Coolhand2120 writes: Met Office quietly releases numbers on global warming revealing no warming for the last 16 years. Phil Jones after claiming "Bottom line: the 'no upward trend' has to continue for a total of 15 years before we get worried", has now extended this threshold to 20. Why "worry" about good news? Why doesn't the Met office report news like this with optimism that the world may not end as predicted in a Venusian cyclic warming oven?
Coolhand2120 writes: Proving once again that science fact is stranger than science fiction. Large metallic balls are falling from the sky, and apparently have been doing so for some time. The 13 pound ball is about 43 inches in circumference and landed roughly 480 miles from the Namibian capital of Windhoek. Authorities are baffled as to the origin of the balls. No news on when the space egg will hatch.
Coolhand2120 writes: Gamers always felt they had more grey matter. The LA Times reports there is now proof:
Fourteen-year-olds who were frequent video gamers had more gray matter in the rewards center of the brain than peers who didn't play video games as much — suggesting that gaming may be correlated to changes in the brain much as addictions are.
European scientists reported the discovery Tuesday in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Psychologist Simone Kuhn of Ghent University in Belgium and colleagues recruited 154 healthy 14-year-olds in Berlin and divided them into two groups. Twenty-four girls and 52 boys were frequent gamers who played at least nine hours of video games each week. Fifty-eight girls and 20 boys were infrequent gamers, who played less than nine hours a week.
Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed differences in the test subjects' brains. Frequent gamers had more gray matter in a portion of the brain known as the left ventral striatum, which affects the interplay of emotions and behavior. Previous research identified striatal function as a "core candidate promoting addictive behavior," the authors wrote.
Coolhand2120 writes: One day climate change skeptics will be seen in the same negative light as racists, or so says former Vice President Al Gore.
In an interview with former advertising executive and Climate Reality Project collaborator Alex Bogusky broadcasted on UStream on Friday, Gore explained that in order for climate change alarmists to succeed, they must “win the conversation” against those who deny there is a crisis.
“I remember, again going back to my early years in the South, when the Civil Rights revolution was unfolding, there were two things that really made an impression on me,” Gore said. “My generation watched Bull Connor turning the hose on civil rights demonstrators and we went, ‘Whoa! How gross and evil is that?’ My generation asked old people, ‘Explain to me again why it is okay to discriminate against people because their skin color is different?’ And when they couldn’t really answer that question with integrity, the change really started.”