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Comment: Simple Solution: Use the patent system (Score 4, Interesting) 245

by DiamondGeezer (#49132061) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

If the US wants pharma to develop new classes of antibiotics then the simplest method is to extend the patent from 20 to 30 years **providing that the drug qualifies as an antibiotic**.

This has the effect of a) incentivising pharma to spend on research in these classes of drugs and b) discouraging widespread abuse by disallowing generic implementations for at least a generation.

Job done! Next?

Comment: Re:They already have (Score 5, Interesting) 667

by DiamondGeezer (#48869753) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Sadly not true. The fashion for some scientists to make names for themselves by producing misleading headlines for their supposed evidence has yet to fizzle.

Was 2014 the warmest it has ever been globally? No.

The satellite records (either one) show no special warmth for 2014 and the BEST record shows no statistical significance to the claim that 2014 was the hottest. Why? Because the tiny increase was well within the error bars of the mean temperature statistic

Has the global warming hiatus ended? No. Do the climate models reflect this? No.

That said, should Congress be making such a determination? No it shouldn't. But what this Congress is certain to do is cut the funding of climate change to the bone. Then we'll see how much was real and how much was money-powered hype.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 5, Informative) 667

by DiamondGeezer (#48869655) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Malaria is not a warm weather dependent disease. England in the 16th Century had malarial marshes (in the middle of the Little Ice Age) and the largest malarial outbreak of the 20th Century occurred in Arctic circle Russia.

The real vector of malaria is poor sanitation, which in turn is a function of poverty and lack of economic development.

Comment: Re:Mann Conflict of Interest (Score 1) 786

by DiamondGeezer (#48786057) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

Are they all in it for the fame and fortune? Are they all paid off in some grand, global illuminati-style secret cabal to all tell the same alleged fabrications?

No. But they are in the star system of academia where the person with the most fame gets the most money and the fast track to tenure. Global warming is a huge waterfall of money into academia and anyone who wants an academic career will go with the flow or be drowned by colleagues.