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The effects of misinformation surrounding the MMR vaccine and Nipah virus on human behaviour should not be surprising given we know that our memory is malleable. Our recollection of original facts can be replaced with new, false ones. We also know conspiracy theories have a powerful appeal as they can help people make sense of events or issues they feel they have no control over.
 

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I like Tardigrades even more now.


The odds of finding life on the moon have suddenly rocketed skywards. But rather than elusive alien moonlings, the beings in question came from Earth and were spilled across the landscape when a spacecraft crashed into the surface.

The Israeli Beresheet probe was meant to be the first private lander to touch down on the moon. And all was going smoothly until mission controllers lost contact in April as the robotic craft made its way down. Beyond all the technology that was lost in the crash, Beresheet had an unusual cargo: a few thousand tiny tardigrades, the toughest animals on Earth.
Now, the organisation behind the tardigrades’ trip, the US-based Arch Mission Foundation – whose goal is to find a backup for Earth – has said the organisms may well have shrugged off the collision. “Our payload may be the only surviving thing from that mission,” Nova Spivack, the organisation’s founder, told Wired magazine.

Tardigrades have fascinated scientists since their discovery in the 18th century by the German zoologist and pastor Johann August Ephraim Goeze. The millimetre-long animals, sometimes known as water bears or moss piglets after their favoured environment and food, resemble cheerful eight-legged maggots wearing distinctly sphincter-like faces.
 

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I like Tardigrades even more now.

That's where the huge glowing Tardigrade came from in Star Trek Discovery - mutated from the surface of Luna and engaged with the spore network. Now that I have solved that problem, I can tell you science has proven the #42 is the meaning - https://gizmodo.com/the-answer-to-life-the-universe-and-everything-final-1837941162?IR=T
 

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When we've had prior outbreaks of the plague it has been mostly in small regional centres. China withheld this news from the public for 9 days.

 

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He's a bit late to the party.

A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick was written in 1729 by Jonathan Swift (of Gulliver's Travels fame). The essay suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food to rich gentlemen and ladies.
 

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He's a bit late to the party.

A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick was written in 1729 by Jonathan Swift (of Gulliver's Travels fame). The essay suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food to rich gentlemen and ladies.
Yeah, but Soderlund made those claims in 2019. Surely, as a scientist he would be aware of prions?
 

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The power of pi

 

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The power of pi

To start, let me answer your question directly. For JPL's highest accuracy calculations, which are for interplanetary navigation, we use 3.141592653589793.
Surely I'm not the only person who read the article and counted the number of decimal places NASA use? Interesting.
 

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Way over my head and pay grade-

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-quantum-physics-reality-doesnt.amp?fbclid=IwAR1rkxbqvcMhWW47NY6Wa_3iGbvnqwwhT0WuHLxNGRb1eYzAudTP0cSENB8

But in a paper recently published in Science Advances, we show that in the micro-world of atoms and particles that is governed by the strange rules of quantum mechanics, two different observers are entitled to their own facts. In other words, according to our best theory of the building blocks of nature itself, facts can actually be subjective.

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We have now for the first time performed this test experimentally at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on a small-scale quantum computer made up of three pairs of entangled photons. The first photon pair represents the coins, and the other two are used to perform the coin toss—measuring the polarization of the photons—inside their respective box. Outside the two boxes, two photons remain on each side that can also be measured.
 

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Way over my head and pay grade-

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-quantum-physics-reality-doesnt.amp?fbclid=IwAR1rkxbqvcMhWW47NY6Wa_3iGbvnqwwhT0WuHLxNGRb1eYzAudTP0cSENB8

But in a paper recently published in Science Advances, we show that in the micro-world of atoms and particles that is governed by the strange rules of quantum mechanics, two different observers are entitled to their own facts. In other words, according to our best theory of the building blocks of nature itself, facts can actually be subjective.

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We have now for the first time performed this test experimentally at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on a small-scale quantum computer made up of three pairs of entangled photons. The first photon pair represents the coins, and the other two are used to perform the coin toss—measuring the polarization of the photons—inside their respective box. Outside the two boxes, two photons remain on each side that can also be measured.
Looking forward to the sociologists pouncing on this and running with it as far as they can.
 

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A really good discussion on Roundup and the danger of science being politicised.


Drinking alcohol is far more carcinogenic than glyphosate and being exposed to it is on par with eating red meat.
 

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This is an interesting one https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-consciousness-pervade-the-universe/

Can't say I buy it, I'll need a wee bit more evidence, nonetheless an interesting concept.
I know Galileo is cited in that article as the principal scientific proponent & protagonist behind the split, but Descartes & Locke are really the 2 moderns most responsible for the mind/body split in Western thought & consciousness....The Cartesian cogito & Locke's splitting up of all phenomenon into qualitative vs quantitative bear far more influence....Being the philosopher of the age of Reason, Locke was far too suspicious of emotions, the imagination, or anything to do with human beings that wasn't empirically verifiable....Remembering he was looking for an antidote to quell sectarian violence.

Science also came under the bridge-head of Natural Philosophy during the time of the Enlightenment, before Bacon's dream of specialisations took hold, with the holistic approach to man & life lost along with it, to Western Science.
 

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