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See You On The Dark Side Of The Black Hole - Einstein Was Right Again.
Light that goes into that black hole doesn’t come out, so we shouldn’t be able to see anything behind one, but if a black hole is warping space, bending light and twisting magnetic fields around itself, then according to Einstein's theory of general relativity direct observation of light from ...
By News Staff
Multiple Scattering: When Atoms Kick Particles Around
When subnuclear particles traverse matter they give rise to a multitude of physical phenomena. The richness of the different processes is a crucial asset for the construction of sensitive particle detectors, and it is interesting in its own right. Indeed, it has been a very vigorously pursued field ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Silent Spring Institute Claims Hundreds Of Chemicals Increase Breast Cancer 'Risk'
A study by the Silent Spring Institute(1), with funding from the politically sympathetic National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences during the days of organic industry keynote speaker and Ramazzini Institute member Linda Birnbaum, claims that hundreds of chemicals are endocrine disruptors ...
By Hank Campbell
Stars, Planets And Moons Are Round, So Why Aren't Comets And Asteroids?
I’m puzzled as to why the planets, stars and moons are all round (when) other large and small objects such as asteroids and meteorites are irregular shapes? — Lionel Young, age 74, Launceston, TasmaniaThis is a fantastic question Lionel, and a really good observation! When we look out at the ...
By The Conversation
Dark Mode On Your Phone Doesn't Save Much Battery Power
Smartphones tout 'dark mode' as an energy-saving feature, because darker-colored pixels use less power than lighter-colored pixels.It's mostly an intellectual placebo, finds a new study, because of the way most people use their phones on a daily basis. The study looked at six of the most-downloaded ...
By News Staff
If Higher Tides Really Threaten Bay Area Roads, Stop Dumping Fresh Water Into The Bay During A Drought
San Francisco is worried that highway 37 may be in danger of flooding. They invoke environmental justice, of course, but it's really about rich people going to their second homes in Napa's wine country on weekends. Rich people need peasants toiling to feel elite and without roads they can't get ...
By Hank Campbell
Weather: Where Science And Supernatural Beliefs Meet
On July 15 971, the bones of St Swithin were removed from their resting place on the order of Aethelwold, Bishop of Winchester, and placed in a shrine inside the cathedral. The saint, it seemed, did not approve. A violent storm followed, and rain fell for 40 days. And from that story came the belief ...
By The Conversation
Urban Emissions Decreased In High-Income Countries And It Would Be More If 'Virtual' Pollution Was Not Included
Starting in 1975, in defiance of Population Bomb claims of mass famine about to happen, agricultural science hit an inflection point and more people began to be fed on less land, using less water and energy, with less environmental strain than ever before.As a result, more children lived, people ...
By Hank Campbell
In Clinical Trial, K.Vita Betashot Treatment For Epilepsy Well Tolerated And Reduced Seizures
A just completed clinical trial of K.Vita (Betashot), a dietary treatment for children and adults with severe forms of epilepsy, found it was well tolerated and reduced seizures. The product was developed to offset the risks of the ketogenic diet, which mimics a fasting state by altering ...
By News Staff
Raw European Dog Food Contains Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria - 'Superbugs'
Raw food, from milk to meat, can obviously bring higher risk of bacteria. The raw milk fad in the US creates risk of illness orders of magnitude higher than milk that has been pasteurized to remove harmful bacteria.In Europe, the 'raw' dog food fad may be creating something even worse; multidrug ...
By News Staff
Germinal Centers Show COVID-19 Vaccines Have Lasting Protection
The first two COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) utilized mRNA technology previously unused in FDA-approved vaccines. One of its chief proponents bounced from research job to research job for low pay because government-controlled science funding prefers guaranteed ...
By News Staff
14 People Can Claim They Are Related To Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci had no children but he has relatives. A new study shows how many and corrects some genealogical errors and documents the continuous male line, from father to son, of the Da Vinci family (later Vinci), from progenitor Michele (born 1331) to grandson Leonardo (6th generation ...
