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  1. A tale of 2 leatherback sea turtles tagged off Nova Scotia Good luck, persistence and international co-operation has delivered a rare trove of data from two endangered leatherback turtles tagged off Nova Scotia last summer. The turtles, Ruby and Isabel, were carrying a tracking transmitter and a device that stored a huge cache of precise GPS locations accumulated during their 12,000-kilometre migration from Canada to Trinidad, off South America. This month, when the nesting leatherbacks crawled ashore on separate beaches, researchers and volunteers on the island managed to intercept them, retrieve their tags and 10 months of stored data. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/a-tale-of-2-leatherback-sea-turtles-tagged-off-nova-scotia-1.5580197
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    Covid-19

    Springfield Hair Stylist, Sick With COVID-19, Saw 84 Clients A hair stylist at Great Clips, 1864 S. Glenstone, in Springfield, worked while sick recently, exposing 84 clients and seven co-workers to COVID-19, according to local health officials. The health department announced the potential exposure of coronavirus Friday. Clients who had appointments with the stylist during those times are being notified of their exposure to COVID-19 and are being offered testing for the illness, according to a news release from the health department. Both the stylist and their clients wore masks, officials said. Springfield-Greene County Health Department director, Clay Goddard, said this should give officials a chance to see how effective masks are in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The person is believed to have contracted the illness when they traveled domestically to a high-risk area. https://www.ksmu.org/post/springfield-hair-stylist-sick-covid-19-saw-84-clients?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews&utm_campaign=npr#stream/0
  3. "Should you be terrified or exhilarated at the prospect of a gene-editing tool fueling a modern-day scientific revolution? “Human Nature,” a new film on the technology, braids the tool’s promise and potential perils into a riveting double helix. The Dan Rather-produced doc, which was directed by Adam Bolt, focuses on CRISPR-Cas9, a technique that “programs” an enzyme to seek and find a specific position on DNA, then cut the molecule at the preferred location. Scientists can then add, delete or edit the DNA. “I can cut any gene I want,” says Jennifer Doudna, the biochemist who helped develop the technology, in the film. She seems barely able to contain her excitement." Now on Crave (an excellent and well-balanced documentary)
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    Covid-19

    Getting An Antibody Test For The Coronavirus? Here's What It Won't Tell You May 21, 202010:28 AM ET Salvador Perez got really sick in April. He's 53 and spent weeks isolated in his room in his family's Chicago apartment, suffering through burning fevers, shivering chills, intense chest pain and other symptoms of COVID-19. "This has been one of the worst experiences of his life," says Perez's daughter, Sheila, who translated from Spanish to English for an interview with NPR. "He didn't think he was going to make it." Perez recovered and now wants to go back to work as a chef at a Chinese restaurant. But his boss told him he needs a test — an antibody test — first. So he found a place to get one and tested positive. His blood indeed has antibodies to the novel coronavirus — proteins that his immune system produced when it fought off the pathogen. "He feels great that he can get ... back to work, since we haven't really paid our bills," Sheila Perez says. "And he feels great that he can start doing what he did before the virus again." But her father is also nervous. His doctor told him the antibodies might give him some protection against catching the virus again but also stressed that's far from guaranteed. "He's anxious that he doesn't want to get sick. He's kind of scared of going back to work because ... he might go through it again," his daughter says. Salvador Perez is right to be worried. It's still not certain that antibodies measured by such a test would protect him from catching the virus again. And if the antibodies are protective, it's unknown how strong that protection might be or how long it might last. There are also questions about the reliability of many antibody tests being sold. Researchers are urgently trying to answer those uncertainties and figure how best to conduct antibody testing. Nevertheless, increasing numbers of people are getting the tests — many without recognizing how much is still unknown about what the results mean. Some employers, such as Perez's restaurant, are requiring workers to take antibody tests if they want to continue working or return to their jobs. Others are getting employees tested to see how widely the virus has spread through their workforce and to try to find ways to improve worker safety. And some labor unions are helping workers get tested in hopes of offering them some sense of security against the virus. In addition, some individuals are buying the tests themselves out of curiosity and to use as a basis for personal decisions, such as whether it's safe to start spending more time with close friends and extended family members who are outside the household. But the idea of using antibody testing in these ways worries many doctors and public health authorities because there are many common misconceptions. For starters, the antibody tests are only a sign of past infection. Whether the infection is actually gone can only be determined by a diagnostic test that identifies genetic material from the virus or viral particles. Some people also falsely think testing positive on an antibody test proves they can't get infected with the virus again. "I think people just want this to go away and want to resume their normal lives," says Kelly Wroblewski, director of infectious disease for the Association of Public Health Laboratories. "But my fear is [antibody tests are] going to be used as this sort of golden ticket to demonstrate immunity — when we just don't know if that's the case." Still, Wroblewski and others acknowledge the results might offer at least some useful guidance in certain cases. "If I had a household where I had a number of younger individuals in the household, one of whom had antibodies, I think that that individual would probably be the safest bet to be able to safely go to get the groceries," says Michael Mina, an assistant professor of immunology and infectious disease at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. But, Mina quickly adds, "I still wouldn't want that individual going to get groceries and then going the next day to a nursing home to see Grandma." Having antibodies against the coronavirus is just no guarantee that you won't pick up or pass along an infection, he says. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/05/21/857961304/getting-an-antibody-test-for-the-coronavirus-heres-what-it-wont-tell-you
  5. #MORNINGBIGBLUEGATE
  6. In Trump's twisted mind, he thinks that Obama won't appear (which he shouldn't given an absence of....anything) and therefore he won't have to appear or face charges once he is ousted from the White House.
  7. Rutger Bregman is quickly becoming one of my favorite "thinkers".
  8. Although I seem to know less as I learn more, I can't help myself from seeking new information. This Topic is best utilized for older stories of historic and scientific nature, or they'd be in the "Random News Section". Mods can kill this if they don't see a need, but I imagine at least some of us are learning something new almost every day that's worth sharing. Maybe instead of arguing about the same old things, we might want to figure out why we're arguing and how we got here. Today I learned (from a 2012 news article) that humans almost became extinct 72,000 years ago. How Human Beings Almost Vanished From Earth In 70,000 B.C. October 22, 201212:33 PM ET Add all of us up, all 7 billion human beings on earth, and clumped together we weigh roughly 750 billion pounds. That, says Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson, is more than 100 times the biomass of any large animal that's ever walked the Earth. And we're still multiplying. Most demographers say we will hit 9 billion before we peak, and what happens then? Well, we've waxed. So we can wane. Let's just hope we wane gently. Because once in our history, the world-wide population of human beings skidded so sharply we were down to roughly a thousand reproductive adults. One study says we hit as low as 40. https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/10/22/163397584/how-human-beings-almost-vanished-from-earth-in-70-000-b-c
  9. Wideleft

