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'Human Bait' Volunteers Help Rwanda Battle Malaria

'Human Bait' Volunteers Help Rwanda Battle Malaria

Close1 CommentHas anyone in Rwanda looked into the AGO traps the CDC developed to help control mosquitoes in Puerto Rico?They are patented, but I’m sure CDC would license to Rwanda for non or nominal fee. They are also really simple to make and use.Close

April 22, 2020
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Amid Indian Nationalism, Pseudoscience Seeps Into Academia

Amid Indian Nationalism, Pseudoscience Seeps Into Academia

The Ministry of Ayush is the foremost example of this trend. Modern India has always been science-poor. Religion-fueled irrationality is very prevalent. But this is the first time in the nation’s modern history that anti-science has been institutionalized, and it is not looking good. We have to push back. There is a lot to lose if we don’t.Reply

Jul 26
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For Science in the Courts, the Daubert Name Looms Large

For Science in the Courts, the Daubert Name Looms Large

Close2 CommentsThis is an incredibly well-done story that dwells not just in the legal matters, but ensures that, perhaps finally, the Daubert’s side of the story gets told. The picture the story paints about the new standards and how that works in today’s world shows both the positives and negatives of it and the grey area between. Fantastic read and very informative.Great piece! Will be sharing this with my criminal defense colleagues.Close

February 17, 2020
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April 22, 2020
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The Fight to Curb a Health Scourge in India: Noise Pollution

The Fight to Curb a Health Scourge in India: Noise Pollution

Close3 CommentsI live in a gated community in India. Next to our society, there’s a mosque. Every morning at 5 o’clock loudspeakers roar with morning prayers. I often wonder, why can’t they pray silently?I’m glad to see an article on noise pollution. So much could be done here in the US, but President Reagan zeroed out the noise pollution office in EPA very early in his admin.Years ago, probably in the early ’80s, I saw a jackhammer, in Alexandria VA, that wasn’t making a sound while in use. I’ve never seen one again, nor heard anything about them.Backup beepers, lawn services, and...

March 23, 2020
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Meditation Is Big Business. The Science Isn’t So Clear.

Meditation Is Big Business. The Science Isn’t So Clear.

8 CommentsNovember 12, 2023 at 3:17 pmJeepers creepers! There is no magic bullet. Same with meditation, or exercise, or sleep or anything else. However, as part of an overall mosaic of lifestyle elements, meditation becomes a powerful element. If meditation is looked at as a silver bullet, keep waiting.ReplyNovember 12, 2023 at 12:31 pmSaying something like “meditation does X” is as silly as saying “drugs do X”. There are so many forms of meditation that have many different effects, just as there are many different drugs with different effects. The author acknowledges that in one sentence...

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Inside The Small World of Simulating Other Worlds

Inside The Small World of Simulating Other Worlds

1 CommentOctober 1, 2023 at 12:20 amThis is why prison has never worked. If you want it all to be about punishment okay that’s what you get but it you think it should be about rehabilitation prison can’t work. They can’t go back to normal life. The other element to you coming back into the normal world is that it has to some extent been the same for your family. When my first husband went overseas for 3 month for work I was isolated at home with a 12 month old in the middle of a cold winter. It was hard for both of us to get back to normal life, and our marriage eventually ended largely...

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Are We Having a Moral Panic Over Misinformation?

Are We Having a Moral Panic Over Misinformation?

2 CommentsOctober 28, 2023 at 1:37 pm“It seems to me that we start from the conclusion that there is a problem…”And the starting conclusion is rational and justified. Sadly, foreign and domestic cyber-criminals and trolls affect more than just the paranoid fringes. The 60% of sampled Republicans who believe the 2020 elections were rigged are proof of this. The community of people who listen exclusively to hate radio is a simmering cauldron.And, frankly, discussing misinformation strictly in the context of social media lot hate radio naively disregards the myriad other online ploys that...

Oct 26
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The Mysterious Demise of Freshwater Mussels

The Mysterious Demise of Freshwater Mussels

Close1 Commentfirst thing that came to mind were a few pictures from conspiracy theorists, chem trails. apparently in the US budget are chemicals that get delivered to air ports and never show up again in the records .google images chem trails , and search from there.Close

April 13, 2020
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