The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is one of the first to use observations of the Earth’s climate, as opposed to theoretical models to predict what might happen in the future. The data shows that climate change is real and is happening right now.
The US administration is being accused with editing out the significance from the scientific proposals made by lead scientists, notably James Hansen who is the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and a pioneer who first started warning us all about the threats of climate change.
There was a great article that talks about all the hype – from NewScientist, I have highlighted some of the interesting points:
In a 10-year policy plan, Cooney and Brian Hannegan, also at CEQ, made at least 181 edits to emphasize scientific uncertainty regarding the effects of climate change and 113 changes to minimise the importance of human contributions to global warming, according to the committee’s memo.
For example, Cooney replaced “will” with “may” in the sentence: Warming temperatures will also affect Arctic land areas.” He also deleted this sentence: “Climate change has global consequences for human health and the environment.”
Hansen had previously accused political appointees of trying to silence scientists (see US agencies accused of muzzling climate experts). His case came to prominence in 2006 after he had called for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (see Top climatologist accuses US of trying to gag him).
See full article at: US fudging of climate science – details revealed
Kids have vitamins that taste like candy, might we soon see vitamins tasting like chocolate? Cocoa butter? Maybe!
Recommendations have been made by Dr. Norman Hollenberg, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Marina Murphy from Chemistry & Industry magazine that the benefits of epicatechin (a compound found in cocoa) are so important that it should be considered a vitamin and rival penicillin in terms of importance. As reported on ScienceDaily, Cocoa ‘Vitamin’ Health Benefits Could Outshine Penicillin, Dr. Hollenberg found that benefits of cocoa drinking in Panama reduced the risk to less than 10% for 4 of the top 5 killer diseases which include cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart failure. Want a chance of living a few extra years? Consider changing your drinking habits: the Kuna people drink approximately 40 cups of cocoa per week. Watch-out Starbucks, you may be usurped by cocoa!
If these theories are correct, we are going to see a revolution in nutraceuticals, health foods, specialty drinks, and a staggering increase in price of cocoa futures! Hopefully these trends will be complemented by a decline in the number of deaths due to these diseases.
So indulge yourself. Have a piece of chocolate, and a glass of wine (some varieties of each contain epicatechin)!
“The authors speculate that memories are stored in both the neocortex and the hippocampus. Then, during sleep, the hippocampus, acting as a temporary storage system, is cleared for another day of learning, while the memories are retained in the neocortex, which provides permanent storage much like a computer hard disk.” See full article at SciAm.com.
So, I finally gave into the Web 2.0 era of interactive content and user-generated communities. Also, I’ve had it was emailing out interesting articles to my friends everytime I come across something else on the web that is newsworthy, or at the very least noteworthy! Thus, here it is, post #1. Thought provoking, huh? Well, go to sleep, it might be erased! Come back tomorrow and be provoked yet again…