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  1. Cassandra says:

    Scientists decry ‘ignorance’ of rolling back species protections in the midst of a mass extinction : At least 277 plant and animal species have gone extinct in North America since the 1700s, data show. (Washington Post 8/16/19)
    Areas in red show where indigenous organism populations have dropped below the “safe” limit of ecological stability, according to a 2016 study. (click to enlarge)

  2. Under the volcano says:

    New Mexico: In the years between 1956 and 1972, thousands of kilograms of chemical called hexavalent chromium was released into a canyon near Los Alamos. Today, the contamination is settled atop an aquifer in a plume, and the chemical is now present within the first 100 feet of the water table in the area of the plume.
    Hexavalent chromium is toxic and carcinogenic. It’s the contaminant that Erin Brokovich famously fought against in the early 1990s in Hinkley, California.
    The Department of Energy (DOE) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) have been working to contain the plume since 2005, while officials decide on how best to clean up the contamination. https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2019/08/26/a-long-road-to-remediation-for-hexavalent-chromium-plume-near-los-alamos/

  3. Gummer says:

    A team of researchers from Zhejiang University and Xiamen University has found a way to repair human tooth enamel. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their process and how well it worked when tested. https://phys.org/news/2019-09-tooth-enamel.html The researchers note that more work is required before their technique can be used by dentists—primarily to make sure that it does not have any undesirable side effects.

  4. Fanmail says:

    “Mr. Chairman, I am against all foreign aid, especially to places like Hawaii and Alaska,” says Senator Fussmussen from the floor of a cartoon Senate in 1962. In the visitors’ gallery, Russian agents Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale are deciding whether to use their secret “Goof Gas” gun to turn the Congress stupid, as they did to all the rocket scientists and professors in the last episode of “Bullwinkle.”
    Another senator wants to raise taxes on everyone under the age of 67. He, of course, is 68. Yet a third stands up to demand, “We’ve got to get the government out of government!” The Pottsylvanian spies decide their weapon is unnecessary: Congress is already ignorant, corrupt and feckless.
    Hahahahaha. Oh, Washington.
    That joke was a wheeze half a century ago, a cornball classic that demonstrates the essential charm of the “Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends,” the cartoon show that originally aired between 1959 and 1964 about a moose and a squirrel navigating Cold War politics.”
    (Smithsonian magazine) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-bullwinkle-taught-kids-sophisticated-political-satire-180964803/

  5. Bilagáana says:

    GALLUP, N.M. | Activists are using virtual reality technology to focus on areas of the Navajo Nation affected by uranium contamination.
    The arts collective Bombshelltoe has collected 360-degree footage of Churchrock, New Mexico, to show how people and the land have changed since a 1979 uranium mill spill, Gallup Independent reports .
    The project started four years ago after Washington, D.C.-based nuclear policy program manager Lovely Umayam met Navajo activist Sunny Dooley at an event in Santa Fe.
    In 1979, a dam on the Navajo Nation near Church Rock broke at a uranium mill’s evaporation pond, releasing 94 million gallons (356 million liters) of radioactive waste to the Puerco River.
    It was the largest accidental release of radioactive material in United States history and three times the radiation released at the Three Mile Island accident.
    See also “Ways of Knowing” http://bombshelltoe.com/ways/

  6. Santayana says:

    Administrations routinely underestimate the price of conflict, as has been documented in detail by Brown University’s Costs of War project.
    “The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future spending on post-9/11 war veterans.”
    Neta C. Crawford, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Boston University and Co-Director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University (11/14/18) https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/files/cow/imce/papers/2018/Crawford_Costs%20of%20War%20Estimates%20Through%20FY2019.pdf
    See also “The Costs of War with Iran: An Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield” https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-costs-of-war-with-iran-an-intelligence-preparation-of-the-battlefield

    “If any question why we died, / Tell them, because our fathers lied.” Rudyard Kipling, “Epitaphs of the War” (1922)

  7. Puzzling Evidence says:

    “The Mysterious Death Of The Hacker Who Turned In Chelsea Manning” (NPR) https://www.npr.org/2019/09/19/760317486/the-mysterious-death-of-the-hacker-who-turned-in-chelsea-manning (concludes): “Had he lived, Adrian Lamo likely would have been preparing to testify in the Assange case recounting what Manning had told him about that “crazy white haired” guy all those years ago. And he would have been where he thought he was happiest: back in the spotlight.”

