Has climate change killed the aliens?

In this vast universe, say many scientists, surely intelligent life has evolved elsewhere.  So where is it?  A new theory is being put forward:  the aliens are all dead.  This is because, in the course of evolution, when intelligent life advances to the industrial level, it inevitably causes climate change that causes its species to become extinct. [Read more…]

Earthquake alley

I was watching TV around 10:30 on Wednesday night when I thought one of  grandkids–we were hosting a sleepover–was shaking my chair.  I reached around to grab the culprit, but there was no one there.  Then it happened again.  Then the other adults in our living room, including some Californians, said “Earthquake!” [Read more…]

“I’ve heard a lot about purple”

We’ve blogged about the new technology that allows people who are color-blind to see in color for the first time.  Now these special glasses are available through optometrists.  After the break is an excerpt and a link to an article recounting the experiences of people with red-green color-blindness, who usually see both colors as a muddied brown, now being able to perceive those colors.

Favorite line from the story:

“I’ve heard a lot about purple,” Robison said before he tried his new glasses.

And after?

“It was everything I wanted it to be.”

 

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A six-year-old girl trapped in the body of a 52-year-old man

A 52-year-old man with a wife and seven children decided that he is really female.  But not only is he transgendered, he decided that he is really a six-year-old girl.  So he left his family and now lives with an “adoptive mommy and daddy,” dressing as a little girl.

But why not, if our identity has nothing to do with our physical being? [Read more…]

The world’s leaders have saved the planet

The Paris climate talks ended with all 195 nations agreeing to cut carbon emissions to combat global warming.  Previous agreements asked only the developed nations to do so, leaving the developing nations, including mega-polluter China, to keep pursuing economic growth without worrying about energy use and climate change.  This agreement, in contrast, committed pretty much all of the world’s nations, though the richer nations promised economic help for the poorer nations to meet the goals.  See this for specifics.

What struck me was the self-congratulatory words of many of the world’s leaders (from the AP story linked after the jump):

“It’s a victory for all of the planet and for future generations,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, adding that the pact will “prevent the worst most devastating consequences of climate change from ever happening.”

“History will remember this day,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. “The Paris agreement on climate change is a monumental success for the planet and its people.”

President Barack Obama said the climate agreement offers “the best chance to save the one planet we have.”

“The 12th of December, 2015, will remain a great date for the planet,” [French President Francois] Hollande declared. “In Paris, there have been many revolutions over the centuries. Today it is the most beautiful and the most peaceful revolution that has just been accomplished — a revolution for climate change.”

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The gift of pain

A 39-year-old woman was born with the inability to feel pain.  But this rare syndrome is no super power.  A new treatment enabled her to feel pain for the first time.  And she was glad. [Read more…]


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