Mobile Phones, No Cancer


(Guardian Tech) – David Robert Grimes:

Current evidence contradicts the hypothesis that mobile phones increase the risk of cancer. Scaremongering narratives may be more alluring than the less sensational, scientific findings, but they are not harmless. We need only look at any vaccine panic to see the cost in human life when superstition outpaces science. In an age where misinformation can perpetuate rapidly, it can be difficult to parse fact from fiction, but it’s imperative that we hone our scientific scepticism rather than succumb to baseless panics – our very wellbeing depends on it. …

theguardian 2018/jul/21 mobile-phones

smartphone users


How Large Is The Entire, Unobservable Universe?


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

If we know how big the observable Universe is, why can’t we figure out how big the unobservable part is? …

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Observable universe

How Much Dark Matter Passes Through Your Body


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

There’s a halo of dark matter permeating every galaxy, and that means its particles pass through us, too. …

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Galactical dark matter halo

Boris Johnson’s Turd


(Guardian Comments) – Gary Younge:

In Britain and America, the new right is cultivating a dangerous sense of victimhood and shifting blame for its failures elsewhere. …

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Nathalie Lees: Whining Brexiteers

Conservatives More Likely to Cheat on Spouses than Democrats


(Guardian Science) – Ian Sample:

An analysis finds Democrats used adultery website Ashley Madison substantially less than other US voters. …

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Stick Figure Iconography: Falstaff


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Time for some more installments of “Shakespearean Stick Figure Iconography”! Today we look at one of the most iconic Shakespearean characters of all time: Falstaff. …

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Mya Lixian Gosling: Stick Figure Iconography: Falstaff

How Viruses Cooperate to Defeat CRISPR


(Atlantic Science) – Ed Yong:

Some weaken their hosts’ immune systems by sacrificing themselves in kamikaze fashion, paving the way for successful infections later. …

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Wikipedia: CRISPR

Humanity’s Multiregional Origins in Africa


(Atlantic Science) – Ed Yong:

Some scientists are now arguing that we evolved from ancestral hominids in Africa, but we did it in a complicated fashion – one that involves the entire continent. …

theatlantic 2018/07 humanitys-origins

Fossil skulls of Homo neanderthalis, Homo antecessor, Homo sapiens and Homo erectus

No Qualms


(Patheos::Daylight Atheism) – James A. Haught:

I’m quite aware that my turn is approaching. The realization hovers in my mind like a frequent companion.

While my clock ticks away, I’ll pursue every minute. Carpe diem. Make hay while the sun shines. And then I’m ready for nature’s blackout, with no regrets. …

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Allesio Lin: jetty

Donald Trump’s Treason


(Guardian US) – Lauren Gambino:

Donald Trump drew mostly bipartisan condemnation after failing to denounce Russian meddling in the US presidential election at a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin.

Former CIA Director John O. Brennan on Twitter:

Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

theguardian 2018/jul/16 trump…treason

John O. Brennan: Trump’s press conference performance treasonous