  8. Mark 9:40 says:

    “The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it’s misusing a federal grant to advance “ideological priorities” and unfairly promote “the positive aspects of Islam” but not Christianity or Judaism.” (A/P 9/19/19) https://apnews.com/430e62044dba43daa3f2332792cd97b2
    “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ordered an investigation into the program in June after North Carolina Rep. George Holding, a Republican, complained that it hosted a taxpayer-funded conference with “severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric.”
    More than a dozen universities receive National Resource Center grants for their Middle East programs, including Columbia, Georgetown, Yale and the University of Texas. The Duke-UNC consortium was founded in 2005 and first received the grant nearly a decade ago.
    Academic freedom advocates say the government could be setting a dangerous precedent if it injects politics into funding decisions. Some said they had never heard of the Education Department asserting control over such minute details of a program’s offerings.”

  9. Junior Birdman says:

    A U.S. military unit apologized on Saturday and deleted a tweet that used the specter of a stealth bomber being deployed against any young people who tried to break into the Area 51 base in Nevada.
    The tweet, posted on Friday on the Twitter account of the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), took aim at UFO fans and curiosity seekers who poured into the Nevada desert this week, after an online campaign to “storm” the U.S. military base long rumored to house government secrets about extraterrestrial life and spaceships.
    …any fears about a serious attempt to raid Area 51 appeared to have been unfounded. About 150 people, some in alien garb, gathered near the base on Friday in a festive atmosphere with only a handful of arrests.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-area51-social-media/stealth-bomber-for-area-51-crowd-u-s-military-unit-apologizes-for-tweet-idUSKBN1W60OR
    Defense Visual Information Distribution Service https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_Visual_Information_Distribution_Service See also https://www.dvidshub.net/alerts

  10. Hope says:

    The world’s biggest offshore wind park planned off the coast of England will probably in the next decade generate power cheaper than by burning coal.
    A number of offshore wind projects won contracts to sell power at guaranteed prices in a U.K. auction Friday. The price of 39.65 pounds per megawatt-hour ($49.70) was 31% below the level in a similar auction two years ago.
    The plunge highlights how offshore wind, which only a few years ago was a niche technology more expensive than nuclear reactors, is changing the economics of energy around the world. Both utilities and, increasingly, energy majors, are planning to spend $448 billion through 2030 on an eightfold capacity increase, according to BloombergNEF.

    https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/BOxddnAGm_VcGzEgwzolZw–~B/aD04NDI7dz0xMjk2O3NtPTE7YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b24-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/bloomberg_politics_602/0ea62b983edd84b03cfa431393c8f417

  11. End times™️ says:

    “Inside the Trump Administration’s Chaotic Dismantling of the Federal Land Agency : Internal records from the Bureau of Land Management contradict what its chief told Congress about a plan to ship 200 D.C.-based career staff out West. The plan would weaken the agency, which stands between federal lands and oil, gas and mineral companies.” (ProPublica 9/20/19) https://www.propublica.org/article/inside-the-trump-administrations-chaotic-dismantling-of-the-federal-land-agency “Internal documents and recordings of staff meetings obtained by ProPublica, as well as interviews with 10 current BLM employees, show top officials expect the mandatory reassignments to lead to an exodus similar to one at the Department of Agriculture during the summer, when a forced relocation prompted more than 250 researchers in Washington to quit.”

