Category: Science

Science and Technology Australia congratulates new Ministry – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Josh Frydenberg’s mate on the opposite side of politics Ed Husic now has his chance to show what he can do for Australia

“Ed Husic has a long and distinguished track record in the Parliament working with the STEM sector and championing Australian science and technology,” said Science and Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert. “We are delighted to see him given this crucial portfolio and look forward to continuing a productive relationship with him and his team on behalf of the 90,000 STEM professionals Science & Technology Australia represents.”

Source: Science and Technology Australia congratulates new Ministry – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How Australian science funding has reached crisis point

Australia has been a world leader in scientific research. But as funding becomes more and more elusive, morale in the community has plummeted.

The Dark Ages have been returned to Australia all in favor of power to deliver unfounded political narratives. The Minister in charge of dismantling reasoned and researched thought none other than a graduate of  Duntroon’s College of Bastardisation and Sexual Abuse  ex- Captain Stuart Robert

Sebo, a researcher at Flinders University, had spent much of the last three years writing a government grant request to study right-wing extremism. It would fund the next chunk of her career. And she was pretty sure she was getting it; the comments from her government reviewers had been “incredibly positive”. It was over, Sebo’s colleague told her. There would be no grant. She logged onto the research grant system to find out what was happened. “It had a little sentence that said ‘Recommended to but not funded by the Minister’. That’s how I found out, and that’s the only official communication we’ve ever had.”

Source: How Australian science funding has reached crisis point

Budget 2022: Time to ‘double down’ on our science investment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A submission to the current anti-science Government of the past 8 years.

Science & Technology Australia President Professor Mark Hutchinson urged the Government to use the 2022 Budget to safeguard the future of our science talent, institutions, and infrastructure. “The lessons of the past few years are clear. We must invest deeply in science and scientists. The success of science is crucial to our safety.”

Source: Budget 2022: Time to ‘double down’ on our science investment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How can Australia get cracking on emissions? The know-how we need is in our universities

With the coming of the LNP in 2013 the Government budget for Science and Research into anything Climate Science project or Clean energy one was cut. Any ideas for research need not apply. “Go find your funding in the private market place”. The CSIRO came close to being dismantled and climate related shown the door.

Meanwhile PM Tony Abbott tried to install Dr Bjorn Lomborg and his Copenhagen Consensus Center into any Tertiary Institute that would take him with a $4m carrot. The CCC had been kicked out of Denmark and no longer the favoured spruiker of America’s Kings of Coal the Koch Bros because he was too globally recognized as a mere propagandist. The incentives for renewable energy in Australia the world’s best placed nation for clean energy development were abandoned to the private market which today PM Scott Morrison still spruiks as the world’s best practice.

Is it a coincidence that 40,000 University academics lost their jobs and weren’t declared eligible for JobKeeper? That Education is one of the most casualised  job sectors in Australia and that we have become the laggards of scientific R&D in the OECD? No, because that appears to be the LNP’s vision of a ” great do nothing government”. Yet has 100 coal projects ready to be funded along with gas and oil on it’s books moving forward. In fact SANTOS was the primo government supported attraction in the Australian pavillion at COP26. All in all Morrison made Australia look like Philip Morris which is claiming it intends to UNSMOKE the world with “more tobacco”. Australia’s Fossil Fuel Industry Santos etal claim they intend to DECARBONISE it by selling “more gas” aided by the LNP.

Federal support for developing a green fuel export industry is growing slowly. However, industry and financial consortia have been investing rapidly in green technologies and plants.

Source: How can Australia get cracking on emissions? The know-how we need is in our universities

COVID-19 researchers become victims in the war on science

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Margaret Hellard has thick skin. You have to when you work with prisoners while researching infectious diseases. You have to when News Corp commentators like Andrew Bolt are calling the COVID-19 modelling scientists like you, “trash”. Sure, take a microscope to Professor Hellard’s work – the professor of epidemiology and director of the Burnet Institute won’t back away from meaningful debate. But death threats? Wishing her kids ill? That was not a danger the scientist was expecting to face while helping Australians out of the coronavirus pandemic. “You have these sort of things where somebody feels like they can say your work is crap or this or that,” Professor Hellard said. “Then every now and then you have one where (they say) ‘and I would like you to die or your family members to die or for you to fall off a cliff, or something evil to happen to you’ … that can be really horrible.” Police have launched an investigation into one particular email, in which Professor Hellard’s life and family was threatened.

