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Bilderberg’s Syngenta Settles After Contaminating U.S. Water Supply With Herbicide

Bilderberg’s Syngenta Settles After Contaminating U.S. Water Supply With Herbicide | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Aaron Dykes | The Swiss-based GMO company Syngenta allegedly tainted the water supply of 52 million with hormonally-disruptive chemical.
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"The EPA for its part has refused to ban Atrazine, but has looked at its potential dangers, and claims a “robust” regulation process that keeps America safe. However, a closer look at regulatory agencies including the FDA, EPA and USDA has demonstrated dangerous and uncomfortable dominance from biotech industry lobbyists. For instance, former Monsanto Vice President and lobbyist Michael R. Taylor (no known relation to Syngenta’s top exec) is the classic example of revolving door corruption, with a top post at the FDA and a role in writing regulatory policies (which invariably favor biotech interests)."

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Illinois illegally seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens | Global Research

Illinois illegally seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup; Kills remaining Queens | Global Research | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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Is the academic job-market rigged? - New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science

Is the academic job-market rigged? - New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
I have spent the past academic year applying for lecturer and reader positions in UK philosophy departments. Six years ago, when I applied for seven jobs worldwide, I quickly landed one at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.
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German brewers demand moratorium on fracking to protect the purity of their beer | The Raw Story

German brewers demand moratorium on fracking to protect the purity of their beer | The Raw Story | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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"The breweries association spokeperson, Marc-Oliver Huhnholz, told Bloomberg, “We are concerned that fracking endangers the brewing water that more than half of Germany’s breweries take from private wells.” He explained to The Telegraph, “The water has to be pure and more than half Germany’s brewers have their own wells which are situated outside areas that could be protected under the government’s current planned legislation on fracking.”

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These artists are mapping the Earth with facial recognition software

These artists are mapping the Earth with facial recognition software | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

The faces of the planet, as seen from space.


Via Luca Baptista
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Google Faces

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Up to 12 million Bees Found Dead in Florida and No one Knows Why | World Truth.TV

Up to 12 million Bees Found Dead in Florida and No one Knows Why | World Truth.TV | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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"“The fact that it was so widespread and so rapid, I think you can pretty much rule out disease,” said Bill Kern, an entomologist from the University of Florida (UF) to Florida Today. “It happened essentially almost in one day. Usually diseases affect adults or the brood, you don’t have something that kills them both.” Many of the beekeepers who lost their hives in the mass killing raised their bees to sell to American farmers, who then used them to pollinate food crops. Because of their massive losses, many of these beekeepers could end up losing their entire beekeeping businesses."

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This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
"The greatest pleasure in science comes from theories that derive the solution to some deep puzzle from a small set of simple principles in
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"In 2012, the question Brockman posed, proposed by none other than Steven Pinker, was “What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?” The answers, representing an eclectic mix of 192 (alas, overwhelmingly male) minds spanning psychology, quantum physics, social science, political theory, philosophy, and more, are collected in the edited compendium This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works (UK; public library) and are also available online."

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Study: Early humans loved to eat brains

Study: Early humans loved to eat brains | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Our evolutionary ancestors were hungry for braaaiiins — antelope brains, that is.
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"Dents inside the skulls indicate they dug in with stones to get at the delicious, juicy brains inside. According to a study of the findings, this nutrient-rich brain tissue may have helped homo erectus support larger bodies, bigger brains, and travel longer distances."

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Why Did The Media Keep The Recent Peaceful Icelandic Revolution Quiet?

Why Did The Media Keep The Recent Peaceful Icelandic Revolution Quiet? | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Did you know about the peaceful Icelandic revolution that took place over the last 5 years? If you didn’t, it is likely because it was never televised or talked about very much at all on mainstream news.
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The Evolution will not be Televised.

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Anti-Pagan Wikipedia Editor Outed by Salon.com | The Wild Hunt

Anti-Pagan Wikipedia Editor Outed by Salon.com | The Wild Hunt | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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"According to Wikipediocracy Young/Qworty had over 13,000 edits to the collaborative encyclopedia, many of them done to pursue revenge against someone, or to protect his own page. In addition, he amassed a small army of sock-puppets to aid him in his work. For those suspicious of Wikipedia’s process, and worried about how fair and balanced entries at the site are, the story of Qworty can only be troubling."

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Why New Technology Always Makes Us Feel Like We're on Thin Ice | 60 Second Reads | Big Think

Why New Technology Always Makes Us Feel Like We're on Thin Ice | 60 Second Reads | Big Think | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Information is what we love, information is what we live by and it’s always been that way.
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Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : NPR

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : NPR | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it's been dubbed a "tree lobster." It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean and found surviving Lord Howe Island...
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http://www.myamazingearth.com/2013/02/bizarre-mountain-in-middle-of-ocean/

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Can science be trusted?

Can science be trusted? | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

Can the scientific literature be trusted? In 'Why Most Published Research Findings Are False', Professor John P. A. Ioannidis, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, basically says no, it cannot.

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"There are many factors to consider when looking for publication bias. Take trial size. People who do meta-analysis of scientific literature have wanted, for some time, to have some reasonable way of compensating for the trial size of studies, because if you give small studies (which often have large variances in results) the same consideration as larger, more statistically significant studies, a handful of small studies with large effects sizes can unduly sway a meta-analysis. Aggravating this is the fact that studies showing a negative result are often rejected by journals or simply withheld from publication by their authors. When data goes unpublished, the literature that surfaces can give a distorted view of reality."

