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Scientists Predict 2018 Will Be a Bad Year for Earthquakes. Here's Why

Scientists Predict 2018 Will Be a Bad Year for Earthquakes. Here's Why | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that we may want to brace for a surge of earthquakes in 2018, and the equator will be particularly affected. Here's why
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As our lives may seem to spin out of control. the rate at which the earth turns is somewhat stable, but not as stable as we'd all like to believe. When there's a change, that change works its effects from the core out to the mantle and into our already confusing lives. It's just about time for the rippling effects of the last slowdown. Of course, when we're talking about ripples in the earth's surface, we mean earthquakes. So hang on to something solid, especially if you live closer to the equator (or perhaps if you live in California). 

Going to take to your bunker an wait 2018 out? I suggest you bring some good books. Check them out at 

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Middle East particle accelerator opens in Jordan

Middle East particle accelerator opens in Jordan | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Scientific project will use cutting-edge technology while promoting diplomacy in the Middle East.
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Sure it's great that science is moving forward, but a bigger part of the story is in the map. See the countries involved, the ones that are working together on this massive project. Sunni and Shia, Jew and Muslim. Yep, if science can bring diverse religious groups of the Middle East to a common worktable, that will be more of an accomplishment than finding a new particle or even the secret of creation, for it might well provide the secret for stopping entropy in human affairs. By the way, I love the fact that Jordan is contributing to a better world. I've never been to Amman, but I understand that it is one of the great cities of the world because of the humanity of its people. 
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Scientists confirm: Time crystals definitely exist

Scientists confirm: Time crystals definitely exist | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Two teams have created a new form of matter, opening up a whole new realm of physics.
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I love science, especially when it calls, "scifi story here!" So here he is, trapped on a nitrogen bubble in a crystal and moving at half the speed of the surrounding universe. Can he escape to find his true love without having the universe shatter. Yep, that's the premise that comes to my mind. How about you? Read the article and share your story idea. 
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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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The scientific case that America is becoming more prejudiced

The scientific case that America is becoming more prejudiced | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Charlottesville shows that white supremacists are emboldened. We shouldn’t be surprised.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
It is interesting to me that the authors start by assuming that America is the White population that might feel threatened by the change in demographics rather than the entire nation of people. What is real? Demography is history and the numbers are clearly in. Whether it will be in a few more or less years, at some point Whites will stop being the majority. At some point they may also no longer be the largest group. Why are these things changing? Immigration is one reason, but there are two others. First, Whites have fewer children than other groups. Partly, that's because immigrants have more children as a rule than those who have lived here. Another is that some cultures and religious beliefs encourage having children while European Protestantism and even the Catholicism of the White communities encourage having few kids who receive more opportunities. Finally, there is the breakdown of the traditions (and racist laws) that kept people from marrying across color lines. 

As the White numerical superiority declines, there has also been a growing awareness of issues of privilege on all sides. That may seem counter-intuitive, but in fact this growing awareness makes ultimate sense. One thing we know about groups is that they become more aware of difference and more given to resentment of one another as the mix changes from one in which a minority is relatively small till it reaches a seemingly critical mass. Usually, the key point in a community's development is when a minority reaches 15%  of the total. That's when the violence starts. That's when the competition for control becomes a real possibility. 

Historically, the majority groups in most communities have handled demographic change by redefining who "WE" are as opposed to "THEM." For example, in Boston Irish became White as Italians moved in. Italians and Jews became White as Blacks and Hispanics became larger parts of the region. Strangely, in places like Lewiston, Maine, French have become Whites as Hispanics and Muslims have increased in numbers. 

Another technique of maintaining clear majority is to keep "THEM" divided, for example by keeping Blacks and Hispanics from recognizing common cause. And especially by keeping Whites who have been discriminated against from recognizing their common cause with Blacks and Hispanics. Just ask the poor Whites of the South about that one, but expect to have them react badly to the idea.

But, some of those poorer Whites have gotten the idea, as have Blacks and Hispanics and Asians and people from the Middle East. Ironically one factor that contributes to that growing awareness has been the virulence of the White rage that has been erupting in places like Charlottesville. Those who in effect form the gangs of thugs in any population are not very appealing people. They drip hate, resentment, and bespeak their own failure to achieve. While they may for a while take the front stage, in the end  demography is history. 

More importantly, the media, no matter how much the Far Right will declaim against Fake News shows us the reality that we can live together. Be it MLK or Barack Obama or whomever, we can see that the color of a person's skin doesn't determine their character. We can see, as a nation, that the history that was written may not have been accurate, that, for instance, the Confederacy was not about high ideals but rather about race, hating creditors, and a form of regional nationalism. Most importantly, through the media we can recognize that those who came here as slaves were worth our respect and that those who now come here to pick our crops or to find new homes far from sectarian violence are not enemies but reenactments of our own ancestors' lives. 

In my deepest heart, I believe that in the end the demographic reality is that we are already all one. Strangely, while the purveyors of hate and bigotry often hide behind Christianity, they ignore one of the basic teachings of Jesus and of that faith. First reflected in the parable of the Good Samaritan and then again in the decision of Paul to preach to the gentiles was the belief that true goodness was not the right of one group but rather was to be found in the souls of men and women everywhere. If the Tower of Babel teaches us one thing, it should be that underneath we are all one, that it is a challenge from God that we strive to overcome that difference and find our way back to cooperation. At least, that's what I make of the myth; what about you? Are we all one or do you believe that the color of skin somehow should separate us one from the other? 


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Why Aren't All Members of a Species the Same? Exploring the Pangenome - The Extremo Files

Why Aren't All Members of a Species the Same? Exploring the Pangenome - The Extremo Files | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Prochlorococcus marinus are diminutive organisms. At less than a micrometer across, these photosynthesizing microbes may be small, but they’re plentiful – by many accounts one of the most abundant species on the planet. But that’s not quite the full story: like any other member of the same species, no two P. marinus individuals are genetically …
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Have you ever wondered why humans are all the same species and yet obviously vary both in groups and at the individual level? Here's something to help you understand what's been going on for millennia. 
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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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