Source: COVID-19 researchers become victims in the war on science

The Great American Science Heist

Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., and Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., right, get together on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1978 at the Capitol during a break in a closed session of the Senate that is discussing the Panama Canal treaties. Dole said he would move to make public charges involving Gen. Torrijos and members of his family being involved in drug traffic. Bayh, as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has custody of classified files dealing with the allegations. (AP Photo/ John Duricka)

“Scientific and technological research conducted or financed by the United States represents a vast national resource,” the report continues. “Public control will assure free and equal availability of the inventions … [and] will avoid undue concentration of economic power in the hands of a few large corporations.”

Source: The Great American Science Heist

Australians back science and scientists to lead recovery – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australians strongly trust science and scientists, think science strengthens the country, and want more investment in science to speed our post-pandemic recovery.

Source: Australians back science and scientists to lead recovery – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scientists have created embryos. What does that mean? And what comes next?

Professor Jose Polo in front of images of his model embryos.

Every cell in your body comes from a single cell: an egg, fertilised by a sperm. Each contains the exact same genetic blueprint for your life: your DNA. Yet cells in your brain look and behave nothing like those in your muscle or skin.

Scientists have created embryos. What does that mean? And what comes next?

5 ways to spot if someone is trying to mislead you when it comes to science

People who are trying either to make you believe something that isn’t true, or to doubt something that is true, use a variety of strategies that can manipulate you very effectively. Here are five to look out for.

5 ways to spot if someone is trying to mislead you when it comes to science

The never-ending battle between religion and science – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Continuing to refuse to accept the science is dooming the world to even more unpleasant circumstances for our children than they will already experience because we have waited so long to take really effective action.

I truly believe the real adults need to take over the streets until the government gets stuck into the job which it is morally obliged to take on!

Ensuring that the world remains habitable for all living things!

via The never-ending battle between religion and science – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Respect – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sadly, old habits die slowly!

Clearly, if people refuse to accept that knowledge of the world around us is always growing, as more and more discoveries are made, discoveries are made, then they will often, in ignorance, cause hurt to others. Once this has been pointed out to them, to fall back on their religious texts to support their argument is not an option.

I often wonder how much more peaceful the world might be if people did not follow any religion at all!

via Respect – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How many politicians understand scientific research methods? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Few of our politicians (and this would be true in many countries) have an in-depth understanding of science, and in Australia, under Tony Abbott, we even abolished our Science Department!

via How many politicians understand scientific research methods? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Nobel prize winner James Watson stripped of titles after suggesting genes make black people less intelligent – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US Nobel laureate biologist James Watson visits the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia.

A Nobel prize-winning scientist who helped discover DNA’s double helix structure has been stripped of his honorary titles for repeating an “unsubstantiated and reckless” suggestion that genes make black people less intelligent.

via Nobel prize winner James Watson stripped of titles after suggesting genes make black people less intelligent – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How the Trump Admin’s War on Science is also a War on Ethics

science is needed to help us make sound decisions that compromise between groups with competing values and interests. The government needs to produce, believe, and disseminate science that will allow it to act in the best interests of the American people, and to help the people hold the government accountable.