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London March Against Monsanto

London March Against Monsanto | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Too many protested against Monsanto's threat to food and the world to fit the pavement in Parliament Square, so they moved to Old Palace Yard for a rally where the first speaker was Bianca Jagger, before going on an impromptu march through London.
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Pope Francis Says All Who Do Good Are Redeemed - Atheists Included

Pope Francis Says All Who Do Good Are Redeemed - Atheists Included | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Pope Francis rocked some religious and atheist minds today when he declared that everyone was redeemed through Jesus, including atheists.
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Mexico is home to the world’s second-largest obese population | The Raw Story

Mexico is home to the world’s second-largest obese population | The Raw Story | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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"Mexico’s obesity rate soared from 9.5 percent in 1988 to 32 percent last year in the nation of 112 million people, according to the National Medical Academy. And a staggering 70 percent of the population is overweight — even though almost half the population lives in poverty."

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The CEO Of McDonald's Just Got Owned By A 9-Year-Old

The CEO Of McDonald's Just Got Owned By A 9-Year-Old | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
"Mr. Thompson, don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?"
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"It's an awkward situation for the company, where sales are down overall. McDonald's blames  an uncertain economy and customer service problems. Adding new, healthier items and marketing them aggressively might mean longer waits overall, driving away core customers."

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I Built This AK-47. It's Legal and Totally Untraceable.

I Built This AK-47. It's Legal and Totally Untraceable. | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Forget 3-D printed guns. Inside a "build party" where anyone can make a rifle that no cop will ever know about.
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"There are no fussy irritations like, say, passing a background check to buy a kit. And because we're assembling the guns for our own "personal use," whatever that may entail, we're not required to stamp in serial numbers. These rifles are totally untraceable, and even under California's stringent assault weapons ban, that's perfectly within the law."

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McDonald’s goes belly up in Bolivia

McDonald’s goes belly up in Bolivia | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
After 14 years of presence in the country, and despite all the existing campaigns and having a network, the chain was forced to close the eight restaurants that remained open in the three main cities: La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
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"The rejection is in the minds and mentality of Bolivians. Everything indicates that “fast food” is literally the opposite of a Bolivian’s conception of how to prepare a meal.  In Bolivia, the food to be good requires, in addition to taste, care, and hygiene, a lot of preparation time. This is how a consumer values the quality of what goes into the stomach, also by the amount of time it took to make the meal. Fast food is not for these people, the Americans concluded."

 
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Found: Proof That Seafloor Bacteria Ate Radioactive Supernova Dust

Found: Proof That Seafloor Bacteria Ate Radioactive Supernova Dust | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
The late Carl Sagan said it best on his TV show Cosmos: "We're made of
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"Now a group of German scientists have gone meta on Sagan. In cores of sediment drilled from the Pacific Ocean bottom, the researchers found traces of iron-60. It's a heavier isotope of iron forged only by supernovas and mostly vanishes in a couple dozen million years. What's more, they found the iron-60 inside 2.2-million-year-old bacteria organs called magnetosomes, which the microbes use to sense the Earth's magnetic field."

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What is actually going on in Iceland

What is actually going on in Iceland | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Because I’m tired of you people spreading untruths Since people continue to spread the factually dubious statement that Iceland “told creditors & IMF to go jump, nationalised banks,...
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An interesting rebuttal of the hippie love version..

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First Effective Way to Produce Graphene Sheets Could Usher in the Future of Electronics

First Effective Way to Produce Graphene Sheets Could Usher in the Future of Electronics | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Moore's Law provides the axiom that the number of transistors that can be placed on a circuit will double every two years, but as we reach for smaller and
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"Graphene has been bandied about as a replacement semiconductor material for a while now, but until now, no one has been able to make a decent batch of the stuff that is both large and of sufficient quality -- generally it's been one or the other. At its core, it's simply carbon arranged in a honeycomb-like layer just a single atom thick. But despite its thinness it's very conductive and very strong, making it a great candidate material with which to build the next generation of smaller, more powerful electronics."

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Why philosophy students do the most drugs

Why philosophy students do the most drugs | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Stuart Jeffries: Nearly 90% of them have taken drugs, a higher proportion than in any other discipline, according to a poll of 21 UK universities
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"Another theory is that philosophy – more than any other intellectual discipline (with the possible exception of a level three plumbing NVQ) – requires one to recalibrate the portals of one's consciousness in order to get one's intellectual freak on. In Thomas Nagel's superb essay What is it Like to be a Bat?, for instance, the great philosopher wrote: "I want to know what it is like for a bat to be a bat. Yet if I try to imagine this, I am restricted to the resources of my own mind, and those resources are inadequate to the task."

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NASA Invests In 3-D Food Printer For Mars Missions

NASA Invests In 3-D Food Printer For Mars Missions | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
It would take a lot of food to get astronauts to Mars, but what if they could get whatever they wanted at the push of a button? NASA is funding an
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"Contractor's food synthesizer would print layers of food from cartridges of powders and oils, creating a perfectly nutritious meal. (It can actually print from any "organic" material with the right ingredients inside, so insect-based pizza may be the proteinaceous meal of choice.) Contractor has already made a chocolate printer as a proof of concept, and now is moving on to a pizza printer."

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Washington gets explicit: its 'war on terror' is permanent

Washington gets explicit: its 'war on terror' is permanent | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Glenn Greenwald: Senior Obama officials tell the US Senate: the 'war', in limitless form, will continue for 'at least' another decade - or two
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"The genius of America's endless war machine is that, learning from the unplesantness of the Vietnam war protests, it has rendered the costs of war largely invisible. That is accomplished by heaping all of the fighting burden on a tiny and mostly economically marginalized faction of the population, by using sterile, mechanized instruments to deliver the violence, and by suppressing any real discussion in establishment media circles of America's innocent victims and the worldwide anti-American rage that generates."

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