    “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” Grover Norquist, (Interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, May 25, 2001)

  12. Xavier says:

    Troops of the future may ditch night-vision goggles in favor of eye injections to see in the dark (Stars and Stripes 9/3/19) https://www.stripes.com/news/us/troops-of-the-future-may-ditch-night-vision-goggles-in-favor-of-eye-injections-to-see-in-the-dark-1.597052
    In a study from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, researchers injected nanoparticles that converted infrared light into visible light into the eyes of mice. Those mice were then placed in a maze along with mice who didn’t receive the injections, and were able to find their way out of the maze. The nanoparticles bound to the photoreceptors of the mice’s eyes and provided night vision for up to 10 weeks without any ill effects. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/nanoparticles-give-mice-night-vision
    Nanoparticles could also be tailored to absorb and re-emit visible light. These particles might intensify color sensation to treat patients with macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related vision loss, in which the photoreceptor cells gradually die over time.

  13. YIKES says:

    (Washington Post September 27, 2019 at 6:26 p.m. MDT): “President Trump told two senior Russian officials in a 2017 Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because the United States did the same in other countries, an assertion that prompted alarmed White House officials to limit access to the remarks to an unusually small number of people, according to three former officials with knowledge of the matter.
    The comments, which have not been previously reported, were part of a now-infamous meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in which Trump revealed highly classified information that exposed a source of intelligence on the Islamic State. He also said during the meeting that firing FBI Director James B. Comey the previous day had relieved “great pressure” on him.
    A memorandum summarizing the meeting was limited to all but a few officials with the highest security clearances in an attempt to keep the president’s comments from being disclosed publicly, according to the former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-told-russian-officials-in-2017-he-wasnt-concerned-about-moscows-interference-in-us-election/2019/09/27/b20a8bc8-e159-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html

  14. 4theRecord says:

    The head table at the December 2015 dinner celebrating the 10th birthday of Russian TV network RT, a state-backed news channel that U.S. intelligence calls a Kremlin mouthpiece.

  15. Joe Fission says:

    Renewable power is capable of reducing more carbon emissions per dollar and per year than nuclear energy, according to the recently released World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR). The WNISR is about the nuclear industry, not by the nuclear industry—it’s actually produced by an anti-nuclear activist. Naturally, the actual-nuclear industry disagrees strongly with the report’s conclusions.
    While the report does reflect the reality that renewable power is now faster and cheaper to build and operate, what that means for limiting carbon emissions is substantially more complicated. https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/nuclear-slower-and-pricier-than-renewables-says-anti-nuclear-report/ The World Nuclear Association—which does represent the global nuclear industry—released a statement arguing that this analysis of the situation misses crucial details.

    • AZ-5 says:

      During the night of April 25, 1986, Chernobyl nuclear reactor No. 4 experienced a catastrophic meltdown during a safety experiment and released 400 times more radioactive material than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

  16. Science be damned says:

    Nasa is close to finding life on Mars but the world is not ready for the “revolutionary” implications of the discovery, the space agency’s chief scientist has said.
    Dr. Jim Green has warned that two rovers from Nasa and the European Space Agency (ESA) could find evidence of life within months of arriving on Mars in March 2021.
    The ExoMars Rover, which has been dubbed “Rosalind” in memory of British chemist Rosalind Franklin, will search for extra-terrestrial life by drilling 6.5 feet down into Mars’ core to take samples.
    Those samples will then be crushed up and examined for organic matter in a mobile laboratory.
    Dr. Green compared the potential discovery to when the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus stated that the Earth revolves around the Sun in the 16th century. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7517149/Nasas-chief-scientist-Jim-Green-predicts-Mars-rovers-launching-summer-life.html
    “To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” Nicolaus Copernicus (1473~1543)

  17. 'Only the best people'™ says:

