French businesses are not thrilled that their safe nuclear power, which they took decades to create and which was highlighted as the wave of the future in 1990s Kyoto CO2 emission treaties, has been hijacked by anti-science activists.
Because their already expensive cost of doing business is now even higher.
French companies’ tenuous competitive advantage due to energy cost has been whittled down by American natural gas improvements and German subsidies to offset higher electricity costs due to their solar power experimentation.
The farewell letter written by departing Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will be remembered as one of the most thorough, detailed and outspoken ever crafted by a departing Cabinet member.
It's his actual tenure running America's energy policy we wish we could forget. In his parting 3,781- word term paper he takes credit for the Bush administration's ARPA-E (that's the energy version of DARPA) yet doesn't mention the things he actually should take credit for, like steering American energy research into an expensive morass of feel-good fallacies and solar activism while refusing to stand up to his boss on anti-science policies designed to make energy across the board more expensive for poor people.
Periodic Table Videos from the University of Nottingham is presently indulging in a series of slow motion videos. The most recent one is the firing of a musket. A high speed camera reveals the explosion's three stages: (1) the detonating cap going off very quickly, (2) the ignition of the black powder in the nipple, producing a grayish cloud of smoke and then after the buildup of heat and pressure (3) the main charge going off, forming a flame at a slightly backwards angle.
Using DNA passed down from a 17th-generation descendant of Richard III's sister, researchers have been able to confirm that the bones found under a Leicester parking lot are the former king.
The DNA they were looking for was found in Joy Ibsen of Canada, died several years ago and her son, Michael, who now works in London, provided a sample. Good thing too. The DNA they needed is only handed down through the female line and her only daughter has no children so the line was about to stop.
When Congress passed the newest farm bill extension at the beginning of this month, they cut $22 million being paid under the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, along with several other subsidies to organic farmers.
That means you and I and everyone else no longer have to pay so organic farmers can put that sticker on organic food. After all, if traditional food was going to have to suck it up and put GMO warning labels on food, and the $29 billion organic industry thought that was a great idea, it doesn't seem right taxpayers should have to bankroll stickers for anyone else.
When I wrote Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People, it made a lot of people mad. Not actual celiac patients, they knew where I was coming from, but rather the fad diet contingent who put up websites linking to articles claiming wheat causes vaccines and what-not.
When even sites like The Daily Beast, who are almost Dr. Oz-ish in their willingness to embrace pseudoscience, note that the gluten-free thing is not helping a whole lot of people and harming some, this particular fad diet movement is officially dead.
Making a coffee beer has always been tough but not for obvious reasons - it isn't like people don't enjoy foam, cappuccino has been around forever. Lipids in coffee just don't seem to make a lot of sense, though.
But without coffee and beer, science would grind to a halt - a $140 billion a year industry would be paralyzed - so it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to put them together.
Loowit Brewing and Torque Coffee Roasters in Vancouver have been working on just such a coffee stout that they introduced at the "Drink This!" artisan beverage festival. Torque co-owner Ryan Palmer also created a coffee pale ale beer with Mt. Tabor Brewing's owner Eric Surface. A stout is a natural fit to get going on coffee-beer hybrid.
Snyder was specifically charged with felony violations of California Penal Code 18715, possession of an explosive, and California Penal Code 18720, possession of any substance, material, or any combination of substances or materials, with the intent to make any destructive device or any explosive. He was also charged with two counts of possessing a firearm on campus, Penal Code 626.9(i).
If you are part of the $29 billion organic food masses, you can breathe a sigh of relief about the latest Salmonella recall - this one is not in your stores. I'm so relieved I am putting up a link about it.
Hog head cheese? You betcha. Hog head cheese is a gelatinous mixture of meat from a hog's head. It's popular in Cajun cuisine. Hey, don't make fun. People in California eat salad and I don't understand that either.
Psychiatrist Dr. Eric Hollander says the hygiene hypothesis - the idea that by eliminating some harmful organisms we are weakening our immune systems - may be a reason to study the use of ingesting the eggs of parasitic worms to treat autism.
