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  • Scientists Come Clean: Math Error Was Cause of Alarming Global Warming Study Results

    11/17/2018 6:11:23 AM PST · by savedbygrace · 9 replies
    Young Conservatives News & Opinion ^ | November 14th, 2018 | Andrew Mark Miller
    Democrats have gone completely off the rails when it comes to climate change. Even if some of us believe the climate is changing (it’s been changing for millions of years in various directions) that’s not enough for the left. Democrats are only content if you support destroying entire industries, bankrupting companies, raising taxes, wasting taxpayer money, and putting climate change deniers in jail. That’s a position that’s far too radical for most people especially when you consider the fact that there is plenty of evidence suggesting the data we’ve been force fed by the left isn’t all accurate. Here’s the...
  • Democrat Congressman: We Should Confiscate Guns and If You Fight Back, says will use Nukes

    11/16/2018 7:12:33 PM PST · by Mechanicos · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 16, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    California Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell is calling for government confiscation of all semi-automatic rifles. In other words, every rifle in America.
  • NASA accepts delivery of European powerhouse for moonship

    11/16/2018 3:11:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2018 | Marcia Dunn
    NASA has accepted delivery of a key European part needed to power the world’s next-generation moonship. U.S. and European leaders gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Friday to mark the occasion. The newly arrived powerhouse, or service module, will propel NASA’s Orion capsule to the moon during a test flight without passengers planned for 2020. A mega rocket under development by NASA, known as SLS for Space Launch System, will launch the combo. […] Orion and the attached service module are meant to fly near the moon, but not land. Future missions will carry astronauts, with the goal of building...
  • Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what’s a mineral

    11/16/2018 2:04:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2018 | Amy Beth Hanson
    About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of “mineral.” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the “Dueling Dinosaurs” located on private land are minerals both scientifically and under mineral rights laws. The fossils belong both to the owners of the property where they were found and two brothers who kept two-thirds of the mineral rights to the land once owned by their father, a...
  • A gut bacterium as a fountain of youth? Well, let’s start with reversing insulin resistance

    11/16/2018 11:17:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    www.orlandosentinel.com ^ | 11/15/2018 | Melissa Healy
    Move over Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. There’s a new health-promoting gut bacterium in town, and it’s called Akkermansia muciniphila. You will not find its benefits at the bottom of a yogurt cup. But a new study has identified more than one way to nurture its growth in the gut, and offered evidence that it may maintain — and even restore — health as we age. Published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the new research found that in mice and monkeys whose metabolisms had grown cranky with age, taking steps to boost A. muciniphila in the gut reduced the...
  • [YouTube video] Posters ask very important question about "Camp Fire Video on Skyay"

    11/16/2018 10:18:34 AM PST · by righttackle44 · 59 replies
    YouTube ^ | Richard Silva [poster]
    #CampFire video on Skyway this morning.
  • Schrödinger's Bacteria? Physics Experiment Leads to 1st Entanglement of Living Organisms

    11/16/2018 9:19:36 AM PST · by ETL · 18 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | Rafi Letzter, Staff Writer
    A lot of scientists think that major quantum effects like entanglement, in which particles separated by vast distances mysteriously link up their states, shouldn't work for living things. But a new paper argues that it already has — that scientists in 2016 have already created a sort of Schrödinger's cat — only with quantum-entangled bacteria. Usually, we describe quantum physics as a set of rules that governs the behavior of extremely tiny things: light particles, atoms and other infinitesimally small objects. The larger world, at the bacterial scale (which is also our scale — the chaotic realm of life) isn't...
  • Interstellar Comet Oumuamua is Smaller than Previously Thought, Has Highly Reflective Surface

