Science Crush

Because science is the shit!

Daily Diary & Bookmarks ֎ NEW!

calendar stripThere’s never enough time to cover every topic that interests me. Therefore, I am providing this page so that you can explore my favorite sites and the interesting ideas I come across on a daily basis. Check back often for updates!


1. Climate change, tornadoes and mobile homes: A dangerous mix
Tornadoes and mobile homes don’t mix to begin with, but throw in the volatility of climate change and the potential for massive property damage and deaths is even higher in coming decades, indicates a new study by Michigan State University researchers. (Michigan State University)

2. Fake news and filters aren’t fooling internet users
Despite what some politicians argue, fake news and biased search algorithms aren’t swaying public opinion, finds a Michigan State University researcher. (Michigan State University)


1. It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon
Stephen Hawking is one of many scientists who see the possible near-term demise of our species. (Salon)


1. As Affordable Care Act increased health insurance coverage, volunteering rose
One of the indirect societal benefits of the Affordable Care Act has been increased levels of volunteerism, especially among lower-income populations, a study from UCLA’s California Center for Population Research suggests. UCLA researchers focused on low-income individuals younger than 65, those most affected by ACA’s Medicaid expansion. (UCLA)

2. New research clarifies how climate change influences severe weather
Floods, droughts, heatwaves and other incidents of nasty weather are on the rise. Each time one of these incidents happens, journalists want to know if climate change is to blame — and some scientists have been quick to say “yes.” That’s what happened in August when 30 inches of rain dumped 7 trillion gallons of water flooding Louisiana and killing 13 people. Within two weeks, scientists from NOAA declared that human-induced warming made the extreme weather event 40 percent more likely. The problem with such quick assessments, however, is that they aren’t always precise. And while total certainty may be out of the question, a team of climate scientists from UCLA and other universities is aiming to make rapid attribution science as accurate as can be. (UCLA)

3. A Practical Approach to Conservation
Is conservation good for your health? Seems like a no-brainer, right? Not so much, according to a group of scientists who have collaborated on a new research volume that explores what turns out to be a very tough question. UC Santa Barbara ecologists teamed up with colleagues at Duke University and the University of Washington to present various perspectives on the subject for the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Their special issue, “Conservation, Biodiversity, and Infectious Disease,” is a combination of theoretical work and case studies, all of which embrace a systems approach to infectious disease ecology. (UC Santa Barbara)


1. Rare copy of Declaration of Independence found in England
The document isn’t simply a previously unknown piece of history — it provides a unique window into the political upheavals of early America. (Harvard University | CBS)


1. ‘We’re Totally Fucked’: Scientists Explain Why They’re Running for Office
Ahead of the March for Science Saturday, about 100 scientists met at American University in Washington, DC for a training session to learn how they can run for office to bring science, reason, and logical thinking back to politics. An interview with eight potential candidates… (Mother Jones | Vice)


1.The Most Unhinged Moments from Alex Jones’ Custody Battle
Trump’s go-to conspiracy theorist is on trial—and it’s just as wild as you’d imagine. (Mother Jones)

2. Jeff Sessions doesn’t think a judge in Hawaii — a.k.a. ‘an island in the Pacific’ — should overrule Trump
First, candidate Donald Trump said a judge of Mexican descent couldn’t give him a fair hearing. Now, President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is suggesting that a judge from Hawaii — which he dismissively labels “an island in the Pacific” — should not be able to strike down Trump’s travel ban. (Washington Post)

3. Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election – documents
A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. (Reuters)


1. Americans used more clean energy in 2016
Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)


1. Why Easter is called Easter, and other little-known facts about the holiday
Easter is quite similar to other major holidays like Christmas and Halloween, which have evolved over the last 200 years or so. In all of these holidays, Christian and non-Christian (pagan) elements have continued to blend together. — Brent Landau, Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin (The Conversation)


1. The dangers of being a saber-toothed cat in Los Angeles 12,000 years ago
“Saber-toothed cats that roamed Los Angeles 12,000 years ago had many injuries to their shoulders and backbones that likely occurred when they killed large herbivore prey such as bison and horses, UCLA biologists report in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. Their Southern California contemporary, the dire wolf, was more likely to suffer from injuries to the head, neck, ankles and wrists.” (UCLA)

2. NASA Missions Provide New Insights into ‘Ocean Worlds’ in Our Solar System
“Life as we know it requires three primary ingredients: liquid water; a source of energy for metabolism; and the right chemical ingredients, primarily carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. With this finding, Cassini has shown that Enceladus – a small, icy moon a billion miles farther from the sun than Earth – has nearly all of these ingredients for habitability. Cassini has not yet shown phosphorus and sulfur are present in the ocean, but scientists suspect them to be, since the rocky core of Enceladus is thought to be chemically similar to meteorites that contain the two elements.” (NASA JPL)


1. Scientists aren’t stupid, and science deniers are arrogant
“I have found that not only do people with no formal training in science think that they know more than the entire scientific community, but in almost every case, they think that there is a fundamental and obvious problem that essentially all scientists have either missed or are willfully ignoring.” (The Logic of Science)


1. BOOK REVIEW — Bread, Wine, Chocolate by Simran Sethi
This book will teach you things you didn’t yet know about your favorite foods, with the main message being that their mass production is causing a loss in biodiversity. Through interviews with farmers, chefs, scientists and other food experts, the author explores what our food choices mean for agriculture, biology, and our meals. (

2. PHYSICS STUDY: Physicists Say They’ve Created a Fluid With ‘Negative Mass’
Researchers in the US say they’ve created a fluid with negative mass in the lab… which is exactly as mind-bending as it sounds. (Science Alert)


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