Misc. news stories

Decriminalize all drugs, business and world leaders tell UN
11th March 2017 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

A British billionaire, three former presidents and a renowned Aids researcher have called for all drugs to be decriminalized at a press conference that was sharply critical of the United Nations’ latest drug policy agreement, adopted this week.

Israel Officially Decriminalizes Marijuana Use
11th March 2017 | haaretz.com | Humans, Misc.

The cabinet approved on Sunday the decriminalized use of marijuana in Israel.

First-time offenders will face $270 fine if caught using marijuana in a public place, but criminal charges will only be brought if person re-offends four times.

Exploring the mysteries of supercooled water
4th March 2017 phys.org | Misc., Tech

There are few things more central to life on earth than water. It dominates the physical landscape, covering much of the planet as oceans. It’s also a major component of the human body, comprising, for example, more than 70% of the mass of a newborn baby.

Yet despite its omnipresence, water has many physical properties that are still not completely understood by the scientific community. One of the most puzzling relates to the activity of water molecules after they undergo a process called “supercooling.”

For Food Manufacturers, ‘Sell By’ Labels May Have Reached Their Expiration Date
28th February 2017 | npr.org | Misc.

Two of the most influential groups in the food industry are asking companies to change those pesky “expiration” or “sell by” labels on packaged food.

The labels, you see, don’t mean what they appear to mean. Foods don’t “expire.” Most foods are safe to eat even after that “sell by” date has passed.

Fifth of world’s food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds
28th February 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Humans, Misc.

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while almost nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say.

Most scientists ‘can’t replicate studies by their peers’
27th February 2017 | bbc.com | Misc.

Science is facing a “reproducibility crisis” where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments, research suggests.

Ireland to legalise cannabis for specific medical conditions
15th February 2017 | theguardian.com | Misc.

Ireland is set to legalise the use of cannabis for treating specific medical conditions, after a report commissioned by the government said the drug could be given to some patients with certain illnesses.

Republicans move to sell off 3.3m acres of national land, sparking rallies
3rd February 2017 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Earth, Misc.

Now that Republicans have quietly drawn a path to give away much of Americans’ public land, US representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah has introduced what the Wilderness Society is calling “step two” in the GOP’s plan to offload federal property.

For $149 a Month, the Doctor Will See You as Often as You Want
1st February 2017 | technologyreview.com | Misc., Tech

Imagine if your doctor’s office was more like an Apple Store mashed up with a fancy gym: a modern white-and-wood aesthetic, replete with fancy gadgets and gleaming touch screens, for which you paid a monthly fee to visit as often as you wished.

Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich
30th January 2017 | newyorker.com | Misc.

Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization

Extra letters added to life’s genetic code
29th January 2017 | bbc.com | Animal Life, Misc.

Scientists have created bacteria that thrive using an expanded “genetic alphabet”.

The blueprint for all life forms on Earth is written in a code consisting of four “letters”: A, T, C and G, which pair up in the DNA double helix.

Police Restart Propaganda Campaign Against Standing Rock Water Protectors
27th January 2017 observer.com | Misc.

When the United States Army Corps of Engineers announced on December 4, 2016, that it would not grant the easement that would allow construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota—threatening the drinking water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux reservation—water protectors were wary that the victory was only temporary.

Related: Standing Rock: Water Is Life, by Graham Hancock
Related: Media Blackout: Surface-To-Air Missile System Deployed at Standing Rock
Related: Trump signs executive action to push Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines
Related: ‘It’s A Big One’: Iowa Pipeline Leaks Nearly 140,000 Gallons Of Diesel

Scientists Finally Explain a 2,000-Year Old Water Phenomenon
27th January 2017 futurism.com | Ancient, Misc.

More than 2,000 years ago, Aristotle wondered how hot water froze faster than cold water – Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes observed the same phenomenon.

Recently, a team of scientists took on the question, and concluded the secret could lie in the strange properties formed by the bonds between hydrogen and oxygen atoms in water molecules.

Project aims to grow a ‘city of trees’
25th January 2017 | bbc.com | Earth, Misc.

A project aims to plant three million trees – one for every man, woman and child – in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

Those behind City of Trees hopes the effort will not only green the region but improve our understanding of the benefits trees provide to society.

Plans for world’s first ‘floating city’ unveiled: Radical designs could be built in the Pacific Ocean in 2019
23rd January 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Earth, Misc., Tech

The world’s first floating city is set to appear in the Pacific Ocean off the island of Tahiti.

The government of French Polynesia has signed a deal with Seasteading Institute to begin construction work in just two years.

It may seem like an ambitious plan, by the group believes semi-independent cities would be the perfect place to try new modes of government and agricultural method.

88-year-old Saskatoon man makes thousands of socks for shelters
15th January 2017 | cbc.ca | Misc., Tech

It started as a dare.

Bob Rutherford’s friend didn’t believe the Saskatoon man could make a cheap knitting machine that worked really, really fast.

That’s when Rutherford got to work.

The center of North America is a town called Center, and it’s totally a coincidence. Really
10th January 2017 | popsci.com | Misc.

Two towns in North Dakota claim to sit at the geographical center of North America. They’re both wrong. And if it wasn’t for one drunken evening, we’d never even have known.

Alt: Bull’s-Eye: Geographer Pinpoints Center of North America

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