Turns out if you want to find out where the water is on Earth, gravity can help. Specifically, if you want to find out where water is below the Earth’s surface, satellites can use the force of gravity to figure that out… from space. Which is SO COOL.
If you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, be a scientist. this stuff is so cool.
-Rachel Maddow introducing new studies about NASA research about water aquifers.
Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks with Rachel Maddow about new research using satellites to detect underground water around the world and finding startling deficiencies in the global water supply.
Anti-Vaccination: An Extreme Public Health Risk | msnbc
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, talks with Rachel Maddow about the health risks associated with not being vaccinated, and the importance of dispelling the myths behind the anti-vaccination argument.
What is going on in Maine? and other parts of the country?? Quarantines of ebola health care workers are not supported by science and are a DISGUSTING response towards people that have put themselves at risk to help other people. I am personally glad that Kaci Hickox is taking a stand against anti-science ridiculousness and FEAR-BOLA in Maine. The Governor of Maine should be ashamed of his political actions. Health care workers going to Africa should be commended! They are actually working to STOP THE OUTBREAK. If we don’t help stop ebola in Africa, it will continue to spread. Already, quarantines by state governors ignoring science are having a ‘chilling effect’ on aid work in Africa. If we discourage health care workers from going to Africa, or worse, treating ebola cases here in the US, the ebola outbreak will be significantly worsened and we will only have our selves to blame. MORE SCIENCE. LESS FEAR.
For great coverage of the terrible things people are doing around the country due to stupidity and FEAR-BOLA, watch this segment from Rachel Maddow. It features Gordon Smith, VP of Maine Medical Association. Gordon comments on the irrational fear and politicization of ebola in Maine, “Its embarassing and its not the way we would expect Maine to be.” Gordon also comments about moving forward, “and that a reasonable accommodation here could be made based upon science, not based upon emotion, not based upon politics.”
If you think about what public officials should be saying to people, the last thing anybody wants to do is create unnecessary, and i would say, unscientific panic. So what we have to do is present the facts as we know them. And as we know them, the patients are not considered communicable until they actually develop symptoms.
We can be pretty confident in saying to the public ‘you really don’t have any kind of substantive chance for getting ebola from Dr. Spencer taking a subway ride or even eating in a restaurant, unless there was direct contact with bodily fluids at a time when he already had symptoms.’
The problem is, the original assumption was that with great certitude, if not certainty, was that you need to have direct contact, meaning with bodily fluids with someone, because it’s not airborne. There are now doctors who are saying, we’re not so sure that it can’t be in some instances transmitted by airborne. […]
In fact, there are doctors who are saying that in a sneeze or some cough, some of the airborne particles can be infectious?
The Minnesotans quickly denounced the statements by Will, and made sure to emphasize that he (and other whacko conservatives) have misinterpreted their report that recommended, “health-care workers treating Ebola patients should wear respirators.” This nonsense would be embarrassingly funny, if not for the damage it will potentially do.
What we’re left with is George Will being given a national platform to provide wrong information to a frightened public. He speaks with the certainty of a man who has convinced himself of his own misguided righteousness, but Americans who turn to Will for accurate commentary are nevertheless left worse off than they were before.
There is no one country that can do it alone… we are going to need multiple countries coming in and stepping to the plate. Organizations, NGO’s, so it’s not going to be one person or one group or one country thats going to be doing it. And that’s one concern we have. Because as the epidemic itself, in the speed of its expansion, outstrips the speed and quantity of the resources you put in, you’re always playing catch up ball. The only way to turn this around is to actually catch up. Right now, its all catch up ball.
Whenever you are behind trying to catch up, you can never say we’re doing enough. I mean no one is doing enough. We’re doing a lot and i think if we get the global community involved, that that’s going to be something that is compounding what you are doing, and is what you really need to do.
Rachel Maddow: LOL! Voyager is the BRAVEST Satellite of all. Does that make you Happier, Timur? – Timur, a five-year-old Canadian boy, is deeply concerned about Voyager1’s safe passage through outer space. LOL!!! (Rachel’s “Best new Thing in the World.”) with Commander Chris Hadfield, first Canadian astronaut.
From TRMS, MSNBC
Rachel Maddow, who does a great job fact-checking others and herself, asked last night why PolitiFact.com can’t do a better job at the simple task of fact-checking. I have to agree with Rachel here, and I truly wish PolitiFact did a better job and was a useful resource to the American people. While this isn’t entirely science related, PolitiFact does occasionally cover scientific claims. And I feel that fact-checking is an important part of how science and research are talked about in the news, and viewed in society.
Rachel Maddow explains how PolitiFact botched yet another so-called fact-checking of a recent TRMS segment, and laments the poor job PolitiFact does checking facts when the news business and the internet especially has such a need for that service.