Republicans give platform to climate science deniers at hearing on biodiversity

Conservative members of Congress called on climate change deniers at hearing on endangered species The climate crisis has become a critically wounding biodiversity on Wednesday, conservative members of Congress called on career climate science deniers to testify alongside them. While a small but growing number of moderate conservatives acknowledge the urgency of the manmade problem, many Republican members of the House of Representatives in leadership positions do not. called two prominent science deniers to criticize a landmark report that 1m species are at risk of extinction largely because of humans, including because of rising temperatures from fossil fuel use and other unsustainable activities. The conservatives invited Marc Morano, who founded a website to question climate science, and Patrick Moore, the …

Ocasio-Cortez waits tables to raise awareness for increasing minimum wage

(CNN)When most bartenders shake up margaritas, the bars don’t usually erupt in cheers — but most bartenders aren’t Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ocasio-Cortez is a cosponsor of the Raise the Wage Act, which would bump the federal minimum hourly wage to $15 for all workers — up from the current $7.25 hourly rate, which hasn’t been raised since 2009. Speaking to the crowd, Ocasio-Cortez described both the opportunities and difficulties posed by the restaurant industry, drawing from her own experience. “My first job, when I was about 16 years old, was as a hostess at an Irish pub,” she said, adding that “my hostessing job paid for my train tickets to come down to Manhattan so I could work and study …

Colorado becomes the latest state to ban gay conversion therapy for youth

Washington (CNN)Colorado is the latest state to move to ban gay conversion therapy for minors, aligning Colorado’s policies with the consensus among leading medical and mental health professional organizations. Studies have found that efforts to change a young person’s sexuality can put them at a greater risk of depression or suicide. Despite being condemned by medical bodies and having its science debunked by experts worldwide, the practice is legal throughout most of Europe, where campaigns and petitions to halt it exist in several countries. Colorado is one of 39 states to have either introduced or passed legislation banning the practice, according to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization that works on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth. About 698,000 LGBT adults …

Hollywood studios say they’ll reconsider productions in states where abortion is severely restricted

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Georgia has embraced the nickname Y’allywood to celebrate its entertainment biz bonafides. But the so-called “heartbeat” bill is putting all of that at risk… What’s going on here The companies are flexing their financial muscles — warning that they might have to give up Georgia’s generous tax incentives and leave the state — citing the concerns of the predominantly liberal-leaning stars and producers who make their comedies, dramas and other productions. Georgia is the epicenter for TV and movie production in the south, but other states have also passed similar bills this year — bills that are …

MeTooSTEM leadership crumbles as women of color resign

the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fieldis crumbling under numerous allegations against the organization’s founder. Seven members have resigned since November, reports. McLaughlins behavior on Twitter, whichAn April email shared with BuzzFeed was co-signed by Deanna Arsala, a University of Illinois at Chicago biology graduate;Vidhya Sivakumaran, a former biophysicist; andErica Smith, a physics postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University Bloomington.Lastly, and perhaps the most concerning, when Deanna raised a concern about our non-profit status, it was met with anger and retaliation which was in stark contrast to the responses white leadership has received when they asked similar questions, the email continued. In the same email, Libarkin and Bohr shared that they were scared to voice their concerns to McLaughlin out …

Opioid Crisis Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the opioid crisis. Prescription opioid volumes peaked in 2011, with the equivalent of 240 billion milligrams of morphine prescribed, according to the market research firm, IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. The volume declined to about 171 million milligrams of morphine in 2017, a 29% drop. Common opioids:Opioids bind to receptors in the brain and spinal cord, disrupting pain signals. They also activate the reward areas of the brain by releasing the hormone dopamine, creating a feeling of euphoria or a “high.” Opioids such as morphine and codeine are naturally derived from opium poppy plants more commonly grown in Asia, Central America and South America. Heroin is an illegal drug synthesized from morphine. Hydrocodone and oxycodone …

California researchers have found a new way to bring oxygen to Mars

In Giapis’s reactor, carbon dioxide is converted into molecular oxygen. (Credit: Caltech) Molecular oxygen is the two atoms of oxygen that come together to form breathable air. Giapis, along with former Caltech postdoctoral fellow Yunxi Yao, noted just how rare this type of reaction is in the study, calling it “exotic” and “rarely observed even with extreme optical or electronic excitation means.” Comets are also able to create molecular oxygen using kinetic energy, where the solar wind pushes floating water molecules into the comet’s surface, according to Space.com. To understand how the carbon dioxide broke down into the molecular oxygen, the researchers created a computer simulation which showed the “excited molecules” (excited meaning vibrating and rotating around to an enormous degree) moving …

Contrary To What You Might Think, Science Suggests We Become More Optimistic As We Age

We know optimism is good for your physical and your mental health. We know that it is a boost to your personal relationships and awards you better coping skills in times of stress. Hell, we know pigs have it. But we know relatively little about how it fluctuates over a lifetime.  Previous research has studied the ebb and flow of optimistic thinking during middle age but, say the authors of a paper recently published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, there is less examining its development in early life. They hope to change that. The traditional story goes something like this: The rose-tinted glasses of youth gives way to the embittered cynicism (or realism?) of old age. The journey to pessimism is exemplified …

How much water do you really need?

