#243 Sep 27, 2013
'science' of the gaps
#244 Sep 27, 2013
God is not a Good Theory (Sean Carroll)
#245 Sep 27, 2013
House Science & National Labs Caucus: Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson kicked off the House Science & National Labs Caucus with a lecture at the Library of Congress.
Speaker Biography: Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. He has appeared on or hosted several television programs promoting science and space exploration. "
#246 Sep 28, 2013
Google Maps Hits The Large Hadron Collider!
Google Maps has reached the Cern Large Hadron Supercollider and is providing an unprecedented look into the facility!
Cern allowed the mapping giant to come into and photograph the gorgeous machine that could bring about the end of the world.
#247 Sep 28, 2013
Does this rule for liberals apply to you? I think that very few people who call themselves liberals really are. Here it is:
6) Liberals believe in indiscriminateness for thought: This one was so good that I stole it from my buddy, Evan Sayet: Indiscriminateness of thought does not lead to indiscriminateness of policy. It leads the modern liberal to invariably side with evil over good, wrong over right and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success. Why? Very simply if nothing is to be recognized as better or worse than anything else then success is de facto unjust. There is no explanation for success if nothing is better than anything else and the greater the success the greater the injustice. Conversely and for the same reason, failure is de facto proof of victimization and the greater the failure, the greater the proof of the victim is, or the greater the victimization.
#248 Sep 28, 2013
Another megalomaniacal post.
#249 Sep 28, 2013
How boorishly predictable, the actual megalomaniac is just plagiarizing the vapid right wing echo chamber...
Are you done projecting yet because I'm getting tired of being your mirror? Now go find yourself some original thoughts and professional help for your megalomania and quit trying to convince everyone else that they are the angry megalomaniac.
#250 Sep 28, 2013
NASA rover Curiosity finds water in Mars soil - report
Published time: September 26, 2013
"The rover Curiosity has discovered water in fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, NASA confirmed Thursday in a series of papers published in the journal Science.
Each cubic foot of Martian soil contains about two pints of liquid water, though the molecules are bound to other minerals in the soil.
Curiosity first landed on Mars in August 2012 on Gale Crater, near the equator of the planet. Its aim was to circle and scale Mount Sharp, in the middle of the crater, a five-kilometer-tall mountain that will help NASA understand the history of Mars.
NASA scientists released the first detailed, peer-reviewed results of Curiositys experiments done during its first four months on Mars in a series of five papers published in Science.
"We tend to think of Mars as this dry place -- to find water fairly easy to get out of the soil at the surface was exciting to me," said Laurie Leshin, dean of science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and lead author on the Science paper that verified existence of water in the surface soil.
"If you took about a cubic foot of the dirt and heated it up, you'd get a couple of pints of water out of that -- a couple of water bottles' worth that you would take to the gym, she said, according to the Guardian.
Curiosity found about 2 percent of the soil, by weight, was water by scooping dirt samples under its wheels and depositing them into an oven in a centralized compartment called Sample Analysis at Mars.
"We heat [the soil] up to 835C and drive off all the volatiles and measure them," said Leshin. "We have a very sensitive way to sniff those and we can detect the water and other things that are released."
The rover also found sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide and oxygen as soil and minerals collected decomposed with increased temperature. " ...
#251 Sep 29, 2013
Conspiracy theories conspiracy
#252 Sep 30, 2013
Happy Blasphemy Day everyone. Join the fight against religious censorship by expressing yourself today!
#253 Sep 30, 2013
International Blasphemy Rights Day 2013 Twitter Contest
As part of International Blasphemy Rights Day 2013, the Center for Inquiry announces a Twitter contest that challenges Twitter users to express in 140 characters or less why the right to criticize religion is important.
International Blasphemy Rights Day, part of CFIs broader Campaign for Free Expression, is an initiative to focus attention and efforts on defending the universal right to blaspheme. It is held each year on Sept. 30 to commemorate the 2005 decision of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten to publish a dozen cartoons lampooning the Islamic prophet Muhammad, which prompted violent demonstrations and deadly riots around the world. CFIs magazine, Free Inquiry, was the first U.S.-based publication to republish several of the cartoons in its April-May 2006 issue. As a result, The Borders Group refused to carry this issue in its Borders and Waldenbooks stores.
Around the world, governments prohibit any questioning of religion. The Center for Inquiry maintains that religious ideas should be subject to examination just like any other ideas, and that there should be no restrictions on speech critical of religion. We are running this contest to encourage support for this view.
To enter this contest, contestants simply need to create a phrase of 140 characters or less and Tweet it from their account with the hashtag #IBRDcontest.
The contest begins at noon EDT (New York time) on Sunday, Sept. 29, and ends midnight EDT (New York time) on Friday, Oct. 4. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 14.
