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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Sunspots 629

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Christianity: Christianity Today points out, with some examples, that spreading conspiracy theories and other fake news is, well, sin.

Education: Listverse discusses the origins of 10 widely used school supplies (such as backpacks and pencils).

Finance: (or something) Wired comments on the possible changes to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Health: Science reports that a new antibiotic, which may make it impossible for bacteria to develop resistance, has been produced. In tests, it seems to be very effective.

Politics: Scientific American fact-checks President Trump's speech on the Paris climate change accord.

Scientific American says that torture is not effective in extracting information.

Science: The Conversation says that killing coyotes does not make sheep and cattle safer, and explains why.

Scientific American reports on a long-term study of the social lives of wild horses.

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FancyHorse said...

The article about conspiracy theories and "fake news" was good. I posted it to my Facebook page.

The school supplies article took me back in time! I think I used all those except the backpack. I did have a satchel in elementary school.
The item about paper hole reinforcements can't be accurate, though. I remember using them in school, and I graduated long before 1992! Maybe they were in use in the 50s and 60s, but not patented?

The new antibiotic sounds encouraging. I hope it won't attack "good" cells, though.

I haven't read the article, but I never thought torture was effective in getting the truth. People will say whatever they think their torturer wants to hear, just to stop it.

Martin LaBar said...

As always, thanks for your comments.

I think I used, or at least saw, paper hole reinforcements earlier than 1992, too. (I also graduated well before 1992.)

All antibiotics have the potential for attacking "good" cells. The word, antibiotic, literally means "anti-life." Antibiotics interfere with basic cell processes, such as cell division. Since bacterial cells divide more rapidly than human cells, bacteria can be fought with antibiotics, unless the bacteria have become resistant to the particular antibiotic. People often get sick when they take them. The idea is that a bacterial infection is more serious than the infection.