Category Archives: Science

Why We Should All Use They/Them Pronouns

This week, tech developers introduced Q, the world’s first “genderless” virtual assistant. Whereas Siri, Alexa and most other electronic helpers speak in conspicuously feminine tones, Q has been engineered to create a gender-neutral effect. As a result, users can benefit from all the useful information and guidance available to us today, without reinforcing the old-fashioned idea that the role of eager helpmate is necessarily played by a woman.

But degendering is not just good for robots. It’s time we humans get serious about it too.

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How One Doctor’s Fraud Started The Anti-Vaccination Movement

Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their kids? It all comes down to a fraudulent research study published in a British medical journal in 1998, by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. The study has been proven false many times over. And because of his fraud, Wakefield is barred from practicing as a physician in the UK. He has moved to the US but has not been licensed to practice here also.

Without vaccinations to blame, parents would have to admit they passed on genetic flaws to their children.

h/t Mom

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Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday.

No worries- Antarctica will be available for farming by then.

Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s

Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. They found the ice loss to be accelerating dramatically — a key indicator of human-caused climate change.

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New Research Reveals What We Must Do to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Changes

There is a substantial body of research that details anthropogenic, or man-made, climate change. Climate mitigation policies have largely been based on the evidence that has resulted in this scientific consensus. In particular, the Paris Climate Agreement, which was finalized in 2015 and opened for signatures in 2016, is perhaps the most comprehensive of these policies.

When are they going to make this a legal religion so we can tithe and buy indulgences?

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World’s first gene-edited babies born, scientist claims

A Chinese scientist on Monday said he has created the world’s first genetically-edited babies in a controversial medical procedure that threatens to shake the foundation of bioethics.

He Jiankui, a professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Shenzhen, said the twins — identified as “Lulu” and “Nana” — had their embryos’ DNA changed using a method known as CRISPR.

The genes were edited to prevent the embryos from being able to contract HIV, He said, noting that the twins’ father had the virus.

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Scientists Suggest ‘Dimming The Sun’ to Solve Global Warming

Research from scientists at Harvard and Yale universities was recently published in a journal called Environmental Research Letters which proposes using a technique called stratospheric aerosol injection to fight against climate change. The proposed technique would see scientists launching sulfate particles into the Earth’s lower stratosphere at altitudes up 12 miles high.

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