By News Staff
Chewing Gum, Lördagsgodis, And The Wild Swedish Studies That Settled The Debate On Sugar And Cavities
Nearly 70 years ago, results of a Swedish experiment, now called the Vipeholm studies, correlated frequent candy consumption and tooth decay. With the benefit of scientific hindsight, this is no surprise. What is a surprise is how different cultures reacted. For example, instead of public ...
By Hank Campbell
ACE Inhibitors And ARB Blood Pressure Medicines Work About Equally But This One Has More Side Effects
Blood pressure is a risk factor for a heart event and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are common prescriptions. Both types of medicines work on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, a group of related hormones that act together to regulate ...
By News Staff
The Meta-Vaccine
With the delta variant of Covid-19 surging in many countries - e.g., over 100,000 new cases per day foreseen in the UK in the next few days, and many other countries following suit - we may feel depressed at the thought that this pandemic is going to stay with us for a lot longer than some originally ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
International Experts On COVID On UK’s “Freedom Day”: Unethical To Take Away Umbrellas From People Without Raincoats
Covid experts around the world respond to the UK’s decision to lift remaining restrictions on July 19 in an emergency online summit. They say no public health officer would recognize this as a strategy. This article as a tweet thread, including the short video clips of experts making ...
By Robert Walker
People Who Who Say They Trust Science More Are Also More Likely To Promote False Science-y Sounding Claims
A short while ago a prominent physicist made the offhand claim that bees were dying because of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids - seed treatments that protect plants from pests at their most vulnerable stage and result in far less chemical use than mass spraying. It's not true, and bees ...
By Hank Campbell
Conservatives' Understanding Of Climate Science Is More In Line With Climate Scientists Than Liberals'
Americans are inherently skeptical, and American adults lead the world in science literacy, so those two things combine to show up in debates about climate change and other sciences.  When you are literate and skeptical it is easy to know just enough to be wrong, when it comes to climate ...
By Hank Campbell
Do Airbnb Listings Increase Crime?
There is a belief that Airbnb listings cause increased crime in residential neighborhoods - or at least annoying late-night parties which increase risk of crimes. However, a new paper suggests that while Airbnb listings can be linked to a reduction in the local social dynamics that prevent crime ...
By News Staff
Screen Time Up, Reading Scores Down - Just Correlation Or Is It A Real Effect?
Correlation can accomplish anything, it's how the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences consistently finds a way to endorse chemicals in the organic food process while scaring people about chemicals everywhere else.(1)  It's how the price of steel can be linked to violence ...
By Hank Campbell
Some Shark Scientists Have Issues With Shark Week
"Shark Week" is a Discovery Channel event each summer, unsurprisingly about sharks. It came into existence because "Jaws" the book and then the film were huge hits and they never left the public consciousness after that.Now Shark Week is much the same, a part of the cultural lexicon. They used ...
By Hank Campbell
COVID-19 Gave A Bump To Bodegas And Dollar Stores But That Wasn't Better For Poor People
During the COVID-19 pandemic, wealthier people had the money to stay home and order online. Not so for poor people, who instead made more trips to local dollar stores and small groceries to get their family's food.Why is that bad? It isn't at face value, supporting local businesses is an aspirational ...
By News Staff
Bacteriophage Particles Could Make Future COVID Vaccines Inhalable
Two approaches in development may lead to an inhalable COVID-19 vaccine that is scalable and can be transported and stored at room temperature.They'll be too late to help with the actual COVID-19 but since coronavirus constantly mutates, like the flu, and 2019 was the third coronavirus pandemic ...
By News Staff
AFM Research Opens New Doors In Storage And Processing Media
The evolution of hard disk storage shows how we've managed to shrink down technology over decades. From having a room full of disks and tapes to owning a single drive that one could hold in the palm of one's hands, we've managed to develop portable devices for storing data. However, one thing has ...
By Mike Thomas
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