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    Reimagining safe drinking water on the basis of twenty-first-century science

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    The Great American Science Heist

    1979: Inventing Competitiveness On the morning of June 6, 1979, Navy Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the longest-serving officer in the history of the U.S. armed services, sat down before a Senate subcommittee on the Constitution. Famous as the father of the nuclear submarine program, Rickover had recently emerged as that rarest of Washington breeds: a top-brass crusader against waste and corruption in defense contracting. On this day, he deployed his reputation and characteristic bluntness to stop a bill called the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act. At stake was the government’s long-standing proprietorship of patents on inventions resulting from the research it underwrote. The proposed legislation would hand patents…

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    More Americans Are Finally Coming Around to Accepting The Science of Evolution

    More Americans are coming to accept Charles Darwin’s “dangerous idea” of evolution, according to thirty years’ worth of national surveys. Researchers have found that public acceptance of biological evolution has increased substantially in the last decade alone, following twenty years of relative stagnancy.   Between 1985 and 2010, roughly 40 percent of surveyed adults in the US agreed that “human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals”. Taking into account the small number of fence-sitters, this suggests much of the nation was evenly divided on the theory. By 2016, that percentage had, at last, become a majority, reaching 54 percent. As it turns out, education…

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    Ignoring climate change will yield ‘untold suffering,’ panel of 14,000 scientists warns

    Nearly 14,000 scientists have signed a new climate emergency paper, warning that “untold suffering” awaits the human race if we don’t start tackling global warming head-on, effective immediately. The new paper, published July 28 in the journal BioScience and led by researchers from Oregon State University, is an update of a 2019 paper that declared a global “climate emergency” and evaluated Earth’s vital signs based on 31 variables — including greenhouse gas emissions, surface temperature changes, glacial ice mass loss, Amazon rainforest loss, plus various social factors like global gross domestic product (GDP) and fossil fuel subsidies. Unsurprisingly, the authors of the new paper find that Earth‘s vitals have only…

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    The Widening Gender Gap in Science and Technology

    As bad as the gender gap is on the whole, it’s even more startling in fields such as digital information technology, computing, engineering, mathematics and physics. A new study from UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) finds that women are still dramatically under-represented in the scientific fields that are pushing the digital revolution forward. And the trend doesn’t look to be moving in the right direction. “Fewer than one in four researchers in the business world is a woman and, when women start up their own business, they struggle to access finance,” says the UNESCO Science Report 2021. “In 2019, just 2% of venture capital was directed towards start-ups founded…

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    Thousands of scientists warn climate tipping points ‘imminent’ | Climate News

    Thousands of scientists have repeated calls for urgent action to tackle the climate emergency, warning that several tipping points are now imminent. The researchers, part of a group of more than 14,000 scientists who have signed on to an initiative declaring a worldwide climate emergency, said in an article published in the journal BioScience on Wednesday that governments had consistently failed to address “the overexploitation of the Earth”, which they described as the root cause of the crisis. Since a similar assessment in 2019, they noted an “unprecedented surge” in climate-related disasters, including flooding in South America and Southeast Asia, record-shattering heatwaves and wildfires in Australia and the US, and…

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    US poisons intl science by inviting secessionists at conference: analysts

    China US Photo:GT US politics is severely poisoning international science, as it marshaled 100 Nobel laureates to criticize China for trying to prevent two secessionists from speaking at a scientific conference in April, said analysts, noting that it is the US, and those who accused China of “bullying scientific community” that are insulting science. The US-based Science magazine reported that more than 100 Nobel laureates signed a statement expressing outrage after the Chinese government intended to “bully the scientific community” earlier this year with attempts to prevent two Nobel laureates, also infamous secessionists, Dalai Lama and Lee Yuan-tseh, a chemists from island of Taiwan, from speaking at the Nobel Prize…

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