never get into a pissing contest with a bunch of pedantic pseudo-intellectuals
Friday, 18 September 2020

?More Lively Counterfaits?: Experimental Imaging at the Birth of Modern Science

quote [ From infographics to digital renders, today's scientists have ready access to a wide array of techniques to help visually communicate their research. It wasn't always so. Gregorio Astengo explores the innovations employed in early issues of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions, the world's first scientific journal ? new forms of image making which pushed the boundaries of 17th-century book printing. ]

I'm a giant with a pencil, modern science wants to stencil
[SFW] [science & technology]
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Thursday, 17 September 2020

How Facebook Became the Social Media Home of the Right

quote [ While the left has flowed to Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg has laid out the welcome mat to the Trump legions... the most shared content on Facebook is almost always conservative in nature. ]

I was going to post this in the comments but I thought it was probably post worth in terms of discussion in and of itself. IDK if I wouldn?t throw Twitter in here too.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden

quote [ Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly. ]

I'm far from thrilled about Biden or Harris; I've never been a fan of either. But there's no question that with Biden in the White House there's at least the possibility of a continued national debate about how to deal with healthcare, the climate crisis, the exploitive economy, or any of the other ways in which American capitalism is badly broken. I'm not optimistic at all that Biden or the Wall Street establishment that backs him will listen and do what's necessary. But unless the Dumpster Fire is removed, there is no conversation and no hope at all. If he doesn't leave office the country is done.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Good]
[by hellboy@8:02pmGMT] [9 comments]

Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second

quote [ obviously, we are putting a lot of excess energy into the climate system and a lot of that ends up in the ocean,. There is no doubt.? The total heat taken up by the oceans over the past 150 years was about 1,000 times the annual energy use of the entire global population. ]

Turns out the oceans are actually saving our asses. Story is from beginning of last year.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Sad]
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Monday, 14 September 2020

Hints of life on Venus: Scientists detect phosphine molecules in high cloud decks

quote [ An international team of astronomers, led by Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University, today announced the discovery of a rare molecule?phosphine?in the clouds of Venus. On Earth, this gas is only made industrially, or by microbes that thrive in oxygen-free environments. ]

It's not 100% certain, but it looks like there may be (microbial) life on Venus. So 2020 isn't completely without good news. Though it wouldn't surprise me if this turned out to just be the discovery of some new abiotic process instead, it's that kind of year.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by hellboy@5:19pmGMT] [5 comments]

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Scientists baffled by orcas harassing boats

quote [ Reports of orcas striking sailing boats in the Straits of Gibraltar have left sailors and scientists confused. Just what is causing such unusually aggressive behaviour? ]

Sorry orcas. Too little, too late.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Good]
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Thursday, 10 September 2020

These students figured out their tests were graded by AI ? and the easy way to cheat

quote [ They often copy the text of their questions and paste it into the answer field, assuming it?s likely to contain the relevant keywords. One told me they used the trick all throughout last semester and received full credit ?pretty much every time.? ]

Ha! Hehe ? huh. So much for so-called algorithms.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Funny]
[by Paracetamol@10:13amGMT] [12 comments]

The weird space that lies outside our Solar System

quote [ The mysterious dark vacuum of interstellar space is finally being revealed by two intrepid spacecraft that have become the first human-made objects to leave our Solar System. ]

I'm not out of place, I'm from outer space
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:17amGMT] [3 comments]

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Astronomers say they?ve detected the most massive merger of two black holes ever discovered

quote [ Astronomers may have detected the most massive collision of two black holes ever discovered, a chaotic merger that occurred some 7 billion years ago, the signs of which have only just reached us. The cataclysmic event offered researchers a front-row seat to the birth of one of the Universe?s most elusive objects.

The distant show included two major players: one black hole roughly 66 times the mass of our Sun, and another black hole roughly 85 times the mass of our Sun. The two came close together, rapidly spinning around one another several times per second before eventually crashing together in a violent burst of energy that sent shockwaves throughout the Universe. ]

Seven billion years ago - those were the good old days, or epochs, or eras, or whatever.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Hot Pr0n]
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Mask Up and Shut Up

quote [ Jimenez told me that, compared with yelling, quiet talking reduces aerosols by a factor of five; being completely silent reduces them by a factor of about 50. That means talking quietly, rather than yelling, reduces the risk of viral transmission by a degree comparable to properly wearing a mask.
[?]
?I can tell you that theaters don?t seem nearly as dangerous as a loud restaurant or bar, where people have to speak loudly to be heard.? ]

Some ideas on sparing other people your breath.

Also, have fun adjusting the ?Loose Lips Sink Ships? slogan.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
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