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Friday, 29 Sep 2017 Our National Institute of Standards and Technology perfects all sorts of devices for making sensitive and reliable measurements. Here is a report on a device to tell which antibiotic will best clear your infection [link].

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Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 Meanwhile researchers are working within "carefully crafted embryo-editing research regulations" to study embryos [link] [link].

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Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017 Help! Help! It looks like synthetic embryos can be created. What ought be done with them? Big ethical problems here [link].

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Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017 Bias continues to be a problem in science and elsewhere. At least this is a topic for discussion in science [link].

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Monday, 25 Sep 2017 Science works best, and all sorts of work groups work best, when persons with different backgrounds, different points of view, different skills sets embrace those differences [link].

The crucial trick is for all those persons to feel included, to feel fully respected. Our sciences work hard to attract those needed persons, but still — by the testimony of those persons — does not make those persons feel included, to feel fully respected.

[I added a video link to last Friday's post.]

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Friday, 22 Sep 2017 When I measured properties of matter at low temperatures those low temperatures were a few degrees above absolute zero. Now people get down to billionths of a degree above absolute zero. NASA now has an ice chest size automatic system doing this for experiments on the International Space Station [link] [new video link] .

Here is a link to a super video by one of the pioneers of ultra-cold physics [link].

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Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 This example of super sensitive measurements relates to sea level rise from melting ice, which is important for modeling weather and climate [link].

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Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 The parts of doing physics I liked best were designing experiments, making devices for measuring, getting data, learning from data. So, I enjoy stories like this about making super sensitive and reliable measurements. In this case the data tell us about how much the carbon dioxide in our air comes from fossil fuels [link].

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Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 We learned last century that science, and every work group, works best when persons having different points of view and having different skills sets work together embracing differences [link]. When UK leaves EU There will be less of those precious differences in EU sciences and in UK sciences. As New Scientist puts it "Science after Brexit will be weaker all round" [link].

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Monday, 18 Sep 2017 Why is our weather forecasting behind that in Europe? Because we get the forecasts we pay for and the fossil fuel interests do not want us to do better [link].

Here is a link to a great talk about modeling weather and climate [link].

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Friday, 15 Sep 2017 Today spacecraft Cassini, which has been studying Saturn for 13 years, crashes into Saturn. This is to avoid accidentally contaminating Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus. [link].

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Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 US exports the most food measured by value. What is your guess for number two? Likely you did not guess tiny Netherlands, but that is the correct answer. Here is a link to a fascinating tale of what we can do working together [link].

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Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 We are told that moving from fossil fuels to sources of energy less harmful to our environment will destroy our economy. This piece in Scientific American: "Germany’s Transition from Coal to Renewables Offers Lessons for the World, How to retrain coal miners and create new jobs" teaches otherwise [link].

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Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 This is not a big deal, but it does help and it is a clever innovation. From the Science web site: "New water-cooling solar panels could lower the cost of air conditioning by 20%" [link]..

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Monday, 11 Sep 2017 When cells die their DNA enters the bloodstream. So, draw some blood. Study that dead cell DNA. You get, a Scientific American headline tells us: "One Test May Spot Cancer, Infections, Diabetes and More" [link]. Which might be another big deal for human rights from science. .

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Friday, 08 Sep 2017 The science relating to electricity matured to electrical engineering by 1870. Between 1870 and 1970 our living and working conditions changed more rapidly and more in kind than any time before or since. After 1970 our only growth is related to entertainment. Elsewhere there is decline. [link].

Here is a link to the best piece I know of about one thing we should do about reversing our decline [link].

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Thursday, 07 Sep 2017 Meanwhile from science we get big deals for human rights. Here is a short report of some heroic work pointing to a repurposed drug which might help Parkinson's disease [link].

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Wednesday, 06 Sep 2017 Bad things are happening to science and to human rights. Here is a link to a Florida science teacher's lament that fellow scientists did not help the fight against a nasty anti-science law passed there [link].

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Tuesday, 05 Sep 2017 Here is some good news Wind power costs could drop 50%. Solar PV could provide up to 50% of global power [link].

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Friday, 01 Sep 2017 Here is another piece about the post yesterday with more background and with some info about a competing innovation [link].

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Thursday, 31 Aug 2017 This audacious innovation is now a big deal for human rights and shows a path toward more big deals [link]

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