The summer of 2014 will be bathed in moonlight as three perigee “supermoons” occur in consecutive months: July, August, September.
Check out our new page, CauseScience Links, that contains links to many of the websites we use to stay up to date on science happenings. This list will be updated regularly. If you want us to add a link, contact CauseScience! Expect this page to get more organized and possibly include twitter links soon!
Apparently science news is becoming mainstream. Last night I saw this ad in the NYC subway system. Apparently youtube and vice news are advertising science and health related stories! I checked it out and found the video below.
VICE News host Thomas Morton swings from the trees with an international team of scientists in Panama that’s found a promising treatment for malaria, Chagas disease and breast cancer in the most unlikely place: The mossy fur of tree sloths. It’s yet another reason to not cut down rainforests. About half of all drugs brought to market from 1997-2006 came from plants, fungi and bacteria discovered by “bio-prospectors” in nature. And we see that sloths are just one of many new and unusual frontiers for this research.
Read the study by scientist Sarah Higginbotham here: http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchO…
Follow Thomas Morton on Twitter: @Babyballs69
Space.com has a great 9 question quiz to test your knowledge of black holes. I scored a 3 out of 9… apparently I need to read up on black hole science. Give the quiz a try! Feel free to share your results in the comments to show how much more you know than me!
Fantastic Ted Talk video on science denial. It applies equally to all denial and anti-science movements: climate denial, food conspiracy, Big Alterna and Big Organic, creationism, anti-vaccine cranks and many others. Please watch the video because not only does he do yet another necessary takedown, he also shows the intimidating actions used by some anti-science groups.
http://www.ted.com Vaccine-autism claims, “Frankenfood” bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public’s growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.
Today has been a big day for fire in space. Earlier I posted about an older experiment with fire on the International Space Station. And this evening, social media astronaut extraordinaire Reid Wiseman posted vines of more fire experiments on ISS. Very, Very Cool!
Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid) August 21, 2014
Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid) August 21, 2014
Check out this feature on the EPA website that shows you photos and descriptions of what a day in EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is like. Looks like it is updated every few weeks with a new day in the life! See previous CauseScience posts on Gina McCarthy here.
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Take the true or false quiz that pits your knowledge of climate change, energy, and other important issues against real quotes from industry-funded “experts,” corporations, and think tanks. See if you can tell who’s Got Science versus who’s spreading propaganda that’s Not Science. Complete the quiz and we’ll send you a free “Got Science?” sticker.
Our post yesterday, ‘Despite Naysayers, #ALS #IceBucketChallenge raises awareness… and a buttload of money #$15Million‘, now needs an update since the amount of money raised for the Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association continues to skyrocket. Daily News reports that ALSA now reports that it has raised more than 22 million dollars from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Between July 29 and Aug. 19, the association received $22.9 million in donations, according to a press release. Over the same period last year, it raised $1.9 million. That’s an increase of more than 1100%.
The money has come from 453,210 new donors along with existing ones, the association reported.
Huffington Post reports that Yoshiki Sasai has apparently committed suicide. Sasai was a mentor and co-author on the 2 retracted Nature papers that describe STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency) stem cells.
Sasai’s team retracted the research papers from British science journal Nature over co-author Haruko Obokata’s alleged malpractice, which she has contested. Retractions of papers in major scientific journals are extremely rare, and the scandal was a major embarrassment to Japanese scientific research.
While fraud and misconduct are extremely bad for the scientific community, and this was a very public example of scientific misconduct, it is very sad to see this result. CauseScience sends its condolences to Sasai’s family, friends, colleagues, and peer researchers.