Stanford Engineers Develop New Air Filter That Could Help Beijing Residents Breathe Easily

By Bjorn Carey – Re-Blogged From http://news.stanford.edu

Stanford’s Yi Cui and his students have turned a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter. It could be used to improve facemasks and window screens, and maybe even scrub the exhaust from power plants.

Video by Kurt Hickman

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Two Competing Narratives on Carbon Dioxide

Is carbon dioxide our friend or our foe?

By Iain Aitken – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Here is a dossier of key facts about carbon dioxide (and its role in global warming):

· It is an incombustible, colourless, odourless, tasteless and non-toxic gas

· It is a plant nutrient and, as the ‘fuel’ of photosynthesis and the creation of oxygen, it is absolutely essential to the existence of life on Earth

· Its fertilisation effect has meant that, thanks to our anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions increasing concentrations in the atmosphere, crop yields have improved dramatically to date and will continue to improve in the future

· It is a weak greenhouse gas

· Global warming precedes, and then causes, increases in carbon dioxide emissions

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Jamie Dimon: School Dropout Rates Are ‘National Catastrophe’

By R Williams – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive officer of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., said America faces a “national catastrophe” from a failing educational system with high dropout rates and young people who aren’t prepared to enter the work force.

“We need to get kids getting out of high school, who go on with a job, or go on to college and that leads to a job,” Dimon said in an interview with Business Insider. Dimon’s bank last week announced a $6 million investment in education for students in the South Bronx, a notoriously blighted part of New York City.

 “Business has to be involved locally with civic society, in this case schools, to get the kids trained to have a job,” Dimon said. “There are plenty of jobs out there.”

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Are Microbiologists Climate-Denying Science Haters?

From the American Council on Science and Health comes this interesting but awkward moment in science communications.

By Alex Berezow – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Recently, I gave a seminar on “fake news” to professors and grad students at a large public university. Early in my talk, I polled the audience: “How many of you believe climate change is the world’s #1 threat?”

Silence. Not a single person raised his or her hand.

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Let’s Study The U.S. Constitution – Part 1

By Center for Self Governance – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

Our Constitution is continuously disregarded these days by both sides of the aisle. The truth of the matter is very few of us have actually read it, much less comprehend its intent. So let’s embark on a journey together to discover one of the greatest documents ever penned.

Our Constitution changed the course of not only our country but of all humanity.  If we cannot articulate or debate the document that is the foundation of our form of government, how can we knowledgeably defend its principles?  If we do not understand our history and the Founders intent when they drafted the Constitution, how can we hold on to the gift of liberty they gave us?

So I invite you and your family to join in this journey as we study together, the Constitution of the United States of America and all the great stories behind it.

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Academic Freedom, Climate Change and Creationism

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Vice reports that some US States are using new academic freedom initiatives, designed to prevent climate indoctrination, to add courses about creationism to mainstream school syllabuses. The question – who has the right to decide what lessons children learn?

CLIMATE DENIAL IN SCHOOLS

A new wave of state bills could allow public schools to teach lies about climate change.

By Emmalina Glinskis on Apr 25, 2017

Legislation proposed across the country since Donald Trump’s election threatens to bring climate change denial into the classroom under the guise of “academic freedom.”

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Five Reasons Blog Posts are of Higher Scientific Quality Than Journal Articles

By Daniel Lakens – Re-Blogged FromThe 20% Statistician

A blog on statistics, methods, and open science. Understanding 20% of statistics will improve 80% of your inferences.

The Dutch toilet cleaner ‘WC-EEND’ (literally: ‘Toilet Duck’) aired a famous commercial in 1989 that had the slogan ‘We from WC-EEND advise… WC-EEND’. It is now a common saying in The Netherlands whenever someone gives an opinion that is clearly aligned with their self-interest. In this blog, I will examine the hypothesis that blogs are, on average, of higher quality than journal articles. Below, I present 5 arguments in favor of this hypothesis.  [EDIT: I’m an experimental psychologist. Mileage of what you’ll read below may vary in other disciplines].

1. Blogs have Open Data, Code, and Materials

When you want to evaluate scientific claims, you need access to the raw data, the code, and the materials. Most journals do not (yet) require authors to make their data publicly available (whenever possible).

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