45:42 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 37 replies
    News 12 New Jersey ^ | December 5, 2018 | News 12 New Jersey
    EDISON - A recent study has ranked New Jersey 47th in the U.S. for the least Christmas-friendly states. The survey was done by GetCenturyLink. The rankings were based on online activity and areas of culture.
  • Feminist researcher invents ‘intersectional quantum physics’ to fight ‘oppression’ of Newton

    05/30/2017 7:40:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    College Fix ^ | May 30, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    A feminist academic affiliated with the University of Arizona has invented a new theory of “intersectional quantum physics,” and told the world about it in a journal published by Duke University Press. Whitney Stark argues in support of “combining intersectionality and quantum physics” to better understand “marginalized people” and to create “safer spaces” for them, in the latest issue of The Minnesota Review.
  • E=mc2 is a "sexed equation". Newton's Principia (a "rape manual")

    02/11/2004 1:55:19 PM PST · by Helms · 74 replies · 9,332+ views
    NYU Dept. Physics ^ | Published in Nature, 9 July 1998, vol. 394, pp. 141-143.] | Richard Dawkins
    The feminist 'philosopher' Luce Irigaray is another who gets whole-chapter treatment from Sokal and Bricmont. In a passage reminiscent of a notorious feminist description of Newton's Principia (a "rape manual"), Irigaray argues that E=mc2 is a "sexed equation". Why? Because "it privileges the speed of light over other speeds that are vitally necessary to us" (my emphasis of what I am rapidly coming to learn is an 'in' word). Just as typical of this school of thought is Irigaray's thesis on fluid mechanics.Fluids you see, have been unfairly neglected. "Masculine physics" privileges rigid, solid things. Her American expositor Katherine Hayles...
  • 1,600 “scientists” defy science to support transgender activism

    11/04/2018 4:45:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | November 4, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    This story came out earlier this week but it was shocking enough that it bears a look. The transgender activist community was all abuzz on Thursday over a letter that had actually been featured in the New York Times a week earlier. Buzzfeed picked it up and ran with it, adding to the celebratory mood. The document in question was an open letter published by a gaggle of 1,600 scientists who are rejecting the anticipated HHS memo defining sex and gender in traditional, scientifically accepted terms for purposes of Title IX questions. What’s truly amazing is the fact that these...
  • EPA's lack of transparency is breeding ground for junk science

    03/30/2018 3:00:35 AM PDT · by gattaca · 19 replies
    Just Facts ^ | 03/29/2018 | James D. Agresti
    In a recent New York Times op-ed, two former EPA officials criticize a Trump administration plan that would require the EPA to reveal the details of studies used to craft environmental regulations. In this piece, Obama’s EPA director Gina McCarthy and assistant director Janet McCabe, claim that: Current EPA director Scott Pruitt and “some conservative members of Congress are setting up a nonexistent problem in order to prevent the EPA from using the best available science.” EPA’s studies “adhere to all professional standards and meet every expectation of the scientific community in terms of peer review and scientific integrity.” the...
  • Idaho Teachers and Students Win Climate Change Debate

    03/09/2018 9:32:19 PM PST · by mdittmar · 48 replies
    National Education Association ^ | March 8, 2018 | Mary Ellen Flannery
    After several years of often rancorous debate—and more back-and-forth action than a beach restoration project Idaho lawmakers finally have decided that climate change will be taught in Idaho schools. “It’s a wonderful thing for for our state and its students!” said Coeur d’Alene environmental science teacher Jamie Esler, who served on a state committee of award-winning educators, parents, and scientists that developed the K12 science standards.The science standards developed by the highly qualified committee, over painstaking months of work, maintain “integrity around the science of climate,” and will enable Idaho science teachers to fully educate their students about human-caused climate...
  • 314 Action Wants to Elect Scientists, But Only if They're Democrats

    02/28/2018 7:33:52 AM PST · by Heartlander · 18 replies
    ACSH ^ | February 22, 2018 | Alex Berezow
    314 Action Wants to Elect Scientists, But Only if They're Democrats The U.S. Congress is made up mostly of professional politicians and lawyers. This comes as a surprise to precisely no one, but the sheer numbers are rather striking.According to the Congressional Research Service (PDF, Table 2), the 115th Congress consists of 168 Representatives (out of 435) who are lawyers, and the Senate has 50 lawyers (out of 100). Combined, lawyers make up nearly 41% of Congress.How many lawyers are in the U.S.? One law firm (with a nifty interactive map!) estimates roughly 1.3 million. Given that the U.S. population...
  • Profs call for ‘queer feminist science’ in new anthology

    11/01/2017 5:27:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | October 31, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    A group of feminist professors will publish a new anthology in November extolling the merits of the emerging field of “queer feminist science.” The anthology, Queer Feminist Science: A Reader, will be released on November 16, and is edited by a team of Women’s Studies professors including New York University’s Cyd Cipolla, Wake Forest University’s Kristina Gupta, South Florida University’s David A. Rubin, and Mount Holyoke College’s Angela Willey, who specifically teaches “feminist science.
  • Canada now investigates 'climate denial' [1984 Orwellian]

