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What is wrong with some people
at 10:09 23 May 2019

This is horrific and ridiculous:

"A healthy dog was euthanised and buried after her owner left specific instructions to have the dog killed and buried with her."

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/dog-bury-dead-owner-euthanize-

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Underground ocean on Pluto
at 11:35 22 May 2019

That takes the total number of bodies in the solar system that have lakes or oceans to 20. Not looking that rare anymore which bodes well for possible life somewhere.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2203696-pluto-has-an-underground-ocean-kept

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British Steel
at 09:56 22 May 2019

A sad state of affairs but what are peoples opinions on nationalising it?

I know it's an ideological point for Labour but does it have merit? Of course the saving of 5000 + 20000 jobs is a huge thing but it's likely to be the first of many public cash injections which are required along with the moving of decommission bills from private to public which could be upwards of 1bn.

The most astonishing fact I saw yesterday was that China had produced more steel in the last two years than Britain has produced in it's entire industrial history. That's insane if you think about how much was used since Victorian times.



I'm not sure it's even worth trying to compete with that economy of scale (and the numbers are even more in China's favour post 2014).

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Inside a Huawei motherboard
at 11:27 21 May 2019

I'm quite surprised how much of it is actually designed and manufactured in the US. I would have thought the majority was manufactured in China.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48345509

They have 33 US suppliers some of which really depend on their business:

"NeoPhotonics, a San Jose-based firm which makes networking equipment, has a contract with Huawei that represents 44% of its entire revenue."

I didn't think they would be so reliant on US tech and suppliers, the blacklisting could be very bad for them in the short term and very bad for certain US companies as well.

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I don't understand why people would want to do this
at 13:41 20 May 2019

Seems like they are basically doing it to get around any possible future gun controls (although they would seem unlikely in the US):

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/3d-printed-guns-blueprints

I can't fathom the mindset of someone who would think this is a good idea or a good use of their time.

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5G Fake News
at 10:09 20 May 2019

So a couple of weeks ago there was some talk about the alleged adverse health effects of 5G despite the evidence to the contrary.

This is a rather good article from the NYT highlighting how media such as RT manipulate language and sources to sow the seed of doubt about these things (5G specifically in the article).

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/12/science/5g-phone-safety-health-russia.html

It’s interesting that some people are willing to believe anything that’s from an alternative source to the government or scientific norms without actually considering the source or motivations. The internet and forums such as ours are a sea of false equivalencies nowadays.

Sure, it's NYT article so they are likely to point to RT as one of the offenders but they also link to the science behind the myths. Unfortunately often that is just dismissed by those who want to take the contrary view and are distrusting of anything said by officials and point to historical events as evidence for contemporary misdemeanors.

It’s a worrying trend.

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Understanding the question seems to come second to bias nowadays
at 14:11 18 May 2019

More than 50% of Americans think that Arabic numerals shouldn't be taught in school (at least in this survey).

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/arabic-numerals-survey-prejudice-bias-survey-



Oh dear.

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This is ridiculous
at 09:49 18 May 2019

I heard about this on a podcast last week but this is the first thing I've seen in the press.

Appalling exploitation and incredibly dangerous given it has no health benefit at all.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/18/bleach-miracle-cure-uganda-us-past

Making kids drink diluted bleach, some people....

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This is a good policy from Labour
at 09:43 16 May 2019

No mention of cost but I like the idea. They should go further and propose that all new builds must have solar panels fitted at construction time.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/15/labour-reveals-plans-to-fit-sol

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This should be an interesting listen
at 10:25 13 May 2019

Coming up to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48232627

It's a defining moment in the 20th century and a truly magnificent achievement given the technology available at the time.

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This makes perfect sense
at 13:06 12 May 2019

At least they will sort out climate change for us:

https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2019/04/26/oxford-professors-theory-on-climate-cha

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Why do people ignore clear warnings?
at 16:39 10 May 2019

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/shark-attack-reunion-island-surf

"The surfer, believed to be in his late twenties, was surfing in a high-risk area where surfing is banned close to the small fishing town of Saint-Leu."

"Not long before the attack occurred local rescue officials had issued a warning for people to have the “utmost vigilance” because of sharks."

Hopefully nothing happens to the local sharks due to this, hardly their fault.

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Climate Repair
at 09:26 10 May 2019

Some interesting ideas in here, although all of them seem more complicated than reducing emissions - they are more targeted at restoring some balance.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48069663

I don't really understand why more funding isn't given to nuclear fusion research. It has the potential to produce all the power we will ever need without the drawbacks of nuclear fission yet the US spend only 500m USD a year on research - the equivalent of 1 stealth bomber. The EU spend a bit more but not by much. Sure it's a gamble but one that pays off hugely if they manage to get it working well.

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Never count your chickens...
at 22:21 7 May 2019



Most amusing.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold
at 21:42 7 May 2019

Even before that amazing quick thinking he had been having a stormer.

Some of his passing is sublime, the cross field passes are superb.

England are looking fairly well set at RB for a few years to come with Wan-Bissaka coming through as well.

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Cycling infrastructure
at 19:35 2 May 2019

It's been a growing issue for a while now with ever more people taking to bikes for their commute.

So having just been knocked off my bike by a clueless driver pulling out from a parked position (only cuts and bruises, not enough to stop me annoying you all on here) I got thinking about how cycling could be made safer.

Now obviously there is nothing that can be done about a driver not looking and pulling out into a stream of cyclists (perhaps raise awareness that they are on a cycling highway and they need to look more than once) but the dedicated cycle highways which are separated from the motorised traffic work well. Unfortunately our cities don't tend to have the space of some European cities where they have far more dedicated cycle routes.

So with more and more people cycling is there a solution or are cyclists just going to get knocked off occasionally?

I thought this looked great when it was first mooted but I guess it's not really that feasible:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/jan/02/no



Any suggestions from the hive mind?

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Some might find todays Guardian Long Read interesting
at 09:07 2 May 2019

Especially given conspiracy theorists seem to have come to the fore on this site lately:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/02/why-we-are-addicted-to-conspirac

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Messi
at 21:46 1 May 2019

Yeah, not bad.

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Electric car targets
at 09:34 30 Apr 2019

Interesting article on the BBC:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48097150

I’d actually like to get an electric car, it would suit my length of journeys and work well. The huge issue is how to actually charge it?

“He said the department was in talks with the Treasury over a plan to subsidise car charging points in people's homes.”

For me this totally misses the point. It’s not the cost of a charging point (I think they are 500-800 GBP) it’s whether it’s actually workable. In many cities the majority of people aren’t like to have driveways so any charging point means running a cable across the path to their car. I have seen this but it’s full of issues.

What if someone trips on it? Who is liable? What if some idiot cuts it in the night? What if they steal it?

There needs to be much more effective thinking from the government on the issue of charging if they want to get anywhere near those targets. I think the will is there for many people but it’s pretty much unworkable in reality at the moment for a large number of people.

In some ways it's a shame that the Japanese stopped funding their hydrogen car research, that would have been easier to implement infrastructure wise.

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This is interesting given the recent extinction rebellion protests
at 09:22 29 Apr 2019

So it seems that whilst supporting the extinction rebellion goals when asked in the street more and more of the UK population are doing the exact opposite:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/thomas-cook-holiday-flights

I'm no better of course (probably far worse) but it does seem to show that people acknowledge that something needs to be done whilst not actually doing anything about it.

One good thing is that Boeing and Airbus are now seriously attempting to develop large electric aircraft. It's going to need companies like that to invest in order to make a difference because I'm not sure that as a public we will manage it.

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