H/t reader kevin a.
A new study on climate change claims that global cooling events that took place in Europe during the 19th century were directly responsible for driving millions of German immigrants, including Donald Trump’s ancestors, to the United States in pursuit of warmer pastures. But in attempting to take a subtle jab against our current president, this admission by mainstream climate scientists proves once again that the theory of man-made climate change is little more than a modern-day fairy tale.
According to this latest research, there were three waves of immigration to the United States throughout the 1800s that were driven by climate change. This allegedly resulted in more than five million Germans migrating to the United States – a convenient little factoid that’s supposed to make people outraged that the President, whose ancestors were among these migrants, continues to be a vocal opponent of illegal immigration.
Participants’ enjoyment of music, and the amount they were willing to spend on it, were both affected by stimulation of neural circuits
Stimulating someone’s brain with magnetic pulses is enough to change their taste in music, according to new research.
Using a non-invasive technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation, Scientists managed to change the enjoyment of music felt by their subjects.
Not only did the treatment alter the way participants rated music, it even affected the amount of money they were willing to spend on it.
H/t reader kevin a.
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In a study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology, scientists from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) claim the industry manipulated science, influenced regulations and even shut down its own research when it indicated a link between sugar and heart disease almost 50 years ago.
“The Sugar Association proved to itself that calories from sugar had different metabolic effects than calories from starch,” lead author Cristin E. Kearns, who discovered the industry documents, told UCSF. “This is in stark contrast to its public position, then and now, that all calories are created equal.”
The study claims that a Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) scheme, entitled Project 259, which had been set up to investigate the effects of sugar in animals in 1969, deliberately withheld evidence that sugar consumption creates high levels of triglyceride, a type of fat that travels through the blood – an issue that can lead to poor bladder and cardiovascular health.
H/t reader kevin a.
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It seems that Noah’s Great Biblical Flood was caused by comet fragments striking the earth. Isaac Newton was the first one to come up with a theory connecting the flood to a comet strike, in 1680. According to an article at National Georgraphic.com , Newton declared that a comet had passed close to Earth thousands of years ago and came so close that it doused our world with water from its tail and exerted enough gravitational force to pull forth oceans from beneath our planet’s crust.
Now, a new theory provides evidence that backs up Newton’s idea that a comet was involved. According to this theory, between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago, a comet entered the earth’s atmosphere and broke up into thousands of pieces. Those fragments rained down fire and brimstone on the earth. Some of the fragments landed all over the world, including Europe and the Far East. It is estimated that over 500,000 fragments landed in north America alone.
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According to Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula, a tiny shift in the speed of the Earth’s rotation could trigger a doubling of the number of earthquakes the planet experiences.
… were it not totally contaminated with arsenic, mercury, cadmium, etc. and radiation coming from Fukushima, seaweed would be an absolute superfood, because not only is it high in organic(!) iodine, but it also contains over 90 important trace minerals.
– Greenpeace: ‘New data shows that some seaweed contamination levels are not only 50 times higher than safety limits – far higher than our initial measurements showed – but also that the contamination is spreading over a wide area, and accumulating in sea life, rather than simply dispersing like the Japanese authorities originally claimed would happen’
Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it’s cooked.
The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It also has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows very quickly. Did we mention it tastes like bacon?
According to Oregon State researcher Chris Langdon, his team started growing the new strain while trying to find a good food source for edible sea snails, or abalone, a very popular food in many parts of Asia. The strain is a new type of red algae that normally grows along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines.
‘Risky’? Global cooling can easily kill several BILLION people.
Global cooling is the real threat, as we will all soon find out, with or without geoengineering
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown.
Geoengineering – the intentional manipulation of the climate to counter the effect of global warming by injecting aerosols artificially into the atmosphere – has been mooted as a potential way to deal with climate change.
However new research led by climate experts from the University of Exeter suggests that targeting geoengineering in one hemisphere could have a severely detrimental impact for the other.
A team of Chinese and Spanish researchers say that at least 80,000 years ago there were Homo sapiens, with a completely modern appearance, already living in Asia. This assertion is based on the thorough analysis carried out on 47 teeth which belonged to at least 13 individuals.
The newspaper El Mundo reports that the teeth were recovered in the Fuyan Cave, located in the south of China, in Daoxian . The study was presented in the journal Nature and shows that modern humans lived in Asia long before they arrived in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean: between 30,000 to 70,000 years before, in fact.
“The Daoxian teeth are the earliest evidence of modern humans out of Africa that we have today ,” Maria Martinon-Torres , a researcher at the University College London , member of the research team at Atapuerca since 1998 and co-author of the study, told El Mundo . She also said:
“The majority of the scientific community has supported the hypothesis that modern humans left Africa only around 50,000 years ago, which is known as the “Recent Out of Africa” hypothesis. Other previous evidence on the possibility of Homo sapiens in Asia before 50,000 years ago has not been accepted unanimously, either because it could not be ascertained that they were part of our species or because their stratigraphic context, i.e. exact origin and dating, creating doubts. With our study of the Daoxian remains we have broken the quarantine to which these assumptions were subject .”
H/t reader kevin a.
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Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” (see supplemental file S1). These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone depletion, freshwater availability, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity destruction, climate change, and continued human population growth. They proclaimed that fundamental changes were urgently needed to avoid the consequences our present course would bring.
And according to Al Gore and other ….. we are living in a time of unprecedented global warming!
Antarctica wasn’t always a land of ice. Millions of years ago, when the continent was still part of a huge Southern Hemisphere landmass called Gondwana, trees flourished near the South Pole.
Now, newfound, intricate fossils of some of these trees are revealing how the plants thrived — and what forests might look like as they march northward in today’s warming world.
“Antarctica preserves an ecologic history of polar biomes that ranges for about 400 million years, which is basically the entirety of plant evolution,” said Erik Gulbranson, a paleoecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. [See Images of a Fossil Forest Unearthed in the Arctic]
Trees in Antarctica?
When scientists deactivated the gene responsible in part for developing and shaping the heads of scarab beetles, the insects hatched with an extra set of compound eyes in the middle of their heads, sometimes forming together into one big third eye. And now, the scientists have learned that the extra eyes actually work.
Biologists from Indiana University discovered last year how a gene called orthodenticle prevented scarab beetles from developing these extra eyes during development. When the biologists disabled the gene, the beetles developed an extra eye (or pair of eyes). It’s a common practice in science: Learn how something works, take it apart one piece at a time and see what changes.
H/t reader kevin a.
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