    Trump’s Man at the Bureau of Land Management Wants It Dismantled : Acting Director William Perry Pendley Has More Conflicts than a Cactus Has Needles https://www.dcreport.org/2019/10/08/trumps-man-at-the-bureau-of-land-managment-wants-it-dismantled/
    Twelve U.S. senators asked Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in late September to end Pendley’s job as acting director, citing his work to expand oil and gas development on public land and support for selling off public land. The BLM oversees nearly 250 million acres of public land, roughly the size of Texas and California combined, more land than any other federal agency.
    The Office of Government Ethics has not released a financial disclosure form for Pendley. Pendley sent BLM employees a 17-page list of 57 organizations, companies and people for which he should not participate in BLM discussions or decisions.
    The list includes Mountain States Legal Foundation, the nonprofit law firm whose first president was James Watt. Pendley ran the law firm, which advocates for private property rights, for almost 30 years and sued the Interior Department at least 40 times.
    The Powder River Basin where coal leases were sold during the Reagan administration at $60 million to $100 million under fair market value is the size of West Virginia and straddles southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming. The basin is our nation’s largest coal-producing region and produces more than 40% of coal mined in the United States. It accounts for more than 10% of U.S. annual greenhouse gas emissions.
    As acting director of the bureau, Pendley will oversee the same coal leasing program that he came under criminal investigation for. Lease sales to a single bidder are the norm, typically for $1 per ton of coal or less in the Powder River Basin.

  18. Artefactual says:

    (October 1, 2019): This Historic D-Day Audio Captured From Inside A Landing Vessel* Was Found By Accident In A Basement https://allthatsinteresting.com/d-day-audio
    * actually the deck of the USS Ancon, the flagship for the assault forces that landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Ancon_(AGC-4)#Normandy
    See also Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/10/01/antique-audiotape-was-mystery-then-researcher-got-it-play-it-was-dispatch-d-day/
    “On Monday, a Florida researcher who discovered what appears to be the original tape of Hicks’s famous broadcast in an old log cabin donated it, and other historical artifacts, to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.
    Bruce Campbell, 63, of Loxahatchee drove the material from his home to the memorial and turned it over to John Long, the memorial foundation’s director of education.
    The donation included recordings of all of Hicks’s reports, before, during and after D-Day, as well as recordings of other legendary World War II journalists, such as Edward R. Murrow. It also included rare parts of the primitive tape recorder that was used.”
    Re: Bruce Cambell’s Recordgraph Amertapes collection see https://www.d-dayrecordgraph.com/
    The Recordgraph sound recording and reproducing system used uncoated 35mm Cellulose Acetate film as a recording medium. https://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/other/recordgraph/recordgraph.htm
    George Hicks D-Day audio excerpt https://soundcloud.com/user-736626704/george-hicks-d-day-excerpt

  19. B. Traven says:

    “Eleven people have been arrested in southern Mexico after the mayor of their village was dragged out of his office, tied to a pick-up truck and dragged through the streets.
    Police intervened to free Mayor Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández, who reportedly suffered no major injuries.
    It was the second attack by farmers demanding that he fulfill his campaign promise to repair a local road.
    Extra officers have been deployed to the village in Chiapas state.”
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49984987

  20. Hey, Rube! says:

    “Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Hit to Homeowners : By reducing deductions for real estate taxes, Trump’s 2017 tax plan has harmed millions — and helped give corporations a $680 billion gift.” (ProPublica 10/10/19) https://www.propublica.org/article/trumps-trillion-dollar-hit-to-homeowners
    See also a county-by-county list of the estimated home-price damage done by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to about 3,000 counties throughout the country https://www.propublica.org/datastore/dataset/home-price-impact-of-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-of-2017

  21. Filmer says:

    When practical effects ruled the world: VFX legend gets his due in new doc : New film explores iconic stop-motion animator’s work on Star Wars, Robocop, Jurassic Park. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/10/he-brought-star-wars-jurassic-park-to-life-so-a-new-doc-animates-phil-tippett/ “If you recognize the name Phil Tippett, then you already know documentary directors Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet had plenty of material to work with for their latest feature (and not so coincidentally, this duo previously produced a full-length doc on VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen’s work). For everyone else, Mad Dreams and Monsters serves as a crash course on the work of perhaps the greatest VFX artist of the last 50 years. Tippett has done Oscar-winning and film-standard-redefining stop-motion animation and VFX work for decades; his iconic work on Star Wars (from cantina creatures to Jabba the Hutt) and Jurassic Park (the original T-Rex) merely represents the tip of the iceberg.”
    See also ” Master of Creatures : A special-effects legend makes an old-school monster movie by hand.” https://story.californiasunday.com/phil-tippett-master-of-creatures

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