First prize is $280 USD and a free one-year subscription to Free Inquiry. Second prize is $140 USD and a free one-year subscription to Free Inquiry. Both winners will also receive mention on CFIs website.
To review the rules of this contest, please click here. http://www.centerforinquiry.net/docs/opp/Twit...
Questions? Email us at [email protected]
#254 Oct 1, 2013
Shutdown will largely shutter NASA, other science projects
Steven Musil September 30, 2013
" With Congress' failure to agree on a federal budget for 2014 on Monday night, the US government began the process of shutting down, affecting many who work in science.
The first federal government shutdown since 1996 is expected to lead to the furlough of 800,000 federal employees in a wide range of services and departments, including federal science research programs such as space exploration.
"NASA will shut down almost entirely," President Obama said Monday in a statement, meaning unpaid time off for the majority of the agency's 18,000 employees. However, he said that Mission Control employees in Houston would remain on the job to support astronauts orbiting the Earth in the space station.
Other agencies conducting research programs expected to be affected include the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, which will allow work to continue on projects supported by grants but won't be making any new payments.
Most of the Environmental Protection Agency's 17,000 employees will also be staying home, EPA chief Gina McCarthy said last week, according to The Hill. However, a few EPA officials would remain on the job "to keep the lights on and to respond in the event of a significant emergency," she said.
More than two-thirds of staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be furloughed, according to a contingency staffing plan posted to the Department of Health and Human Services' Web site. The shutdown means no funding to investigate outbreaks or to support the agency's annual flu vaccination program." ...
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#255 Oct 1, 2013
Ewe mean that almost totally worthless and extremely co$tly govt. agency called NASA will suffer a temporary little $etback like it did the last time the govt. shut down?
And that other govt. agency called the Center for Disease CONTROL (not the 'Center for Disease Eradication') will temporarily not be giving people and children the vaccines which are Proven and Admitted to be dangerous & deadly??
Dear me oh my
Nearly two dozen medical studies prove that vaccines can cause autism
October 1, 2013
Breaking: Courts discreetly confirm MMR vaccine causes autism
September 3, 2013
more vaccine news-
And read the important quotes from leading vaccine researchers and doctors at VacLib.org
#256 Oct 1, 2013
Your lies kill children with preventible disease!
#257 Oct 1, 2013
Vaccine refusal fuels whooping cough outbreaks, study finds
Rachael Rettner MyHealthNewsDaily
Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM ET
"The 2010 whooping cough outbreak in California the worst in 50 years may have been fueled, at least in part, by clusters of parents who refused to vaccinate their children, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed local rates of children entering kindergarten with "non-medical" vaccine exemptions, meaning parents or guardians applied for an exemption from school policies requiring vaccines due to personal beliefs, rather than for medical reasons. They compared these rates with rates of whooping cough in 2010, the year the state experienced a whooping cough outbreak that caused 9,120 cases and 10 deaths from the disease.
The researchers identified 39 areas, or clusters, with high rates of non-medical exemptions, as well as two large clusters of whooping cough (also called pertussis) cases.
More cases of pertussis occurred within the exemption clusters than outside of the clusters, the study found.
In addition, areas within exemption clusters were more than twice as likely to overlap with pertussis case clusters than areas outside of exemption clusters.
The results held even after the researchers took into account factors that could affect disease rates, such as population density.
San Diego County had a particularly high degree of overlap between clusters of exemptions and pertussis cases. There were 980 pertussis cases in the county, and the area in and around Escondido, a city in San Diego County, had more than 5,100 exemptions.
Many factors likely contributed to the 2010 California pertussis outbreak, including increased detection of cases, the fact that pertussis activity increases and decreases in cycles, and that protection offered by a new version of the pertussis vaccine wanes more quickly than that of the previous vaccine.
But the new findings suggest that vaccine refusal played a role as well, the researchers said. Although the overall rate of vaccination in California remained high (90 percent of kindergartners in 2010 were fully vaccinated), some regions had lower immunization rates, the researchers said. In 2010, some schools reported non-medical exemption rates as high as 84 percent.
"Our ﬁndings suggest that communities with large numbers of intentionally unvaccinated or undervaccinated persons can lead to pertussis outbreaks," the researchers wrote in the Sept. 30 issue of the journal Pediatrics. " ...
#258 Oct 1, 2013
90 percent of whooping cough outbreak victims are already vaccinated against whooping cough
The utter failure of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine to provide any real protection against disease is once again on display for the world to see, as yet another major outbreak of the condition has spread primarily throughout the vaccinated community.
Vaccine failure admitted: Whooping cough outbreaks higher among children already vaccinated
Whooping cough vaccine can cause brain damage and death
#259 Oct 1, 2013
The Herd Immunity Myth Treating Our Children Like Cattle
^covers whooping cough and the documentation proving Many kids who were vaccinated for it Still got whooping cough
Myth busted: Vaccinations are not immunizations
Vaccine exemptions: Do they really put others at risk?