Time to put that phone in a cool, dry place.Image: Tobias Schwartz / AFP / Getty Images Let’s be real. You’re going to take your phone to the beach. How could you not? So let’s make sure it doesn’t meet its untimely end there. There are three main issues to consider when beach-proofing your device: sun, sand, and moisture. You don’t want your phone to overheat, you don’t want it to get sand in its ports and crevices, and you definitely don’t want it to get wet.  Take these precautions and you’ll be able to enjoy your beach day in peace. Unless you get sand under your swimsuit, in which case … may god be with you. Keep it cool …

Chimps Regularly Catch And Eat Crabs, Shedding Light On How And Why Early Humans Started Eating Fish

When it comes to meals, chimps have a lot of secrets up their sleeves that we’re only beginning to discover. First, we learned that their taste runs to tortoises, which they bash and smash open to get to the meat inside. Now, we’ve discovered they’re also partial to a spot of freshwater crab, and regularly fish for them even when there’s plenty of fruit lying around. They’re not quite whipping up their own chowder or devilled crab recipes, but we didn’t know that they regularly fished for crab until now.    Researchers from Kyoto University discovered that wild chimps in the rainforest of the Nimba Mountains in Guinea habitually catch and eat crabs, not just opportunistically or when other food …

Science of anger: how gender, age and personality shape this emotion

What purpose does anger serve? Are men angrier than women? Can it affect our mental wellbeing? Science is beginning to uncover some of the answers Anger is the flash of fire that sparks in your brain when you feel you have been shortchanged. Perhaps a stranger has nipped into the parking space that you had been about to occupy, or a lazy work colleague has landed you with a thankless task. Or maybe you have been confronted with a deep, hurtful betrayal by someone you love. Anger is one of the most primitive emotions we experience animals are equipped with the same basic neural circuitry. It operates on a spectrum from mild frustration to absolute fury, and the intensity with …

The Genetic Underpinning Of Autism Could Be Hiding Within “Dark DNA”

It was long assumed that a huge chunk of our genome, perhaps up to 99 percent of it, was just useless “junk” because it didn’t appear to code for protein sequences like the rest of our DNA. However, an increasing amount of research is starting to challenge that idea, revealing how this so-called “junk DNA” might actually help to regulate how genes are expressed and even dictate the development of conditions.  A new study has shown that mutations in the noncoding junk DNA appear to be associated with the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that’s known to have a strong – albeit elusive – genetic underpinning. While the mechanism behind the link still isn’t crystal clear, the discovery further highlights how “dark …

SCOTUS Chips Away at Abortion, Thomas Rants About Eugenics

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court the recent six-week abortion bans passed in Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri. In those cases, the courtsand almost certainly the Supreme Courtwill evaluate the bans based on how much burden is placed on women seeking to exercise their rights. Here, however, the lower court was only asked whether there was a rational basis for the fetal cremation requirement, a much looser standard. And there is: as far back as 1983, the Court held that the government has an interest in the proper disposal of fetal remains, just like it has an interest in the proper disposal of human remains. Moreover, the Indiana law has a deliberate loophole: the cremation requirement applies to health …

Shady Insurance Company Unites Bush, Kobe, Jordan Peterson

Former President George W. Bush, basketball star Kobe Bryant, and right-wing Canadian professor Jordan Peterson will lend their famous names this summer to a multilevel marketing insurance company that critics say is better at getting money from its own recruits than it is at selling insurance. They are scheduled to speak in late July at the People Helping People Conference, an annual event organized by insurance sales company PHP Agency. Theyll be joined by Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane, who inspired the Michael Lewis book Moneyball. Representatives for the speakers didnt respond to requests for comment. The conference lineup became public through the poster announcing their appearance, which features a logo thats nearly identical to the symbol for the Autobots, …

Science Nerd Schools Tumblr User on Plague and Veganism

This thread was in response to this news of a couple in Mongolia who ate raw Marmot organs and subsequently died of Plague. The story itself is pretty tragic, but where i gets interesting is this tumblr user shooting down everyone’s knee-jerk reactions to the headline without actually reading the thing. In very tumblr fashion, the thread turned into a conversation about the realities of veganism, sort of like this tumblr post that called out vegans for not eating honey. 1 3 Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Why ICS security startup Dragos CEO puts a premium on people not profits

Written in its company’s handbook, there’s one rule for working at Dragos. “Don’t be an asshole.” “The first key to our success is our people and that we hire good people,” said Robert Lee, the company’s founder and chief executive, in an interview with TechCrunch. “I think building a successful team is about having a standard and saying that I expect you all to be adults and not need a million HR policies,” he said. Lee’s management approach revolves around his company’s greatest asset — his staff. With 125 employees, the company has seen rapid growth since its founding in 2016 but puts great importance on maintaining the company’s relaxed but productive culture. Lee said he doesn’t want to change …