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Comment Re:Meat is the cause (Score 1) 202

Is there any amount of scientific evidence that could persuade you to change your opinion?

Did you know that animal agriculture is also a large contributor to the greenhouse gas problem? Not only because of the animals' direct effects, but also the tremendous amounts of food they consume, rain forests cleared to grow feed crops, etc. Additionally, it uses significant amounts of fresh water.

Comment agnotology in action; The China Study (Score 1) 416

In The China Study, the authors discuss ways in which nutrition science is riddled with conflict of interest. They say the food industry treats nutrition science as a marketing channel, and is largely able to neutralize negative messages about its products by controlling the direction of research and/or generating conflicting and confusing messages. Meanwhile, for example, some physicians personally seek dietary treatment for cardiovascular disease but still support a medical institution that prefers to recommend surgical intervention.

The term agnotology is an interesting one. Could be a real thing.

Comment crowdfunding and publicity campaign (Score 5, Informative) 72

The LightSail kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is still active. Moneys donated at this point will help fund a publicity campaign.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theplanetarysociety/lightsail-a-revolutionary-solar-sailing-spacecraft

Jason Davis' blog has mission updates:

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/

This is a test mission. Still a historic achievement for solar sailing, though. The real LightSail mission will launch in 2016.

Comment Cannabis Hemp (Score 1) 365

The same substance that did it all before. Low carbon footprint too.

http://www.jackherer.com/thebo...

Ships & Sailors, Textiles & Fabrics, Fiber & Pulp Paper, Rope, Twine & Cordage, Art Canvas, Paints & Varnishes, Lighting Oil, Biomass Energy, Medicine, Food Oils & Protein, Building Materials & Housing, Smoking, Leisure & Creativity.

Comment Corellation and Causation (Score 1) 291

The Guardian article doesn't link to the study it describes. I'd be interested to know how the study attempts to correct for factors such as differences in socioeconomic status between the locals and the nationals from other countries. Apparently, the cited study results have not yet been published, only presented at a conference. In other news, higher crime rates are corellated with a higher number of churches per square mile.

Comment Leakage (Score 1) 213

Try accessing this URL while logged in to Yahoo.

https://developer.yahoo.com/yql/console/?q=select * from social.profile where guid = me

Are you able to harvest a phone number using YQL?

I was. Disturbingly, even after "deleting" the phone number from my Yahoo profile, the query result still includes a phone number.

On a related note, I wish Yahoo would at least properly implement OpenID Connect before delving into more exotic login scenarios.

Comment Bernard Bereanu (Score 1) 384

One of the comments on the article points out a Romanian mathematician named Bernard Bereanu, who "figured out in the 70s that the cold war and the nuclear standoff is doomed sooner or later to produce such incidents, pretty much bringing inadvertently the two superpowers on the verge of extinction through a series of mistakes."

I suppose it would be appropriate to add nuclear mistake to the list of other other incidents, such as asteroid impact and volcanic eruption, which could potentially result in an extinction event on this planet. While the probability of a single incident resulting in a world-wide catastrophe may be small, over time the probability of such a catastrophe occurring approaches 1.

Comment caBIG, ISO/IEC 11179 metadata (Score 1) 235

If you're really serious about tracking metadata, it may be worthwhile to take a look at some of the tools offered by caBIG:

https://cabig.nci.nih.gov/

The caBIG tools are geared toward using a model-driven approach to define precise metadata which promote semantic interoperability. Underlying the caBIG tools is a metadata repository called the caDSR, which follows the ISO/IEC 11179 Standard for Metadata Registries:

https://cabig.nci.nih.gov/concepts/caDSR/

The caBIG tools are all open-source, developed by the National Cancer Institute.

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