#260 Oct 2, 2013
Misinformation about vaccines places kids at risk
September 16, 2013 by Sell, David
"Most health-care professionals regret that some parents don't vaccinate children because of now-debunked reports of vaccines causing autism.
The situation also drives Emilio Emini nuts. One of Pfizer Inc.'s top vaccine researchers, Emini often works from Pfizer's facility in Collegeville.
"When someone says without a lot of evidence or any evidence that vaccines are associated with this, that, and the other thing and that leads parents to worry and not vaccinate their children, they leave their children at extraordinary risk," Emini said. "They leave the children of others at extraordinary risk as well because vaccines often work by population-based immunity."
Measles should have been wiped out in the United States by now, but unfounded fears of vaccinations and increasing world travel have translated into a resurgence, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
Drug companies supply vaccines, but their for-profit status makes part of the public suspicious and hampers the companies' role in promoting vaccinations.
The CDC said 2013 is one of the worst years in the last two decades, with 159 measles cases identified through Aug. 21. New York, North Carolina, and Texas have had the largest outbreaks. Most cases involved unvaccinated people, those exposed to foreign travelers, or both.
Measles kills 160,000 people each year worldwide, but U.S. vaccine programs -- including a 1993 federal law establishing a public-private partnership with drug companies -- have reduced the yearly national average to 60 cases. But there were 222 cases in 2011, and the CDC frets about a nascent trend."...
Read more: http://medcitynews.com/2013/09/misinformation...
#261 Oct 2, 2013
Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
In 2011, there were 158 000 measles deaths globally about 430 deaths every day or 18 deaths every hour.
More than 95% of measles deaths occur in low-income countries with weak health infrastructures.
Measles vaccination resulted in a 71% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2011 worldwide.
In 2011, about 84% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services up from 72% in 2000.
Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.
It remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Approximately 158 000 people died from measles in 2011 mostly children under the age of five.
Measles is caused by a virus in the paramyxovirus family. The measles virus normally grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and lungs. Measles is a human disease and is not known to occur in animals.
Accelerated immunization activities have had a major impact on reducing measles deaths. Since 2000, more than one billion children in high risk countries were vaccinated against the disease through mass vaccination campaigns ― about 225 million of them in 2011. Global measles deaths have decreased by 71% from an estimated 548 000 to 158 000. " ...
#262 Oct 2, 2013
..."Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV/AIDS or other diseases.
Most measles-related deaths are caused by complications associated with the disease. Complications are more common in children under the age of five, or adults over the age of 20. The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhoea and related dehydration, ear infections, or severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia. As high as 10% of measles cases result in death among populations with high levels of malnutrition and a lack of adequate health care. Women infected while pregnant are also at risk of severe complications and the pregnancy may end in miscarriage or preterm delivery. People who recover from measles are immune for the rest of their lives.
Who is at risk?
Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles and its complications, including death. Unvaccinated pregnant women are also at risk. Any non-immune person (who has not been vaccinated or was vaccinated but did not develop immunity) can become infected.
Measles is still common in many developing countries particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. More than 20 million people are affected by measles each year. The overwhelming majority (more than 95%) of measles deaths occur in countries with low per capita incomes and weak health infrastructures.
Measles outbreaks can be particularly deadly in countries experiencing or recovering from a natural disaster or conflict. Damage to health infrastructure and health services interrupts routine immunization, and overcrowding in residential camps greatly increases the risk of infection.
The highly contagious virus is spread by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact or direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions.
The virus remains active and contagious in the air or on infected surfaces for up to two hours. It can be transmitted by an infected person from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the rash erupts.
Measles outbreaks can result in epidemics that cause many deaths, especially among young, malnourished children. In countries where measles has been largely eliminated, cases imported from other countries remain an important source of infection.
No specific antiviral treatment exists for measles virus.
Severe complications from measles can be avoided though supportive care that ensures good nutrition, adequate fluid intake and treatment of dehydration with WHO-recommended oral rehydration solution. This solution replaces fluids and other essential elements that are lost through diarrhoea or vomiting. Antibiotics should be prescribed to treat eye and ear infections, and pneumonia.
All children in developing countries diagnosed with measles should receive two doses of vitamin A supplements, given 24 hours apart. This treatment restores low vitamin A levels during measles that occur even in well-nourished children and can help prevent eye damage and blindness. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50%.
Routine measles vaccination for children, combined with mass immunization campaigns in countries with high case and death rates, are key public health strategies to reduce global measles deaths. The measles vaccine has been in use for over 40 years. It is safe, effective and inexpensive. It costs less than one US dollar to immunize a child against measles."...
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