How To Better Verify Scientific Research
The *best* way would be to do a different experiment with the expectation of getting the same results if the original research was valid and understanding of the studied phenomena good. Then, regardless of whether the second study validates the first one or not, we would actually have more data and better understanding of the issue and problems regarding it's study.
Invalidating shoddy research would be a bonus.
Farm Workers Carry Drug-Resistant Staph Despite Partial FDA Antibiotics Ban
But then you'd have to explain how the drug-resistant bacteria appeared on the hospitals, if it's not due to overuse of drugs. If it is due drugs, then you'd have to explain why it does not apply to factory farms with conditions akin to hospitals.
Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All
The best estimates put nuclear way 'dirtier' than say, off shore wind. Sure, it's cleaner than coal or even natural gas, but that nuclear fuel don't mine itself, nor does it enrich itself, not does it transfer itself to the reactor, not does it take care of the decomissioning of that huge pile of contaminated concrete and steel...
Nuclear is in no way or form zero emission power source.
Other problem with nuclear is the enourmous power generating capacity of a reactor: it requires equally enormous backup for the inevidable times the reactor is offline! And since reactors are slow to come online, that backup needs to be something else, like natural gas. Or wind. Or solar.
Think about that, too.
The Aging of Our Nuclear Power Plants Is Not So Graceful
Second, the French have a much greater faith in their scientists and engineers than we do here in the United States. The French scientists and engineers in turn work hard to earn and sustain that trust by doing good work. I cannot recall there ever being a serious nuclear accident in France for example. Finally, it seems that the French legal system doesn't allow for NIMBYs to get in the way of projects that are deemed to be in the national interest whereas anyone with money for the filing fees can cause no end of legal trouble here in the United States.
After the oil crisis French goverment went for the nuclear solution without any democratic or parliamentary process whatsoever. Which soon resulted in violent demonstrations etc. The energy production in France is complety controlled (owned and subsidized) by government.
Currently nuclear seem to thrive only in countries where tax payers pay the bill and have no say in the matter...
Quadcopter Drone Network Will Transport Supplies For Disaster Relief
A better option would be to combine these with something like Aeroscraft cargo blimp to haul 60 tons od stuff in hours (20 -30) to disaster area and then do the delivery by drones.
The stuff could be preassembled kits of food rations, water purification, wide-spectrum antibiotics, perhaps a heater packaged in a light sheltering material with simple, drawn, cuilturally independent instructions in every item.
Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards
I'd be much more inclined towards proper, standardized DRM, if the "rights" included my rights, too. The content provider could keep the right to create copies of the content, but I would have the ownership of that particular copy to do whatever I please to do with it. Enjoy, loan, sell, destroy...
How Scientists Know An Idea Is a Good One
Check out Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine: http://www.jnrbm.com/ :-)
Anyway, I was taught early on this is one of the main reasons to attend conferences -- after seeing an interesting presentation (or even poster) about stuff close to yours, you go for a beer or two with the presenter and hear all the failures they suffered and the wrong turns they took on the way. And share your own, too.
The body of science is so much more than just the published papers, you know.
New Process Takes Energy From Coal Without Burning It
33 or so billion metric tonnes of CO2 annually (assuming all energy comes from this here novelty) requires quite a big hole, doesn't it?
Groups Accuse EU Parliament of "Caving In" To Pressure From Business and US
So they don't always have to tell you they're collecting personal info and once your name, phone number, profile picture and other identifying data is stripped, they can do whatever they want with your data?
Well no -- if it's for example medical or health care research, then you do have to get explicit, specific, informed concent that can be withdrawn at any time...
There has to be some limits in a civilized society, you know!
Australian Federal Court Rules For Patent Over Breast Cancer Gene
1. The research wasn't completely privately conducted (universities, and other government-funded organisations were involved), so I think there is probably some reasonable expectation that the community will benefit as a result.
I believe there was practically no private research, since Myriad was founded after the gene was already located in chromosome 17 and it was only a matter of time for the teams in different universities to pinpoint the location and find out the sequence. Furthermore, the company was founded by some of the university researchers that took part (well, their labs took part, at least) in the search for the gene.
