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    This Thanksgiving, I’m Grateful for a President Who Believes in Science

    President Joe Biden speaks about Covid-19 vaccinations, Thursday, October 7, 2021. (Susan Walsh / AP Photo) Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Thank you for signing up for The Nation’s weekly newsletter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Sign up for our Wine Club today. Did you know you can support The Nation by drinking wine? I’ve been…

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    Science says grannies are good for you

    Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists say they have proven what many people fortunate enough to grow up with theirs have known all along: Grandmothers have strong nurturing instincts and are hard-wired to care deeply about their grandchildren. A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Tuesday is the first to provide a neural snapshot of the cherished intergenerational bond. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers at Emory University in the southern US state of Georgia scanned the brains of 50 grandmothers who were shown pictures of their grandchildren, who were between three and 12 years old. As a control, they were also shown pictures…

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    How Industry Weaponizes Science and Sows Doubt to Serve Their Agenda

    “When you’re shining a light on something, almost everything else remains in the dark. And sometimes that darkness is deliberately kept dark.” By: Peter Galison and Robert Proctor We may think of science as our foremost producer of knowledge, but for the past decade, science has also been studied as an important source of ignorance. The historian of science Robert Proctor has coined the term agnotology to refer to the study of ignorance, and much of the ignorance studied in this new area is produced by science. Whether an active or passive construct, intended or unintended, this ignorance is, in Proctor’s words, “made, maintained, and manipulated” by science. In the…

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    Science Publisher Retracts 44 Papers for Being Utter Nonsense

    A 2017 drought in Spain cracked the mud where a reservoir once was.Photo: David Ramos (Getty Images) The publisher Springer Nature was forced to retract over 40 papers from its Arabian Journal of Geosciences after realizing they were nothing more than garbled jargon. This is just the latest in a series of shoddy research papers getting past the publisher. First reported by research journal watchdog Retraction Watch, the slew of retractions comes on the heels of other issues at the publisher, where hundreds of papers were previously flagged with “expressions of concern” for research integrity breaches. The retraction notice on one of papers reads as follows: “The Editor-in-Chief and the…

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    The science everyone needs to know about climate change, in 6 charts

    With the United Nations’ climate conference in Scotland turning a spotlight on climate change policies and the impact of global warming, it’s useful to understand what the science shows. I’m an atmospheric scientist who has worked on global climate science and assessments for most of my career. Here are six things you should know, in charts. What’s driving climate change The primary focus of the negotiations is on carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that is released when fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – are burned, as well as by forest fires, land use changes and natural sources. The Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s started an enormous…

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    Climate experts warn world leaders 1.5C is ‘real science’, not just talking point | Cop26

    The 1.5C temperature limit to be discussed by world leaders at critical meetings this weekend is a vital physical threshold for the planet’s climate, and not an arbitrary political construct that can be haggled over, leading climate scientists have warned. World leaders are meeting in Rome and Glasgow over the next four days to thrash out a common approach aimed at holding global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the lower of two limits set out in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. But some countries are unwilling to peg their emissions plans to the tougher goal, as it would require more urgent efforts. They prefer to consider long-term goals…

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    Ginormous New ‘Index’ Shares Data From 100 Million Science Papers For Free

    There’s a vast amount of research out there, with the volume growing rapidly with each passing day. But there’s a problem. Not only is a lot of the existing literature hidden behind a paywall, but it can also be difficult to parse and make sense of in a comprehensive, logical way. What’s really needed is a super-smart version of Google just for academic papers.   Enter the General Index, a new database of some 107.2 million journal articles, totaling 38 terabytes of data in its uncompressed form. It spans more than 355 billion rows of text, each featuring a key word or phrase plucked from a published paper. “This is…

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