My last post dealt with the permaculture edible forest garden, and it received some commentary on a couple of Facebook groups and permaculture forums.

A lot of the responses were, predictably, from permaculture advocates who took umbrage at my having deigned to critique their philosophy at all, but there was one very valid criticism concerning yields: while I had compared weights of different crops per acre, a more useful approach would be to compare calorific yield.

Doing this for the crops I listed gives a result looking something like this:

With the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform passed into law, environmental activists are developing lists of chemicals they want banned in short order. Asbestos are near the top of the list, as easy targets. After all, it seems logical to get rid of such obvious carcinogens, but it isn’t that simple. In fact, some bans could actually undermine public health and safety.
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Dirac CP-violating phase from deviation of neutrino mixing from geometric bimaximal approximation 

On the American Council on Science and Health Facebook page, you just never know what you are going to find, but if you had told me I would find goat yoga I'd have made...goat noises at you.

Yet there it is, courtesy of the state of Oregon, the place where Californians who think San Francisco is too politically conservative and scientifically evidence-based move.

And so goat yoga is a thing there.
KIC 8462852 (or Tabby's star) made headlines in October of last year because of  very deep and very unusual drops in its brightness, which led to speculation that the star might be home to a Type-2 alien civilization. Since then, new discoveries (e.g. Montet and Simon, 2016) have continued to baffle researchers.

I recently had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Brian Goldman of CBC’s White Coat Black Art to explore the growing presence of naturopathy in Canada. In an effort to provide balance to the criticism surrounding the oft uncritical, nonsensical, and expensive health advice naturopaths provide to patients, Dr. Goldman was fair to interview Canadian naturopath Dugald Seely—the director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre and also the executive director of research at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).

With GMOs going off patent, anti-science activists and the PR groups running interference for them (such as US Right To Know and Sourcewatch) are running out of time to use one of the arguments they love most to disguise the fact that they hate science; that corporations control the food supply.

Because GMOs are patented, they have  an expiration and that is happening right now. If it's not about the science, but instead about having farmers controlled by an evil seed corporation, then it's all good, right? Their war on science has ended?
Usually the arXiv does time wasting nasty things like delay and then re-categorize articles with inconvenient truths into unsuitable categories where nobody of the target audience will find it and the usual audience is not interested. This however is 2016, the year where the liberal denial of reality has accumulated so much suffering, for example to the Black community, women, the Middle East ..., that people can no longer stand it.

Everybody, males, females, Whites, non-Whites, ... is nowadays personally harmed by the established anti-scientific ideology of denying the differences between humans and our evolutionary constraints. A positive feedback loop after a certain threshold has now been reached:

California, chemaphobia, and the 'Erin Brockovich chemical' (Chromium-6)

Chromium 6 found in elementary school's drinking water

On March 11, 2016, Coyote Valley Elementary School near Middletown, California (north of San Francisco), started handing out bottled water following reports that the Hidden Valley Lake municipal water supply had levels of chromium-6 higher than were allowed by the state division of drinking water.

As a result the school turned off its drinking fountains and handed out bottled water.
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Complementarity relation between CP-violating phase and neutrino mixing reactor angle