    11/16/2018 8:43:45 AM PST · by ETL · 36 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Nov 16, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    ‘Oumuamua was first detected by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii, in October 2017 while the telescope was surveying for near-Earth asteroids.Subsequent detailed observations conducted by multiple ground-based telescopes and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope detected the sunlight reflected off ‘Oumuamua’s surface.Large variations in the object’s brightness suggested that ‘Oumuamua is highly elongated and probably less than 2,600 feet (800 m) in its longest dimension.But NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope tracks asteroids and comets using the infrared energy, or heat, that they radiate, which can provide more specific information about an object’s size than optical observations of...
  • Rising sea levels may build, rather than destroy, coral reef islands

    11/15/2018 10:18:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | November 13, 2018 | Northumbria University
    Rising global sea levels may actually be beneficial to the long-term future of coral reef islands, such as the Maldives, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters. Low-lying coral reef islands are typically less than three metres above sea level, making them highly vulnerable to rising sea levels associated with climate change. However, research has found new evidence that the Maldives - the world's lowest country - formed when sea levels were higher than they are today... They found that large waves caused by distant storms off the coast of South Africa led to the formation of the...
  • Great white sharks tracked off North Carolina coast traveled 1,000 miles from Canada, experts say

    11/15/2018 3:30:18 PM PST · by ETL · 21 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Nov 15, 2018 | Madeline Farber | Fox News
    Two great white sharks were located off the coast of North Carolina this week after the massive predators traveled more than a thousand miles from Canada to reach the coastal waters, according to officials with the shark tagging and tracking organization Ocearch. The sharks — Nova and Cabot — were tagged off the coast of Nova Scotia in September and October, respectively. Nova, a 1,186-pound great white with a length nearing 12 feet, is the first great white tagged by Ocearch researchers in Canadian waters, according to the organization. Cabot is a nearly 10-foot great white named after the explorer John Cabot....
  • The Earth Is Eating Its Own Oceans

    11/15/2018 1:49:49 PM PST · by ETL · 39 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor
    As Earth's tectonic plates dive beneath one another, they drag three times as much water into the planet's interior as previously thought. Those are the results of a new paper published today (Nov. 14) in the journal Nature. Using the natural seismic rumblings of the earthquake-prone subduction zone at the Marianas trench, where the Pacific plate is sliding beneath the Philippine plate, researchers were able to estimate how much water gets incorporated into the rocks that dive deep below the surface. The find has major ramifications for understanding Earth's deep water cycle, wrote  marine geology and geophysics researcher Donna Shillington...
  • One Man’s Discovery Sinks Major Climate Study(FreeRepublic mentioned)

    11/15/2018 1:34:05 PM PST · by Jayster · 32 replies
    Bill Whittle YouTube Channel ^ | 11/15/2018 | Bill Whittle
    At about the 2:00 mark they bring up RatherGate and how within 30 mins FreeRepublic cracked it open. Main topic is Climate but FR was brought up because of the ability of average people to do actual research.
  • Beneath Antarctica's ice, intriguing evidence of lost continents

    11/15/2018 12:44:55 PM PST · by ETL · 14 replies
    LiveScience, via FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | Stephanie Pappas Live Science Contributor | LiveScience
    The map shows that East Antarctica is made up of multiple cratons, which are the cores of continents that came before, according to study leader Jörg Ebbing, a geoscientist at Kiel University in Germany. "This observation leads back to the break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana and the link of Antarctica to the surrounding continents," Ebbing told Live Science. The findings help reveal fundamental facts about Earth's tectonics and how Antarctica's land and ice sheets interact, he wrote in an email. Because the continent is so remote and buried in ice, Antarctica is a bit of a blank spot on the...
  • Designer baby fears grow..new test that can predict an IVF embryos' risk of having a low IQ [tr]

    11/15/2018 7:57:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2018 | Sam Blanchard
    IVF clinics may soon use a controversial screening technique to get rid of embryos which are likely to grow up with low IQs. A company in the US offering tests which can pick out 'mental disabilities' – and, in theory, predict intelligence – has confirmed it is in talks with fertility clinics. The news has stoked fears about a rise in designer babies, which could be created by parents wanting to erase undesirable traits from their children. Experts say it is 'repugnant' to think about terminating embryos because they are expected to have lower than average intelligence.
  • Geoscientists Find Large Impact Crater in Greenland

