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7 Scientific Effects of Marijuana That Experts Want to Study

7 Scientific Effects of Marijuana That Experts Want to Study | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This is what scientists want to study regarding marijuana. The government says it will remain a schedule 1 drug.
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Gosh, the government is finally making it possible for scientists to study marijuana for little things like cancer., replacing pain meds, helping anxiety. Can the feds go any slower? In many states the dispensaries are already doing to much good for people who really need the help. Am I the only one who reads this and wonder how much control the big pharmaceutical companies are wielding on the federal policy? Of course tobacco and alcohol don't face anything like these controls because they've got effective lobbyists and can legally contribute to political campaigns. 
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8 TED Talks about the secret lives of plants

8 TED Talks about the secret lives of plants | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trees talk, flowers build elaborate traps and some plants can even come back from the dead. Skeptical? These fascinating talks may just grow on you.
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Fascinating look at the secret life of plants. I highly recommend this 13 minutes to get yourself thinking. Of course, you may wonder about giving up the killing of plants for food and becoming a strict carnivore. 
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Ancient Flower Species Found 'Perfectly Preserved' in Amber

Ancient Flower Species Found 'Perfectly Preserved' in Amber | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a new flower species that has been “perfectly preserved” in amber, much like in "Jurassic Park."
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What a lovely, small jewel. 

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What 1,500 Bug Species Tell Us About Climate Change

What 1,500 Bug Species Tell Us About Climate Change | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Biodiversity plays an important role in climate change
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This is the kind of science done as a hobby that real hits home because there is no reason to claim it's based on bias and preconception. The change in insect population on one rooftop in Denmark says the world is getting warmer.

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Here's What a Massive 5-Year Study of Ocean Life Reveals

Here's What a Massive 5-Year Study of Ocean Life Reveals | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Scientists don't know how climate change may affect life in the ocean
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Plankton, oxygen and viruses: all are showing changing levels and reactions to the rise of global temperatures and therefore the rise in temperatures of the seas. While the oceans are under that attack, we humans continue to dump waste and contaminants into the water. Let us not forget that the oceans, our largest single bio-system may be vast but it is vulnerable.

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Senate Rejects Human Role in Climate Change

Senate Rejects Human Role in Climate Change | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Senators are using the Keystone XL pipeline debate to argue over climate issues.
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When the politicians sit in judgment over science rather than drawing on it for information and counsel, we have created a true assembly of dunces. If humans survive, our great-great-grandchildren will talk about the U.S. Senate with the same scorn as we now use for Pope Urban VIII, who imprisoned Galileo. Way before that the rest of the world will have dismissed The United States as a clown, no longer a nation to follow but one to ignore.

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Pennsylvania School Board Rejects Proposal To Include Climate Denial In Textbooks

Pennsylvania School Board Rejects Proposal To Include Climate Denial In Textbooks | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A school director called the global warming chapter of a science textbook "propaganda, " but the board ultimately approved it over his objection.
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The textbook companies have to sell their swill to the folks in Texas, the anti-education capital of America, so you can bet there will be a "fair and balanced" climate change denial chapter. Free speech should have its limits -- like at the border of reason and truth. Sadly, America has lost that common sense.

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Sequestration Stupidity Is Genetic

Sequestration Stupidity Is Genetic | Upsetment | Scoop.it
ST. LOUIS -- Of all the blinkered buzz-saw cuts in this year’s $85 billion spending sequestration, perhaps none is as counterproductive -- or as flat-out boneheaded -- as the one now hitting medical research under way in a refurbished industrial...
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The whole idea of sequestration was to make it an untenable alternative to reaching an agreement. Sadly, the two sides in the budget debate have been totally unable to compromise and the result is the untenable alternative. Congratulations to our politicians. To be fair, I think both sides failed, but IMHO the real culprit is the GOP, which is willing to destroy our economy and our government in its opposition to Pres. Obama.

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31 scientific societies just told Congress to take their climate denial and shove it

31 scientific societies just told Congress to take their climate denial and shove it | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An impressive 31 scientific societies issued a joint statement to Congress on global warming, but it won't have much impact.
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It is well-passed time for politicians to stop their denial of massive climate change. We need to do what we can to improve the future of the Earth and for the quality of life of generations to come—EVEN IF THAT MEANS CUTTING THE PROFITS OF TODAY.
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The incredibly weird reason the North Pole is headed to England.

The incredibly weird reason the North Pole is headed to England. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Around 16 years ago, something caused a dramatic shift in the Earth's wobble. Now NASA has identified the cause.
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I wonder if Santa will take rooms at 221B Baker Street? I'm sure Mrs. Hudson will find room for the reindeer. 
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Terrifying ancient crocodile discovered in the Sahara was the size of a bus

Terrifying ancient crocodile discovered in the Sahara was the size of a bus | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Machimosaurus rex, found in Tunisia, measured more than 30 feet long and weighed three tons, researchers estimate.
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Those who know me, know I love paleontology. Now here's a critter I wouldn't have wanted to meet, but they sure are fascinating. Anyway, I'm heading out for Jurasic World today for a vacation, but I think I'll skip the swimming pool.  

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The Weird Effect Climate Change Will Have On Plant Growth

The Weird Effect Climate Change Will Have On Plant Growth | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Climate change could turn forests them into carbon emitters
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Whether or not you believe that climate change is man-made, whether or not you believe that climate change is real, just imagine a world in which we, and other species, are slowly suffocating. Now, that's the stuff of horror.

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Poll finds gaping chasm in views between U.S. public, scientists

Poll finds gaping chasm in views between U.S. public, scientists | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution, a poll released on Thursday showed. Eighty-seven percent of scientists questioned by the Pew Research Center said human activity was the main cause of global climate change, compared with 50 percent of the public. The issue has become increasing divisive
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Interesting, I agree with the scientists about some things, evolution and climate change for example, have mixed feelings about immunization (not dangerous for most, but perhaps over-mandated) and disagree with majority of scientists about genetically modifying foods and foods treated with pesticides, both of which I think are potentially very dangerous, and using animals in research, which is sometimes necessary but should require stricter oversight and justification. What are your thoughts?

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Ebola epidemic more deadly than all previous combined, report says

Ebola epidemic more deadly than all previous combined, report says | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Ebola epidemic has already killed more people than all previous outbreaks combined, and an alarming new analysis by the World Health Organization suggests it already may be too late to prevent the virus from taking up permanent residence among humans in West Africa.
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There is a great divide in the world between those who trust science (and medicine) and those who see the world through the lens of tradition, religion, and superstition. Sadly, a great swath of Africa is from that second world. I wonder how many Americans actually share those same kinds of thinking, say by avoiding vaccinations and refusing medical care. It isn't poverty or even stupidity, it is a way of approaching life. Tradition and faith may be wonderful things, but they have a price.

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The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet

The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Science shows the low-fat diet to be BS, and yet the American Heart Association keeps touting it as the ‘heart healthy’ choice. Why? The quick answer: money, honey.
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I am trained as a psychologist not a physician, but I find myself doing much better on a low carbohydrate diet than on a "heart healthy" one. I share this piece because I think we should all be giving serious thought not only to our diets but also to what does and does not influence the supposed scientific advice of experts.

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