The Trump administration clearly isn’t doing that.

via How the Trump Admin’s War on Science is also a War on Ethics

Exodus of Climate Scientists to France only the Beginning if GOP Guts Grad Education | Informed Comment|

Exodus of Climate Scientists to France only the Beginning if GOP Guts Grad Education

Trumps Investment in Space Science is a Cover for his Divestment in Climate Science. It tsake scientific attention away from  the planet. ( Old dog Thought )

Exodus of Climate Scientists to France only the Beginning if GOP Guts Grad Education | Informed Comment

Ahead Of Marches This Month, Scientists Are Speaking Up Against Trump And GOP’s Attacks On Science

President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have demonstrated an alarming disregard for science and evidence-based policy and decision-making, prompting scientists to voice their concerns.Since the election, multiple media outlets have accused the Trump administration and the Republican Party of waging a “war on science.” And with

Source: Ahead Of Marches This Month, Scientists Are Speaking Up Against Trump And GOP’s Attacks On Science

Science Knowledge Has Almost No Effect On Republican Beliefs, According To Survey | IFLScience

Politicians don’t normally have a handle on the latest science at the best of times, whether they are on the left or the right of the spectrum. However, it

Source: Science Knowledge Has Almost No Effect On Republican Beliefs, According To Survey | IFLScience

Climate scientists write another letter warning of unfolding crisis for Turnbull to ignore | Environment | The Guardian

More than 150 leading climate scientists at universities and government agencies ask for cuts to coal exports, saying: ‘There is no Planet B’

Source: Climate scientists write another letter warning of unfolding crisis for Turnbull to ignore | Environment | The Guardian

Man Missing Most Of His Brain Challenges Everything We Thought We Knew About Consciousness | IFLScience

Back in 2007, scientists reported that a French man in his mid-40s had walked into a clinic complaining of a pain in his leg. As a child, he’d had this sam

Source: Man Missing Most Of His Brain Challenges Everything We Thought We Knew About Consciousness | IFLScience

Disturbing: Researchers Finally Confirm That Cancer Is A Purely Man-Made Disease AnonHQ

Researchers from the University Of Manchester, United Kingdom, have concluded that cancer is a purely modern, man-made disease. In the United Kingdom alone, Cancer claims more than 150,000 lives each year. Statistics also show that about one in three people in the United Kingdom is …

Source: Disturbing: Researchers Finally Confirm That Cancer Is A Purely Man-Made Disease AnonHQ

Faulty gene may help explain why food-obsessed Labradors top obesity charts – Science News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scientists have pinpointed a fault in a gene that should turn off hunger signals in Labrador retrievers making the dogs more inclined to become food-obsessed.

Source: Faulty gene may help explain why food-obsessed Labradors top obesity charts – Science News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Deniers reality check: 97% of scientists agree humans causing climate change

Despite aggressive attempts to convince the public otherwise, new analysis of the vast body of research shows 97% of scientists agree that human activities are fuelling climate change.

Source: Deniers reality check: 97% of scientists agree humans causing climate change

Japan Reveals Plans For An “Invisible Train” | IFLScience

Japan is known for its harmony between technology, design and nature. It also has a pretty awesome train network that boasts the world’s fastest train. So, it’s perhaps no surprise that a Japanese rail network is in the midsts of designing an express train that seamlessly blends in with its environment.

Source: Japan Reveals Plans For An “Invisible Train” | IFLScience

Superhuman Abilities of Himalayan Monks Stun Harvard Scientists AnonHQ

Most of us have a fairly good idea that brains of Buddhist monks function far beyond most humans’ capabilities and that the monks can actually rewire their brains. While there is no question that Buddhist monks possess superhuman powers, how they do some really incredible …

Source: Superhuman Abilities of Himalayan Monks Stun Harvard Scientists AnonHQ

‘Like a crime happening in front of me’: Astronomer who saw how Earth could die shares experience — RT News

A key theory proposing that a burnt-out sun sucks in and destroys its own planets has been proven by NASA’s Kepler telescope. The man who led the observation team, Andrew Vanderburg, explains what it means for us.

Source: ‘Like a crime happening in front of me’: Astronomer who saw how Earth could die shares experience — RT News

Nearly half of Australia’s workforce at risk of computerisation and automation, CSIRO report finds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In 20 years, you will probably be a casual worker and your office will be shared with strangers … that is if a robot isn’t doing your job.