    09/14/2017 9:10:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.torontosun.com ^ | 09-14-2017 | By Lorrie Goldstein
    It’s like something out of George Orwell’s 1984. Canada’s Competition Bureau, an arm’s length agency funded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to the tune of almost $50 million annually, investigated three organizations accused of denying mainstream climate science for over a year, following a complaint from an environmental group. The bureau discontinued its 14-month probe in June, citing “available evidence, the assessment of the facts in this case, and to ensure the effective allocation of limited resources”, according to Josephine A.L. Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner of Competition, Deceptive Marketing Practices Directorate. But it will re-open its investigation should it receive...
  • Houston, We've Got A Problem. It's Called Global Warming.

    09/05/2017 6:13:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 109 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 5, 2017 | by Steven Salzberg
    Let's not dance around the issue: Hurricane Harvey was a direct consequence of global warming, which in turn is a direct consequence of human activities. It's ironic that Texas (and Houston in particular) has an economy that is dominated by on oil and fossil fuels. Burning these fuels is what got us in this mess. It's also ironic that Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is now at the front of the line asking for a federal government rescue package, is a scientifically illiterate climate change denier. Maybe with cooler temperatures, we'd have had a hurricane anyway–but it would have been...
  • NYT Caught Switching Out Documents To Fix Botched Climate Change Article

    08/08/2017 1:51:42 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/08/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The New York Times has quietly updated its Tuesday front page article on a “sweeping” global warming report some scientists fear “would be suppressed” by the Trump administration. TheNYT reported they had obtained an unreleased draft copy of the National Climate Assessment (NCA), which is set for release in 2018. The paper claimed the NDA draft had “not yet been made public” and “concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now.” However, TheNYT published a “third order draft” of the NCA that’s been available online since January. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published the draft...
  • Astrological Community Has Some Interesting Theories About Why Hillary Clinton Lost 2016 Election

    07/10/2017 3:40:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Refinery29 ^ | July 9, 2017 | Caitlin Flynn
    In the days, weeks, and months since Donald Trump's surprising victory, there's been endless speculation and debate about what cost Hillary Clinton the presidential election. In May, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight wrote that the October 28 Comey Letter very likely cost Clinton the presidency. There's also evidence that sexism, both conscious and unconscious, helped tear down one of the most qualified candidates in history. And all of this is to say nothing of potential Russian interference. Well, here's a new one: Members of the astrological community believe that the exact time of Clinton's birth on October 26, 1947, may be...
  • There have probably been trillions of alien civilizations, and yet we may still never see one

    06/27/2017 6:56:54 PM PDT · by plain talk · 146 replies
    Quartz Media ^ | June 11, 2016 | Gordon Lichfield
    Sorry, everybody. We’re just not that special. In more than five decades of scanning the heavens, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has found no sign of alien life. Yet now two American astronomers, in the scientific equivalent of a back-of-the-envelope calculation, are estimating that over the course of its history the universe has seen at least half a trillion technologically advanced species. Remember, 420 billion intelligent civilizations is the “pessimistic” estimate. But sadly—or happily, depending on your view of aliens—it doesn’t make us any less alone.
  • Prof Blasts 'Inhuman' White People, Endorses Idea EMT's Should've Let Scalise Die

    06/27/2017 6:32:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | June 21, 2017
    A Hartford, Conn. sociology professor labeled white people "inhuman a**holes" and endorsed the idea that first responders should have let House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and others die on a Virginia baseball field because of their race, Campus Reform reported. Trinity College's Johnny Eric Williams posted the hashtag "LetThem[expletive]Die" below an emotional message on Facebook directed at white people. On his now-locked account he wrote, "It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be 'white' will not do - put end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and...
  • The idea of creating a new universe in the lab is no joke

    06/25/2017 9:53:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    Aeon ^ | 6/14/17 | Zeeya Merali
    Zeeya Merali is a freelance science writer and author of A Big Bang in a Little Room: The Quest to Create New Universes. Her work has appeared in Nature, Scientific American, Discover, Science, New Scientist, and on the BBC. She has also published two textbooks with National Geographic and has worked on NOVA's television series The Fabric of the Cosmos. She has a PhD in theoretical cosmology and lives in London. Artwork illustrating the concept of an alternate ‘bubble’ universe in which our universe (left) is not the only one. Some scientists think that bubble universes may pop into existence...
  • Breatharian couple claim they live a 'food-free' lifestyle and haven't felt hungry since 2008

    06/17/2017 10:29:50 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 57 replies
    Whatsupic ^ | 17 June 2017 | RACHEL HOSIE
    Camila Castello, 34, and Akahi Ricardo, 36, are what is known as “Breatharians” - they eat just three times a week, and only ever a piece of fruit or some vegetable broth at a time. “Humans can easily be without food, as long as they are the connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing,” The couple met in 2005 and first discovered Breatharianism in 2008. They eventually transitioned from vegetarians, to raw vegans, to fruitarians and finally to Breatharians.