Weekend Science: You Don't Need An Expensive Espresso Grind To Make Great Espresso
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by Hank Campbell
8h ago
I have three manual espresso machines and a Nespresso and even after years of making them, it can be difficult to get it just right. It takes pressure, understanding the ground beans, and a touch of finesse, which can be more challenging than it sounds. As beans age they express gases. The carbon dioxide is high right after roasting and after about five days it has leveled out to where you can get the quality, but de-gassing continues to happen, and after a month they are flat. Nothing can stop that physics. It was 1908 Nobel laureate Dr. Ernest Rutherfordwho said, "All science is e ..read more
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Brown Fat’s “Off-Switch” Isn't A New Ozempic Diet Exploit
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by News Staff
1d ago
Brown adipose tissue is different from the white fat around human belly and thighs. Brown fat helps to turn calories into heat and it was once thought that only small animals like mice and newborns had brown fat but some adults retain it. If some people have it, perhaps others can activate it also, and a study found a previously unknown built-in mechanism that switches it off shortly after being activated.  Which means it doesn't help against obesity. A group discovered a protein responsible for this switching-off process called AC3-AT. Mice that genetically didn't have AC3-AT were ..read more
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If You Don't Have A Brain Worm But Still Think GMOs And Cell Phones Cause Cancer, You Have No Excuse
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by Hank Campbell
3d ago
It was recently revealed that anti-vaccine, anti-cell-phone conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy had a brain worm. Well, claimed by him. Crackpots make lots of claims. He also claimed during his divorce that he got mercury poisoning from seafood, which was almost as supernatural in its supposed harmful effects back in 2012, according to trial lawyers running environmental groups and the wealthy elites who side with them, as MMR vaccines. read more ..read more
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Organic Is Just A Marketing Designation, So Fraud Is Common
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by Hank Campbell
3d ago
If you buy kosher food, how do you know it is really created using a special process? The same goes with Shade-Tree Grown, Fair Use, Ethical, Sustainable, Organic, and all the rest.(1) read more ..read more
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A Cool Rare Decay
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by Tommaso Dorigo
4d ago
By and large, particle physicists confronted with the need to awe and enthuse an audience of laypersons will have no hesitation in choosing to speak about the Higgs boson and its mysteries - undoubtedly a fascinating story that requires one to start with the 1960ies and the intuition of a handful of theoretical physicists, and then grows epic in a crescendo of colliders that sought and missed the Higgs boson, and then the LHC which finally found the elusive signal of production and decay of that particle. read more ..read more
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45 Percent Of People Try Diets And That's A Good Thing, Even If They Fail
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by Hank Campbell
6d ago
Most people who try a diet don't succeed in keeping weight off long-term and that is trumpeted as a huge failure of dieting by people who, wait for it, are often selling a competing diet. The health truth is that even if you fail, you improved your health. Claims that people whose weight go up and down are dying earlier are just the same bad epidemiology that has journalists lamenting that International Agency for Research on Cancer activists claim pickle juice and aloe vera cause cancer.(1) read more ..read more
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Declaring War On Frappuccino And Diet Soda Is Not A Valid Government Nutrition Guideline
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by Hank Campbell
1w ago
You're not  a Frank-people because you eat Doritos, despite what people writing lifestyle/diet books and New York Times journalists who gush over them want you to believe. Such claims are pure food populism by rich white people for rich white people. It's not science, it's instead not even right enough to be wrong. read more ..read more
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States Sue President Biden Over 2036 Truck Ban
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by Hank Campbell
1w ago
To bolster declining electric car sales, President Biden told EPA to create a new emissions standard. The agency put epidemiologists to work and declared that X (fill in any number you like, it's epidemiology, that's what they did) life-years have been lost without electric cars and trucks, and created a new emissions-standard that is effectively a ban on their competitors. read more ..read more
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Physician Burnout Is Common - And Informal Rationing Is One Big Cause
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by Hank Campbell
1w ago
If the government promises every home a great gardener, most people recognize they won't get a great gardener at all, they will probably get someone who couldn't get a better job while the lawn service they used to use is priced out of reach. There has always been disparity in health care, but that was aggravated when President Franklin Roosevelt instituted wage caps during World War II. Companies who wanted to compete for quality workers could no longer offer more money so they offered "benefits." Like health insurance.  read more ..read more
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Environmental Groups Sue Biden Administration Over TVA Replacing Coal Plant
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by Hank Campbell
2w ago
The Tennessee Valley Authority couldn't be done today. When it was done, it transformed an area mired in poverty. With affordable electricity, they had water. With water, they could farm. With farming, food became affordable.  In a generation, the area was transformed and soon had libraries, schools, and much better quality of life. Environmentalists need to be needed, it is how they feed their $3 billion-per-year appetite, and so TVA could never happen today. Environmental lawyers are so obstructionist and culturally corrosive, TVA can't even replace a coal plant without a lawsuit. A ..read more
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