Myriad was funded to patent the gene, to put it plain and simple. And by holding a patent not just to their gene test, but any BRCA1 sequence test, they have prevented anybody else for figuring out *why* mutations in BRCA1 may cause breast cancer.
Coral Reefs In Grave Danger, Say Climate Simulations
You got a lot wrong in your comment, but let's consider only the thing concerning nuclear power generation:
- with all the mining, processing and delivering of fuel plus the ridiculous amounts of concrete required for safe reactor building the CO2e/W of nuclear is approaching that of coal.
- nuclear power is generated by huge units, 100's MW, so when they go offline (and they do, eventually) you need a lot of backup power, and it can't be nuclear since it has to be available at moments notice.
- there are limited places to build nuclear plants, since they require lots of cool, clean water to operate, and those are becoming rare with global warming
I so hope that the luddites would stop pushing for old solutions and would embrace new technology.
Strong Climate Change Opinions Are Self-Reinforcing
It is the anthropogenic variety that is questioned. I have a VERY hard time believing that anywhere near enough evidence has been collected to determine that humans are responsible for the GW.
Which one you have difficulties with:
- CO2 is a "green house" gas, it traps heat
- Humans are pumping it to the atmosphere 40 billion tonnes per year
The logical step from those two to the Antropogenic in AGW is so small and obvious that when Arrhenius figured out the first one and knew the second one 120 years ago, he could make it without any evidence or measurement.
In the realm of physics it's easy to figure things out way before you can get any evidence...
A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City
"Rewarding employers" does nothing in the long term, and only 'distorts the markets' in the short term, so it should have never been used, albeit it seems to be the idiocy du jour.
Think about it: if there's no purchasing power, no matter how much the employer is rewarded, there's no cash flow to keep the business viable. On the other hand, if there is purchasing power and thus business, the employer doesn't need subsidies to survive.
The best thing to do to national economy is to tax/destroy wealth at the top and create it at the bottom.
That, and tax/moderate the financial markets regressively, but in relation to time between purchase and sale -- and start from 99.5% or so regressing to 15% in about ten years, forcing investors to care about the long term health of companies and aiming for stable and predictable markets.
Oh, and cut the copyright to 25 years from first publication. But that's negotiable.
Judge Issues Temporary Order Blocking Expulsion For Refusing To Wear RFID Tag
Sorry, but just for clarification: are you against roll calls, too? It is "location tracking", after all. RFID is but a mere technical extension of already existing tracking, is it not?
In your ideal world, could I live my life at the same time as a productive member of society and yet completely anonymous to everybody else?
Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA
Exactly! This is pretty much what the paternity tests do -- they can rule out paternity 100%, but only give a "good possibility" of fatherhood.
I gather the police will have to have other lines of supporting evidence, too. Which, I assume, are easy to come by if the guy did it. There will be inconsistencies in his story, places he shouldn't have been, places he should have been etc.
Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA
It's not that slippery a slope. At least, where I live, neither DNA collected for any research purpose or fingerprints for passports can not be used in criminal investigation, no matter what. That's the law.
Now, it can be argued that the law can e changed anytime "the government" feels like it, but then again, by the same logic the law could also be changed to require everybody to wear AV-recording devices 24/7 at the convenience of "the government"...
Global Warming Felt By Space Junk and Satellites
You are right, and we have all suffocated!! Or, maybe you are not right...
In UK, Apple Must Run Ad Apologizing to Samsung
Oh, it's even easier. You just show people using their computers with only a mouse while having to hold the screen up with the other hand. After three seconds, when the obvious moronity strikes the audience, you show a pure touchscreen phone, and a voice ask "Who ever came up with such a stupid idea?"
Then, maybe, we could get our portable computers with some decent input devices...
Climate Change Research Gets Petascale Supercomputer
The grandparent is a marvelous example of so called sceptics angaging in no scepticism at all, while the parent is a beatiful example of journalists making the actual effort to check, and doublecheck the sources.
Too bad one cannot argue a person out of a posititon he didn't argue himself into...
Geneticists And Economists Clash Over "Genoeconomics" Paper
Especially so when dealing with pseudoscience like economics, where any explanation that justifies greed and sosiopathy is considered valid.
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