    11/15/2018 7:47:28 AM PST · by ETL · 17 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Nov 15, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    An international team of geoscientists from the United States, Canada and Europe has discovered a large impact crater beneath the Hiawatha Glacier in remote northwest Greenland. A paper on the discovery was published in the journal Science Advances. The Hiawatha impact crater is approximately 19.2 miles (31 km) wide and lies under an ice sheet that is 0.6 miles (1 km) thick.The scientists believe this crater was formed by a 0.6-mile wide iron asteroid that slammed into the Earth at the end of the Pleistocene epoch, perhaps as recently as 12,000 years ago. ..." “Researchers were looking at the map...
  • Are the Laws of the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life?

    11/15/2018 5:19:25 AM PST · by Heartlander · 53 replies
    Discover ^ | November 12, 2018 | Korey Haynes
    Are the Laws of the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life? By Korey Haynes | November 12, 2018 Humans have often looked at the night sky and wondered if there’s anyone else out there. But stare into that darkness long enough, and many wonder instead: how did we get here? What were the odds, in a universe so enormous and chaotic, that humans should have come to exist at all? Is life, let alone intelligent life, such a wildly improbable occurrence that we’re the only ones here? Or are we an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics?Life exists on Earth (assuming...
  • Gruesome, fanged 'demon fish' washes up on Texas beach, sparking mystery

    11/14/2018 1:43:57 PM PST · by ETL · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | James Rogers, | Fox News
    The strange fanged ‘sea creature’ that washed up on a Texas beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey quickly went viral after images were posted on Twitter, but what is it? Preeti Desai tweeted the images out after discovering the creature on a beach in Texas City earlier this month. “Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this??,” she wrote. Her tweet, which was retweeted more than 4,000 times, has garnered more than 10,000 likes. Desai, who works for the National Audubon Society, told Fox News that she was assessing damage to field sites and habitats in the aftermath of...
  • Pink diamond is bought for a record $50 MILLION by New York jeweller Harry Winston

    11/14/2018 10:27:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 14, 2018 | Miranda Aldersley
    The 'Pink Legacy' diamond weighing just under 19 carats fetched a record 50.375 million Swiss francs ($50 million) when it was auctioned for the first time ever on Tuesday, Christie's said. The 'virtually unheard of' jewel was purchased by New York-based luxury jeweler Harry Winston at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva. The company promptly renamed it 'The Winston Pink Legacy' and added it to its collection of rare jewels, the auction house said.
  • John Gray: A Spinoza for Today

    11/14/2018 9:20:10 AM PST · by Heartlander · 2 replies
    Modern Age ^ | Fall 2018 | Peter Hitchens
    John Gray: A Spinoza for Today Peter Hitchens This review appears in the Fall 2018 issue of Modern Age. To subscribe now, go here.A review of -Seven Types of AtheismBy John Gray(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018)This is a justifiably testy book, by an atheist about atheists. Perhaps it means that the long and lucrative fashion for books about how God does not exist, and how God is simultaneously hateful and wicked, is over. Since John Gray is a capable thinker, knowledgeable about philosophy and a respecter of facts, the recent outburst of arguments for and even about atheism, presented as...
  • Large, strangely dim galaxy found lurking on far side of Milky Way

    11/13/2018 10:17:10 AM PST · by ETL · 15 replies
    ScienceMag.com ^ | Nov 13, 201 | Adam Mann
    Circling our galaxy is a stealthy giant. Astronomers have discovered a dwarf galaxy, called Antlia 2, that is one-third the size of the Milky Way itself. As big as the Large Magellanic Cloud, the galaxy’s largest companion, Antlia 2 eluded detection until now because it is 10,000 times fainter. Such a strange beast challenges models of galaxy formation and dark matter, the unseen stuff that helps pull galaxies together. “It’s a very odd object and kind of exciting because we don’t know yet how to interpret all of its properties,” says Andrey Kravtsov of The University of Chicago in Illinois,...