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Earth And The Dark Side Of The Moon, All In One Picture

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Aerospace | Comments Off on Earth And The Dark Side Of The Moon, All In One Picture

In January, the Chang’e-4 lunar probe landed on dark side of the Moon but it's a tiny relay satellite that is getting all of the buzz today. 

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Coors Light Could Do A Commercial Noting Their Beer Is Not Brewed With Arsenic, Unlike Bud Light

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Coors Light Could Do A Commercial Noting Their Beer Is Not Brewed With Arsenic, Unlike Bud Light

"Bud Light", a lower carbohydrate beer produced by  Anheuser–Busch InBev of Belgium, made waves at the Super Bowl, among beer experts and competitors at least, by assuring their customers they did not use corn syrup.

So corn syrup is bad? Well, no, they didn't say that, they just said they didn't have it, but such "nocebo" tactics - the opposite of placebo, making people feel healthier about a product they don't have - have been tried and true for 50 years.(1) 

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Celery Juice Joins Acai, Quinoa, And Curry In Being Goop Endorsed “Miracle Foods” That Do Nothing

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in Public Health | Comments Off on Celery Juice Joins Acai, Quinoa, And Curry In Being Goop Endorsed “Miracle Foods” That Do Nothing

I got a butter shaper for Christmas. I asked for one because I make lot of butter in a mason jar and then just throw it in tupperware but my friends sometimes want butter and it feels a little dismissive to just hand them tupperware.

Imagine my disappointment when I read the instructions which stated that it needed to be treated with "Organic Coconut Oil." Butter used to be something almost everyone made and now it was the providence of uninformed hippies, it seems. Or maybe this company was trapped in 2016?

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Dear Bud Light: Your Sugar Is Not Superior To Their Sugar – Yeast Can’t Tell And Neither Can Humans

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Dear Bud Light: Your Sugar Is Not Superior To Their Sugar – Yeast Can’t Tell And Neither Can Humans

During the Super Bowl, you can predict there will be a lot of beer commercials. As a non-drinker, this always puzzles me - haven't fans already bought their beer? - but advertising is a trillion dollar industry and I instead run a small non-profit so I am certainly not going to debunk capitalism.

However, I am going to debunk junk science and their suggestion that because they use one type of sugar to help yeast and their competitor uses another theirs is superior is junk science.

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Forcing Other Countries To Ban Shark Finning: A Bipartisan Conservation Bill Back In Congress

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Environment | Comments Off on Forcing Other Countries To Ban Shark Finning: A Bipartisan Conservation Bill Back In Congress

During the George W. Bush administration, American furniture makers had a crippling disadvantage. While American timber was tightly regulated, foreign supplies had no limitations on where their wood originated from, and could engage in destructive practices and undercut U.S. companies.

President Bush solved that by modernizing the Lacey Act, which was the conservation brainchild of Republicans a century earlier and had been modified a few times since. Under the new law, if a supplier could not show a legitimate trail of legal acquisition, it simply could not come into the U.S. 

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Forcing Other Countries To Ban Shark Finning: A Bipartisan Conservation Bill Back In Congress

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Environment | Comments Off on Forcing Other Countries To Ban Shark Finning: A Bipartisan Conservation Bill Back In Congress

During the George W. Bush administration, American furniture makers had a crippling disadvantage. While American timber was tightly regulated, foreign supplies had no limitations on where their wood originated from, and could engage in destructive practices and undercut U.S. companies.

President Bush solved that by modernizing the Lacey Act, which was the conservation brainchild of Republicans a century earlier and had been modified a few times since. Under the new law, if a supplier could not show a legitimate trail of legal acquisition, it simply could not come into the U.S. 

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More Religious Belief Correlated To Lower Belief In Organic Food Claims

Posted by on Feb 2, 2019 in Psychology | Comments Off on More Religious Belief Correlated To Lower Belief In Organic Food Claims

In a recent experiment, participants were asked questions to gauge how religious they were and then about their willingness to purchase a fruit cup. Half were told the fruit cup was organic and half were told it was gluten-free.

People who were very religious had more favorable attitudes toward the gluten-free fruit cup and were more likely to say they would buy it than they would the organic kind.

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In Trial, E-Cigarettes Work Better For Smoking Cessation Than Big Pharma Products

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Public Health | Comments Off on In Trial, E-Cigarettes Work Better For Smoking Cessation Than Big Pharma Products

In a multi-center trial of almost 900 smokers(1), e-cigarettes were shown to be twice as effective as pharmaceutical "gold standard" approaches like gums, lozenges, and patches.

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In Trial, E-Cigarettes Work Better For Smoking Cessation Than Big Pharma Products

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Public Health | Comments Off on In Trial, E-Cigarettes Work Better For Smoking Cessation Than Big Pharma Products

In a multi-center trial of almost 900 smokers(1), e-cigarettes were shown to be twice as effective as pharmaceutical "gold standard" approaches like gums, lozenges, and patches.

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The First Photonic Quantum Computer Is About To Come To Market – You Read That Right

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Technology | Comments Off on The First Photonic Quantum Computer Is About To Come To Market – You Read That Right

If you've read anything about computers for the last 25 years, you've read the hype about quantum computing and how it is going to be better and faster and with less heat and replace conduction-based chips and it will generally be awesome. And then nothing happens outside a lot of arXiv papers and some physics magic published in journals. Quantum computing has basically gotten the best marketing free pass ever, because it is always five years away and no one seems to get cynical.

Now it's only two years away. 

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