Source: Nearly half of Australia’s workforce at risk of computerisation and automation, CSIRO report finds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Move over scientists, the Marshall’s in town – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When venture capitalist, Larry Marshall, was appointed head of the CSIRO, he promised structural change. In an interview in February last year he said: “What I want to do is help our organisation focus on how we can contribute to the innovation, discovery and growth that Australia has come to expect from its premier research…

Source: Move over scientists, the Marshall’s in town – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Want to live to 1,000? Be careful what you wish for – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Google is throwing its might into a project to slow the ageing process, and researchers think it could be possible for humans to live until we’re 1,000. But many philosophers and ethicists aren’t so keen on the idea.

Source: Want to live to 1,000? Be careful what you wish for – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

High-profile researcher admits fabricating scientific results published in major journals – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A high-profile scientist who spearheaded a campaign on medical research admits to fabricating research published in two international journals.

Source: High-profile researcher admits fabricating scientific results published in major journals – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scientific American Takes An In Depth Look At The Tea Party. This is applicable to the LNP, Tony Abbott, and all Murdoch elves such as Albrechtson,Bolt,Blair,Devine etc. See the connection here. Unfortunately Fox News is rated as the most believable news provider in the US by 25% yet it gets a rating of 8% in delivering truth. Murdoch’s influence of madness is widespread on issues of anti- climate change, anti- Islam,anti- multiculturalism, anti- corporate tax, anti- penalty rates, etc etc

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THE CABIN ANTHRAX, MURPHY, N.C. (CT&P) – This month’s edition of Scientific American is somewhat of a departure for a magazine that normally steers well clear of politics. It boasts several well-researched articles examining the right wing in general and the Tea Party in particular.

“We wanted to highlight how a group could overcome the serious handicaps of its individual members to become a viable political force in our society,” said SA editor Michael Moyer. “The rise of the Tea Party, the Christian Right, and their propaganda arm, Fox News, illustrates how a species crippled by superstition, racial hatred, and lower than average IQ’s can rise to a position of prominence in the modern nation state.”

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The issue, which is on news stands now, traces the growth of the Tea Party from a ragtag army of inarticulate individuals all the way to this year’s midterm elections, when an alarming number of the insecure cretins won national political office.

“We tried to get inside the minds of these people, as frightening as that prospect was,” said Moyer. “We really wanted to find out what made these people tick. We placed particular emphasis on finding the common threads that unified this group of backwoods bumpkins.”

“What we found was fear. Fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of minorities, fear of science, fear of gay people, fear of just about any fucking thing you could imagine. The overwhelming consensus was that this group of people yearns to return to the days before the Enlightenment, where their outdated ideas and archaic societal standards ruled with an iron fist.”

The SA team spent a great deal of time analyzing the movement’s leaders Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and a host of other kooks such as Steve King and Louie Gomhert.

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“One only has to look at the leadership of this movement to see how incoherent and insane their beliefs really are,” said Moyer. “If you go back and examine some of the speeches and statements made by Bachmann and Palin over the last decade, it reads like something out of H.P. Lovecraft. Nothing makes sense. For example, last weekend in Iowa, Palin was apparently possessed by one of her demons and began writhing around the podium and speaking in tongues. It was truly scary.”

Although the writers and editors at SA came to no definitive conclusions about the future of the right wing and the Tea Party, Moyer said that they will most likely be swept away by the tide of history.

“To paraphrase Huxley, extinguished theologians, and in this case reactionary political factions, lie about the cradle of progress as the strangled snakes beside that of Hercules,” said Moyer.

Although many midterm Congressional races were won by Tea Party supported buffoons, the facts seem to support Moyer’s argument.

Gay marriage, Obamacare, and decriminalization of marijuana, three policies that the far right is rabidly against, are more popular than ever and gaining national acceptance.

“It gives us hope for a bright future in which the voices of these kooks are drowned out by the voices of reason and science,” concluded Moyers. “I am a fervent supporter of free speech and support these people’s right to be as ignorant as they want to be, but I fully believe that they will be remembered by history as the wingnuts they truly are.”