He gets to jump on a few hot button cultural topics that way, autism and a medical idea that has caught on with the usual anti-science hippies and the more normal crowd who got sold the idea that anti-bacterial soaps were necessary if they care about kids.
The kicker is that the psychiatrist got the idea when he noticed one of his patients’ behavior improve while self-medicating with Trichuris suis ova (TSO), the eggs of a whipworm. That passes for a journal paper in the social sciences.
"Believe it or not—and I suspect most readers will not—there's a liberal war on science. Say what?"
So begins famed skeptic Michael Shermer's review of "Science Left Behind" in his Scientific American column this month. Now, in the book, I make it pretty clear that liberals are not the problem, progressives are, but a baffling number of people on the left seek to use the terms interchangeably. Why, I don't know, there was never a need for two words if they are the same thing, but it explains why at San Francisco protests you can see people claiming to be Trotsky-ites palling around with people claiming to be Lenin-ites with people claiming to be Mao-ists selling Che Guevara t-shirts; they don't know what words mean.
Diagnosed rates of autism around the world have increased a lot over the last decade and a half but there is ongoing debate about whether there are actually more cases or if it is instead a cultural phenomenon, namely that we're getting better at detecting the disorder and more willing to label kids as having it. Some also contend that the increase in autism is due to whatever they happen not to like; vaccines, GMOs, etc.
How can you know? To prove that diagnoses have gotten better, rather than there being a true increase in autism, you'd have to know what would have happened to today's kids 20 years ago. Would they have been diagnosed with autism? Or ADD? Nothing?
TrackingPoint isn't just making a “smart gun”, they are making a “Precision Guided Firearm.”
It has a computerized scope that provides a hunter with metrics like wind speed, incline, temperature, distance to target and more. You can even stream the scope to an iPhone, so more experienced hunters can help younger hunters with spotting, by being able to see exactly what they’re seeing...but through the shooter's scope, not a separate optic.
It's more like a HUD for missiles in a fighter jet than a gun. It's difficult to miss.
"Melanie's Marvellous Measles", which says measles are good for kids, went up for sale at Bookworld, Australia's largest online bookstore, and the backlash for the science and medical community was immediate.
It falsely describes the deadly disease as something that will make children stronger. Cases of kids dying from measles in Australia are quite rare, because the country discovered science in the last hundred years.
James Watson, co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, wrote in a paper "We now have no general of influence, much less power ... leading our country's War on Cancer."
On the $100 million U.S. project to determine the DNA changes that drive nine forms of cancer: It is "not likely to produce the truly breakthrough drugs that we now so desperately need," he said. And on the idea that antioxidants such as those in colorful berries fight cancer: "The time has come to seriously ask whether antioxidant use much more likely causes than prevents cancer."
When anti-science eco-terrorists threatened to destroy a plot of genetically modified wheat at the government-funded Rothamsted agricultural research station in their "Take The Flour Back" campaign last spring, the backlash against them was swift. Anti-science progressives who have counted on liberals quietly enduring them in common cause for decades suddenly found that was no longer the case. Liberals had enough of being dragged into the anti-science mud on energy, medicine and food, three of the most vital issues facing the world.
It’s official: There's treasure in them South Staffordshire fields.
Some of the 90 pieces of gold and silver found in central England last year - after an unemployed man searching a farmer’s field with a metal detector discovered loot in 2009 - have formally been declared to be treasure.
That means it is at least 300 years old and at least 10% precious metal. It also means you can't have any of it if you find it, is is property of The State. Anyone who finds an object believed to be treasure must report it.
Restaurant inspections have always been somewhat arcane - a disclosure statement is stuck on a wall but, like those meaningless Proposition 65 statements we see here in California ('this dry cleaners won't give you cancer, but we have to show this sticker saying it might or we will get sued') no one reads them - plus, people are only going to see them after they are already at the restaurant.
If you care about food, more laws and more bans and more regulations are not helping you, but more transparency about the government already spending the money doing inspections will.