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Is It Possible To Promote ‘Trustworthy’ News Without Creating Bias?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2022 in Technology | Comments Off on Is It Possible To Promote ‘Trustworthy’ News Without Creating Bias?

Implicit Racism tests say you are a bigot, it is only a question of how much. Social justice warriors and others in the humanities insist that even a field like astronomy is inevitably a reflex of the power of the socially privileged.

Given that science is always under fire from all sides, is there a way for science to guide technology on ways to help the public find trustworthy sources without 'Who Watches The Watchmen' and 'Follow The Money' claims polluting the discourse?

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The Dumbest Epidemiology Paper You’ll Read This Week

Posted by on Jan 24, 2022 in Psychology | Comments Off on The Dumbest Epidemiology Paper You’ll Read This Week

Epidemiology pushes out a lot of dumb papers. Not as many as social psychology per capita but in volume a whole lot more. It's easy to see why the public believes horse de-wormer cures COVID-19, it was in an epidemiology paper, and that methodology was just as valid as a paper this week 'linking' olive oil to longer life. 

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The Real Future Of Solar Power Is Space

Posted by on Jan 17, 2022 in Aerospace | Comments Off on The Real Future Of Solar Power Is Space

If you believe solar power is ready for mass usage, you are likely an activist, in the industry, or one of the customers who really believes they are selling electricity back to the utility at the same price they are paying when they need it and it isn't being paid for by people in the apartments that we get told are better for the environment than single-family homes.

Without mandates and subsidies, plus fees tacked onto every non-solar-using customer, the industry would go back to the niche it was prior to 2010. Since 2010, the share of conventional energy needed has not moved while the world spent trillions underwriting alternatives.(1)

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Air Pollution From Wildfires Can Do In One Day What PM2.5 ‘Virtual’ Pollution Never Will

Posted by on Jan 10, 2022 in Atmospheric | Comments Off on Air Pollution From Wildfires Can Do In One Day What PM2.5 ‘Virtual’ Pollution Never Will

When you see a TV weather personality put up an air quality map for the last 10 years, it might make you believe that pollution is far worse than when you were young.

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Air Pollution From Wildfires Can Do In One Day What PM2.5 ‘Virtual’ Pollution Never Will

Posted by on Jan 10, 2022 in Atmospheric | Comments Off on Air Pollution From Wildfires Can Do In One Day What PM2.5 ‘Virtual’ Pollution Never Will

When you see a TV weather personality put up an air quality map for the last 10 years, it might make you believe that pollution is far worse than when you were young.

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2022 Is The Year ‘Soylent Green’ Took Place – Here’s How Food Science Saved The World Instead

Posted by on Jan 3, 2022 in Environment | Comments Off on 2022 Is The Year ‘Soylent Green’ Took Place – Here’s How Food Science Saved The World Instead

In the 1966 Harry Harrison novel "Make Room! Make Room!" concerns about population control were the driver of the plot and the storytellers were various people in New York City when the world has reached a population of 7 billion. You have probably never heard of the novel, but you likely have heard of the movie version, "Soylent Green", starring the incomparable Charlton Heston.

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Spurious Correlation: Epidemiology Paper Links Virtual Air Pollution To Fatty Liver Disease

Posted by on Dec 10, 2021 in Atmospheric | Comments Off on Spurious Correlation: Epidemiology Paper Links Virtual Air Pollution To Fatty Liver Disease

A new study hopes to link long-term exposure to ambient air pollution and metabolic-associated fatty liver disease, a name change from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease because it is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes.  

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Science Tips For Managing Stress At Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on Science Tips For Managing Stress At Thanksgiving

Sometimes people ask me if there is an evidence-based way to manage the stress of dealing with difficult relatives at Thanksgiving, and my short answer is "chloroform."

In modern hippie dippie wellness culture, that may not be the response people are seeking, they may want validation of essential oils or an app, but one thing most people don't realize is that stress is not about fads or even other people. We manage stress, we only think it manages us. 

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In A Pandemic World, Be Thankful For Pesticides

Posted by on Nov 23, 2021 in Chemistry | Comments Off on In A Pandemic World, Be Thankful For Pesticides

This year, you're going to pay 24 percent more for a turkey, a tough bite out of the wallet for poor people and a dose of reality for economists and armchair pundits who claimed prior to today's "stagflation" that higher prices are no concern.

Imagine how much higher prices would be if food suffered the yield losses that occur without modern pesticides. This year I am thankful for my health and my family but also science. Outside my house are signs thanking healthcare workers, delivery people, and farmers - and if they made one for science, including vaccines and pesticides, I'd own it.

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The Average Kid Is Up To 8 Hours Of Digital Per Day, But Is That Bad?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on The Average Kid Is Up To 8 Hours Of Digital Per Day, But Is That Bad?

Recent survey results of 118 eight-to-twelve year-old children examined total hours of media consumed, hours of video game play, and number of media used concurrently. Then the authors correlated those to things like behavior, sleep, and psychological issues.

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