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Episode #593
« on: November 19, 2016, 11:49:38 AM »
Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Percy Lavon Julian; News Items: FTC and Homeopathy, Stoern Liquidates, STDs Rising, Finding Antibiotics in the Genome; What’s the Word: Isotropy; Your Questions and E-mails: P-hacking; Science or Fiction
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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2016, 06:16:26 PM »
Does an Irish company going into liquidation involve going to the pub?  ;D

Re: Popoff's miracle water. Around 10 years ago, just to waste some of his money, I requested some of his freebies. I ended up with a pile of letters requesting "donations" that I would get back tenfold, a collection of "magical coins" and a sachet of magic water. However the sachet had split in the post so Cara, you may not get any hydration after all. :)
 
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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2016, 07:36:08 PM »
Wind turbines aren't all that noisy.  Last year I went on a cruise and at one port one of the day trips was to a nearby wind farm.  I stood next to one of the wind turbines, and the noise the spinning blades were making was actually less noticeable than that of the coach which transported us there - the driver kept the motor running to power the air conditioning.  And the coach was further away than the wind turbine.

It was actually very boring.  Most people wandered off after 5 minutes or so to go and look at the people parasailing off the nearby cliffs.

Most people objecting to wind farms claim that it's because of the so-called health effects of inaudible infrasound.  Reducing the audible noise a wind turbine makes won't stop people objecting to wind farms.

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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2016, 05:06:43 AM »
I've heard a wind turbine, I wouldn't want to have one close enough to my home that I could always hear it. I wouldn't want to always hear a vehicle motor running, either. But how big a share of wind turbines or planned wind turbines are near homes?

Solar should be the way to go for homes, in any case. Even if some regions aren't as suitable, with the costs going down, and being able to seamlessly integrate it into the structure, it should be much less objectionable, other than for lobbyists of private actors losing out to the competition.

Btw, were the first 5 minutes of this podcast an elaborate ad for a streaming service?

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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2016, 06:02:36 AM »
Has anyone seen that episode of Fawlty Towers where Basil has German guests and is obsessing about ‘not mentioning the war’. Its hilarious. I feared the team were going to mention the ’T’ word on this weeks show when they veered close and started to talk of our (supposedly) ‘post truth’ world. I pictured Steve doing a Basil Fawlty and just about managing to avert the use of the ’T’ word. "Phew. That was a close one guys.'  :laugh:

Meanwhile, the rest of the world is discussing the most incredibly ginormous news story and its relevance to skepticism, science, critical thinking, and the future of civilisation. That big orange elephant in the room.
Sorry. But thats how I see it.



Great piece on Homeopathy. Some similar promising news here in the UK of late. Here's hoping we are nearing a significant moment regarding magic water and sugar pills.

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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2016, 05:04:15 PM »
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Solar should be the way to go for homes, in any case. Even if some regions aren't as suitable...

Peak energy demand in North Dakota is for heating during blizzards. No sun, but LOTS of wind. And in general there's a lot of wind. It's far enough north that the insolation is low. So although solar panels are still a good idea, wind is possibly better, and definitely belongs in the mix.
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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2016, 05:45:03 PM »
And lots of open space, at least judging from maps and population data.

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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2016, 06:02:50 PM »
I'm less optimistic about killing off homeopathy. It may fade, but it will keep popping up. It is too easy to fool some people.

Has anyone seen that episode of Fawlty Towers where Basil has German guests and is obsessing about ‘not mentioning the war’. Its hilarious. I feared the team were going to mention the ’T’ word on this weeks show when they veered close and started to talk of our (supposedly) ‘post truth’ world. I pictured Steve doing a Basil Fawlty and just about managing to avert the use of the ’T’ word. "Phew. That was a close one guys.'  :laugh:

They mentioned it once, but I think they got away with it  ;)
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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2016, 08:04:44 PM »
I've always pronounced isotropy with the accent on the second syllable. They pronounced it with the accent on the third syllable, which really sounded odd to me.

Merriam Webster here agrees with me.
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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2016, 08:24:27 PM »
I'm less optimistic about killing off homeopathy. It may fade, but it will keep popping up. It is too easy too fool some people.

For the die hard altmed fans probably nothing will change when you put a disclaimer on the bottle, but some people simply don't know what homeopathy means and think it's just another branch of medicine, and they actually would think twice about buying medicine that has such a disclaimer on it.
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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2016, 11:35:54 PM »
A substantial number of men (and women) get cancer from HPV unassociated to the cervix; squamous cell carcinoma, in the throat.  I recently met a woman recently treated for it... we had a good chat.  She was very encouraged to meet someone that had survived it.
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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2016, 12:14:50 AM »
Vox is doing a good job covering the recent homeopathy developments:
http://www.vox.com/2016/11/18/13676834/ftc-homeopathy-crackdown-regulation

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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2016, 12:20:21 AM »
Kiwi power providers are not keen on photovotaics added to the grid.  All that expensive infrastructure and NZ is 95% renewables anyway. 

A mate in Oz (NSW) is selling electrons at 5 cents kw/hr and buyint it back at night for 50.
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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2016, 10:01:01 AM »
... NZ is 95% renewables ...

That's great. I didn't know it. Details, please?
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Re: Episode #593
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2016, 10:04:25 AM »
They mentioned it once, but I think they got away with it  ;)

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