    Covid-19

    The headline is horribly optimistic and the author (who has a credible background as an investigative journalist) is a little too sure of her findings given that this is yet to be proven, but the article is sourced sufficiently to suggest that COVID-19 may have arisen from the trade in bat guano. COVID-19 Origin Mystery Solved May 7, 2020 By: @MsAmyMacPherson Part of the challenge in finding a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic is determining the original source of infection. The majority of scientists are convinced it came from bats, but they don’t yet know how it transmitted to humans. Others suggest it was caused by accidental release from a research lab, while war hawks propose theories that relate to a bioweapon. But the best answer to complex mysteries is often simple and Free The Press Canada has determined the likely culprit. The solution for this missing link is so unassuming that it was under everyone’s nose all along. The records have existed since the 1700’s and this bat-to-human conduit is cited as the legal basis for the American Empire. It’s the original cause of blackbirding (kidnapping) and Chinese slavery, Indigenous slavery, as well as Black slavery, in case anyone didn’t grasp the meaning of that famous Beatles song. It solidified Peru’s existence and reshaped entire countries in South America. It poured the foundation for British and European wealth. It won and lost wars as a prime ingredient to make gunpowder. Its Indigenous name appears in an early American law and it traces all the way back to 5,000 years ago, as a resource worshipped by the Incas. Today this product is exported by Africa and Asia and it can fetch as much as $350USD per ton, or $2,400USD every three hours with a very small crew of labourers. The organic food revolution, hydroponic agriculture, and the legalization of marijuana have made it so popular again that western grandmothers are trying to produce their own. The colloquial phrase ‘bat-****-crazy’ may even be derived from this common carrier of several coronavirus types. So what could be in everyone’s garden shed that has the potential to elevate or wipe out the human race, depending on the quality of each batch? https://freethepresscanada.org/2020/05/07/covid-19-origin-mystery-solved/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
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    Covid-19

    There have been clinical studies including brain scans that support this.
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    Covid-19

    I think this is becoming less and less valid as social media has been taken over by bots, troll armies and bored unhappy men with mental defects not covered by pharmacare. I do however find this approach absolutely valid and even enjoyable in a face to face discussion. Totally agree with the second paragraph and when you do it enough, it doesn't take long to figure out who is debating in bad faith and therefore wasting your time.
  12. Wideleft

    Covid-19

    Trump is badly botching the virus. New polls show Americans know it. May 12, 2020 at 9:03 a.m. CDT In what should be seen as a rebuke of President Trump, Anthony S. Fauci will tell a Senate panel on Tuesday that reopening the country too quickly risks causing “multiple outbreaks” of coronavirus, resulting in “needless suffering and death.” Majorities of the American people appear to agree with Trump’s most prominent coronavirus task force member. Indeed, two new polls strongly suggest Trump has lost the argument over how to respond to the virus right now on just about every level. A new Post-Ipsos poll finds that 56 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, while only 43 percent approve. By contrast, 71 percent approve of their governor’s handling of the disease. Full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic Tellingly, this also applies to specific swing-state governors in Trump’s crosshairs. He has raged that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer must “LIBERATE” Michigan, and has fumed that people in Pennsylvania “want their freedom now.” But in Michigan, approval of the governor’s handling of the virus is 72 percent, while Trump’s is 39 percent. In Pennsylvania, those numbers are 72 percent and 45 percent, respectively. Another finding from the poll confirms even more clearly how badly Trump has lost the argument: It finds that an astonishing 57 percent of Americans say Trump is not doing enough to ensure that people can return to work safely. By contrast, only 42 percent say he’s doing enough. By contrast, 69 percent say their governors are doing enough to ensure that people can return to work safely. And 56 percent say their state governors are handling the pace of lifting restrictions “about right,” while only 16 percent say they’re not lifting them quickly enough. And 74 percent agree with the view that the United States should keep trying to slow the coronavirus even if it means keeping many businesses closed. Only 25 percent take the opposite view — Trump’s view. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/12/trump-is-failing-disastrously-americans-know-it-new-polls-show/
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    Covid-19

    So you've learned nothing from your discussions with Pigseye, then?
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