The United States is the world's first liberal democracy, a product of the The Enlightenment. As such, the founders built it on the principles of unity, liberty, tolerance and equal rights. And they designed it to make policy based on factual knowledge and bathed in the light of reason. But, today, in the time of Trump, factual knowledge is getting clouded over in several ways.
To truly understand a republic, and its importance in the political development of humanity, you must appreciate the role of science. So let me ask this:
What do you think our government, our national policies, our national reputation and our political prospects would look like if 28 Senators and 162 Congressmen (or some similar number) were world leading scientists?
The news media are often slow on adopting correct terminology for phenomena with which they have insufficient experience.
Case in point:
Male fish are turning into females thanks to chemicals from birth control pills and makeup being flushed down drains, according to a new study.
That is, if she were still alive. She looks good (for a mummy):
Dolly's nick-name was 6LLS and she had three mommies. Wikipedia* has all the rest of the details you need - unless you decide to go into the cloning business.
OK, I will not include any spidey pictures here but ...
This is based on a picture and film containing article here:
The article is titled: Baseball-sized spider discovered in Baja California mine.
On March 28th, the FDA approved ocrelizumab (brand name Ocrevus) to treat both relapsing-remitting MS and primary progressive MS. This is the first time a therapy has been available for severe forms of the Multiple Sclerosis. This follows upon the heels of spectacular results from a pair of major international clinical trials led by Stephen Hauser, M.D., of U.S.Can Francisco, confirming that ocrelizumab can block the inflammation that drives the disease.
The source of this essay is the following article:
Scientists unveil new form of matter: Time crystals
By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Monday, January 30, 2017
More than enough people on the right think that transgender people transitioning is a sign of a mental disorder.
Dear Connie. I cannot speak professionally but can only repeat what professionals say about what you are going through. I believe it is called Gender Dysphoria, I hope I got the spelling right, and am saddened by the fact that North Carolina doesn’t provide the help you need to readjust from the mental disorder you suffer with. It appears that allowing you to use a bathroom, locker room or shower of your choice only reinforces the disorder not helps to correct it. As compassionate legislator I seek to help people who are suffering. If you are willing I can investigate promoting legislation to help those who suffer from this disorder and with your help can work to alleviate the pain and suffering caused by this disorder. I’m willing to help if you are willing to be helped and help others.
--NC Rep. Mark Brody, cosponsor of HB 2
Of course, Brody has no science supporting his view.
What can be more appropriate than posting an old sermon on a Sunday? The sermon below was delivered to commemorate the new 1780 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of the achievements of John Adams of which he was most proud.
On 2 Dec 2016, one of my colleagues presented a planetarium show, "Black Holes Everywhere". This got me thinking about the hierarchy problem. I started writing "Black Holes Everywhere : A First Person Account" and immediately encountered an impenetrable barrier. Let me try to provide a context.