Variable Variability: No, we do not have 12 years to stop catastrophic climate change #12years
https://variable-variability.blogspot.com/2018/12/no-we-do-not-have-only-12-years-to-stop-climate-change.html, posted 2019 by peter in environment media msm politics science
So what most likely happened is that we have scientists describing the progression of climate change. They give the uncertainty range and the press decides to only mention the lower boundary of this range. Then they somehow turn it into a deadline, put this in many headlines and never tell their readers where the number comes from. This made #12years a somewhat viral political meme. Chinese whispers of the worst kind. Journalists please listen to Peter Hadfield: check the source.
Why Earth's History Appears So Miraculous - The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/human-existence-will-look-more-miraculous-the-longer-we-survive/554513/, posted 2018 by peter in msm science space
After all, there are 100-mile impact craters on our planet’s surface from the last billion years, but no 600-mile craters. But, of course, there couldn’t be scars this big. On worlds where such craters exist, there is no one around afterward to ponder them.
Standing desks 'increase pain' and slow down mental ability, study suggests
www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/02/23/standing-desks-increase-pain-slow-mental-ability-new-study/, posted 2018 by peter in cognition health msm science
Researchers at Curtin University in Australia observed 20 participants working at standing desks for two hours.
They found discomfort “significantly” increased for the lower back and lower limb regions, which correlates with previous research suggesting standing desk is responsible for swelling of the veins, which can endanger the heart.
Mental reactiveness also slowed down after roughly an hour and a quarter, however “creative” decision making was shown to marginally improve.
Worms born in Martian soil suggest farming on Mars is possible â€” BGR
bgr.com/2017/11/28/mars-worms-nature-soil-farming/, posted 2017 by peter in msm science space
The soil, which was developed by NASA to be as close as possible to what space travelers would be working with on Mars, was mixed with pig manure and then "seeded" with adult earthworms. Overcoming several potential dangers, the worms managed just fine, and soon the scientists discovered baby worms which had been born in the soil simulant.
Sweden officially the 'goodest' country in the world, study says | World Politics | News | The Independent
www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/sweden-goodest-country-in-world-good-country-index-a7061341.html, posted 2016 by peter in environment health msm politics science sweden
The country has outranked 162 others to take pole position in the Good Country Index, a league table based on 35 separate indicators from sources including the United Nations and the World Bank.
Sweden scores highest for positive lifestyle contributions including prosperity, equality, health and wellbeing, while also performing well culturally.
Sorry, Science Says Speed Reading Doesn't Work | Inc.com
www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/sorry-science-says-speed-reading-doesn-t-work.html, posted 2016 by peter in cognition msm performance science toread
That's the verdict of a comprehensive review of the science on the subject recently published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest. The team behind the research looked at decades of studies focused on all manner of techniques and apps that promise to help you devour words at an incredible clip. Sadly, what they found is that what looks too good to be true almost certainly is.
Your Stupid-Ass Typing Style Might Not Actually Be So Bad
gizmodo.com/your-stupid-ass-typing-style-might-not-actually-be-so-b-1758276263, posted 2016 by peter in language msm performance science writing
Back in the olden days, most typists were trained to use all their fingers. That’s less of a concern now, leading to all sorts of self-taught typing styles. But as a new study shows, our lack of formal training—and our resistance to using all ten fingers—doesn’t mean we’re not proficient typists.
How to act less stupid, according to psychologists
www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/19/how-to-act-less-stupid-according-to-psychologists/, posted 2015 by peter in cognition msm science
Acting in a way that isn't considered stupid is a goal shared by most reasonable people, but many of them likely overlook one key attribute that might allow them to better achieve it: modesty.
"If you don't want to do something stupid, you probably don't want to have higher expectations of your abilities than you should," Balazs said. "The worst thing someone can do is act confidently, and seriously, and still not act rationally. That's as stupid as it gets."
Scientists show future events decide what happens in the past
www.digitaljournal.com/science/experiment-shows-future-events-decide-what-happens-in-the-past/article/434829, posted 2015 by peter in msm physics science
What they found was that, when there were two grates in place, the atom passed through it on many paths in a wave form, but, when the second grate was removed, it behaved like a particle and took only one path through.
So, what form it would take after passing through the first grate depended on whether the second grate was put in place afterward. Therefore, whether it continued as a particle or changed into a wave wasn't decided until a future event had already taken place.
Don't Get a 'Base Tan'
gizmodo.com/dont-get-a-base-tan-1706826760, posted 2015 by peter in health msm science
Yes, your skin darkens to protect itself from more damage. But developing an initial layer of pigment won’t stop you from getting an extremely severe burn if you lay out without sunscreen all day.